Mimaki Goes for the Glow at ITMA 2015 in Milan

 9th November 2015

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With these new neon inks, designers and garment manufacturers will be able to extend the potential of digital printing solutions to the production of high quality running clothes and other applications that are personalised or have unique designs and need to stand out for safety or fashion purposes

Mimaki has today announced the availability of two new fluorescent inks for its TS300P-1800 inkjet textile printers. Mimaki will be demonstrating these new inks at ITMA in Milan, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, which brings together industry leaders and provides the opportunity to discuss and evaluate emerging trends and innovative solutions. Mimaki’s new neon fluorescent inks, available in Yellow and Pink, are ideal for fashion, sportswear, swimwear and shoes and are specially developed for use in the low-volume, high-quality sublimation paper transfer market.

Game, set, and perfect match with the TS300-1800P

Whether cycling, running, badminton or football, every team needs to have its own shirt, usually with a name, number and the sponsor’s logo clearly visible. Producing these relatively small, customised lots cost-effectively requires sublimation technologies, and printing the entire garment rather than applying graphics information afterwards is more profitable. With traditional print, the desired neon colours are hard to achieve and small lot production is generally not cost-effective.

The TS300-1800P was launched at Fespa and is specifically designed for digital low-cost production of high-value applications. The powerful combination of this machine with the new inks opens up a new range of possibilities for textile printers, designers and garment manufacturers: “Fluorescent colours are in increasingly high demand in the fashion and sportswear markets,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “With these new neon inks, designers and garment manufacturers will be able to extend the potential of digital printing solutions to the production of high quality running clothes and other applications that are personalised or have unique designs and need to stand out for safety or fashion purposes. For the very first time these new inks will allow production of such bespoke, quality products on a much larger scale.”

“As more textile manufacturers learn about these new inks and the quality and capability of digital printing for textiles,” he adds, “we expect to see demand really take off.”

Stephen Woodall, National Sales Manager – Textile & Apparel for Mimaki’s exclusive UK & Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd is equally excited by this new development and comments; “The launch of these new neon inks again reaffirms Mimaki’s continued dominance in the sector and further underlines their commitment to ongoing technological development. This will undoubtedly provide textile print customers with valuable opportunities to deliver a really vibrant and noticeable point of difference in their output. I very much look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible to our stand when we demonstrate the new combination at ITMA.”

Off and running

The TS300-1800P will be on display from 12 -19th November at ITMA 2015 in Hall 18, stand C104, where Mimaki will be running live demonstrations of the new neon fluorescent inks. Horsten concludes: “We will have some very exciting samples of the new neon inks in action for active wear, and we believe visitors to our stand will be quite impressed with what they will be able to achieve. We are looking forward to talking to brand owners, sponsors, teams and textile printers, to check out the impact these new neon inks and the Mimaki digital textile printing solutions may have across a broad spectrum of their business.”

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