Mimaki will showcase its latest collection of textile production solutions including a selection of flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printing solutions at FESPA 2015. FESPA 2015 will take place in Cologne, Germany, from May 18 to 22, 2015. Mimaki will be located in stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6.
“We see two key growth trends for digital production methodologies: textile production - not soft signage, but fashion and home textiles - and an increasing volume of UV printing with both flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printers,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “UV printing is opening new markets with better quality and lower production costs and textile designers are discovering the benefits that digital textile design and printing offer. Technology is catching up with imagination, and it’s a very exciting time,” he continues. “FESPA is a major show on the Mimaki calendar; and our stand will be as big, bold and bright as ever, offering visitors ideas and tools that will allow them to stretch their creativity.”
The FESPA mission: to boldly show …
Mimaki textile-focused solutions on display at the show include:
• Mimaki TS500-1800, ideal for furnishing fabrics as well as sportswear, T-shirts and apparel;
• Mimaki TX500-1800, for printing on cotton, polyester-based materials, and other fabrics;
• Mimaki JV300-130/160, a dye sub printer suitable for everything from garment marketing to fashion; and
• Specialized solutions for latex print for wallpaper with six-colour printing including orange and green.
Also on display will be the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV flatbed printer that prints on a wide range of substrates from acrylics to metal, wood and stone; the Mimaki CJV150 and Mimaki CJV300 integrated printer/cutters for a wide range of applications from signage to banners, stickers and canvas prints; and the UJF-3042 / UJF6042 LED UV flatbed printers that offer unlimited production capabilities, particularly with its kebab option printing on cylindrical shapes.
Also, the newest member of the Mimaki product family will be running at full speed at the show: the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutter. It offers both creasing and cutting and enables operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective designs - smoothly and quickly. This solution was recently debuted at Cosmopack receiving rave reviews.
“As you can see,” Horsten adds, “our FESPA stand will have something for everyone, and we promise that visitors can let their imaginations run wild and we can likely keep right up with them. It’s a promising time to be in the industry, and we are enthusiastic to be able to share all of these capabilities with show attendees.”
Printing what you preach
Mimaki isn’t just exhibiting at the show; the company is immersed in the FESPA community. Mimaki will be participating in the FESPA Print Inspiration Rally project where an American school bus has been radically transformed into a fully functional camper with the banners and textiles produced by Mimaki. The initiative combines cutting edge print techniques from different market-leading brands with the aim of inspiring creative print applications for interior design. Horsten elaborates, “We print what we preach; it’s as simple as that. You can claim all you want, but at the end of the day, you have to deliver. When we heard about this initiative, we understood how cool it would be to show what we can actually produce. We hope observers will feel the same way and visit our stand or, at least, become more aware of the impact of print in their daily lives.”
FESPA is like a box of chocolates
In observance of its 40th anniversary, Mimaki will be hosting a Sweet 40th partner event on May 18th at the Lindt chocolate factory. Horsten explains, “Mimaki and Lindt - two leading producers of exciting goods! We felt that the Lindt chocolate factory was the perfect place to demonstrate how continuous research and development drives the sweet taste of success.”