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It’s my esteemed pleasure to share with you that ScreenTex is not just a media partner to forthcoming FESPA exhibitions but we are now also appointed as FESPA’s India representative. Let’s hear some cheer for that! The year coming to an end and like all you would be sitting down to pen few resolutions for the year. Well, I know not many of us actually follow it for long but that is the Power of Mind. Our mind is like a warrior, if you can train, it will win you a war. If it goes rogue, it can cost you a life! Moving on to the issue of ScreenTex, this time we have a fair mix of articles and interviews. In a freewheeling chat, Dayaker Reddy, President of IPAMA, shares why the obituary of print is a myopic view and why Indian print fraternity need to collaborate to be a force to reckon with. We also have interview of Sylvia Walz, Director, Heinz Walz who is betting on automation in India, Nessan Cleary writes about 3D printing and why it has something for everyone. For our tech-driven segment, Sonja Angerer writes about top 3 things you should know about textured inks, while there are two more listicles which talks about top 4 fastest growing areas in industrial printing, as well as, 5 best practices of a good direct-to-garment decorator. And I am sure the article on speciality inks is sure to pique your interest. As I wrap the edit, I leave you with few lines by James Allen who wrote about the power of Mind.


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Using graphene to embed breathable electronic circuits into fabric Scientists from the UK, Italy and China have been able to incorporate washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet printing techniques. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, working with colleagues in Italy and China, have demonstrated how graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon -- can be directly printed onto fabric to produce integrated electronic circuits which are comfortable to wear and can survive up to 20 cycles in a typical washing machine. The new textile electronic devices are

based on low-cost, sustainable and scalable inkjet printing of inks based on graphene and other two-dimensional materials, and are produced by standard processing techniques. Based on earlier work on the formulation of graphene inks for printed electronics, the team designed low-boiling point inks, which were directly printed onto polyester fabric. Additionally, they found that modifying the roughness of the fabric improved the performance of the printed devices. The versatility of this process allowed the researchers to design not only single transistors but all-printed integrated electronic circuits combining active and passive components. Most wearable electronic devices that are currently available rely on rigid electronic components mounted on plastic, rubber or textiles. These offer

limited compatibility with the skin in many circumstances, are damaged when washed and are uncomfortable to wear because they are not breathable. “Digital textile printing has been around for decades to print simple colorants on textiles, but our result demonstrates for the first time that such technology can also be used to print the entire electronic integrated circuits on textiles,” said co-author Professor Roman Sordan of Politecnico di Milano. “Although we demonstrated very simple integrated circuits, our process is scalable and there are no fundamental obstacles to the technological development of wearable electronic devices both in terms of their complexity and performance.” “The printed components are flexible, washable and require low power, essential requirements for applications in wearable electronics,” said PhD student Tian Carey, the paper’s first author.

Zünd UK refreshes demo suite with latest digital cutting technology Zünd UK has expanded its technology showroom to feature the latest digital cutting innovations. The enlarged showroom in St Albans provides demonstration space and houses the company’s newest offerings, including the Overhead Cutter Camera (OCC) and Laser Module unveiled at FESPA 2017.


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Visitors to the larger, refurbished Zünd UK demonstration suite will receive a tour from the Zünd UK team and an in-depth introduction into Zünd’s newest features. As well as the most up-to-date cutting machines, the latest advancements on display include an over-cutter camera and a laser cutting module. The new Zünd Overhead Cutter Camera (OCC) is a single camera mounted over the bed to target and capture all the register marks on a substrate at once, boosting the productivity of cutting processes by up to 30%. Available for the Zünd

G3, the new Laser Module is a 100W CO2 laser system able to accurately cut and seal polyester textiles in one step. This eliminates the time-consuming manual processes normally necessary to avoid fraying in soft signage, and therefore brings textiles up to 2mm thick in line with paper and PVC for POS applications, the company reports. Zünd UK is planning a number of open-house events in 2018 with this technology on show, but businesses interested in investing in the new modules or a whole new system prior to these events are invited to get in touch to arrange a one-to-one visit.


FESPA Asia Returns to Bangkok With a Bang! FESPA Asia, ASEAN region’s premier wide format print and signage event, returns to Bangkok, Thailand, from 22-24 February 2018 at the BITEC exhibition centre, aiming to build on the success of the 2017 of being ASEAN region’s premier event for the wide format, screen, textile print and signage markets. The FESPA Asia 2018 exhibition will provide print service providers and signage professionals, as well as textile specialists, with the chance to see the latest product innovations and applications in the market and discover new opportunities for business growth. The exhibition will feature more than 100 exhibiting companies, with many leading international brands

already confirmed to participate including M&R, Siser, d.gen, Multicam, JK Group, Caldera, Fimor, Sensient and Hexis, the official World Wrap Masters Partner. The inaugural FESPA Asia, which took place from 15 to 17 February 2017 in Thailand, attracted over 4,500 regional and international visitors. Attendees travelled from 63 countries, with the largest delegations coming from Thailand, Singapore, India, China and Malaysia. FESPA Divisional Director Roz Guarnori comments, “We’re delighted to have such strong commitment from many major international companies for FESPA Asia 2018 and such resounding endorsement from

a broad spectrum of regional Associations.” FESPA Asia 2018 is supported by Thai Garment Manufacturers Association, Thai Advertising Business Development Association and the Thai Textile Institute (THTI) who are proactively promoting the exhibition to members. Further support comes from FESPA’s ASEAN member associations in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Philippines and Australia, who represent a combined regional membership of more than 2,000 print service providers. ScreenTex is a media partner at FESPA Asia 2018. Recently, Jignesh Lapasiya, publisher, ScreenTex was also appointed as the India representative of FESPA.

Imprima acquires textile printing firm SET Imprima, a multinational group’s holding company dedicated to textile finishing, has announced the acquisition of SET - Società Europa Tessile, an Italian firm specialised in textile printing. With this operation, Imprima has become the first textile printing and finishing group in Europe, with 2017 forecasted sales revenue of around €160 million. SET is a company founded by Aldo Corvini in 1975, serving Italian and foreign customers

for over 40 years. With its operational headquarters located in Fiano Romano (Rome) and its production centre in Lonate Pozzolo (Varese), the company, whose 2016 sales revenue exceeded €60 million, offers printed, matchable items, and assists its customers in the creation of original collections both, for the fast fashion market and for the more conventional collections. At the base of the choice to let SET enter the group is Imprima’s strong willingness to diversify its creative offer and its costumer portfolio, increasing not only the figures of the fast fashion market but also those of the planned market, also at a geographical level. Valentina Franceschini president and chief executive officer said, “Our goal is to keep and improve the quality and the

different creative and commercial identities of each brand, helping each company to serve its customers following the best standards required by the textile market’s constant evolution, both within and outside of Europe.” SET’s follows the acquisition of Como-based printing converter B-Blossom in July and the previous ones of KBC (Germany’s printing leader) and Guarisco, making Imprima the main textile printing and finishing industrial group at a European level. The company in a statement issued to media had then stted that in the following years Imprima will keep growing thanks to a 30-million investment in technologies and further acquisitions in and outside of Italy, making sure to maintain its best practice of quality and service as well as the identity of each individual brand.

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AP Enterprises invests in new kits at Garknit-X 2017 Kolkata based home of transfer stickers for textile, AP Enterprise, invested in new kits at Garknit –X 2017. The company, which was started in 2014, bought Easiprint T-shirt transfer printing machine from Duratech Automation. The company also bought a die punching machine from Omkar Engineering. Amit Mitra, director of AP Enterprises, said “We have been in the business for last three years. Over the years we have been a healthy growth rate that prompted us to ponder over installing

new kits at our unit.” “We have already been using machines from Duratech and were happy with the services offered. It’s a user friendly machine and delivers good quality production. It’s always in the interest of turnaround time to continue with the same make of machines. That brings a certain kind of uniformity and synchronisation,” he said elaborating on the decision. “Similarly, we have been contemplating to add a die punching machine at our unit since we have been witnessing recurring orders which required the technology. Thus, we evaluated the system offered by Omkar Engineering and it did meet our expectation,” he added. The company has a 3000 sqft unit in Kolkata which is operated

by a selected team of 8 members. “The domestic demand which had slipped a few decimals recently has started showing signs of revival. We believe there is enough growth opportunity in the domestic market, and hence, have never (till now) thought about looking at export oriented works,” says Mitra when asked about why AP Enterprises has not looked at export market. He also revealed that the next phase of growth will require more investment in both machines and space. However, plans are on for setting up a new unit. “We have recently invested in a new 4000 sqft space. Although we are still deliberating whether to shift all operations under one roof or have an additional unit in place. Time and flow of orders will finally lead our decision,” Mitra said.

SPGPrints to highlight Pike at FESPA Mexico 2017 SPGPrints will be presenting its comprehensive machine and ink solutions to drive the uptake of digital textile printing in Central America at FESPA Mexico 2017. At the event, the screen and digital print equipment manufacturer will be presenting the Pike and Javelin digital textile printers. The former won the European Digital Press (EDP) Award for the Best Industrial Textile Solution in 2016 and the latter picked up the 2017 EDP Award for Best Textile Solution. Both printers use SPGPrints’ Archer technology and Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print


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heads to fire variable drops of ink (2-10pL) from a distance of up to 4mm onto the substrate. SPGPrints said the Javelin, a digital production scanning printer, is aimed at companies taking the first step into digital printing, or supplementing an existing digital capability. It is designed for textile printers requiring up to 2 million linear metres per year, the company added. SPGPrints said for larger volumes, SPGPrints it offers the Pike, a single-pass, high-speed production printer. The company said it will also present inks for digital printers using Kyocera printheads. SPGPrints touted its rotary screen offerings: the NovaScreen range, which offers reuseable nickel screens in mesh sizes from 135 to 245; the NovaScreen

245 mesh, which offers the good resolution in printing with sharp lines and geometrical designs; and the RandomScreen, a 125 mesh screen with the position of each hole slightly out of line. “The Mexican market is on the cusp of taking its first serious steps into high-volume digital textile production, and the Pike and Javelin printers offer the combination of speed, print quality, flexibility and costeffectiveness that our customers, and others, have been waiting for,” said Fernando Montes, managing director of SPGPrints Mexico. “[Presently], there is about a 60/40 split between polyester and cotton garments. Digital printing is able to create a more attractive look and feel without impacting price, which is also a major force in the market,” added Montes.

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EFI to provide Fiery Server for Xerox iGen 5 Press EFI has announced the availability of a new EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) for the Xerox iGen 5 Press. The Xerox EX-P 5 Print Server Powered by Fiery first made its debut at PRINT 17 show. The new Fiery DFE supports the iGen 5 Press’ new White Dry Ink capability, and is the first commercially available DFE on the new Fiery FS300 Pro platform. “We believe the new capabilities with the Fiery DFE will be a significant asset to our customers, especially as it relates to optimizing our fifth station options,” said Ragni Mehta, Vice

President And General Manager, Cut Sheet Business, Xerox. “This partnership with EFI will allow Xerox to capitalize on the ability of White Dry Ink and other specialty colours to increase the breadth of applications that can be produced on the Xerox iGen 5 Press.” The iGen 5 Press’ new White Dry Ink capability enables printing of brilliant content on coloured media, with applications including folding cartons, point of purchase (POP) materials, greeting cards, direct mail postcards, business cards and more. The Fiery DFE makes it easy to manage white dry ink (as well as all other fifth station options) throughout the entire job workflow. For

example, Fiery ImageViewer, part of the included Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, allows users to view the ink separation in the raster file to see exactly where white will print, preventing inadvertent errors and reducing waste. “The new Fiery DFE for the iGen 5 Press is based on the Fiery NX Premium hardware platform,” said John Henze, vice president of marketing, EFI Fiery. “It features HyperRIP enhancements that allow shops to double their processing speed on more types of jobs. It also includes the new Fiery Command WorkStation 6, the most popular production print job management interface in the industry, which is helping our customers increase their shop floor productivity.”

Huntsman & Viyellatex extend partnership for two years Huntsman Textile Effects, a global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has announced that the company has extended its partnership and collaboration agreement with Viyellatex Group, a leading multi-dimensional business firm in Bangladesh with spinning, knitting, dyeing, accessories, and printing facilities. The agreement will see the Viyellatex Group continuing to use Huntsman as its preferred and sole supplier for industry leading dyes, chemicals, and dying auxiliaries. The partnership, now in its 17th year, reinforces the recognition of Huntsman as a


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trusted and preferred supplier for the Viyellatex Group. Under the agreement, Huntsman will support Viyellatex’s Group of mills to streamline operations and optimise processes, train technical staff, and make recommendations to help improve yield and productivity. Chuck Hirsch, vice president, sales and technical resources, Huntsman Textile Effects said, “This cooperation agreement will also help Viyellatex Group to maintain its leading edge in the textile industry by leveraging Huntsman’s R&D capabilities, innovation and focus on sustainability, while continuing to comply with the stringent requirements of its export customers around the world.” David Hasanat, chairman of Viyellatex Group added, “The continuing support and technical

expertise from Huntsman will help us be more competitive in this increasingly challenging market. It will help us to comply with the stringent product demands from our global customers and better equip us to face challenges from operational and environmental aspects. Viyellatex Group places strong emphasis on sustainability by minimising energy usage, adopting waste and water recycling, and using only organic materials and environmentally compliant chemicals and dyes and Huntsman is the perfect partner in this regard as they share this vision.” In conjunction with the signing ceremony and as an active supporter of Bangladesh’s textile industry, Hirsch also hosted a customer seminar for more than 500 customers and prospects in the country’s capital.


Q.I. Press announces multiple installation at Amar Ujala Q.I. Press Controls in a press statement claimed that last year has seen Amar Ujala Publications investing in at least ten of its automation systems. As a result, the Dutch measurement and control equipment manufacturer claims it has seen a significant rise in its share on the Indian market. The statement stated that the the Manugraph Cityline press at Amar Ujala’s Agra unit is equipped with 14 mRC-3D cameras for colour register, all fitted with Automatic Ink Mist Shields (AIMS) for automatic cleaning of the lenses. Likewise in Agra, 14 mRC3D cameras for colour register,

fitted with AIMS, were installed on the Manugraph M360 press. The last project in Agra consisted of 2 mRC-3D cameras for colour register, fitted with AIMS, for the TPH Orient press. This installation represents an expansion of the existing system. In Lucknow, two TPH presses were provided with QIPC-EAE automation systems. The TPH Orient 35000 press here was equipped with 21 mRC-3D cameras for colour register and cut-off ribbon control, fitted with AIMS. On the TPH Orient press, a total of 2 mRC-3D cameras for colour register were installed, likewise with AIMS. The 2 new cameras represented an addition to the new tower on the press. Similarly in Noida, further two presses were provided with

new automation systems. On the TPH Orient 45000, a total of 18 mRC-3D cameras for colour register and cut-off control were installed. All cameras here were also fitted with AIMS. On an extra tower on the TPH Orient, 2 mRC-3D cameras with AIMS were also installed. The company also stated that a TPH Orient Xcel press in Dehradun unit was also fitted with 21 mRC-3D cameras with AIMS for colour register and cut-off control. The TPH Orient press in Kanpur, 50 kilometres south-west of Lucknow, was equipped with a new tower which included 2 mRC3D cameras with AIMS for colour register. Finally, in Moradabad, 150 kilometres east of New Delhi, 2 mRC-3D cameras with AIMS for colour register were installed on the TPH Orient’s new tower.

Orange O Tec celebrates sale of over 100 MS digital textile printing machines in India Surat based Orange O Tec Pvt in a press statement said that it has sold over 100 MS digital textile printing machines in the Indian textile market. Orange O Tec is the sole distributor of MS Italy in the country, one of the global leaders in digital textile printing technology. Orange O Tec too has built its reputation by offering after sales service through a team of over 25 service engineers and software support specialists stationed in its various offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Surat. The company also has resident engineers stationed at Tirupur and Bangalore. The company claims MS digital


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textile printer model, the JP7 has emerged as the best selling printer in India among the various MS printers like the JPK EVO and LaRio. MS also offers sublimation textile printers which include the JP3 and the JP4, the company said in the statement. The production speed of the JP7 is 200 linear metres per hour and has a printing width of 180 cms. The printer can accommodate up to 16 print heads, while offering a printing resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. While, the JPK EVO is an alternative to conventional flat bed machines and is in line with today’s fast changing fashion scenario and a time to market platform, with production speeds of 370 linear metres per hour. It has a massive print width of

320 cms and can accommodate up to 32 print heads offering print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. On the other hand, the LaRio is an alternative for the high printing production volumes of rotary printing. The LaRio offers production speeds of 2,100 linear metres per hour in up to eight colours, with a gigantic printing width of up to 320 cms and a printing resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. A LaRio has been installed in India and is running to the full satisfaction of MS Orange’s valued customer. Features common to all MS digital textile printers are drop size from 4 to 72pl, open software system, and embedded remote diagnostic and embedded web server for cost report.


3D at centre of Epson’s $14.9 bn 2025 strategy Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation has announced that it will be moving into 3D printing as part of its Vision 2025 Strategy to make sales revenue to grow by 50% from 2016. It was also announced that Epson’s robotics, AR, and AI businesses would be expanding. The company, well known for its 2D printers, has previously hinted at medium to long term ambitions to expand into 3D printing. However, 3D printing were only confirmed last week in Epson president Minori Usui’s announcement at the 35 year anniversary of Epson Singapore. In 2014, Epson President Minoru Usui stated that the company was looking at expanding into 3D printing, but had emphasised that the focus would be on large-scale and industrial 3D printing, noting that “not many people need to print a plastic figure.”

Usui had also asserted that “when it comes to 3D printing… we want our machines to make anything,” hinting at a more nuanced strategy for moving into the additive manufacturing sector. Earlier this year, a report on published on Epson Europe’s website argued that according to internal company research, 3D printing was integral to “the factory of the future.” The report cited advantages including “customised manufacturing,” together with “shorter supply chains” and “local advantages” as part of its case for “disruptive” 3D printing. Days prior to Usui’s Singapore address, it was also announced that Epson would be investing approximately 16 billion Yen ($140.3 million) into a new “Innovation Centre B” at its Hirooka Office in Japan. The centre would include “factory for prototyping and volume-producing large commercial and industrial printing systems” and a “test

laboratory for digital textile printing”, with the aim of growing its “printing solutions business” in response to “the expansion of key markets.” Epson’s target revenue for 2025 is 1.7 trillion Yen ($14.9 billion), a 50% increase on the revenue from 2016. Speaking at the event, Usui affirmed Epson’s corporate vision for 2025, “to create a new age of connected people, things and information with efficient, compact and precision technologies for sustainable growth.” Usui also affirmed Epson’s focus on industrial 3D printing, stating that “one of our goals for digital printing technology is the ability to print any materials…we are working on 3D printing that can work on a variety of printing material with high accuracy and productivity.” While extensive details about the printer have yet to be released, it was announced that Epson’s planned 3D printer would have printing speeds of up to 200 ppm.

14th Printpack India crosses the 100 exhibitors mark The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) has announced that it has received more than 100 confirmed bookings of space for participation in the forthcoming Printpack India 2019 exhibition. IPAMA is expecting more than 600 Indian and foreign exhibitors


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for this mega show which has become an international hub for display of latest technology and machinery. To give it a boost, IPAMA is organizing a promotional meet on 19th December, 2017 at the sidelines of Pamex. For promoting the exhibition, conferences, workshops etc. will be also be organized in major cities in India after the aforesaid promotional meet. IPAMA has already started participating in number of domestic and foreign events for promoting the exhibition.

In Printpack India 2019, new segments of the printing industry have also been added, and instead of hall-wise allocation, the space will be allotted to the exhibitors segment-wise. For instance, for the first time a new pavilion for screen and textile printing industry will be setup. ScreenTex is one of the media partners for Printpack India. The show is scheduled to be held from 01 to 06 February in 2017 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. IPAMA has fixed 31st January, 2018 as the last date of early bird discount.

QUICK BYTES Siegwerk acquires Van Son Liquids Siegwerk, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has signed a contract to purchase Van Son Liquids located in Hilversum, Netherlands. The family-owned company manufactures high-quality water-based flexo and gravure printing inks for more than 25 years. The deal includes the transfer of all technical expertise, product portfolio and manufacturing equipment related to Van Son Liquids headquarters in Hilversum. Siegwerk will continue to produce and serve customers from the production site in Hilversum. As a new member of the Siegwerk family, Van Son Liquids will be renamed into Siegwerk Hilversum going forward, whereas the product brand name AquaBase+ will be kept.

Durst & Media One to sell textile printing products

Durst Phototechnik, a manufacturer of professional digital imaging systems, and Media One Digital Imaging Solutions, developers of large format print and finishing solutions for dye sublimation textile market, have joined hands to sell Durst equipment in the Rho, Rhotex, and Alpha printer lines. Media One provides complete textile printing solutions. Durst recently won three SGIA product of the year awards, and have always focused on high-quality, high-production built-to-order machines. The need for a complete solutionoriented approach, especially in dye-sub and textile markets, makes this dealer partnership beneficial for Durst, Media One, and their mutual customers.

Datatex announces strategic expansion in India

textile and apparel industry, has announced that due to continued growth in Asia Pacific, the company is now launching sales, support, and development in India, with the new Indian subsidiary, Datatex India. The Asia Pacific region has always been pivotal in the apparel and textile value chain. The local Indian office will launch with a team of 40 consultants. Datatex India started operations in July 2017 and is instrumental in the development of future industry offerings.

OneVision launches new wide format automation suite OneVision Software has launched its wide format automation suite which incorporates functions such as nesting, tiling and paneling, together with cut line management. Workflows and assembly lines can be created digitally with an

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easy-to-use drag and drop editor – with changes possible at any time. The individual production steps are also automated by introducing major new functionalities to the workflow management system. Depending on the job type, a variety of complex steps, including the generation of registration marks and barcodes, can also take place at the start of the process. Following data optimisation, transparencies are flattened to speed up the print process and avoid colour errors.

MGI Jetvarnish 3D Evolution acquired by Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta has added the new MGI Jetvarnish 3D Evolution to its industrial printing product portfolio. The JETvarnish 3D Evolution, developed and manufactured by Konica Minolta’s strategic partner MGI, is available in three sizes from B2 to B1. It delivers high volume productivity with up to 4,065 B2 size sheets per hour, offers remarkable registration and the ability to create brilliant and highly profitable 2D and 3D effects with up to 200

micron in a single pass. It applies spot UV coating as a top layer to make prints more vivid, tactile and exclusive.

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner project

Xeikon has canned its Trillium liquid toner programme, which it first revealed more than five years ago. The Flint Group-owned manufacturer said the technology had “encountered several challenges” in bringing it to market as a commercial product since it was first shown in prototype as the Quantum single-colour unit in 2012. Benoit Chatelard, president and CEO digital solutions, of Xeikon parent Flint Group, explained: “We are confident that the segments we operate can be well served with our current dry toner technology and the newly launched Panther UV inkjet technology. With our dry toner technology, we will continue our focus on both the packaging and document businesses, as well as specialty segments where we bring significant value including

QUICK BYTES NPES elects Mark Hischar 2018 board chair NPES-The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies has elected Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America, as the Chair of the NPES Board of Directors at the organization’s recent membership meeting held during the NPES 2017 Annual Conference and Brand Inspiration Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hischar has been the President and CEO of KBA North America since October 2009. KBA North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the German-based Koenig & Bauer Group, the world’s oldest printing press manufacturer serving the broadest range of printing and imaging industry segments in the world. He joined the NPES Board in 2011 and most recently served as the Association’s treasurer for the past two years. security printing and wall décor.”

Mimaki expands flatbed cutting plotter portfolio

Wide-format print specialist Mimaki has moved to further enhance its range of solutions with the launch of the new CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter. With the ability to handle materials as large as 1,220 x 2,440mm, Mimaki said the device complements Mimaki JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer for users to produce seasonal point-of-purchase displays of exhibition components. Mimaki also said that both the CF22-1225 and JFX2002513 can be combined with ArtiosCAD Designer Solution software to make a “complete print-and-cut workflow”, capable of creating custom packaging or prototypes.

EFI releases new LED flatbed printer Aimed at signage and graphics providers, the Pro 24f LED flatbed printer can print fine imaging text on boards and is ideal for POP, retail, display


graphics and gig-based works. The new machine features EFI’s LED and variable drop grayscale head technology, and provides precision imaging, fine detail and outstanding image quality, according to the company. With a 4x 8 ft bed, offering four-colour printing plus white ink standard, the device is designed for at signage, photographic backlit displays, art reproductions, membrane switches, graphic overlays, lenticular prints and other specialty applications up to two inches thick.

Massivit 3D appoints worldwide director of marketing

3D printer manufacturer Massivit 3D has appointed Isabelle Marelly as worldwide director of marketing. Formerly of 3D printer manufacturer former Stratasys, she has also held marketing roles with software provider Telelogic, and CAD/CAM pioneer

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Computervision. Marelly assumes responsibility for leading the continued implementation of Massivit 3D’s marketing programme to expand the company’s brand profile and value proposition across the globe.

Avery Dennison invests in smart glass co Gauzy US company, Avery Dennison, has announced an investment in Israeli company Gauzy, a developer and manufacturer of liquid-crystal-based materials, films, applications and solutions for a variety of end markets including construction, automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances, the solar industry and more. Gauzy, which is based in Tel Aviv, has successfully commercialized several initial “smart glass” products, including an embedded switchable window film that can alternate from clear and frosted with the touch of a button. The film is currently used in architectural applications and is under evaluation for automotive applications.

Ricoh releases first UV flatbed printer Ricoh’s first UV flatbed printer has been unveiled and it is said to be optimised for industrial decoration

printing. Industrial printers and manufacturers’ needs for greater customisation capability, smaller lot size flexibility, and expanded materials versatility will be met by the Ricoh Pro T7210, Ricoh’s first UV flatbed printer. Optimised for industrial decoration printing, the Pro T7210 offers both excellent image quality and high productivity at 50 sq/m per hour (standard mode) or 100 sq/m per hour in high speed mode. Its broad application range focuses on the industrial sector; interior decoration and building materials, especially rigid and heavy, including glass, wood, aluminium composite and metal.

Roop Graphics installs Efi-Vutek LX3 Pro Arrow Digital has recently installed the Efi-Vutek LX3 Pro production Level LED Printer at Roop Sign & Graphics Roop Graphics is one of many Arrow’s long time customers in North India. Roop has a list of customers and was the sole agency to handle complete in-stadia signage at several select venues of the 2010 CWG in New Delhi. The new Efi VUTEk installation will provide them upgraded speeds and quality to produce growing volumes of graphic displays and signage.


SGI Dubai 2018: LED and textile printing witnessing boom

According to the International Expo Consults (IEC), part of Falak Holding, LED and textile printing industry is slated to grow exponentially in 2017 across the UAE and the Middle East region and is set to propel the retail sector. SGI Dubai is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year in the region to cater to the needs of exhibitors and visitors in the LED and textile printing industries apart from signage, outdoor media, screen and digital printing industries. The ‘SGI Dubai 2018’ show will be held from 14 to 16 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre. As per reports, the LED market will witness a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 per cent from 2015 through 2022 in the Middle East and Africa region (MEA). The lighting industry was also pegged at US$2.35 billion in 2015 in the MEA region. Global LED market is forecasted to have an annual growth of 5% by 2016


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and 3% annually until 2020. The regional markets will experience growth as global market is set to be worth USD350 million by 2017. UAE has plenty of upcoming and developing projects and by 2020 is set to reach over USD200 billion worth of investments in UAE’s power sector. “A laudable factor is the changing attitudes of people towards LED. Earlier people used to think that LEDs are expensive and don’t perform, but that thought process is slowly changing...LED technologies can survive the hot weather conditions of the GCC region. Governments have reduced the energy subsidies in the region which is a catalyst in the adoption of LED technologies in the region. The lasting life, sustainability in hot weather conditions and cost effectiveness of LEDs has paved the way for alternative cost efficient lighting resources across the world

and specially GCC,” stated Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo Consults. SGI Dubai 2018 will have an exclusive LED focused pavilion to cater to the needs of LED stakeholders. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of International Expo Consults states, “The digital signage industry is on a major upswing largely driven by the area’s growing retail, commercial, healthcare, F&B, tourism and infrastructure sectors. The digital signage industry is mostly catered to by the LED technology and the demand for high definition picture quality complimented with attractive design is driving the demand for displays market”. While Northern America is the largest market for LED and South East Asia the fastest growing for the sector, the MENA region isn’t that far behind due to the huge infrastructure advancements which would correlate to acceleration in

REPORT LED lighting developments. According to Sunil Purushothaman, General Manager, Masonlite, “LED’s have reached every nook and corner by cutting costs, saving power and being efficient. The market is very attractive and promising as LED’s find great utility for both indoor and outdoor signs. Digital printing will have an impact as a result of this, however, this is being replaced by a vibrant, attractive, economic variant which requires less maintenance. Retail market, especially will find LED technology a boon for its promotional requirements”. As per the Global Industry Analysts report, printed textiles market is projected to touch 29.8 billion square meters by 2020, due to the technology enhancements aimed at improving print speeds, design and efficiency. This is gathering momentum in the MEA region as well. This region was earlier known as the trading hub but is transforming itself as the manufacturing hub and will soon entail manufacturing and exporting of textiles. The textile printing industry is also set to flourish in the MENA region as UAE stands as the world’s fourth largest trading centre of textiles, generating an approximate $17.5 billion annually. This statement is attributed to the fact that around 150 apparel manufacturing companies which make up for almost 5.5 percent of the annual textile sales across the globe. “SGI Dubai 2018 will include an exclusive textile printing focused pavilion called ‘SGI Textile’. This announcement will see the introduction of new technologies under various categories alongside other major pavilions. The retail industry in UAE is a preferred destination for an international

shopping experience as it is constantly improvising. We are pleased to introduce this exclusive segment - Textile pavilion at our event to fulfil the growing industry requirements. SGI Dubai 2018 will help to consolidate and grow your textile printing business to the next level assisting you to reap maximum benefits,” Sharif added. ‘SGI Textile 2018’, an integral part of the SGI Dubai show will display and introduce innovative textile printing technology products. The world’s leading textile printing entrepreneurs will converge at the 21st edition of the show to provide the stakeholders with the right insights to lead the industry. Some of the key highlights of ‘SGI Textile 2018’ will include; heat transfer printing; digital textile printing; other fabric printing; custom flags for tradeshows and conventions; POS displays; table covers with logos and banners and; wall graphics among others. Retailing in the UAE is expected to reach Dh200 billion in 2017, growing by a 5 per cent on average each year, according to an analysis by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Consumer spending is also expected to continue rising in the medium-term, with growth rates projected to stabilise at about 4 per cent on average per year leading to a total spending of more than Dh750 billion in 2017 across many categories, the analysis adds. LED and the Textile Printing industry with form a major crux of retailing and will have several retail based products on display at the SGI exhibition next year. SGI Dubai 2018 is roping in exhibitors and trade visitors across the globe including, USA, UK, Germany, China and Japan,

among others. The industries best kept secrets and trends are set to be unveiled as the 21st edition of the show is touted to receive thousands of visitors from different countries. The SGI Dubai 2017 show witnessed billion dollar deal contracts which were signed at the three day show. The exhibition also hosted seminars and workshops conducted by industry experts. The show welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 36 countries spread over 22,000 m2 and registered over 40 new exhibitors. Return of Hall of Fame The organisers have also announced second iteration of its annual property ‘Wall of Fame’ at the show. Talking on the ‘Wall of Fame’ concept, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman, IEC, said, “Every year our exhibitors have new creatives rolled out using the latest that technology has to offer. Some that even could be featured in an art gallery. We just want the world to appreciate their creations and recognize and applaud their ingenuity in our own unique way. The previous edition of ‘Wall of Fame’ received encouraging response from the participants, exhibitors and the visitors to the show. We expect an even bigger participation for our 2018 edition”. The winners of the ‘Wall of Fame’ will be decided by an independent panel of judges, reactions from SGI Dubai’s social media pages and also with the help of the visitors attending the show. All entries to the competition would have to be developed in between January 2017 and December of 2017, and all exhibitors at the show are urged to participate. Participants need to send in the images by December 1st, 2017 via email to enter the SGI Dubai social media platforms. ScreenTex is a media partner at SGI Dubai.

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Cheran’s Digital / Oval Textile Printing Machine (PIGMENT)

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Kutchi community in print & allied industries unites for prosperity Kutchi community, known for business acumen, has formed The Kutchi Printers and Allied Industries Association (KPAIA) Kutchi community of India is known for its sharp business acumen for eons. Over the years, the community has moved out of Gujarat and established business across different sectors and in different parts of the country. One such industry, which has seen Kutchi businessmen take keen interest, has been printing and packaging — and more specifically, paper trading. The Association was an extension of a WhatsApp group started by Dinesh Gogari and his son Mitul Gogari last year. The Group offered a unique platform for the Kutchi Community members related to the print and allied industries to exchange information related to technology, business environment, government sops and subsidies, business leads, etc. Within few weeks, the group witnessed tremendous support and participation from the community. As a result, the idea was proposed to formally create an Association that would work for the welfare of the community. Jignesh Lapasiya, publisher, ScreenTex too extended support to the idea of the association and is one of the active members of the WhatsApp group. KPAIA today includes more than 300 manufacturers, distributors, and even customers from the community. Once the group swelled with members, and as a precursor to the unveiling of the decision to form an association, the founding members organised a get-together in Matunga, Mumbai. The event saw attendance from more than


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100 Kutchi businessmen. All the members networked and got to know each other better. The event was graced by Ashok Desai, a stalwart in the industry and past Principal of Government Institute of Printing Technology. He was also chosen as the guide and torchbearer by the members owing to his vast experience. Consequently, under the Bombay Non Trading Corporation Act of 1959, the Association was registered with 12 founding members as part of the management committee. Anil Gala, director of the well-known company Navneet Education, was unanimously anointed as the first President of the newly formed association.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenTex, Dinesh says, “A majority of our (community’s) business is family-run. We realised that the generation entering business is not as strongly connected and networked as we have been. We wanted our community to benefit from mutual admiration, respect, exchange of ideas and even foster business relationship.” “Our intention is not just to bring together the community for business interest but social causes too. Our endeavour would be to make this as a podium where people can raise questions, stand together for a cause and help each other to gain from experience and knowledge,” he adds.





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India is an important market for us: Sylvia Walz, Director, Heinz Walz

German screen printing machine manufacturer, Heinz Walz, has been present in India for some years. Globally its brand name SCHENK has always been associated to textile printing machines. The family owned company, with headquarter in Pfullingen revolutionized the screen printing industry in the 70’s by introducing one of the first carrousel screen printing machines. Today its machines are manufactured and exported to all over the world. It has also expanded its range of equipment to include accessories related to screen printing such as flash cure and tunnel driers as well as single and multicolour flock devices and embroidery machines. In 2017, the company as part of its strategy to increase market share from India, appointed Trieka Innovations as its distributor. Commenting on the appointment, Sylvia Walz, director of Heinz Walz, says, “India is a huge market


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opportunity and we wanted to have a distributor with a good reach as well as solid technical support. I had met one of the directors of Trieka at an industry show and decided they are most suited for the responsibility. “Trieka is led by three directors – Anup Kejriwal, Srinath Hemmighe, and Vivek Sehgal – all of who have decades of experience in the textile printing field. At any given time, there are over 10 servicing filed agents of Trieka installing, servicing or performing routine checks. The company has grown leaps and bounds over a short span of three years and currently employs more than 200 people across all the three office locations. Walz is banking on the trend of automation in India to boost her business. “There are many printers in India who do printing in the manual technique. There is lot of scope for automation in the country, and we would want to

be at the centre of this trend. What is common between what we have to offer and what Indian customer wants is the reliability factor. Our machines are solid and stay true to the production for many decades,” she says. There are more than 50 SCHENK machines in India; especially, in Tirupur, Kolkata and Ahmedabad markets. Though it is available in the 4/6/8/12/16 colour variants, the hot favourites among the printers have been 8 and 12 palette machine. Few of the customers are Promod Jahawar of Printex (Kolkata), Sanu of Shiva Enterprises, and Adith of Marvel Prints, Tirupur. Vivek Seghal said, “The focus of Trieka is not only on the screen printing sector. We have got machines related to direct digital printing machines both for roll as well as cut pieces. We are also a distributor for Bodor laser cutting machines, sublimation printers and will continue to expand our portfolio for textile printing industry under the umbrella brand of Trieka.” In addition to leads Walz is focusing n re-capturing customers. “Cross-sell and retention is a difficult business. Customers who have once purchased your products are both the easiest as well as the most difficult ones to convince. If your customer service has been poor, you shall face double whammy with customers becoming your biggest brand crises creators. On the contrary a good service or experience leads you to a cross sell. We, in India, want to increase our cross-sellability quotient,” she concludes.


10 things signmakers & large format printers should consider when investing in RIP software packages the supplier of your RIP, should you trust your business with it? How will you handle a colour management problem? Where will you go for support? If the manufacturer is 10,000 miles away, where do you think the software supplier is? If you really love the printer, find out if it will run RIP software from a supplier you are familiar with.

At the beginning of the digital age, the RIP was the premier tool of printers and repro houses. Today, output devices take centre-stage along with file sharing, remote access and Cloud storage applications. However, RIPs still matter – a lot – indeed, print quality depends upon it. So, what should large format print providers and signmakers look for when choosing a RIP? 1. Do bundled RIPs offer good value? Value is in the eye of the beholder. There are many excellent RIP software packages from leading suppliers bundled with printers. A bundled RIP/printer purchase is a good way of ensuring compatibility, but users should look beyond the headlines and the price tag. One important thing to remember is that this is a business


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decision as well as a technical one. What is your business’ USP? Fast and cheap; top quality in everything; or somewhere in between? Do you need to consider the ability to add more printers or a cutter in the foreseeable future? These factors should influence your buying decision. 2. Do you know who made the software bundled with the printer? Is it branded and supported, or vanilla and anonymous? What’s the track record of the supplier? Knowing the origin of your software will inform your decision. If it’s proprietary to the large format printer supplier, find out as much as you can about support, upgradeability, scalability, and flexibility. If you can’t learn anything about

3. Does the RIP software package offer the features, versatility and flexibility your business needs? Will it enable your business to grow? To play golf well, you need more than just a nine iron. Look for the tools you need to do the job well. Look also for things that you may need in the future: How easy is it to add new devices? Our industry-renowned Flexi software, for example, offers a comprehensive suite of tools to give large format print providers and sign-makers maximum versatility. Are there applications missing that you may need? Alternatively, you may not need a lot of bells and whistles; in which case a more basic, but robust, RIP will be more cost-effective – but double-check its upgradability and support! 4. How well will it integrate into your business? Look for RIP software that will support the majority of your equipment. For example, if you do a lot of banners, and

ADVERTORIAL have more than one printer and perhaps a cutter, you may need a RIP software that can combine these functions and drive all your devices. It will simplify operation, streamline workflow, and minimise training. You don’t want little islands of different software in your production shop.

up and toolpath preparation of 2D or 2.5D Flexi design files for CNC output. Making CNC sign production (2D, 2.5D or 3D) part of your offering and promoting it to your customers is an opportunity well worth exploring before deciding on a RIP package.

5. What support is available? Who is it from? How well supported/ trained are they by the supplier? For busy large format print providers and signmakers, these are crucial questions. Support teams don’t exist just to fix unexpected problems, though how fast and how well they do it is extremely important. They can provide expert knowledge in configuration, workflow efficiency, information on industry trends, application and product advice as well as business development consultancy. A good software reseller will want to build a relationship, not just send you some CDs and move on to the next sale. Learning about the support offered before investing should be high on your check list.

7. Does it require a major capital investment, or are subscriptions, and other purchase options available? Buying a RIP can be a major investment, and the cost can even prevent companies from upgrading to the RIP software package that is best for their business. A monthly subscription is a much cost-effective option, and can be a small revenue expense rather than a large capital cost. SAi introduced the first subscription-based RIP software, offering subscription periods of as little as one month for maximum flexibility and value. Moreover, subscribers have all of the latest features, so they are using the best and latest available.

6. Does it integrate into CNC machining software to enable 3D sign production? Large format sign and display production is increasingly about differentiating your customers from their competition. Requests for the new and novel will only increase. Demands for new materials, colours, and formats will keep the pressure on your production team. High on the list of the growing trends is sign production using CNC machining. Some RIP software packages for signmakers now offer this capability. For example, the new SAi +EnRoute for Flexi is one that dramatically simplifies file clean-

8. How easy is it to upgrade? How often should I upgrade? As all signmakers know, nothing is static. New features, new demands, new materials and colours all mean that an ability to upgrade is essential. How expensive this is, and how easy it is to do are important factors, and may be closely related. An inexpensive software upgrade that requires a lot of downtime is less good value than a more expensive one that can be installed quickly. This problem does not exist with subscription software that is always up to date. To stay competitive, you should always keep your

RIP software up-to-date. If you don’t then you are giving your competitors down the street some serious advantages because they will have the latest features that make their production more efficient. For example, Flexi 12 includes an automated online Artwork Approval, which helps sign and print business turn jobs quicker and get more sales. Businesses without that feature are not as competitive. 9. Does it have Cloud connectivity? What other value-added services are available? A cloud-enabled RIP software like Flexi enables safe job storage and collaboration of sign design. Also, mirroring the trend to be away from the office, SAi’s Flexi Cloud mobile app, the first to be introduced, gives business owners access to job status, information and production trends from virtually anywhere to keep them in control of their business. 10. What is its speed capability? Does it have the ability to output for multiple devices? Understanding the ‘sweet spot’ of a large format RIP software package will help you make a decision. It should correspond closely to the type of work you do in terms of speed, quality, functionality and output requirements. If price were no object, what would you buy? Try to find something as close to that as possible. Remember, good enough today just might not be good enough in six months’ time.RIP software remains an important consideration and can have a longterm effect on your operation. Making the right choice will enable you to get the most from your hardware, and from your business.

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Do you think 3D printing is not for you? Think again! By Nessan Cleary

The generic term 3D printing covers a wide variety of different technologies and materials, albeit with the common goal of producing three dimensional objects. In most cases these objects are created one layer at a time, with successive layers built on top of each other, often with a secondary material to support the object while it’s being created. There are many different approaches, such as extruding plastic, heated to a near liquid form, which then hardens as it cools. An alternative is stereolithography, which essentially uses resins that can be cured by UV light to form plastic objects. There are also metal printers that lay down powdered metal, which is then fused into solid objects through the use of lasers. Up to now 3D printing has mainly been used to create prototypes leading to faster product development. But the technology


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is increasingly being used to produce parts, and is now often referred to as additive manufacturing. For now, this is expensive and slow so tends to be limited to high value applications, mainly aerospace and medical. Also, some companies are considering using 3D printing to manufacture replacement parts ondemand to cut down on the need to hold warehouses full of spare parts. Wide format and 3D printing Many of the vendors involved in making wide format printers are also developing 3D printing solutions, though it is debatable as to how much crossover there is between 3D and wide format. There is clearly some synergy with CAD printing, where a 3D printer could produce a model of the CAD diagrams for a more tactile prototype or even model buildings for the

architecture market. The other likely market is dimensional and special effects signage. There’s an enormous range of 3D printers available, and since there isn’t space to go through them all here, we’ll instead look just at those vendors that are already known to the wide format market, which offers a good cross section of the available technology. The Israeli company Massivit has developed a 3D printer that is specifically aimed at producing point of sale and brand marketing. This is a market that the Massivit team is very familiar with, most of the senior management having worked for HP Scitex at some point in their careers. The Massivit 1800 is a big machine, with a printing area of 1.5m x 1.2m x 1.8m. It can produce life-size statues as well as special effects for display signage. It can be configured with two heads so you could print two life-size standing human sculptures side by side.

GUEST COLUMN It works by laying down a gel-like material, Dimengel, which is a photo polymer acrylicbased material that solidifies with exposure to UV. Once the material hardens it’s quite stable so that there’s no need for any supports and the objects can be hollow. You will need to coat it for outdoor durability. Mimaki is developing a 3D printer. The really interesting aspect of this is that it uses UV ink itself to create the 3D objects. The print heads lay down a dissolvable resin to support the object, as well as the ink that forms the object, both of which are cured by UV light. Once the object is printed, the support can be dissolved in a water wash and the UV object peeled away. It prints in six colours – CMYK plus white and clear – so that the objects have the full colour gamut that we would normally associate with a UV printer with over 10 million colours. This is a distinct selling point over the majority of 3D printers, most of which use just the single colour of the material they are printing. Some 3D devices do have colour, but the Mimaki machine appears to have much brighter, more vivid colours. Ronald van den Broek, general manager for Mimaki Europe, says that it can be used to add more dimensions to sign graphics and even production of items such as buttons. But the main market is clearly prototyping. Mimaki has also developed the file handling software to go with it. Canon has also stated its intention to develop its own 3D printers. For now, Canon has partnered with 3D Systems, one of the main players in the 3D world, to sell its range of machines. This includes the ProJet 660 Pro, which is designed for creating prototype models. It lays down a powdery

VisiJet material together with CMYK and clear inks, with the ink containing the binder that’s used to create the object. Other options include stereolithography printers, that print a plastic resin material. Roland has developed desktop milling machines but recently has concentrated its efforts on dental printers. Earlier this year it launched a 3D printer, the DWP- 80S, that was designed for producing dentures, which uses UV-curable resin. But Roland is also working on a ceramic printer, demonstrating a prototype last year. This jets a binder material into alumina powder and can produce finely detailed objects for both decorative uses and manufacturing industrial parts such as ceramic filter elements. Ricoh has also set up an additive manufacturing business unit and developed a 3D printer, the S5500P. It uses selective laser sintering, which involves depositing a powdered material that is then irradiated with the laser for sintering. It uses materials such as PA12 and PA6, which are high performance nylon-based materials that can be used for functional parts, for example, in the automotive industry. It has a large build area of 550mm × 550mm × 500mm and can fabricate different kinds of parts at the same time, as well as large parts all at once. HP is developing its own line of Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers, which use the same thermal printhead technology as the latex wide format printers. They use a form of laser sintering, laying down a powdered material and then jetting two agents to this. One of these is a coalescing agent that causes the powder to be fused when it’s hit by a

laser, while the other modifies the powder to give the material specific properties. This could be adding colour or changing the surface texture. Once the liquid agents have been jetted, a laser passes over the area, fusing the powder where the liquid agent has created a pattern. Most of the materials that HP has shown so far have been various forms of thermoplastic but the company is also developing ceramics and other materials and says that it is committed to becoming a major player in the 3D market. Conclusion There are a number of factors that anyone thinking about using 3D printing should take into consideration. Firstly, most of the machines tend to be relatively slow – the bigger the part, the longer it takes to print. Also, most of the various types of printing also require further cleaning and sometimes polishing before the objects can be used. Most materials can be 3D-printed, ranging from silicon to titanium, as well as thermoplastics and nylons. But objects should be designed specifically for 3D-printing to take into account the material properties, and the appropriate files prepared accordingly. There are few practical limitations and everything from toys to parts for jet rocket engines have been 3D-printed – it really is down to your imagination!

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Top 3 things you should know about textured inks By Sonja Angerer

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? The good news is: Thanks to wide format printing, you can. Even if it is just one item, and even better you don’t need to spend a fortune on it. Being the touchy-feely beings that we are, humankind has always been very focused on sensory input with their printed product, back to old Johannes Gutenberg’s days. Ask any devoted book lover, why he prefers a printed copy to a much more convenient Kindle version, and you are likely to end up with an evening’s worth of explanation about letterpress, embossing, print varnishing, fine paper surfaces, and the feeling you get when touching printed books.


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Most tactile finishing options are very traditional and very sophisticated. If produced with analogue, often screen printing, equipment, they can be very expensive, because you need to manufacture a template or forme first. This also has some impact on the environment. So, in 2012, HP launched the Indigo 7600 liquid ElectroInk Digital Press, capable of emulating print varnishing,

textured effects and raised print on sheet paper and foil media up to 330 x 482 mm (SRA3+), mainly for the commercial and print markets. In 2008, Roland DG had already made textured effects available with the highly acclaimed VersaUV LEF-300 and at

GUEST COLUMN UV curing wide format inkjet entry level prices. It used a clear varnish ink to emulate leather or scaled effects on paper or foil, albeit painfully slowly, a problem fixed with later generations of Roland DG UV printers. Doing away with print templates as well as the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) typical of screen print production and the excess associated with conventional print runs, UV curing inks opened up a new, more environmentally sensitive way of textured surface print finishing. How do textured inkjet effects work? UV-curing clear inks allow for partial varnish and interesting tactile effects. Photo: S. Angerer While many leading manufacturers of inkjet printing equipment, such as Canon/Océ, Durst, EFI, Fujifilm and Mimaki, have added a clear varnish option to their UV Hybrid or flatbed printers over the years, the basic concept of how to create textured inkjet surface has remained. Using clear varnish as a kind of spot colour, and taking advantage of the option to either create high-gloss or matte finish depending on the UV lamp settings, it usually takes only very few layers of UV ink to create a clearly textured look and feel. One actual layer of UVcuring ink is usually only up to an absolute maximum of 0,5 mm thick, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that really any UV-curing ink print causes a very distinct tactile effect. This is because when observed under a microscope, a UV-curing ink surface is quite rough, almost like very tiny mountains and valleys. Adding up to 50 layers of clear ink onto a rigid substrate or board, it is

possible to build textures and elevated structures, and create doming effects or lenticular lenses. The maximum height of such relief effects is still somewhat limited: most machines can do up to about 2 mm, and some Canon Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity models may be tweaked up to about 5 mm. There are two main reasons for this constraint. To ensure a sharp image, the printhead has to be placed quite close to the substrate, but must never touch it, because of the risk of a head crash which will damage both print and printhead. Therefore, the maximum substrate height (including any bumps and structures) is rather limited, and will most often not exceed 10 mm. But secondly, and even more important, the higher the desired structures, the more layers of inks are needed to create them, making the whole process slower and thus more expensive. This is true even if some applications allow for not only the use of clear varnish to create the elevations, but also include process colours to lay down a higher amount of ink with one pass of the printhead. What can I use textured inks for? A creative new clear ink has been added to Mimaki’s LH-100 hard UV ink for the UJF-3042, JFX and JFXplus series of UV LED curable inkjet printers. Textured inks are today mostly used for bespoke shortrun customised items, such as mobile phone cases and other gifts and high-end labels. There are also options in luxury Fine Art reproduction, where even the artist’s brushwork on an oil painting is reproduced in fine

detail. In signmaking, textured inks are often used for elevated letters and maps, helping people with visual impairments to find their way around. Canon Océ customer H. Marahrens Schilderwerk Siebdruckerei Stempel at Bremen (DE), for example, has been using their Arizona printers to print Braille since 2007. They mainly concentrate on signmaking applications, but since packaging is increasingly required to include Braille, demand in short-run personalised packaging is expected to increase in future. Mimaki suggests yet another option with its UJF-7151 and LUS120 printers, using a combination of white, gloss and matte clear ink for filmless lenticular applications such as motion and flip-flop or 3D motifs. Instead of laminating a lenticular film onto the graphic, you just print the lenses directly onto the substrate’s surface.

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How do I create textured ink applications? These mosaic smartphone cases were printed with a Roland DG LEF-300. Photo: Roland DG When thinking about a textured or relief ink application, it is paramount first to find a digital printing company that


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is very familiar with these kinds of projects. Depending on the system they use, their requirements for customer data might be different. Roland DG, for example, offers an extensive surface library with their VersaWorks Raster Image Processor (RIP) for use with compatible software like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw. Canon’s Project Eiger gives away a free Adobe Illustrator Plug-in to create an “elevation file” that goes along with the colour file to define the elevation heights in shades of grey between 0 und 100%. Some printing houses will use their own methods, using their RIP software and relying on their operator’s experience to tweak the data for the desired effect, which will vary greatly

from a smooth Matte finish to a look of real water droplets and even Rhinestones. Do ask for samples in an early stage of your project, and never allow yourself to be talked into skipping a proof print on the actual print substrate! When creating work for the visually impaired, make sure to get some expert help, as Braille characters have to meet very specific standards to be easy for blind people to read. As a rule of thumb, elevated UV inkjet textures, partial print varnish surfaces, elevated letters and maps as well as Braille structures will have to be defined as fifth (sixth, seventh…) spot colours in the print. So, you see, it’s not that difficult, and the creative options to really make a splash are positively endless. So, what are you waiting for?


Top 4 fastest growing areas in industrial printing

Industrial printing takes place across the world, with manufacturers using the processes, and specialist suppliers selling to component and product manufacturers. Printing technology is widely used in broader manufacturing processes, where the design is a key factor in the product, particularly in: • • • • •

Décor Laminates Ceramics Textiles Glass

Routes to market vary widely, with large manufacturers employing printing functions as part of their processes, and specialist print businesses supplying components. Smithers Pira’s report - The Future of


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Functional and Industrial Print to 2022 - values the industrial and functional print market at $76.9 billion in 2017, expanding to $114.8 billion by 2022. Asia is the largest region, reflecting the concentration of manufacturing there, with large printing companies supplying electronics and environment materials, films and interior décor materials. There is also solid growth in North America and Western Europe for high-value items and improvements to many manufacturing processes. Historically decorative printing of décor and laminates was the biggest sector, responsible for a third of the total

value. This has now shifted with electronics, digital textile work and 3D printing, all growing much faster across the five-year Smithers Pira study period. Smithers Pira in-depth analysis identifies the four main growth applications in industrial print and discusses the general move towards greater integration of digital print technologies: Décor and laminates Print is widely used to decorate the surface appearance of much furniture and surfaces. Rotogravure dominates this market, where it is used to print paper that is processed into laminates for work surfaces, furniture, flooring and wallcoverings. Flexo and

GUEST COLUMN offset platforms take a small share and the use of inkjet printers is becoming more widespread, especially for bespoke designs. The market shows consistent growth between 2012 and 2022, reflecting the growing construction sector and the demand from more affluent consumers for pleasant interiors. There is growth in institutional and office buildings, in both the public and private sector where organisations require branding. There are also emerging niche opportunities. For example with the wide use of online travel review sites, hotels are increasingly keen to deliver a fresh experience. A ‘TripAdvisor effect’ has been identified, with the claim it reduces the hotel renovation cycle from every seven years to every five years, consequently boosting the market for printed décor. The value of the décor and laminate print market in 2017 is over $15.8 billion and this will grow by an annual average growth rate of around 4% to 2022 when it will be worth $19.6 billion. Electronics Using print to produce electronic items – membrane switches, RFID, circuitry, displays and photovoltaics – is already big business for many suppliers, and emerging applications in device and component design will continue to create new opportunities. In 2017 this market segment is sized at $28.8 billion and will rise to a $47.8 billion valuation by 2022. The printing of electronics is still an evolving technology. It opens up a host of design opportunities and will enable the creation of a range of futuristic electronic devices. Printed electronics allows electronic functionality to be delivered on a far wider range of

substrates than conventional methods. It will enable products with a cost and functionality that conventional electronic structures cannot deliver. While traditional electronics are used in print and packaging, integrating large-area printable electronics can provide thin, conformable and lightweight circuitry using large-scale high-volume manufacturing processes at low cost. Printed circuits, RFID, displays, batteries and photovoltaics are all making steady progress. Asia is the biggest region for printed electronics, led by many leading electronics companies in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. It is a low-cost manufacturing centre for many items including circuit boards, membrane switches and displays, while large printing companies use print as part of the largescale production of many items. Many large, innovative electronics companies making smartphones, TVs and displays, lighting and solar panels are using printing as part of the production process. Digitally printed textiles The global printed textile market is huge, estimated at over 32 billion square metres of output annually. Printing with inkjet is becoming increasingly significant as fashion trends become ever more changeable - the adoption of inkjet textile printing is supporting ‘fast fashion’, with much quicker response times available to retailers. There is strong growth in the sector as the $321 million market in 2012 rose by 351% to over $1.1 billion in 2017. This

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GUEST COLUMN is set to accelerate, expanding at annual growth rate of 14.3% to 2022, a value of 2.1 billion. Inkjet printing allows the supply chain to be shortened and made more flexible. There are many t-shirt printers offering a webto-shirt service, where the buyer uploads their own unique image to be printed on to a garment on demand. The printing takes a large part of the value and will be done close to the buyer. For a fashion collection, stockouts may be avoided by printing and making popular sizes and styles locally in small quantities. This makes higher manufacturing cost less of a problem, and internet retailers can extend this with only commissioning the product after a sale has been completed online.


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Increasingly, supply chains are being pressured to provide greater flexibility, which inkjet textile printing is able to provide. 3D Printing The global 3D printing business is maturing, with some of the hype around the subject settling down. Various technologies have been proven to make functional parts and items in many industrial sectors cost effectively at low production runs. Users and service providers are exploring how business models may change with 3D print-ondemand systems closer to the point of use. 3D printing is a proven tool in industrial and commercial sectors, boosting design and rapid prototyping in many sectors and becoming a production tool for

the complex moulds, tooling and dies used to form commodity metal and plastic parts. Companies in the aviation, aerospace, automotive and medical sectors have all embraced the adoption of 3D print into industrial and commercial applications. 3D printing techniques are rapidly evolving toward broad acceptance and integration into the global manufacturing environment. The value of the professional 3D printing market output will be $21.4 billion in 2022 as applications broaden, representing an annual growth rate of 12.3% for the five-year period. In the five years to 2022, inkjet textile print and 3D are the fastest-growing market segments, further pushing inkjet as the most valuable printing process in use after it overtook


Mitsui Chemicals appoints Paper N Films as Western region distributor

Mitsui Chemicals India, the Indian subsidiary of one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, has appointed Mumbai-based Paper N Film as its Western region distributor for its coatings for paper and flexible packaging industry With its headquarters in Delhi, the decision to appoint Paper N Film was part of its strategy to expand the reach in the country. Excluding Paper N Films, Mitsui has another partner focusing on the north market. With Paper N Films, Mistui will focus on paper coatings and emulsions which accelerates the life and property of the paper. The company is one of the major suppliers of coatings to thermal paper manufacturers. In addition, the company is also planning to introduce a new water based material for blister packaging. Commenting on the appointment, Suraj Arya, general manager - marketing, Mitsui Chemicals India said, “When we scout for partners two key factors determine our decision: market


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reach/understanding and domain knowledge. We have known Paper N Films for some time and are very confident about the domain knowledge and market understanding. While we are specialists in coatings, Paper N Films is a specialist on paper. This decision is a win-win for both.” “While we are all adopting paper cups with strong determination to be more ecofriendly, we often forget that the paper cups available in the market have a PE lining which makes it difficult to recycle. What we intend to do is introduce a coating that will make it more easy to recycle, added Arya. The company is optimistic about the opportunities in the market, especially taking a cue from the commitment of the present government to attain sustainable growth. In fact, the Swachch Bharat initiative and Paris treaty already has provided enough signs for the industry to adopt an eco-sensitive approach to businesses. “For the paper

applications, we see a lot of opportunity in the country. As you are aware the flexible packaging industry, due to government regulations, is trying to switch to more recyclable options,” said Arya. On being questioned that the country has been termed as a laggard in adoption of change especially in matters concerning the environment, Arya disagreed. “If you recall the ban on flexible packaging/ laminates for chewing tobacco and pan masala, it was a fairly swift shift. Of course, when changes are prescribed there are a certain few who exhibit signs of friction, but with a committed government such changes are accepted sooner or later,” he said. “Today, the potato chips and wafers segment is looking at a similar fate. The flexible packaging largely used by the manufacturers of such products have not yet adopted (or perhaps given a serious thought of switching over to) more eco-sensitive option. At the same time, while government regulations are important triggers to adopt an eco-sensitive technology, there has to be an economic advantage too. This economic advantage is what the industry is slowly assimilating,” he added. For Mitsui, the three key segments of growth are automotive, packaging and healthcare. We are witnessing healthy growth rates in the segment and will further strengthen our reach in the coming times. Mitsui will also be present at PAPEREX show with their range of products.


We all need to collaborate and come together to become a force to reckon with: Dayaker Reddy

In a freewheeling chat with ScreenTex, Dayaker Reddy, President of IPAMA, shares why the obituary of print is a myopic view and why Indian print fraternity need to collaborate to be a force to reckon with It’s a huge responsibility to spearhead IPAMA. What are your key goals? How prepared are you for the challenge? When the opportunity was given to me, it was not a great time for us. We had just lost a veteran and guide, HV Sheth ji. Therefore, the least we could do was to work towards achieving his dream of bringing together the print fraternity and build Printpack to be the biggest show in Asia. We are currently the third largest in


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the world after China. We want to compete (an soon) with China Print Show and be the largest. This can only be possible if you merge all the segments of printing. Sheth ji and the IPAMA team had already initiated several rounds of discussions with key bodies. We have the roadmap and will continue with the endeavour. For several years the industry has been voicing opinion against the mushrooming number of shows. The clamour has been to have a few but strong shows…what inspires IPAMA to work towards building an Indian show of the scale of Drupa? There are niche shows

which cater to specific needs. Many of these are conducted with a revenue proposition in mind. We (IPAMA), however, do not want to organise a show for the sake of revenue. That is not our motive, and it is not what our culture is. Not every printer can visit a Drupa. In fact, it’s less than 0.5%. Thus we want them to be exposed to the trends in their own country. The biggest motivation for us to keep striving to create one national show is that Printpack has been growing at a very fast pace for the past several years. Is there results? People ask us. The best example I give them is that after Printpack 2017, our members have exported over 50 machines to Bangladesh,

SPOTLIGHT and another 25 are in line. 75 machines in less than 10 months is huge volume. The reason was that last year we did the ground work in Bangladesh and brought over 100 visitors to Printpack. We want to target the entire SAARC and MEA region and highlight Brand India. We have also signed an MoU with PHD Chambers to support us in this. We are also leveraging our relationship with other association and print event organisers. The eastern part of our country has not been participating in many of the shows, what has IPAMA done to counter this? As you rightly pointed out, to a large extent Guwahati and Kolkata are the key markets many businesses focus on. However, there is lot of growth potential beyond these two key markets. We have partnered with the Bengal Printers Association, a regional institute of printing, and will also be holding several road shows in Darjeeling, Sikkim and many other key markets. What was the idea behind adding a new segment of textile and screen printing to Printpack? Last year we had around 429 exhibitors. To grow this numbers to over 550, we needed to include the category they are interested in. More importantly, if you look at any printer, the basic essence is a screen print. A large part of the printers in our country are Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) – which are around 30% or more. Thus, it is important that we reach out to them. Therefore, we partnered with ScreenTex, which has a very strong with this segment. Digital printing machine manufacturers too are looking at this segment for their entry level machines. Therefore, it’s a win-win for all.

A large section of our industry is unorganised which was impacted with recent developments such as GST and Demonetisation… When government pushes for regulatory changes, it takes some time for the industry to come in terms with it. It’s a fact that there were several small scale printers and converters who were facing issues in understanding the tax structure and adopt computerised billing. As responsible citizen, it’s our responsibility to train and help them to change. We have taken initiative to educate them. We have already requested the government of India to look into the matter and resolve the queries. Despite being contributor to the GDP and employment, the industry is yet to receive the respect it deserves. What has been the challenge? Globally, every country has created a federation of the industry that unequivocally voices opinion and discusses issues with the government. The government also talks about industry on a holistic level. Unfortunately, in our country we do not have such a body/federation which will

encompass all the segments and allied industries of printing business. Indian print fraternity has to collaborate to become a force to reckon with. All the association should look at this more seriously and create a Federation of Printing Industry. The obituary of print has been written many times over. What is your response whenever you come across someone who voices such an opinion? (Laughs) I am surprised that the debate has lived on despite contradictory stats floating around in the public space. Every month 20-25 printing presses are being set-up every month. Industry is never going to die. Those who say printing is nearing its end have a very myopic view of the scenario. Change is the only constant. If you do not change according to the industry requirement it’s obvious that you will face tough days. There is growth in other segments, and that is what one should look at. Just for instance, the packaging segment has a huge demand and supply gap that has to be met. If that is not a growth opportunity, what is? So I reiterate print will never die, it will just transform to a new shape and size.

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5 Best Practices of a Good Direct-toGarment Decorator

DTG has come a long way in its approximate 15 years in the market. While this is a new industry consistently improving at every turn, there are some basic principles and practices to follow for not only successful printing but also company growth. Although this is not an exhaustive list and some can crossover to different industries, here are five practices that should be converted to habits. Maintenance: Regardless of which printer you own, there will always be necessary maintenance to keep your system operating. Be sure to follow the recommended guidelines. It’s been our experience that the successful operators are consistent in performing regular maintenance, even on busy days and nights. Test, test, and test: Depending what you are


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printing on, the chemicals used when printing white ink will yield different results. Consistently test your final product for quality assurance. This usually includes a minimum of three to five wash tests. Garment manufacturers sometimes change the manufacturing process, affecting your final result. If you have employees, they’re likely not trained to see this, so be sure to pull shirts every so often to perform quality control testing. Refine your final product: This has partly to do with consistent testing, but working with artwork as well as different types of fabric weaves or even various settings in your output software will achieve different results. Most people like a soft hand on the final print and with the right combinations, the hand would be almost non-existent.

Print samples: Acquire new customers by handing out samples to potential clients. A great way to do this is to print their logo on a shirt and send it to them with a price list. D2 is great for these one-off prints because printing one sample doesn’t require traditional timeconsuming setup and costs. Shop competition: An easy way to determine your quality in the market is to shop the competition. Successful companies consistently purchase products from competitors to verify their quality from order entry, packaging, shipping, and the final product itself. What you like from your competition, try to improve your results and of course what you don’t like, avoid. Too many people try to compete on pricing but forget how to maintain customer retention. Often it’s the little things overlooked.

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Dabbling with Special Effects Inks

Nowadays, many printed products draw the customer’s attention not only by means of optical impressions, but with emotional messages. Different visual and haptic effects can spark or strengthen a customer’s interest, while functional effects increase the product safety. Screen printing is predestined for the realization of these effects. Before diving into special effects, there are some considerations that need attention. Shirt Type First and foremost, you want your effects to stand out properly. To make this possible, dark or coloured garments are recommended. Light or white garments are still a possibility, but a thick white under base is recommended to help the colours pop.


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Most specialty inks are ready to print on cotton and polyester shirts, but a word of warning: You may still experience dye migration with specialty inks. Depending on the type of effect and how much is present you may not notice it, and your customers may not notice. Take the same precautions for printing with specialty inks as you would for regular plastisol. Mesh Count Here is a basic guide to mesh counts for a few specialty inks. · 24–40 mesh for glitter inks · 60 mesh for puff inks · 60–86 mesh for shimmer inks · 86–110 mesh for metallic inks Yes, there is a difference between glitter and shimmer inks! Let’s take gold glitter for example. Gold glitter contains

gold glitter flakes in clear ink. Gold shimmer, on the other hand, contains little gold flakes of glitter in a gold color ink. If you want an ink that is highly reflective, especially in sunlight, choose a glitter ink for its high gloss. If you want an ink that will provide just a subtle touch of sparkle, go with shimmer ink. Emulsion For special effects inks, emulsions with a high viscosity work best for application. Typically, this will be your average photopolymer or dual cure emulsion, but it is always best practice to do research beforehand to make sure you get the necessary stencil thickness. You don’t want to lose any of your image sharpness due to using a lower mesh count. Curing Glitter and shimmer inks will fully cure and withstand repeated

TECHNOLOGY washings when the entire ink deposit reaches 320 degrees F. Because of the thickness of the ink film and reflective nature of both types of ink, you may find it necessary to slow the belt speed. You can always increase the temperature if needed. 320 degrees F is just a recommended starting place. If you find you are having curing problems, slow the belt speed and increase the heat. Metallic inks may tarnish and dull starting with the first wash. For maximum brilliance, ensure a full cure and wash the garment inside out. It is recommended you cure at 320 degrees F, but like glitters and shimmers, you may need to do some experimenting to meet the needs of your shop. Puff inks are a little bit different than other specialty inks. The more you run the shirt through the dryer the bigger the puff. Because of this, you will have to experiment to find your desired result. As with all types of printing, perform a test print before running a full print job. Test shirts or test pellons are a great way to do this. Experiment with times and temperatures for your desired results. This will result in a better experience printing with these unique inks! Applications and processing Metallic Effects Variations of the colour shade, particle size, degree of gloss, adhesion characteristics, the quality of the pigments, and last but not least the price, offer countless effects within the range of bronze printing inks. Furthermore, individual shades and effects of certain effects such as silver, gold, and copper bronzes can be expanded by adding transparent colour shades. Allowing for easy fine-tuning

of the ink deposit by choosing the appropriate mesh, Screen Printing is made for such applications. High gloss Metallic Pastes feature a very glossy appearance and good rub resistance. Gloss bronze pastes offer suitable for screen and pad printing in combination with solvent-based bronze binders or varnishes. Precious metals are often used for the decoration of high-end products. Despite continuous improvement, organic gold and silver inks have never been able to reach the look of the expensive precious metal preparations which must be baked at high temperatures. Mirror Inks Formerly, creating mirror effects was only possible by using expensive processes like the silvering of glass. Attractive Gold, Bronze, or coloured metallic effects can be created by preprinting the front or back with transparent inks Glitter Effects Glitters are coated polyester pigments and owing to this have a very particular and flashy glitter effect. Typical fields of application include graphical effects within the packaging or credit card industry. On request, glitter effects are available with many UV-curable or solventbased printing inks. Pearlescent Effects Pearlescent pigments are very transparent by nature,

and according to the colour of the substrate there can be a significant change in shade. These pigments are most effective on black substrates, but they achieve unrivalled effects on bright substrates as well. The pigments of the so-called “flop effect� seem to change their colour, depending on the angle of view and the incidence of light. Highly brilliant pearlescent pigments are vividly coloured, glossy, and transparent. They are available in different colours. Creating a brilliant sparkle, pearlescent glitter pigments are available in many different colours. Chosen correctly, pearlescent pigments are suited for solventbased screen and pad printing inks as well as for UV curable screen printing inks. Luminescent Inks Glow-in-the-Dark products can absorb and store short-wave UVlight returning it once the exposure to light has stopped (visible in the dark). This effect is well-known from the safety technology, i.e. emergency exit signs or watch dials. The length of the glow depends on the amount of absorbed energy and the quality

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of the pigments used. Due to the geometry of the pigment, the best possible glow-in-the-dark effect in screen printing will be achieved using a very coarse mesh. Since the opacity of the pigments is rather low, they will only be effective on white substrates. Fluorescent Inks This effect, generally known as “neon”, creates very intensive and bright impressions. Due to the low opacity of these pigments, best results will be achieved on white substrates. Fluorescent inks are suitable for short-term outdoor exposure because the inherent nature of the pigment chemistry (effect emitted as the pigment fades) offers low UV stability. Typical application fields of fluorescent inks in screen and pad printing are give-aways, sporting goods, and toys. UV-Active UV-Active pigments appear invisible in daylight. Under the influence of a strong UV light source (black light) a colour becomes visible. Owing to this, these effects are mainly used for product safety codifications (e.g. Pharmaceutical Industry). There are pigments on the market offering effects which go from transparent to yellow or blue.


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Thermochromatic Effects These pigments change colour under the influence of temperature, typically as a reversible, but also obtainable as an irreversible effect. Variations are offered by selecting specific temperature ranges and by differing colour shades. It is possible, for example, that a wine label indicates a specific colour when the desired drinking temperature has been reached. This class of pigment can be offered upon request for solvent based and UV-curable Screen and Pad Printing ink series. Matt Matt surfaces have a very noble appearance due to their optical irregularity, offering diffuse light scatter. Furthermore, they are usually less sensitive to fingerprints than glossy surfaces. Structure Anti-glare images whilst improving the haptic can be achieved with structure varnish. The effects range from coarse/ transparent to fine/milky. Typical Screen Printing applications for structured layers are membrane switches or automotive speedometers. Due to their hard and therefore almost scratch-free surface, UV curable varnishes are predestined for these applications. Gloss Effects In the modern packaging and give-away markets, a very noble effect is attained via “spotvarnishing” which combines high-gloss coatings with matt surfaces. To achieve this effect, the resulting gloss level of an ink or an overprint varnish will be determined by the transparency of the binder, the additives used

for the formulation, as well as by the printed ink film thickness and roughness of the substrate surface. High-gloss effects are a typical domain of screen printing. The best effect can be achieved with UV-curable ink systems. 3D Effect 3D effects are well-known from dome-coating. Screen printing is used to achieve symbols or graphic characters with a thickness of 30 -250μm. The resulting character is clearly perceptible and usually transparent as known with the triangular product safety symbol, Braille printing, or other graphical effects. By adding very little of a basic shade, the transparent Braille varnishes may also be coloured. Writeable Inks Writeable Inks (only realisable with Screen Printing) usually have a matt and quite rough surface, are very resistant, and can be used for different applications. Scent Effects Everyone has seen and probably smelled test perfume strips included in magazines. A fragrance is released when rubbing the surface. The resulting friction causes the extremely tiny scent capsules to burst and liberate their fragrance. The manufacturers of such raw materials offer varying scents which can in some cases be used in screen printing, as long as the compatibility has been confirmed. During printing, it is particularly important to ensure, however, that the ink is not exposed to high pressure or abrasion from the squeegee as the scent capsules would then prematurely burst and cover the printing room instead of the intended product.


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NATIONAL DECEMBER 2017 01 - 02 December 2017 INSIDE 3D PRINTING EXPO 2017 Leading Expo on 3D Printing Industry. At : Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai.

At : The Exhibition Centre, Helipad Ground, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. 09 - 12 March 2018 PACKPLUS SOUTH 2018 Leading Show on Packaging Industry. At : HITEX, Hyderabad, Telangana.

07 - 10 December 2017 ITMACH INDIA 2017 International Expo on Textile Machinery & Accessories. At : Helipad Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

18 - 21 December 2017 PAMEX 2017 International Exhibition on Printing & Packaging Industry. At : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.


JANUARY 2018 19 - 22January 2018 GTE 2018 Leading Show on Knitting & Garment / Textile Printing Industry. At : NSIC Exhibition Center, Okhla Industrial Estate. New Delhi.

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APRIL 2018 06 - 08 April 2018 Leading Show on Garment, Knitting & Printing Industry. At : Velan Hotel Fair Grounds, Tirupur, Tamilnadu.

MAY 2018 04 - 06 May 2018 PRINT & PACKTECH EXPO 2018 Leading Show on Printing & Packaging Industry. At : Prabhakar Kore Convention Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka.

JUNE 2018 07 - 09 June 2018 NON WOVEN TECH ASIA 2018 Leading Show on Non Woven Industry. At : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400 063.

JULY 2018 23 July - 20 Aug 2018 GARTEX 2018 Leading Show on Garment Machinery & Accessories. At : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. 25 - 28 July 2018

MARCH 2018


07 - 09 March 2018 INDIAN CERAMICS 2018 Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leading Show on Ceramics Industry.

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At : Hall 7-12A, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.


INTERNATIONAL JANUARY 2018 09 - 11 JANUARY 2018 PSI 2018 Europe’s Leading Show on Promotional Product Industry. At : Messe Dusseldorf, Germany. 09 - 11 JANUARY 2018 DIGI SIGN AFRICA 2018 International Expo on Digital Printing & Advertising. At : Cairo International Exhibition & Convention Centre, Cairo, Egypt. 15 - 16 JANUARY 2018 TROPHEX LIVE 2018 Leading Show on Trophies, Awards & Sublimation Print Industry. At : Hall 11, NEC, Birmingham, U. K. 14 - 16 JANUARY 2018 SGI DUBAI 2018 Middle East’s Leading Show on Signage Industry. At : Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE. 19 - 21 JANUARY 2018 ISS SHOW ( LONG BEACH ) 2018 Leading Expo on Screen, Textile & Digital Print Industry. At : Long Beach Convention Centre, Orlando, CA, USA. 21 - 23 JANUARY 2018 PRINTWEAR & PROMOTION LIVE 2018 UK’s Leading Show on Printwear & Promotions Industry. At : NEC, Birmingham, UK 24 - 27 JANUARY 2018 GARMENTECH BANGLADESH 2018 Leading Show on Garment / Apparel Industry. At : ICCB, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


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Arrow PHOTOS O NName in One i INDIA for f Stock Images, Templates, Software & Tutorials We manufactures high resolution, ready to use stock images and templates. We also provides stock images, which are used for Advertisement, Fonts, Logos, Clip-Arts, Brouchers, Visiting Cards, Wedding Cards, ID Cards, DTP Purpose, etc. For more details Contact :

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Mac Dermid Autotype Ltd.


And Global Sales Corporation


Meetesha Enterprises


Arrow Multimedia


NBC Japan


Astra Chemtech


Nilesh Enterprise


Balaji Chemicals


Omkar Engineering


Balaji Trader


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Beauty Flex


Paper N Film


Blue Coat India Pvt. Ltd.


Print Pack 2019


Cheran Machines I Pvt. Ltd.


Ratan Industrial Engineering


Duratech Automation (P) Ltd.


SAI 33

Dakota Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd


SAI Enterprise


Epta Inks India Pvt. Ltd.


Sefar Switzerland


Febchem Pvt. Ltd


SGI Dubai


Fespa Asia 2018


Shriram Enterprises




Smilex International India


Garmentech Bangaldesh


Sneha Enterprises


GTE 2019


Sparkle Foil N Film


Hari Impex


Spoorthi Technologies


J N Arora & Co. (P) Ltd.


SunShine Graphics


Kumar Textile Industries


Surya Kiran Photo Paper P ltd.


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