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This section focuses on the digital transformation occurring in printing of textiles for fashion, fast fashion, home goods and more. Printing technologies, supporting workflow and other software, key suppliers to the industry and manufacturers using digital technologies will be covered, along with textile/fast fashion trends.

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Digital Printing of Home Decor Items Spurs Growth for Catalyst Fabric Solutions
Digital Printing of Home Decor Items Spurs Growth for Catalyst Fabric Solutions

Published: May 9, 2022

Founded in 2016, Catalyst Fabric Solutions produces a wide range of home decor items in a quick-turn B2B model using heat transfer dye sublimation with a variety of printer brands. Operations Manager Jim King explains the company's business model and outlook for the future. Watch Video

Ricoh Ups Its Fabric Printing Game with Direct-to-Film Solution
Ricoh Ups Its Fabric Printing Game with Direct-to-Film Solution

Published: April 27, 2022

Ricoh has been working to increase the flexibility and capability of its direct-to-garment digital printing portfolio, including the Ri1000 and Ri2000 printers as evidenced by its recent announcement of the ability to add direct-to-film printing to these two printers, which will be on display at FESPA. General Manager of Industrial Printing for Ricoh, Dr. Christian Compera, explains. Watch Video

Graphene One Brings New Functionality to Textiles with Kyorene
Graphene One Brings New Functionality to Textiles with Kyorene

Published: March 24, 2022

Graphene was discovered at the University of Manchester in the UK in 2004 and garnered a Nobel Prize. It is being used in a wide range of industries to deliver unique characteristics but has been relatively slow to enter textiles & apparel. Graphene One covalently bonds the graphene into the Kyorene fiber family, ranging from viscose to nylon to polyester and more. Director of Sales and Business Development Dave Vanek explains. Watch Video

MA^EN Studio's Myrna Gutierrez Geeks Out Over Textile Design
MA^EN Studio's Myrna Gutierrez Geeks Out Over Textile Design

Published: March 14, 2022

In the latest edition of the Print Geeks interview series, Jim and Shelby have a conversation with Myrna Gutierrez in which they discuss what goes into textile design projects. One of the best takeaways was to go walk the aisles of Home Depot looking for things to print on. Watch Video

9FIBER Brings Sustainability to Hemp Processing
9FIBER Brings Sustainability to Hemp Processing

Published: March 7, 2022

There has been a great deal of interest in hemp as a renewable source of fiber. But conventional processing uses toxic chemicals and results in a lot of waste. What if hemp could be sustainably processed, using the entire plant and reducing waste materials post-processing—AND could help save trees. Sound too good to be true? 9FIBER doesn't think so! Watch Video

SPESA and Messe Frankfurt Gearing Up for TexProcess Americas in Atlanta
SPESA and Messe Frankfurt Gearing Up for TexProcess Americas in Atlanta

Published: March 3, 2022

SPESA and Messe Frankfurt are excited to be getting back to an in-person show. This year's event, scheduled for May 17-19, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga., will feature the latest technology for the sewn products industry. In this interview, Michael McDonald, SPESA's president, and Nina McCormick, SPESA’s past Chairwoman and CFO at DAP America, Inc. and the show's largest exhibitor, give us a preview of what to expect. Watch Video

EFI Reggiani TERRA Gold Digital Textile Printing Technology for Prestigious Shroud of Turin Replica Project
EFI Reggiani TERRA Gold Digital Textile Printing Technology for Prestigious Shroud of Turin Replica Project

Published: March 1, 2022

When The International Center of Sindonology in Turin, Italy, was seeking a way to create realistic replicas of the Shroud of Turin for distribution to selected churches and museums around the globe, EFI's sustainable pigment-based digital textile printing technology was selected. In this interview, Adele Genoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EFI Reggiani, shares the story. WhatTheyThink filmed exclusive video at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, so our members can experience this amazing replica. Watch Video

HeiQ AeoniQ Aims for a More Sustainable Textile Industry
HeiQ AeoniQ Aims for a More Sustainable Textile Industry

Published: March 1, 2022

Last October, HeiQ, a company known for its many fabric treatment solutions, announced its first foray into fiber development with a 100% cellulosic filament yarn called AeoniQ. The goal is to be in full production by 2025 and enable the textiles industry to begin to move away from petroleum-based fibers such as polyester. Carmen Danner, Director Business Development, and Enrique Herrero Acero, Chief Technology Officer, provide details. Watch Video

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Cary Sherburne
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