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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.

How Will the Pandemic Affect the Global Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain?
How Will the Pandemic Affect the Global Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain?

Published: July 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many frailties in the global textiles and apparel supply chain but may also be a driver for brands, retailers and manufacturers implementing significant changes as we move into the post-pandemic "new normal," according to textiles expert Debbie McKeegan. Watch Video

Debbie McKeegan Talks Textiles Sustainability
Debbie McKeegan Talks Textiles Sustainability

Published: July 20, 2020

Debbie McKeegan, textiles expert and CEO of Texintel, shares her thoughts on how digital technologies can help ameliorate the huge sustainability problem facing the textiles and apparel industry, suggesting that coming out of the pandemic, there may be unique opportunities to change operating practices. Watch Video

EFI’s Adele Genoni Identifies Today’s Textile Trends
EFI’s Adele Genoni Identifies Today’s Textile Trends

Published: February 3, 2020

Adele Genoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EFI Reggiani, talks to Cary Sherburne about the most important trends in textiles as the industry continues its analog to digital transformation—including sustainability, data management, and AI and technical textiles. She also provides an update on EFI BOLT installations. Watch Video

David Gross of Conde Systems Explains How Easy and Affordable It Is to Enter the Product Decoration Market with Heat Transfer Dye Sublimation
David Gross of Conde Systems Explains How Easy and Affordable It Is to Enter the Product Decoration Market with Heat Transfer Dye Sublimation

Published: January 16, 2020

David Gross of Conde Systems explains how his passion for heat transfer dye sublimation has grown into a highly diverse business that provides everything customers need to decorate just about any product, not only creating and producing items but helping them with marketing strategies as well. Users can enter this market with a minimal investment. Watch Video

Carolina Textile District Helps Match Entrepreneurs to Textile Manufacturing Resources
Carolina Textile District Helps Match Entrepreneurs to Textile Manufacturing Resources

Published: December 19, 2019

Tanya Wade explains how the Carolina Textile District acts as a matchmaker for companies and entrepreneurs interested in textile manufacturing in the U.S. to connect them with the necessary resources. Through an online application process, manufacturers, mills, pattern makers, and others can quickly review requests and determine whether to participate. Watch Video

American Color Imaging Adds Dye-Sub Products with Two HP Stitch Digital Textile Printers
American Color Imaging Adds Dye-Sub Products with Two HP Stitch Digital Textile Printers

Published: December 18, 2019

Mark Lane, President & CEO of American Color Imaging, describes the company's journey from a portrait photo studio and wet photo lab to a digital operation that includes two HP Stitch digital textile printers for production of personalized blankets and other textile-based photo products. Watch Video

Print. Make. Wear. An Expanded Presence Planned for FESPA 2020
Print. Make. Wear. An Expanded Presence Planned for FESPA 2020

Published: December 18, 2019

Debbie McKeegan, Textile Ambassador for FESPA and organizer of the event's Print. Make. Wear. exhibit, explains how the exhibit showcases technologies that are changing the future of manufacturing in textiles and apparel. She notes how the exhibit will be expanded for FESPA 2020 in Madrid. Watch Video

Adobe's Mike Scrutton Provides Updates on the Latest Adobe Textile Designer Developments and Adobe's New Design to Print Solution
Adobe's Mike Scrutton Provides Updates on the Latest Adobe Textile Designer Developments and Adobe's New Design to Print Solution

Published: December 17, 2019

Mike Scrutton, Adobe's Director of Print Technology and Strategy, brings our viewers up to date on the latest developments with Adobe Textile Designer. He also explains his participation in judging the SGIA Golden Image Awards, with entries including everything from banners, to signage, to prints, including full-color wedding invitations printed on slate! He also notes the launch of Adobe Design to Print, making it easier for designers to visualize how a design will actually look when manufactured. Watch Video

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Can the "Last Mile" of Manufacturing—Sewing—Be More Automated? Frank Henderson Says Yes

Published: December 16, 2019

A third-generation family-owned company in business for 50 years, Henderson Sewing Machine Company has changed with the times, according to CEO Frank Henderson. With sewing—the "last mile" in textile manufacturing automation—still requiring significant manual labor, Henderson talks about the challenges of automating textile sewn products and the progress that is being made. Watch Video

Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future
Shimmy Into the Workforce of the Future

Published: December 11, 2019

Sarah Krasley, CEO of Shimmy, talks about the company's efforts to help with workforce education in the textiles industry through gamification. Initial efforts have been in Asia, but the company is also looking to bring its unique technology to North America as well. The goal is to help workers adapt to changes in the industry driven by new technology and automation. Watch Video

Scott Schinlever Presents an Overview of Gerber Technology's Role and Strategy in the Textiles and Apparel Market
Scott Schinlever Presents an Overview of Gerber Technology's Role and Strategy in the Textiles and Apparel Market

Published: December 5, 2019

Scott Schinlever, President and Chief Operating Officer of Automated Solutions for Gerber, discussed the company's strategy and how its acquisition of MCT fits in to the overall integrated ecosystem, from design to the cut piece. This positions Gerber and its customers to play in the fast fashion and microfactory initiatives that are gaining steam in textiles and apparel. Watch Video

U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing
U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

Published: December 2, 2019

Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, was a speaker at the recent SPESA Executive Conference and took time to share his thoughts about what the Department of Commerce is doing to help the textiles and apparel industry be more competitive. Watch Video

Debbie McKeegan Talks about a Holistic View of Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel
Debbie McKeegan Talks about a Holistic View of Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel

Published: November 20, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne chats with Debbie McKeegan, Founder and CEO of Texintel, a UK-based advisory service focused on the textiles industry, about her perspective on making the textile industry more sustainable across the entire value chain. Watch Video

SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More
SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More

Published: October 31, 2019

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas, discusses the challenges facing the Sewn Products industry, including misconceptions about employment in manufacturing that can be a barrier to attracting new talent. He discusses the role of the organization's Executive Conference, explains what attendees learned, and noted that James Carville, known as the Ragin' Cajun and a native of New Orleans, where the conference was held, was the keynote speaker. Watch Video

Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study
Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study

Published: October 30, 2019

Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his experiences with companies in the textiles and sewn products industries, especially their use of Maker Spaces to make resources more available to small businesses while also doing good for the community. It becomes a case study that can inspire other industries to adopt similar strategies for success. Watch Video

Meet the EFI BOLT Digital Textile Printer
Meet the EFI BOLT Digital Textile Printer

Published: October 28, 2019

EFI's Textile Product Manager Micol Gamba walks us through the capabilities of the EFI BOLT single-pass digital textile printer in this video sponsored by EFI. As the world's fastest digital textile printer running at up to 90 meters per minute, the EFI BOLT was shown running at the recent ITMA trade show in Barcelona and four units had already been sold at that time. Watch Video

Keypoint Intelligence on Textiles
Keypoint Intelligence on Textiles

Published: October 24, 2019

Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends’ Ron Gilboa talks about the different kinds of textile printing applications and how print service providers can add more value for their customers by getting into textile printing. Watch Video

A Green Approach to Textiles
A Green Approach to Textiles

Published: October 23, 2019

EFI Reggiani's Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni discusses the progress of the analog-to-digital transformation underway in textiles and apparel in this video sponsored by EFI, including the benefits for brands and for the environment. She highlights several EFI offerings that make its approach to textile production greener. Watch Video

How the Digital Ecosystem in Textile Production Streamlines Operations
How the Digital Ecosystem in Textile Production Streamlines Operations

Published: October 21, 2019

In this video sponsored by EFI, the company's Chief Revenue Officer Frank Mallozzi explains EFI's "ecosystem" approach to the markets it serves, focusing on the components that create an inspiration to production, shipping, and invoicing for textiles. He also outlines the range of EFI Reggiani printers available, from the entry-level Next to the EFI BOLT at 90 meters per minute at the high end. Watch Video

Application Development Is the Key to Spurring Digital Textile Printing Growth
Application Development Is the Key to Spurring Digital Textile Printing Growth

Published: September 3, 2019

Roman Barba, Market Development Manager, Textiles, for HP says, "When you buy a printer, it's not about the printer itself—it's what you can do with it." This philosophy is a key to HP's application development efforts in sportswear, fashion, decoration, and soft signage. Barba explains how HP approaches each of these markets from an application perspective in this video sponsored by HP. Watch Video

HP Makes Color Management Easy with HP Stitch Series Textile Printers
HP Makes Color Management Easy with HP Stitch Series Textile Printers

Published: August 27, 2019

Joan Jorba, Textiles R&D Engineering Manager at HP, explains how HP has implemented color management for its HP Stitch S Series dye sublimation printers in this HP-sponsored video. He reports that the goal was to make color management easy, even for users who have limited color knowledge, and to ensure accurate color across fleets and with hybrid analog/digital production. Watch Video

Tim Williams Explains How Color Solutions International Helps Improve Color in Textiles and Apparel with Certified Color Standards
Tim Williams Explains How Color Solutions International Helps Improve Color in Textiles and Apparel with Certified Color Standards

Published: August 26, 2019

Color Solutions International Tim Williams provides background on the company and the value it brings to the textile and apparel supply chain. This includes integration with Datacolor's ColorReader PRO and Adobe Textile Designer. He notes that 30% of colors are from the company's ColorWall which has nearly 10,000 colors available, and 70% are custom colors requested by brands. Watch Video

HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing
HP Smart Services Improve Uptime and Productivity in Textile Printing

Published: August 22, 2019

Joan Carol, Services Segment Manager, EMEA, discusses HP Smart Services for textile printing in this video sponsored by HP. He shares how the system works for both predictive and responsive service and leverages HP's large global service footprint for fast response when needed. Watch Video

Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers
Datacolor ColorReader PRO Can Shrink Color Acquisition and Approval from Weeks to Days or Hours for Textile Designers

Published: August 22, 2019

Datacolor's Ken Butts explains the importance of its new ColorReader PRO in the overall textile and apparel design process, enabling designers to quickly and easily acquire color data from inspiration items that can be passed along the rest of the supply chain. The ultra-portable colorimeter also links to CSI ColorWall color libraries. It is also integrated with Adobe Textile Designer. Watch Video

Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing
Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated Discusses Preparation of Cotton for Digital Printing

Published: August 21, 2019

Katelyn Lee, Textile Chemist at Cotton Incorporated, explains how cotton, as a natural fiber, can be processed in the carding, spinning, and woven fabric preparation to prepare it as a good surface for digital printing with pigment or reactive inks. She also identifies developments the industry should be focusing on to make the process more effective and sustainable. Watch Video

How HP's PrintOS Helps Move Digital Textile Printing Forward
How HP's PrintOS Helps Move Digital Textile Printing Forward

Published: August 20, 2019

HP launched PrintOS for commercial print and packaging three years ago. Now HP has migrated this cloud-based production management solution to its new textiles business as well. In this video sponsored by HP, Jan Panek, Worldwide Software Solutions Senior Product Manager, explains how it helps textile printing operations be more efficient. Watch Video

Mimaki Continues Expansion of Digital Textile Printing Portfolio with New Product Launches at ITMA
Mimaki Continues Expansion of Digital Textile Printing Portfolio with New Product Launches at ITMA

Published: August 19, 2019

Mimaki's Ronald Van Den Broek talks about what's new with the Mimaki digital textile printing product portfolio, including the Tiger 1800B MkII printing at 400 square meters per hour; the company's ability to control the entire workflow (both analog and digital processes); TA Job Control for advanced, interconnected job control; a new ink type for printing on real and synthetic leather; and the technology demonstration of a textile printer with a dual ink system to broaden the range of fabrics it can print on. Watch Video

How Digital Affects Sustainability in Textiles
How Digital Affects Sustainability in Textiles

Published: August 15, 2019

Carlos Lahoz, Global Textiles Brands Strategist, explains the role of digital technologies in improving sustainability within the textiles and apparel industry in this video sponsored by HP, from design through production and supply chain. He talks about the role of innovation in helping move the industry to a more digital and sustainable future. Watch Video

Kornit Konnect Helps Textile & Apparel Designers and Producers Leverage Data as an Asset
Kornit Konnect Helps Textile & Apparel Designers and Producers Leverage Data as an Asset

Published: August 15, 2019

Omer Kulka, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Kornit Digital, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about Kornit Konnect, a cloud-based solution that delivers on Kornit's vision of a data-driven business and production environment for textiles and apparel, stressing the importance of data as an asset in the design and manufacturing environment. Watch Video

The Digital Future of the Textiles Industry
The Digital Future of the Textiles Industry

Published: August 13, 2019

Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager for HP's textile business, shares his thoughts on the current state of the textiles industry, the impact digital technologies are having, the opportunities he sees in the future, and the role HP wants to play in this evolving market. Watch Video

Pointcarre Helps Brands, Designers, and Producers Create a More Efficient Textile Design and Approval Process
Pointcarre Helps Brands, Designers, and Producers Create a More Efficient Textile Design and Approval Process

Published: August 12, 2019

Pointcarre develops, sells, and supports textile design software. President Steve Greenberg explains how the product helps brands and designers visualize the surface design of fabric prior to production. The product supports both Pantone and CSI color libraries. Watch Video

Twine Turns the Thread Market On Its Head at ITMA
Twine Turns the Thread Market On Its Head at ITMA

Published: August 8, 2019

Yariv Bustan, Vice President of Product Marketing for Twine, explains the company's digital thread dyeing system that creates on demand a multi-color thread on a single spool (or a single custom color) that can be used to produce complex embroidery, knitting, and sewing applications. He also comments on the sustainability aspects of the solution for these markets. Watch Video

The Importance of Implementing a Smart Factory Strategy
The Importance of Implementing a Smart Factory Strategy

Published: August 6, 2019

EFI's Senior Product Director for Scheduling, PrintFlow & TGO Udi Arieli, explains how FedEx Office has leveraged technology to build a Smart Factory, the benefits they have achieved, and why it is important for other companies to follow suit. Watch Video

SPGPrints' Jos Notermans Explains the Benefits of the Company's Archer Technology
SPGPrints' Jos Notermans Explains the Benefits of the Company's Archer Technology

Published: August 5, 2019

Jos Notermans has been with SPGPrints almost since the beginning of the company's digital journey, joining the company in 1989. Most recently, he has taken over the role of managing the company's digital textile printing inks portfolio, including reactive, sublimation, and acid inks. He also explains benefits of the company's Archer technology and where the name came from. Watch Video

Conceptive Colors Produces Pure Dye Colorants for Digital Textile Printing
Conceptive Colors Produces Pure Dye Colorants for Digital Textile Printing

Published: July 31, 2019

Parashar Kacha, Business Head for India-based Conceptive Colors, a manufacturer of reactive and acid dye colorants for both conventional and digital textile printing, explains how the company has ensured highly purified dye colorants while guaranteeing the necessary properties of these dye colorants following two years of intensive research and development. Watch Video

Mouvent, A Bobst Company, Launches New Textile Printer at ITMA
Mouvent, A Bobst Company, Launches New Textile Printer at ITMA

Published: July 25, 2019

Reto Simmen, Chief Business Officer at Mouvent, a Bobst company, talks about full commercial availability of its digital textile printers (including a new model introduced at ITMA, printing at 400 square meters per hour) with reactive or acid dye inks. He also explains the unique compact, lightweight printhead cluster technology these printers use. Watch Video

Adobe's Mike Scrutton Offers Valuable Color Management Advice for Digital Textile Printers
Adobe's Mike Scrutton Offers Valuable Color Management Advice for Digital Textile Printers

Published: July 23, 2019

Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy for Adobe, talks about how Adobe Textile Designer enables brands to bring their defined color libraries into the world of digital textile printing. This helps ensure color consistency in a hybrid analog/digital production environment. Watch Video

Durst Discusses the Advantages of Digital Textile Printing
Durst Discusses the Advantages of Digital Textile Printing

Published: July 18, 2019

Durst Textile Segment Manager Martin Winkler explains how digital textile printing is being adopted both by traditional analog businesses and new online businesses. He also stresses the importance of an end-to-end workflow to address the shorter runs and faster cycle times occurring in textiles and apparel today. Durst also focuses on making these technologies more sustainable. Watch Video

Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!
Is Textile Printing a Business Opportunity for Printers? CMYUK Thinks So!

Published: July 16, 2019

Robin East, Group Director for CMYUK, a UK-based graphic arts distributor, suggests that print service providers should be exploring digital textile printing as a new business avenue that offers higher growth rates than commercial print. He points out that digital print providers have many transferable skills that could serve them well in the textiles market, especially home decor. Watch Video

Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers
Pantone Adds Tools for Textile Designers

Published: July 11, 2019

X-Rite/Pantone's Iain Pike talks about some of the changes the company has made to its offerings to simplify color selection and management for textile designers and others in the textile and apparel supply chain. New features include easier to use swatches, the i1Pro 3, and a partnership with Adobe at color.adobe.com for palette creation. Watch Video

How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice
How Do You Avoid B2B/B2C Channel Conflict? Chris Bernat of Vapor Apparel Has Advice

Published: July 8, 2019

Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer of Vapor Apparel, discusses how his company avoids channel conflict between his B2B and B2C apparel business. The company sells blanks as well as garments printed using dye sublimation. He discusses channel strategy, fabric sourcing, printing technologies, and more, including IT systems that facilitate an accurate just-in-time manufacturing environment for B2C. Watch Video

Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings
Ricoh Expands its Direct-to-Garment Offerings

Published: July 8, 2019

Anne Veldman, Ricoh's direct-to-garment product manager, explains Ricoh's mid-range DTG Ri 1000 printer introduced at FESPA, and talks about Ricoh's strategy in the textile market going forward as well as the markets into which its DTG printers are being installed. Watch Video

Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing
Bluestone Fabrics Touts the Benefits of Digital Fabric Printing

Published: June 26, 2019

Bluestone Fabrics, a wholesale digital fabric printing business, offers cutting, sewing, and packaging as well. Co-Founder and CEO John Otsuki talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his efforts to educate the market on the benefits of digital fabric printing, including the ability to get products they never could before and to help make the industry more sustainable. He also talks about the need to introduce into the printing process things that will help in automating the sewing process, currently the least automated process in the manufacturing process. Watch Video

Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production
Design Pool Offers Interior Decor Designs and Links to Fabric Printers for Production

Published: June 24, 2019

Kristen Dettoni, interior designer, founded Design Pool as a resource for highly curated interior textile designs as well as a way for designers to connect with fabric printers that have the capability to produce the work they need. Her goal was to make customization of interior decor more affordable and accessible. Watch Video

Fujifilm's Dr. Hamid Shirazi Explains the Company's Long-Time Participation in the Textile Industry
Fujifilm's Dr. Hamid Shirazi Explains the Company's Long-Time Participation in the Textile Industry

Published: June 18, 2019

Dr. Hamid Shirazi explains how Fujifilm has participated in the textile industry for many years by providing contract manufacturing to OEMs for producing colorants and purification of those colorants. More recently, Fujifilm has launched colorants and inks for digital textile printing under its own brand. Watch Video

Why the EFI BOLT Is a Green Printer for the Textiles Industry
Why the EFI BOLT Is a Green Printer for the Textiles Industry

Published: June 17, 2019

Paolo Torricella, Sales Segment Specialist for Digital Textile Equipment at EFI Reggiani, explains all the different elements EFI considered when designing the EFI BOLT single-pass digital textile printer in order to make the manufacturing process for the printer—as well as its use—as environmentally friendly as possible. Watch Video

Kornit Digital Looks to the Future of the Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain
Kornit Digital Looks to the Future of the Textiles & Apparel Supply Chain

Published: June 13, 2019

Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit Digital talks about consumer demand driving changes in the textiles and apparel supply chain and what that means for apparel and interior design. It is moving from supply and demand driven by the brands to demand and then supply, moving from 18 months lead time to one month or less. He outlines Kornit Digital's role in helping to drive this change. Watch Video

Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable
Debbie McKeegan Addresses How Digital Technologies Make Textiles More Sustainable

Published: June 11, 2019

FESPA Textile Evangelist Debbie McKeegan talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how digital technologies are helping address sustainability issues in the textile industry, the world's second largest polluter. This includes not only the printing aspect, but the entire textiles and apparel supply chain. Watch Video

SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry
SmithersPira Digital Textile Printing Conference Helps Shape the Future of the Industry

Published: June 7, 2019

Duane Neidert, Director of Operations, Americas, for SmithersPira, explains the genesis of its Digital Textile Printing conference and its future. The conference started about five years ago. Its goal is to educate the industry about the digital technologies that are shaping its future, from the print engines to inks and substrates/fibers, and the software and processes that are required for an on-demand production environment. Watch Video

Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos
Digital Printing Removes Barriers for Interior Designer Claire Vos

Published: June 4, 2019

Claire Vos, textile designer for Interiors, shares her thoughts about how digital textile printing, and digital printing in general, has enhanced her business and opened a whole new world of design possibilities for her. Her work was prominently on display in the Mimaki booth at FESPA. Watch Video

HP Launches STITCH
HP Launches STITCH

Published: June 3, 2019

Ester Sala, Global Business Director for HP, talks about the development and launch of the new HP STITCH dye-sublimation textile printing portfolio. By working alongside their customers, HP has created a product to solve real-life problems. Watch Video

Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View
Print. Make. Wear. at FESPA—An Inside View

Published: May 29, 2019

Print. Make. Wear. is one of the highlights of FESPA, creating a microfactory environment on the show floor to demonstrate to attendees that just-in-time manufacturing of textiles and apparel is not only possible but is being done today. Debbie McKeegan, Textile Evangelist for FESPA, organizes the event and explains what goes into putting it together. Watch Video

Looking Inside the EFI FabriVU 340i
Looking Inside the EFI FabriVU 340i

Published: May 28, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with EFI's Senior Product Manager Mike Wozny about the EFI FabriVU 340i. Applicable to both the soft signage and textile markets, the FabriVU 340i incorporates patented print and calendering in one footprint and a one-step operation. Watch Video

HP Adds Dye Sublimation to Its Portfolio
HP Adds Dye Sublimation to Its Portfolio

Published: May 28, 2019

Santi Morera, General Manager and Global Head of Graphics Solutions Business for HP, discusses the company's strategy for dye sublimation in the textile market and how the new HP Stitch fits into the current HP portfolio. Watch Video

Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles
Summa Adds Innovative Laser Cutter for Textiles

Published: May 21, 2019

Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa, talks about the company's entry into textiles to address the bottleneck created in the cutting department as textile printers gain in speed. The company acquired CadCam Technology, resulting in the development of the Summa L3214, a 3.2-meter laser cutting device that cuts while the fabric feeds across the table, enabling cutting at 800 square meters per hour. Watch Video

HP Enters the Textile Market with Stitch
HP Enters the Textile Market with Stitch

Published: May 20, 2019

Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager of the Large Format Graphics Division for HP, talks about the company's entry into the growing dye-sublimation-based textile printing market with HP Stitch. Watch Video

EFI Focused on Green Printing for Textiles
EFI Focused on Green Printing for Textiles

Published: May 20, 2019

Adele Genoni, Vice President and General Manager of EFI Reggiani, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about EFI's sustainable approach to digital textile printing, from design through production and finishing, including two sustainable inks to cover virtually all fabric types. Watch Video

Color ReaderPRO Helps Create Customized Fabric Designs
Color ReaderPRO Helps Create Customized Fabric Designs

Published: December 18, 2018

Thomas LaTempa and Oriol Martinez Riba announce the partnership of Datacolor and Inedit as they collaborate to bring Color ReaderPRO—a color-reading management device and associated mobile app—to the market. Watch Video

Textile Printing for Commercial Printers
Textile Printing for Commercial Printers

Published: November 6, 2018

Tim Check, Senior Product Manager for Epson America, talks about textile printing technologies and how commercial printers can use fabric printing to open up new business opportunities and offer more options to customers. Watch Video

New Enhancements Released in AccuMark Version 11
New Enhancements Released in AccuMark Version 11

Published: August 8, 2018

Mary McFadden, Executive Director of CAD Project Management for Gerber Technology, discusses the new enhancements to AccuMark Version 11. Gerber continues to make enhancements to this premier CAD system for the textiles and apparel industry. Watch Video

Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery
Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery

Published: August 1, 2018

Michael Frankhauser, Owner of Carriage House Printery, shares his inspiring personal story, from designing equipment for a manufacturing company to starting his own custom textile printing company. Watch Video

When Fads Fade
When Fads Fade

Published: July 31, 2018

Tim Brule, Vice President of Disruptive Technologies for Fanatics Inc., shares how this company has grown its business via online stores. From fast fashion and fad fashion, to micro moments, the world of fashion is rapidly changing. Watch Video

Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years
Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years

Published: July 26, 2018

Gart Davis, CEO of Spoonflower, takes us through the history of a company that has grown its business largely through digital textile printing and e-commerce and now celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Watch Video

The Advantages of EFI InNova Pigment Inks for Textiles
The Advantages of EFI InNova Pigment Inks for Textiles

Published: July 19, 2018

Paolo Torricella, Textiles Segment Manager for EFI Reggiani, describes the benefits of EFI InNova pigment inks for direct-to-fabric printing from vibrant colors to a lower impact on the environment. Watch Video

Champion Thread Company Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.
Champion Thread Company Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Published: July 18, 2018

Matt Poovey, President of Champion Thread Company, discusses the importance of automation in bringing textile and garment manufacturing back to the United States. This industrial sewing thread manufacturer is leading the way with a number of innovations. Watch Video

Speed Outweighs Cost in Textiles
Speed Outweighs Cost in Textiles

Published: July 16, 2018

Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Software for Gerber Technology, discusses the trends driving change in the textiles industry. Now more than ever, the industry is about speed with pressure on brands and manufacturers for faster time to market. Watch Video

LACorp Is a Jack-of-All-Trades in the Textile Industry
LACorp Is a Jack-of-All-Trades in the Textile Industry

Published: July 10, 2018

Jeoff Bodenhorst, Jr., President of LACorp, talks about his contract cut-and-sew company that offers a wide range of services to the garment industry. He talks about how automation will continue to improve this part of the manufacturing process, which can often be a labor-intensive bottleneck. Watch Video

Kornit's Ryan Kurek on the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles
Kornit's Ryan Kurek on the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles

Published: July 5, 2018

Ryan Kurek, Director of Marketing for North America at Kornit Digital, discusses the analog-to-digital transformation as it relates to textiles. As the way we buy clothing changes, the textile industry must adjust, with faster time to market and less waste in the supply chain. Watch Video

As Consumer Buying Habits Change, So Does the Textile Industry
As Consumer Buying Habits Change, So Does the Textile Industry

Published: June 28, 2018

Yoram Burg, Regional Sales Director for EFI Optitex, gives us an idea of what to expect in the textiles market as the analog-to-digital transformation continues to unfold. Companies need to develop product and get it to market faster than ever before to keep up with consumers' changing buying habits. Watch Video

OnPoint Manufacturing Automates Textiles
OnPoint Manufacturing Automates Textiles

Published: June 26, 2018

At TechTextil, Kirby Best, Chairman of OnPoint Manufacturing, talks about his company, which was founded based on lessons learned in the book industry. OnPoint produces original, beautiful textile work using automated production. Watch Video

Lectra: For Fashion and Furniture
Lectra: For Fashion and Furniture

Published: June 25, 2018

Carlos Jimenez, Professional Services Manager of Fashion and Apparel for Lectra, discusses the broad range of services the company offers to streamline the process from design to cutting room for textile-based products. Lectra serves the fashion industry, as well as furniture and other market segments where textiles play an important role. Watch Video

New Coatings for Performance Fabrics
New Coatings for Performance Fabrics

Published: June 21, 2018

Mark Sunderland, Textile Engineer and Strategist at Thomas Jefferson University, discusses the future of coatings for performance fabrics and their effect on sustainability. Watch Video

Kornit Digital Offers Textile Printing Solutions
Kornit Digital Offers Textile Printing Solutions

Published: June 18, 2018

Sharon Donovich, Product Marketing Manager for Kornit Digital, talks about the offerings from this Israeli-based company, a solutions provider for printing on textiles. Kornit received a warm response to its line of direct-to-garment and direct-to-fabric printers at the recent TexProcess show in Atlanta. Watch Video

Trends in High-Performance Apparel
Trends in High-Performance Apparel

Published: June 14, 2018

Mark Sunderland, Textile Engineer and Strategist at Thomas Jefferson University, discusses high-performance apparel and products, including new and emerging trends in moisture management and "wearables." Watch Video

Datacolor Rolls Out Spectravision for Measuring Printed Textile Samples
Datacolor Rolls Out Spectravision for Measuring Printed Textile Samples

Published: June 12, 2018

Mike Tancini, Director of Sales for North and Central America at Datacolor, describes Datacolor's services for the textile industry. The company recently introduced Spectravision, positioned as a game-changer for measuring printed textile samples. Watch Video

Looking at Textile Workflow Automation Through Apps
Looking at Textile Workflow Automation Through Apps

Published: June 11, 2018

Dave Pullin, CEO of Coldlogic LLC, suggests apps as a solution for increasing workflow automation in the textile industry, much like JDF did for print, enabling systems to talk to each other, minimizing human intervention. Watch Video

New EFI Reggiani Pigment Textile Ink Eliminates Need for Post-Treatment
New EFI Reggiani Pigment Textile Ink Eliminates Need for Post-Treatment

Published: June 8, 2018

Giorgio Sala of EFI Reggiani talks about the company's new pigment-based ink for the FLEXY textile printer. The new ink contains a binder that eliminates the need for post-treatment, such as washing or steaming of the fabric, after printing. Watch Video

Mimaki Unleashes New Tiger Textile Printing System
Mimaki Unleashes New Tiger Textile Printing System

Published: June 7, 2018

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager, EMEA, for Mimaki, introduces the new Tiger textile printing system, capable of both direct-to-fabric and transfer-based dye sublimation. Mimaki has also incorporated Tiger into its own microfactory concept for fast fashion and other textile-based applications. Watch Video

Scott Schinlever Continues Analog-to-Digital Transformation at Gerber Technology
Scott Schinlever Continues Analog-to-Digital Transformation at Gerber Technology

Published: June 7, 2018

Scott Schinlever, President of Automation Services for Gerber Technology, discusses the similarities and differences between digital and analog, as well as his move from EFI to Gerber. Watch Video

Durst's Textile Printing Strategy
Durst's Textile Printing Strategy

Published: June 6, 2018

Fabio Gromo, Global Sales Manager of Textile Printing for durst, describes the durst line of textile printers and capabilities as well as the company's strategies with respect to the digital textile printing industry. Watch Video

Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting
Lectra Launches Cutting 4.0, A New Platform for Textile Cutting

Published: May 31, 2018

Frederic Gaillard, VP of Product Marketing for Lectra, talks to Cary Sherburne about Cutting 4.0, Lectra's new smart cutter for textile cutting that interfaces with Lectra Digital Cutting, a new cloud-based cutting platform. The machine receives orders and executes them, and sends back data so the entire process can be controlled in real time. The platform is designed to address the new challenges the company sees in the market, such as small runs and customization. The new platform also includes a fabric library. Watch Video

Lighting and Color in Retail Spaces
Lighting and Color in Retail Spaces

Published: May 30, 2018

Ann Laidlaw, Consultant for ACL Color Consulting LLC, talks to Cary Sherburne about how ambient lighting impacts our perception of color—an important consideration in retail environments where the lighting under which a consumer views a garment may be different from that under which the garment was manufactured. Compounding the problem is the latest trend toward LED lighting (of which there are many different kinds) in retail stores, which can impact how a particular colored garment is perceived. Watch Video

Streamlining and Automating On-Demand Textile Production
Streamlining and Automating On-Demand Textile Production

Published: May 29, 2018

Kirby Best, President and CEO of Purchase Activated Apparel Technologies (PAAT), talks about one of the biggest challenges he found in the analog-to-digital transformation of textile printing: the difficulty of feeding information to the production equipment. To realize all the advantage of on-demand production, all the systems within the operation need to be in sync and "talking" to each other. He talks to Cary Sherburne about how PAAT overcame that challenge. Watch Video

Inside FESPA 2018's Print Make Wear
Inside FESPA 2018's Print Make Wear "Fast Fashion" Microfactory

Published: May 25, 2018

Debbie McKeegan, Textile Ambassador for FESPA 2018, walks us through the Print Make Wear microfactory and demonstrates the process of textile printing from beginning to end. Watch Video

SEAMS: The Voice of the Sewn Products Industry
SEAMS: The Voice of the Sewn Products Industry

Published: May 24, 2018

At this week's TechTextil, Will Duncan, Executive Director of SEAMS, talks about SEAMS which, for 50 years, has been the "voice" of the U.S. sewn products industry. Members include brands and retailers, as well as the textile supply sector. "Made in America" is the association's main initiative. Watch Video

Techtextil 2018: New Technologies—and Challenges—for Textile Printing
Techtextil 2018: New Technologies—and Challenges—for Textile Printing

Published: May 23, 2018

Brian Francois, Executive Vice President of AATCC, discusses the analog-to-digital transformation in textile printing, and identifies such emerging challenges as wearable technology and developing and implementing color standards for LED lighting. Watch Video

From Concept to Creation—Dover Digital Printing’s Microfactory Streamlines Digital Textile Production
From Concept to Creation—Dover Digital Printing’s Microfactory Streamlines Digital Textile Production

Published: May 22, 2018

Sebastien Hanssens, Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Dover Digital Printing, talks about the “microfactory” concept of on-demand digital garment printing, which Dover Digital Printing was demonstrating at FESPA 2018. “The Sports Factory” showcased customized athletic jersey printing from online ordering to printing and sewing. Watch Video

Digital Printing Hits a Wall. And the Floor. And Your Sofa.
Digital Printing Hits a Wall. And the Floor. And Your Sofa.

Published: May 14, 2018

Rachel Nunziata, Product Development Manager for 4Walls, talks about the design process for digital décor. 4Walls designs and prints wallcoverings and a wide variety of other materials, handling the process all the way from design through production. Watch Video

Direct-to-Garment Printing Becoming Popular and Profitable
Direct-to-Garment Printing Becoming Popular and Profitable

Published: April 9, 2018

Tim Check, Production Manager, Epson America, talks about direct-to-garment printing, particularly using the brand-new Epson F-2100 Series printer which can print directly on T-shirts, baby onesies, towels, and other kinds of fabric-based items. Garment printing is a growth area for not only traditional screen printers looking to print short-run items, but also for commercial printers who can complement other display graphics services they may be offering. Watch Video

Zazzle Well-Positioned to Help Drive Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles
Zazzle Well-Positioned to Help Drive Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles

Published: April 2, 2018

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Zazzle's Chief Fulfillment Officer Charles Ohiaeri about the role of digital textile printing in its ecommerce business that delivers personalized paper and textile products. He shares his views on the analog-to-digital transformation underway in the textiles industry and how digital can make the industry more efficient, profitable, and environmentally friendly, while giving consumers more choice with the ability to personalize or customize their garments and other textile-based products. Watch Video

Vapor Apparel: Breaking the Rules in Sublimation Printing
Vapor Apparel: Breaking the Rules in Sublimation Printing

Published: March 29, 2018

Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel, likes to break the rules. Fourteen years ago, the company determined that good fabrics for sublimation printing were hard to come by and worked to solve that problem. Today, the company provides high-quality blanks for shirts, accessories, and more, including sublimation-certified white and colored garments that perform on press and in the market, making its clothing in the United States. He also discusses the relative roles of digital and conventional printing for textiles. Watch Video

Ryonet: Driving Change in Garment Decoration
Ryonet: Driving Change in Garment Decoration

Published: March 22, 2018

Ryonet's Ryan Moor talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the overall positive impact the analog-to-digital transformation in textiles and apparel stand to have on the environment. He also discusses how his company is helping the people of Haiti by providing workers in his manufacturing operation in the country with a living wage, good working conditions, and more. Watch Video

CustomInk Believes Co-Opetition Is a Win/Win for Suppliers, Producers, and Customers in the Garment Decoration Industry
CustomInk Believes Co-Opetition Is a Win/Win for Suppliers, Producers, and Customers in the Garment Decoration Industry

Published: March 21, 2018

Andy Louis-Charles, Vice President of Business Development at CustomInk, one of the largest online custom apparel companies in the U.S., talks about the importance of mutually beneficial partnerships with others in the industry. He believes this practice of "co-opetition" raises the level for everyone in the industry. Custom apparel for events is a $7 billion industry—there's lots of room for everyone and an opportunity to grow the pie. With a bigger pie, everyone gets a larger slice, he says. Watch Video

Does Your Brand Reflect What You Are Made Of?
Does Your Brand Reflect What You Are Made Of?

Published: March 20, 2018

Robert Prioleau, Partner and Brand Director at the Blue Ion agency, and a principal of Outpost, another agency, explains what he meant during his talk at ThreadX, when he said, "The best brands are defined by what they are made of, not by what they make." What values, purpose, mission and cause are you bringing to the table on top of your great products and services?" Hear what he has to say, and think about how you can apply his advice to your brand. Watch Video

Is Your Tech Pack Smart Enough?
Is Your Tech Pack Smart Enough?

Published: March 19, 2018

Matthew Cochran, CCO of of Purchase Activated Apparel Technology (PAAT), is building an open digital product development network, looking to augment the traditional tech pack that is the DNA of a product. His Smart Tech Pack (STP) technology is a machine-readable file that takes some of the opportunity for human error out of the garment manufacturing process. The goal of this digital product development network is to move to a design-sell-produce model as opposed to today's design-produce-hope-to-sell model. Watch Video

Analog-to-Digital Transformation Is Disrupting the Textiles Industry
Analog-to-Digital Transformation Is Disrupting the Textiles Industry

Published: March 15, 2018

Mark Coudray, Founder of Catalyst Plan, has nearly 50 years of experience in graphic communications. He talks about the analog-to-digital transformations that have occurred in the industry over the past few decades. The fourth iteration of analog-to-digital transformation is revolutionizing the discipline of marketing and having a huge impact on the textiles and apparel industries. He offers guidance to buy time and gain breathing room. Watch Video

Chris Simpson from Blue Ion Talks about Available Tools to Engage in B2C Marketing
Chris Simpson from Blue Ion Talks about Available Tools to Engage in B2C Marketing

Published: March 14, 2018

Chris Simpson, Digital Marketing Director at Blue Ion, talks about how companies can make a transition from marketing B2B to marketing B2C. He identifies a set of tools from Google and others that can help companies add this new capability. Watch Video

The Amazing Story of Sandilake Clothing
The Amazing Story of Sandilake Clothing

Published: March 13, 2018

Mel Lay, Owner of Sandilake Clothing, has a riveting story of how she went from producing clothing for her kids in 2014 to being a garment icon. Her business has grown largely through the use of social media, including her public battle with Target and ultimately her appearance on Shark Tank. Great story! Lots of guidance about how others can use social media to grow their businesses. Watch Video

Facing the Challenges of Waste in the Garment Supply Chain
Facing the Challenges of Waste in the Garment Supply Chain

Published: March 12, 2018

Matthew Cochran, COO of OnPoint Manufacturing, talks about the feasibility of on demand manufacturing of garments to address Fast Fashion and the waste of time and materials associated with the traditional garment supply chain, moving from design-produce-hope-to-sell, to design-sell-produce. Watch Video

Fed By Threads Innovating in
Fed By Threads Innovating in "Dirt to Shirt" Approach

Published: March 8, 2018

Skya Nelson, COO of Fed By Threads, talks about the company's "dirt to shirt" strategy and its innovative approach to fibers that are environmentally sustainable and recyclable. One example is 65% recycled plastic bottles and 35% recycled organic cotton. Currently they are working on a recycled cotton fiber that prints well, recycles easily, and is cost effective. Watch Video

AccuLink Leverages Dye-Sublimation Printing for Business Growth
AccuLink Leverages Dye-Sublimation Printing for Business Growth

Published: March 8, 2018

Tom O'Brien, President of AccuLink in Greenville, N.C., talks about how he was able to turn his business around following the recession by turning to dye sublimation of textiles, ceramics, and more. This commercial printer is also now one of the largest dye-sub operations in the Southeast with minimal investments as compared to normal commercial print investments—about 100 pieces of equipment that cost less than one digital printing press! Watch Video

First-Ever ThreadX Powered by SGIA a Success
First-Ever ThreadX Powered by SGIA a Success

Published: March 7, 2018

In seeking to better serve its membership, SGIA took the advice of its Garment Decorating Committee to host an event dedicated to that under-served segment. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was there, and explains why this event was different. The sold-out event will be held again next year, location TBD. Watch Video

How EFI Reggiani Is Helping Accelerate the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles
How EFI Reggiani Is Helping Accelerate the Analog-to-Digital Transformation in Textiles

Published: March 5, 2018

Adele Genoni, Vice President and General Manager for EFI Reggiani, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how Reggiani fits into the EFI ecosystem. She explains how the company is moving the analog-to-digital transformation forward in textiles, and what she expects to see in the future, including reshoring textile production in North America and Europe. Watch Video

ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators
ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators

Published: February 26, 2018

SGIA CEO Ford Bowers explains the genesis of ThreadX as coming from a focus group of garment decorators who felt an event dedicated to helping with business and technology information them didn't exist. This first edition sold out, and SGIA is planning to do the event again next year. Hear what Bowers has to say and stay tuned for more news and videos from ThreadX! Watch Video

Grupo SG Now Offering EFI Reggiani Printers in Central America and the Caribbean
Grupo SG Now Offering EFI Reggiani Printers in Central America and the Caribbean

Published: February 8, 2018

Thomas Lange, President of Grupo SG, a distributor serving Central America and the Caribbean, speaks about his long-term relationship with EFI and the addition of EFI Reggiani textile printers to his offerings. This region has a significant base of textile and garment manufacturing and many players are following the lead of brands and retailers in driving the analog-to-digital transformation occurring in these industries for faster time to market and improved profitability. Watch Video

EFI's Frank Mallozzi on Textile Portfolio and Strategy
EFI's Frank Mallozzi on Textile Portfolio and Strategy

Published: January 29, 2018

EFI is going into its third year with the Reggiani portfolio of fabric printing equipment. EFI has recently brought new products to its textile portfolio to ease the transition into digital production including the EFI Reggiani VOGUE and EFI Reggiani ReNOIR FLEXY. Watch Video

EFI CFO Marc Olin Talks Connect, Nozomi installs, Pace Developments, and Textiles
EFI CFO Marc Olin Talks Connect, Nozomi installs, Pace Developments, and Textiles

Published: January 25, 2018

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks to EFI CFO Marc Olin at EFI Connect 2018 about what is new at the event, including Nozomi installs and unique applications being employed by customers and Pace developments. They also discuss other product developments around textiles. Watch Video