“European Digital Textile Conference” presents the future of textile printing

Colourful home interiors - not a problem anymore thanks to digital printing. Copyright: WTIN

Colourful home interiors – not a problem anymore thanks to digital printing. Copyright: Prestigious Textiles.

From an imposing urban panorama to an enchanting animal world: digital printing transforms bare walls and monotone floors into a lively home. The technology has previously been used only in the apparel sector. However, digitally printed home and household textiles have been growing in significance continuously for years.

Trade visitors to Heimtextil can obtain a topical overview of the latest technologies, market opportunities, areas of application for mass printing and sustainable production methods during the first “European Digital Textile Conference: ‘Digital Printing for Homes and Interiors’ by WTiN”. The English-only conference takes place on the second and third days of the trade fair (9 and 10 January 2014) in Hall 4.0.

“We estimate the market for this branch of industry to have a volume of around 12 billion square metres a year. This represents a share of 40 percent of all printed textiles. Therefore, it is important to hold a conference focusing solely on this segment. And the best place to do so is at the leading trade fair for the sector”, says John Scrimshaw, textile expert and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Digital Textile’ magazine.

Another example for the many design that are possible with digital printing. Copyright: WTIN

Another example for the many designs that are possible with digital printing. Copyright: Prestigious Textiles.

Three half-day sessions will provide a detailed insight into this growing segment: “Commercial and creative opportunities”, “Digital fabric printing technology” and “Carpets and pile fabrics”. Until only a few years ago, the market for digital printing in the field of home and household textiles consisted solely of small designer collections. “The industry only discovered this growth market recently”, adds Scrimshaw. Several Heimtextil exhibitors, such as Athenea from Spain, Dicitex D’Decor from India and Menderes Tekstil from Turkey, are currently investing in new systems that can print over 100 square meters an hour.

The first European Digital Textile Conference lures attendees with interesting presentations and discussions. Copyright: WTIN.

The first European Digital Textile Conference lures attendees with interesting presentations and discussions. Copyright: WTIN.

The organisers of the conference are World Textile Information Network (WTiN), a global textile news and information provider for the sector, and Messe Frankfurt. The Digital Textile Conference’s main Corporate Sponsor is Stork Prints. Other leading sponsors include HP (Platinum), Kornit Digital (Gold) and Sensient Imaging Technologies.

Further information such as the registration form and the complete programme can be found at www.digitaltextileconference.com. Tickets start at 200 Euros for a single session.

Marc Chalupsky

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