Water-based latex ink
Digital printing exhibitors: new technologies, environmental awareness
At the recent Heimtextil, Hall 3.0 became the inspirational heart of the fair, with the progressive themes of trends, textile design and digital printing on one hall level. The international market leaders in the field of digital printing created an inspiring atmosphere, with innovative technologies and sustainable solutions.
Ecology was one of the dominant topics in the field of digital printing, with many exhibitors showcasing sustainable alternatives and further developments. These included HP with their already well-established latex printing technologies. The water-based latex ink is comparable to solvent-based inks in terms of quality and flexibility, but it does far less damage to the environment and health. The odourless prints only give off volatile organic compounds in very small quantities, which means that special ventilation is not necessary in printing areas.
Furthermore, latex inks can be disposed of ecologically and cleanly because they are not classified as hazardous waste. Many exhibitors presented latex technologies that can be combined with recyclable materials, as well as a broad range of water-based inks and odourless prints that are also suitable for hospitals and schools.
In matters of design, exhibitors such as Mimaki showed their ability in adapting one and the same piece of artwork to canvas, wallpaper and fabric. The international manufacturer of large format inkjet printers was able to get the Dutch fashion designer Tessa Koops to create a special display: “One of my own paintings was used in a variety of ways, including as a print for dresses”, says Koops.
She specially designed clothing for Mimaki, to show the enormous impact digital clothing can have on creativity and personalisation within the fashion design and manufacturing process. Under the theme ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’, Mimaki also showcased commissions on its stand from designers such as Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos.