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SPGPrints to host IGI Technical Conference 2016

During the conference, there will be working demonstrations of the PIKE printer, for visitors to evaluate the performance of SPGPrints’ inkjet technology.

17th October 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Boxmeer


SPGPrints, a leading specialist in the textile, label and industrial printing markets, will host the IGI Technical Conference for the wall cover industry at its global headquarters in Boxmeer, the Netherlands, on 17 and 18 October 2016.

The IGI Technical Conference is an annual two-day event that brings together senior managers from the wall cover manufacturing companies around the world, to learn about trends and technologies affecting the industry and to exchange ideas. It is organised by IGI, the Global Wall coverings Association.

Bas Hoijtink, commercial manager, Industrial Applications at SPGPrints. © SPGPrints

This year, SPGPrints welcomes over 120 delegates to attend presentations on topics including legislation, sustainability and the latest developments in print processes.

Advances in digital inkjet printing

One of the papers focuses on advances in digital inkjet printing – an area where SPGPrints says it has assumed a leadership position, through significant R&D investments in the past 20 years.

“Digital printing technology has proven to be a game-changer, opening up opportunities for short runs, greater design flexibility, fast turnarounds, simplified supply chains and cost reductions,” commented Bas Hoijtink, commercial manager, Industrial Applications at SPGPrints.

“At SPGPrints, we have enabled textile printers worldwide to exploit these opportunities by launching a precision inkjet technology that rivals the speed, colour gamut and quality of analogue processes. As visitors to the IGI Technical Conference will discover, we are working to bring this technology to the wall cover industry, too.” 

Print head technology

SPGPrints launched a number of new machines and inks for the textile industry in the last 12 months, including the single-pass PIKE printer with production capacity of 13 million metres per year, the JAVELIN printer, with an annual capacity of two million metres, and a range of inks, all manufactured in-house.

SPGPrints Boxmeer facility. © SPGPrints

Both PIKE and JAVELIN feature SPGPrints’ Archer print head technology, which aims to provide controlled, clean ink delivery. The nozzles are 4mm from the substrate, compared with the more usual 1.5mm nozzle-fabric distance. “This means a wider range of substrates can be run, a reduction of the chance of print head damage,” the company reports. “Archer technology enables a gamut wider than the HD-gamut of other digital textile printing solutions.”

The printers use an array of Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print heads to cover the 1850mm width with sharp image production. Fine line details, smooth gradients, blotches and geometrics can be accurately printed thanks to variable drop-size capability (2pL – 10pL) at resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200dpi, according to the manufacturer.

Wall cover industry

SPGPrints is preparing to also make this technology accessible to the wall cover industry. During the conference, there will be working demonstrations of the PIKE printer, giving visitors the opportunity to evaluate the performance innovations of SPGPrints’ inkjet technology.

“The IGI Technical Conference is a vital forum for exchanging ideas, making the industry better placed to meet market needs and remain at the forefront of competition. As this year’s hosts, we are delighted to be promoting the discussion about the industry’s next steps, at a time when the emerging digital process opens up new, exciting opportunities. We hope delegates find the visit to both the conference and our Boxmeer mill a valuable and memorable experience,” concluded Bas Hoijtink.

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