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Setting new standards with Kornit’s Apollo

Platform has the capacity to decorate more than 1.5 million garments annually with a single operator.

31st January 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Rosh Haayin, Israel

Clothing/​Footwear

Signalling a new horizon for onshore and nearshore production, Kornit Digital has announced the general availability of its now field-proven Apollo direct-to-garment platform.

It provides the high-throughput and automated digital production to shorten lead times, reduce total cost of ownership and improve margins for short-to-medium run production.

Retailers and brands will benefit from the agility to react in real-time to new trends – while streamlining inventory requirements and costs. Screen printers can shorten lead times to days and even hours with superior productivity, better total cost of ownership and sustainable production, eliminating waste while leveraging synergies across analog and digital approaches. Retail customers and screen printers can both tap into the enhanced quality, repeatability and vibrant colouur capabilities to ensure reliable, repeatable production.

Successful field implementations underscore the transformative nature of Apollo for on-demand sustainable production at industrial scale – it has the capacity to decorate more than 1.5 million garments annually with a single operator.

“Kornit is a long-time partner, and we were happy to be an early adopter of the Apollo system,” said Scott Valancy, COO at T-Shirt Central, based in Clitheroe, UK, one of Apollo’s beta sites. “Much like other Kornit solutions, we’re very pleased with the performance of the system. Our team was not only impressed by its performance throughout the peak season, but also its ability to easily connect across our automation system to deliver vibrant, high-quality prints. Apollo enabled us to easily meet increased demand with 24/7 availability without missing a beat. Looking ahead, we’re excited to take the next step with Kornit, leveraging on-demand production and industrial capacity to fuel our business growth.”

Backed by an advanced, proprietary automation system, the platform integrates versatile smart drying, concurrently managing various garment types with a proficiency of up to 400 garments per hour. The Apollo is also extremely flexible, with the ability to scale on-demand and handle both bulk and one-offs. The patented Max technology meanwhile ensures colour accuracy to Pantone and spot colours.

“Kornit Apollo is the most advanced and proven solution on the market allowing digital production to go mainstream and creating real business opportunities for brands, fulfillers and retailers,” said Kornit CEO Ronen Samuel. “First announced last year, Apollo came with the promise of transforming a legacy industry that was far too complex and slow. With successful implementations now with high-profile customers, it’s clear Apollo is delivering on its promise.”

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