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The personal touch for Brodelec with Kornit

French company is printing more than 10,000 masks per week from a database of over 200 designs.

19th April 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Saint Jean Le Blanc, France

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

Two years ago, Brodelec – already the owner of six Kornit Avalanche Hexa R systems for on-demand direct-to-garment production – chose to broaden its scope of activity by investing in the Kornit Presto S, as the fastest path from design to finished product,

Today, the company, which is based in Saint Jean Le Blanc, France, is not regretting this decision.

“We had already seen a strong trend for personalised items, whether in the furniture or fashion sector, but since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen strong growth in requests for small-scale personalisation,” said CEO Dominique Willems. “That’s exactly where Kornit offers us a solution with incredible durability and quality, perfectly suited to our needs.

“The Kornit Presto S has allowed us to bring our latest project to life – the creation of a website entirely dedicated to customised masks. Thanks to an online editor and our 200 models, customers can order their masks in quantities ranging from one to several thousand pieces if necessary.

“Because the Kornit Presto is free of certain technical and chemical constraints and has adapted perfectly to our workflow system we are currently printing more than 10,000 masks per week and can respond to requests within extremely short deadlines while guaranteeing quality and sharpness of detail.”

Brodelec has created a website entirely dedicated to customised masks. © Brodelec

The masks meet the recommendations of AFNOR standardisation and are designed with a fabric that filters out particles in the air by over 90%. They are designated as category 1, meet the UNS1 standards and are distributed after testing for 60 washes.

“Working with Kornit Digital for the past 15 years has allowed us to successfully test roll-to-roll textile printing, which has allowed us to approach new customers and explore new markets,” Willems added.

Using NeoPigment Robusto ink, the Kornit Presto is based on a sustainable dry printing process. Its dedicated ink set is Oeko-Passport and GOTS certified and does not alter the breathability of the masks produced by Brodelec.

This new set of inks has a short drying and adhesion time, allowing the company to produce high-quality finished products in a few minutes.

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