In these post Coronavirus times, all eyes turn to major industry events so we can try to draw conclusions about the prevailing mood and levels of confidence.
Well, if this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo in Munich is a good barometer, we have cause for optimism.
The appetite for meeting, greeting, and yes investing was palpable along the thronged aisles and stands.
On the Ricoh, textile-oriented, stand, the atmosphere was as upbeat as anywhere. Throughout the four days last week, there was a steady stream of visitors – textile creatives and other specialists, Print Service Providers, partners, journalists, and analysts keen on seeing for themselves how Ricoh’s offer to the garment printing industry is evolving through both Direct to Garment and Direct to Film solutions.
We were delighted to demonstrate a range of solutions. Some established, some brand new, and welcomed all the constructive feedback. Co-creation is one of our guiding principles.
It wasn’t just DTG and DTF though as there were many conversations about Ricoh’s inkjet print head expertise and how it could enhance manufacturers’ production capabilities.
Our partners Fruit of the Loom and Russell Athletic made Ricoh’s booth a truly collaborative venture.
It was very clear that these brands’ all-encompassing commitment to sustainable garment production echoed our own environmental philosophy. And that the partnership is founded firmly on shared values.
Perhaps though what will live longest in memories will be our celebrated Manga artist, Uchida, painting, over the course of the show, a wonderful Manga scene. She attracted crowds of onlookers who watched the picture emerge on the three by two metre canvas. Many of them then chose an individualised printed T shirt with their preferred Manga design to take away as a memento.
So, I and my Ricoh colleagues can now reflect fondly on a great experience at FESPA. It was successful for us but also of course very importantly, it worked for our industry too.
The Promo Show is an international Advertising and Printing Fair which takes place at the EXPO XXL exhibition ground in Warsaw, Poland. Ricoh´s textile distributor AKONDA TEX is showing there Ricoh´s DTG portfolio including the Colorgate Textile Productionserver.
Meet the AKONDA TEX TEAM at Hall 3 E3.
The opening hours for visitors: Wednesday and Thursday, February 8-9, 10:00-17:00.
Recently you may have come across discussions debating Direct to Film (DTF) printing versus DTG printing and wondered about the advantages of DTF technology. While DTG printing produces high-quality full size prints with brilliant colors and an incredibly soft hand feel, DTF printing definitely has some benefits that make it the perfect addition for your garment printing business. Let’s get into the details!
Direct to film printing involves printing a design onto a special film, applying and melting a powder adhesive to the printed film, and pressing the design onto the garment or merchandise. You will need transfer film and hot melt powder, as well as the software to create your print – no other special equipment is needed! Below, we discuss seven advantages of this newer technology.