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Digital ink jet will open the third revolution of Chinese textile industry

2017.05.24   16:26

Digital printing has become the most sensational term in the field of textile printing in recent years. It shows that there will be a bigger market for future production. Prior to 2019, the global textile digital inkjet market growth rate will reach 25%. In some areas, such as short and fast delivery, from analog to digital printing speed is accelerating, this growth rate will exceed the market growth rate, reaching about 30%.

Huge global market

In recent years, the growth rate of digital printing applications in most areas are in the two digits, far more than the growth rate of traditional printing applications.

The application of digital printing in textile industry is expanding rapidly. With the advent of digital ink jet printing technology, textile printing has changed greatly in recent years. Initially, due to the time and cost of the preparation of the preparation of the printing, digital inkjet is more suitable for proofing. Today, with the popularity of personalized customization and more and more digital inkjet production equipment has come out, digital inkjet has gradually become the mainstream industry.

Digital ink jet printing technology is a new development of textile printing and dyeing technology. In 1990s, with the application of electronic color separation, color matching and other CAD technology in the textile dyeing and finishing industry, Japan, Holland and other countries to the use of digital inkjet printing technology is successfully transplanted into the fabric. In China, digital inkjet printing technology in recent years, the development is also very fast.

The third revolution of printing industry

So, why can digital inkjet printing develop so quickly? It is necessary to understand the characteristics of this technology.

Digital inkjet printing first appeared in 1990s. This technology is the digital image processing technology into the computer, the computer color printing system after editing, controlled by a dedicated software inkjet printing system will be directly printed on the ink on silk. Digital inkjet printing technology does not require color separation, drawing, plate making, screen and color, slurry and other processes, the input of the computer image processing, you can print, production is not limited by the number, length. Digital printing technology has greatly improved the clarity of the general printing and color changes, the color can be matched with tens of millions of species, greatly enriched and satisfied the user's requirements for the variety of fabrics.

In short, due to the reduction of the plate making process, greatly shorten the production cycle, digital ink jet printing technology has the advantages of non-contact, low cost, high speed, no plate, to adapt to the short version, can be customized, green environmental protection and other advantages, known as the third revolution of the printing industry.

At first, this popular innovative technology was used to print banners, banners, and point of sale advertising. Textile designers and print studios use digital software to design, use digital inkjet printer to print the sample, but also for small batch production. The development of acid dyes, reactive dyes and pigment inks, they can be printed on a variety of fabrics, skipping time-consuming, labor-intensive, high cost of engraving gravure and screen plate process.

In addition to the fashion fabric and garment printing, inkjet printing is a bright future in Home Furnishing textile products market, the development process in many parts connected together in a modular system, compression of the value chain, reduce water, energy and chemicals consumption, its market share gradually expand.

In addition, the new machine, the ink and the print head of ink-jet printing technology to be able to connect the functional finishing machine, coating a conductive material, open textile processing technology integration process of the door.

China's textile industry to open the door of high-speed digital printing

Of course, digital inkjet printing technology is not perfect, is still constantly improving, China's related enterprises and research institutions are making efforts.

In 2016, China's first Single-Pass ultra high speed digital printing machine was put into operation in Hangzhou, officially opened the door of China's textile industry high-speed digital printing. Among them, the core technology of this printing machine - digital inkjet printing control technology by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of automation, advanced manufacturing and automation team independent research and development. The utility model has the advantages of no need of plate making, environmental protection, green, etc., and can realize flexible manufacturing and on demand production. China's environmental protection requirements for the manufacturing industry continued to maintain a high pressure at the moment, such devices will help promote China's printing and dyeing industry to the green era.

Textile printing is a market of $7 billion 500 million, which has a huge business opportunity. It can be predicted that digital inkjet printing will not only share a cup of tea in China's ongoing transformation and upgrading of the textile industry, will also become the darling of many textile companies. 

By Emily

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