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The 'next big thing' in DTP is the increasing focus on colour accuracy
Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) FESPA is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Roz Mcguinness, Divisional Director, FESPA discusses digital textile printing technologies and expectations from FESPA Asia 2017.
What is the Brexit impact likely to be felt in this segment of the industry? What steps are you taking to counter it?
The outcome of the EU referendum has no immediate impact on FESPA's activities. At this time it is too early to say what impact, if any, it will have on the industry.
What is the size of the digital textile printing (DTP) market in Europe and globally? At what rate are both these markets growing?
Drawing on figures from our research partner, Infotrends, in 2015 the global market for digital textile printing represented 932 million square metres, with Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) accounting for 55 per cent of this. The global market by volume is forecast to grow by 29 per cent CAGR to 2020, with much of that growth driven by Asia Pacific and EMEA respectively.
Which parts in Europe specialise in DTP? What is the USP of these printers/solution providers?
Italy is still the strongest market for digital textile printing in Europe and the world, by a significant margin, with printers serving a wide variety of applications from fashion and garment to interior décor and soft signage. In Italy the growth is primarily in the first two sectors, as reflected in the programme for our forthcoming FESPA Digital Textile Conference in Milan on September 30. In order of size, Germany, France and the UK are also significant markets for digital textile printing.
Which regions have high demand for European DTP machines and solutions globally? Where do you see the market growing?
Europe has driven the adoption of digital textile printing technology and continues to see strong growth. Outside of Europe, Turkey is a strong market and Asia Pacific is tipped to continue a rapid growth curve of adoption. There is also strong interest in South America highlighted by the high attendance at FESPA Brazil and our FESPA Digital Textile Conferences there in 2015 and 2016.
What will be the 'next big thing' in DTP technologies?
Digital textile printing - a sector FESPA has maintained a focus on since our first Digital Textile Conference in 2008 and the launch of the FESPA Fabric (now Textile) exhibition in 2010 - is a relatively mature technology in terms of a combining quality and speed. This has resulted in the adoption of digital textile printing beyond soft signage and into the fashion and interior décor markets. The 'next big thing' is the increasing focus on colour accuracy, as well as the broader range of fabrics being decorated using digital textile.
On what new fibres and fabrics can we see DTP in the future?
Digital textile printing is increasingly viable for natural fabrics, with some manufacturers integrating pre-treatment into the higher volume roll-to-roll hardware. Looking further ahead, smart garments are beginning to make use of digital textile to incorporate electronics. There's also the Project Jacquard fabric from Google ATAP, which includes conductive threads in the woven yarn itself.
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