Touchpoint textile, show for digital printing, at Drupa

22 Feb '20
3 min read
Pic: Drupa
Pic: Drupa

Drupa 2020, leading trade fair for printing technologies, will have a new special show for digital textile printing - Touchpoint textile. The show reflects the rising significance of digital textile printing and its importance as a driver of innovation and growth for the printing industry. A special attraction of the show will be a microfactory.

Drupa 2020 is to be held from June 16 to 26, in Düsseldorf.

Touchpoint textile is backed by two main partners - the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF) as Europe’s largest textile research centre, and the non-profit European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA).

Together with cross-industry partners, DITF is setting up a Digital Textile Micro Factory at drupa, a fully networked, integrated production chain from customer specifications and design to fabric finishing. Demonstrating new possibilities for digitalisation and direct customer interaction, such as 3D garment simulations with direct data transfer to virtual and augmented reality applications, the microfactory shows how digital textile printing, cutting and colour management can be integrated in a fully connected production environment. A variety of products, such as flags, t-shirts and bags, will be fabricated “hot off the press” each day. Networked production chains of this kind, fuelled by a combination of agility, creativity, flexibility and productivity, empower the textile industry to respond ever more promptly and specifically to customer demands and trends, even in small quantities.

With the textile industry spawning technologies for numerous industries, touchpoint textile connects these various sectors, offering them a platform for cross-industry collaboration, new projects, as well as product and manufacturing ideas.

The special show is an indicator of how Drupa is gaining ground in new markets, which apart from textile printing include packaging, large format printing, industrial and functional printing. All of these segments are going through the same transformation processes, offering tremendous potential for growth.

ESMA, in charge of the conference programme, has invited speakers from research, development and industry to discuss printing and finishing technologies, workflows, market developments and sustainability. “Textile printing is expanding rapidly thanks to innovations in printing processes. Both, digital and conventional technologies, can contribute to this change,” says ESMA general manager Peter Buttiens. “We’re looking forward to demonstrating our expertise and know-how in textile applications to visitors at drupa’s touchpoint textile.”

“Continued digitalisation and cross-sectional technologies are accelerating innovation,” comments Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa and global head of print technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “Drupa’s role is to be a source of momentum for our industry, fostering and shaping change. We’re committed to identifying all relevant issues and integrating them in our forums. The growth potential in textile printing is phenomenal. It’s against this backdrop that we are dedicating a special platform to these applications.” Even beyond the touchpoint textile special show, digital textile printing will be an important focus of many exhibitors.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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