I image they should be
in this row, stop smoking, stop drinking, stop flying, stop eating meat, stop
yelling at your dog, stop, stop & stop.
Funny enough we are
always thinking of how to stop bad habits in the new year.
I would like to
start new habits, let’s start producing
for better prices & margins, start interacting with your customers and staff,
start becoming more active in private and professional areas, start being
honest to your fellow workers and just start doing more different things.
In the end of 2022 I
did a small Western European Textile survey about what companies would be doing
in textile production, what type of inks, printers and productions. I compiled the results and found some
In the survey I asked
things like, what textile printer do you have today? Well over 50% of the respondents
said they had a Mimaki textile printer,
35 % had large industrial products like
Durst, MS, EFI-Reggiani machines. The rest had others printers like Mutoh,
Roland, HPStitch, Mtex, Agfa and others. A
great mixed bunch of textile producers.
What are we producing: As expected we are still producing a lot of
roll-to-roll fabrics for fashion but look at sportswear, it’s with winterwear
almost more than fashion. (Please note that this survey
was for Western Europe only)
Screen print is still
a big part in the garment industry but the upcoming of the direct to garment devices
is also getting a big share Companies like Epson, Ricoh and Kornit Digiral have
been placing garment printing devices in Europe since the last few years and
are getting the traction they deserve.
The printing of carpets
was my big surprise of the survey. There is a demand for sure, unfortunately I
don’t know if these are promotional carpets or the household carpets.
The question on inks
was no surprise at all, 87% of all respondents where using dye sublimation inks
in some way or another.
37.5% of the users are using Pigment inks and there is
still a big group users printing with reactive and acid inks.
That the trend is pointing to dye sublimation,
that is a fact.
I did not ask about
ink pricing as there are some many local differences, not only in ink quality
but also in pricing. Pricing based on volume, location and source all could
make it non transparent.
But I do see a
trend that inks are becoming more expensive again and that qualities are also
What are we producing
Asking, where would
they buy there next printer from was very interesting Japan, USA and Italy are
the favorite countries. India & China where not even mentioned. This is
very strange, as the Chinese companies Atexco & Homer and the Indian
company ColorJet produce more printers than the others combined.
As 75% of all the
respondents have 2 or more printers, 12.5% had more than 5 printers installed
there must be a notion that there is more than Italian or Japanese machines.
Quality is still the main factor for printing
digital, speed comes second but Durability and service that has a high ranking.
In my opinion is that the respondents value the service offering and what to
make sure all works well. Reliability and professionalism are key today.
(paper/direct & 2 ink types) are becoming also more popular if you ask the
Including a rip is
less important, due to the fact that most production houses that did the survey
already have a rip. Newcomers and starters would need a rip and would like to
have it in the box.
When we asked what is your current printing
speed for the roll-to-roll devices you
have in your production today, we came out to
about 60sqm or 40 linear meter per hour as an average.
So overall we see a
trend of having a better, faster printer with good manufacture or dealer service
organization in the dye sublimation printing arena.
This is going to be the
focal point. Although most of
the respondents did not believe they needed to expand their production.
With all the events
and sporting events, I believe we will see some growth in the printing
of sqm’s but maybe the saturation of printers in western Europe is big enough
to pick up the slack.
Wishing you all a
happy new year and a lot of printing.