Posts tagged: Fuji Dimatix

2016 Development of Digital Ceramic Printing in China: A CEO’s Perspective

Ron Gilboa
 Feb 22, 2016

InfoTrends has been tracking the ceramic tile industry’s adoption of digital printing technology for several years. China is the primary producer of ceramic tiles on a worldwide basis. According to an industry review by the China Building Ceramics & Sanitaryware Association, there are now over 3,600 ceramic tile production lines in operation in China in just under 1,500 facilities. With about 12 billion square meters produced worldwide 2014/2015 this market is estimated to grow at about 3% in subsequent years. Asia-Pacific region accounts for the majority (70%) of the total most is produced in China.

This market was destined to take advantage of the benefits inherent to digital printing technologies such as reduced make ready, design latitude, timely manufacturing and cost reduction. Spearheading these efforts are companies such as Xaar and Fuji Dimatix and few others. These companies, along with ceramic ink manufacturers, developed by a range of ceramic inks that meet the unique characteristics needed for inkjet printing. The initial success in Europe naturally spread to the Chinese market as well which is the focus of this blog.

We had the privilege of sitting down for an interview with Stella Hu, CEO of Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese supplier digital printing technologies. This interview provided an unique perspective on the current market status and future expectations for the digital ceramics printing in China.

Stella Hu, CEO, Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd

Stella Hu, CEO, Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd

In 1994, Stella set up a successful print shop in Shanghai that offered top-quality local services. Compromising on quality was never an option, so the company ran top-of-the-line VUTEk and Scitex machines. At that time, there were very few local manufacturers of wide format printers. Stella spent the next 6 years studying the machines and developing applications.

Once Stella had fully experienced the fun of digital printing with extensive applications, she set her sights on developing a new brand of digital inkjet solutions based on her insights on industry and client needs. She launched Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd. in 2001. The Shanghai-based company developed and introduced its first wide format solvent printer in 2002, and has since continued with product innovations. The company now offers digital inkjet ceramic printers, grand format solvent UV flatbeds, and roll-to-roll inkjet printing systems for graphics and industrial applications.

During our interview, Mrs. Hu offered her perspective on digital printing within the Chinese ceramic tile market.

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Digital Textile Innovation from SPGPrints and Fuji Dimatix

Ron Gilboa
 Dec 23, 2014

SPG Prints has announced Pike, a new single pass digital textile printer based on Fuji Dimatix’s Samba printhead. The new system is currently on preview at the company’s headquarters for a two-week period and is scheduled to be launched next November at ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy. The machine is targeted at rotary screen printers printing between 3 million and up to 10 million  meters annually. Initial target customers will likely be in fashion fabric printing, although home textile  will also be a longer term target.

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Xennia Inks approved for All Xaar Ceramic Inkjet Printers

Ron Gilboa
 Feb 12, 2014

Inkjet technology supplier Xennia (UK) announced last week that its XenInx Zircon inks for ceramic tile printing have received formal approval for use in all models of the Xaar 1001 re-circulating printheads. The Xaar 1001 inkjet heads are widely used inkjet heads in color digital presses now operating at tile manufacturers globally. The XenInx Zircon inks are the latest generation of digital inks from Xennia for ceramic tile printing in use with numerous production lines, built by Xennia or other manufactures, using Xaar 1001 print heads.

XenInk Digiital Ceramic Tiles

XenInx Digital Ceramic Tiles

 

XenInk Color Pallette

XenInx Color Pallette

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3D Printing: An Evolutionary Move for Graphic Arts Vendors

Ron Gilboa
 Dec 20, 2013

It is fair to describe 2013 as the year of 3D printing. A range of technologies using additive manufacturing have been finding applications in short-run production, prototyping, manufacturing, and other applications for industries such as architecture, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, engineering, fashion, civil engineering, dental, and medical. What is particularly interesting now is that with this growth, the activity is not only in new product developments and acquisitions, but increasingly in technology and distribution partnerships, particularly with graphic arts vendors.

 

iPhone cases made from 3D Systems ProJet Series 4500

It is logical that graphic arts vendors are migrating to become more active in the 3D printing market space. In fact it’s more of an evolutionary development rather than a revolutionary one. Many of these companies have imaging technologies that are well suited to 3D printing. In addition, they have the sales, marketing, and service capabilities that are required to support the higher end 3D printing offerings. So it is natural that a series of business developments and announcements have made headlines in 2013 involving companies like Canon, Fuji Dimatix, HP, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xerox.

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