Jun 27, 2016
Epson Group and Epson Italia S.p.A. announced that they agreed with the Robustelli family to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (“Robustelli”). This agreement aims to help Epson and Robustelli gain share in the fast-growing digital textile printing market.
Robustelli was one of the early innovators that used Epson’s printhead technology to develop the Monna Lisa product line. These products are considered the standard for high-quality digital textile printing. Located in Como, Italy, Robustelli had 25 employees and an annual turnover of over €12 million in 2015. The company’s heritage is in the textile machinery industry, developing, manufacturing, and selling Monna Lisa inkjet textile printers. Epson will deploy its worldwide sales and service network to sell Robustelli’s high-end printing systems in more countries and regions around the world, expanding its current footprint and reaching emerging digital markets.
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Dec 10, 2013
Though inkjet has been a hot topic since 2008 (remember the ‘inkjet’ drupa?), it is hard to underestimate the continuing impact inkjet is having across all areas of the graphic arts. I think 2013 marks an interesting turning point. Inkjet is everywhere from document printing to labels & packaging to decorative to functional and 3D printing.
Gartner Hype Cycle
3D printing had to be one of the most talked about topics of 2013 and jetting technologies are the key behind many 3D printing implementations (though in this case they are jetting materials rather than inks). That being said, in my opinion 3D printing has reached what Gartner likes to call the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ and others have described as ‘Irrational Exuberance.’ The way some people talk about 3D printing you’d think that before long you’ll be 3D printing your beer complete with the bottle (with a label on the outside and a cap on top).
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Nov 5, 2013
Digital textile printing for customizable garments, décor, and industrial uses has taken the printing industry by storm; and while much of this interest relates to the ability of wide format and direct-to-substrate devices becoming more capable of production runs, there is yet another futuristic application to look forward to: electronic textiles or “smart textiles”.
Figure 1: LÃ¼me Light Up Clothing
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Feb 27, 2013
In January 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, I defended my Master’s Thesis, “Consumer Perception of Inkjet Printed Textiles.” My thesis work focused on how observers perceived various samples of wide format inkjet printed textiles when applied to different applications. The goal of my research was to find what types of textiles consumers want and need.
At the time of my thesis, it was just an idea to have the ability to see wide format printers printing textiles in a production environment. Flash forward to 2013–as I read InfoTrends’ new multi-client study Transforming Textile Printing, I see that the market that I had profiled two years ago (as I began my work) has totally changed with new hardware, a wider substrate selection, and more acceptance from the fashion community.
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Jan 25, 2013
Xerox and EFI announced their 4Q 2012 earnings yesterday. Both companies continue to execute on strategies to transform, but are moving in different directions. There are lessons to be learned for the industry.
Xerox – Services for Growth, Technology for Profit
Xerox has made it very clear that they in the midst of a shift to a Services-led strategy. The company is managing its Technology business for profits and cash generation by lowering the cost basis and investing in services areas.
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns opened the earnings call by saying “Xerox is a company going through a seismic transformation.” The financial results show how far Xerox has transformed. The Services segment of the company grew 7% and is now 52% of the business and the Technology segment declined 8% and is now 48% of total revenue. For the first time, Xerox generated more in profits from Services than from Technology.
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May 17, 2012
The drupa 2012 organizers announced final attendance figures today. The total: 314,500. The stunner in this news isn’t that attendance dropped between drupa 2008 and 2012, it’s by how much. drupa attendance peaked in 1990, dropped offÂ in 1995, and then came in at well over 400,000 in 2000. The next two drupasÂ were both aroundÂ around 390,000. The drupa 2012 figure is down about 75,000 from drupa 2008. Going into the show I hoped that final attendance figures would end up between 350,000 and 375,000. As it turns out, this was very optimistic. The newly released numbers tell a different story entirely.
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Sep 27, 2011
Last week I attended ITMA, the international textiles exhibition in Barcelona, to understand how digital printing technology was being adopted in this significant part of the industrial printing market.
It was clear from the machinery being displayed and the range of new exhibitors at this year’s event that digital printing has reached a milestone in the textile market and is poised to make significant advances in the next few years. What until now been the preserve of proofing and prototyping is now becoming viable for short run production. Devices from Durst, Konica Minolta, Kornit, La Meccanica and spgprints (Stork Prints) shown for the first time at ITMA all address this new category for short run production. There were also new devices from established wide-format inkjet fabric players Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland DG to better address the prototyping and sampling markets that previous generations of their products have served. Read more »