Epson Announces Two New Innovation Hubs in Como, Italy
MILAN, ITALY, and TOKYO, JAPAN — December 14, 2016 — Seiko Epson Corporation announced two new hub sites dedicated to the development of new industrial digital textile products. The Innovation Research Lab, focusing on ink technology R&D, has been created by Epson together with For.Tex. The Printing Research Center, in collaboration with F.lli Robustelli, a player in production engineering for textile printers and recently acquired by Epson, will aid future development of Epson inkjet core technology dedicated to textile printing.
The two new sites join Epson's established Textile Solution Center in Como, Italy. With the opening of these facilities, Epson, For.Tex and F.lli Robustelli have realised their vision to create a worldwide hub for the digital textile printing industry based in Italy.
"We are delighted to announce the establishment of the Innovation Research Lab and The Printing Research Center in Como," says Sunao Murata, chief operating officer, of Epson's Professional Printing Operations Division. "These state-of-the-art R&D facilities symbolise Epson's strong commitment to accelerating the development of digital textile inkjet printing both in the Como region and the rest of the world."
The Digital Textile Printing Industry
In 2014 alone, approximately 31 billion sqm of fabric was printed worldwide, of which approximately two to three percent was produced using digital technologies according toProvost Ink Jet Consulting Ltd. 2015 represented a landmark year for the digital textiles market which, according to WtiN Intelligence, in the study "World Textile Market Outlook, 2016," print volume is expected to increase by about 17% year on year until 2019.
The use of digital technologies for printing drawings, patterns and visual effects on textiles and other surfaces is well established and is growing quickly, replacing traditional analogue technologies in several areas. Digital technologies used in industrial volume production create a challenge for inks and auxiliary chemical compound manufacturers. However, thanks to technological innovation, the digital printing market is constantly evolving with customers requesting products capable of supporting the complete manufacturing cycle and that ensure quality, productivity and reliability without compromise.