SPGPrints has strengthened its commitment to the adoption and development of digital textile printing technology, with the formal opening of the Experience Center – a 700-m2 demonstration and training facility located at the company’s Boxmeer (Netherlands) headquarters.
The facility contains SPGPrints’ two flagship digital textile printers in precisely maintained atmospheric conditions: an 1,850-mm-wide single-pass Pike printer, designed for both large and short volumes with production speeds of up to 40 m/min.; and a 3,200-mm-wide multi-pass Javelin printer, for home furnishing applications. The Center also features a meeting room and state-of-the art presentation equipment.
The Experience Center gives suppliers and buyers of digitally printed textiles a showcase for learning how to reap the revolutionary benefits of digital printing, and understanding the end-to-end implications of digital production with SPGPrints’ technology. The innovation hub will also give textile printers the ability to trial new designs and fabrics under test conditions and expert guidance. Furthermore, the Center will allow SPGPrints’ own research and development staff to test and optimize proprietary Pike and Javelin inks as new fabrics are introduced, enabling color-matching and performance trials to be accelerated.
For customers, the Center will make it easier to implement digital workflows quickly and smoothly, and bring new ideas and products to market, faster, without needing to compromise output at their own facilities.
SPGPrints CEO Dick Joustra says, “Digital printing undoubtedly represents the future for textile printing. It is transforming the supply chain, making a wider variety of designs possible, shortening delivery times, delivering major cost savings and eliminating waste. At SPGPrints, we have been empowering the industry to exploit these benefits, through over three decades of digital inkjet innovation, culminating in the Archer technology deployed on the Pike and Javelin printers.”
The new Experience Center is part of an 8-million-euro capital investment program by SPGPrints, covering an expansion area of 3,000 m2. This also includes the building of the expanded Digital Inks Factory for production of its inkjet inks, enabling the company to boost capacity in response to the growth of the digital textile printing sector.