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Smithers Pira predicts textile printing
to gain 17.5 percent annual growth

Digital textile printing, according to Smithers Pira, in the period 2016-2021 will be hitting a 17.5 percent annual growth, making the sector one of the promising domains. The research report titled The Future of Digital Textile Printing to 2021 values this global market at €1.17 billion in 2016 with a growth forecast at an annual average of 12.3 percent. This will see the market more than double in value over the next five years, reaching €2.42 billion by 2021. Smithers Pira’s exclusive analysis tracks how this will drive an even more rapid increase in the volume of fabric printed with inkjet printing technologies.

Avery Dennison acquires Israeli
pressure-sensitive company Hanita Coatings

Avery Dennison has announced its acquisition of Hanita Coatings, an Israeli manufacturer of pressure-sensitive specialty films and laminates. Headquartered in Israel with sales and distribution branches across the US, Germany, China, and Australia, Hanita Coatings develops and manufactures coated, laminated, and metalised polyester films for an array of industrial and commercial applications. The company’s window films are widely used in architectural and automotive aftermarkets.

According to a source from the company, Hanita Coatings is now looking forward to leverage its strong global footprints and established their brand to help accelerate its product commercialisation around the world. In addition to product expansion, Hanita Coatings’ culture of innovation and long-standing commitment to R&D are a strong fit with its 80-year history of innovation in materials science. Currently employing more than 220 professionals, most of whom are located at the company’s headquarters in Israel’s Western Galilee, this three-decade-old company generates sales in more than 40 countries.

Global Inkjet Systems (GIS)
celebrates 10 Years of Inkjet Innovations

Leading developer of inkjet systems, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), celebrates 10 Years of Growth and Innovations in the inkjet industry. By supporting OEMs and integrators with its innovative product portfolio, GIS has grown exponentially, starting with four members of staff in 2006, growing to 25 in 2013 — at which point the company was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and today the figure is counted 50 employees. GIS is now a global leader in industrial inkjet with its products and technology driving thousands of industrial inkjet printheads worldwide.

Research shows global digital signage
market to reach US$20 billion by 2020

Market research firm Hexa Research, according to Canadian company Sign Media, has reported an estimation that the global digital signage market will grow to about US$20 billion by the year 2020, much of which will presumably come from the existing wide-format sector. The research company estimates the digital signage market was worth approximately $13.3 billion in 2013 and is currently enjoying a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1 percent, thanks to such positive factors as improved user experience (UX), price reductions for digital display panels and continued advances in product development. Geography-wise, Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has the highest potential.

Blue Cap AG acquires Neschen

With effect from December 01, 2016, Neschen Coating GmbH has become a subsidiary of Blue Cap AG, a listed Munich-based company with its specialisation in further development of medium-sized technology-driven companies whilst preserving their corporate identity. The new company has taken over the complete staff of Neschen and continued business operations to the full extent. Preparations for this was started on July 01, 2016 and have been processing with the transfer of operations. Now, the subsidiaries of the Neschen trade organisation, Filmolux in Benelux, Germany, France, Italy and Austria were transferred entirely to Neschen Coating GmbH.

Messe Düsseldorf ties up with
In-store Asia to create Excosa

EuroShop Düsseldorf, an international trade fair in the retail sector, is entering the Indian market, aiming at the opportunity emerging with the country’s economic strength and fast growing retail sector with a volume of US$500 billion. Under the umbrella of ‘Mall of Europe Powered by EuroShop’, organiser Messe Düsseldorf has now sealed a close, long-term co-operation deal with In-Store Asia. Together they have formed a new company called Excosa with equal participation between Messe Düsseldorf India and In-store Asia. The formal agreement was signed by both the parties on November 23, 2016 in New Delhi. Under Excosa, all Retail Design and In-store Marketing domain related events will be conducted. From February 2018 on, In-Store Asia will be organised annually in alternating locations between New Delhi and Mumbai.

In-Store Asia is a Retail Fair for Retail Designs and In-Store Marketing in the Indian subcontinent; and it has been instrumental in bringing the Indian Retail Design and In-Store Marketing community onto a common platform, enabling them in keeping pace with the global trends, innovations and developments for over a decade. “In-Store Asia now joins the family of EuroShop, which has been the undisputed leader in this domain for the last five decades”, said Vasant Jante, founder & MD of In-Store Asia. He added that the partnership would be the best option to broaden the horizon for the growing in-store clientele to enable new global opportunities in trade, partnerships, new technologies and reaching new markets in this domain.

NPES and IPAMA to co-host conference
during PRINTPACK India 2017

NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 is a key event to be co-hosted by IPAMA and NPES on the sidelines of PRINTPACK India 2017 organising on February 04-08 at India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR. The event will be supported by AIFMP (All India Federation of Master Printers Association) and PRIMIR, a premier market research association of the graphic communications industry. The conference will be themed ‘Power Up Your Printing Business... Innovate, Integrate, Motivate’ and it is designed to boost valuable business cooperation, partnership and exchange among the ‘who’s who’ of the printing industry.

Apart from being a networking point to learn latest developments in the printing industry at domestic or local levels, NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 will also highlight the progression undergoing in the global or international markets, which may include all aspects related to best technology companies and solution providers, enabling attendees to find the exact product they need for business. This print conference will raise and debate critical issues facing the industry. For further details, contact Vinod Vittoba, director, NPES India at: or 9818278460; and to register for the conference visit:

fresh innovations from mimaki
featured at FESPA Eurasia 2016

All designed to address key print production needs, Mimaki at the recent FESPA Eurasia 2016, held at Istanbul in Turkey from December 08-11, unpacked its latest range of innovations comprising solvent, textile and UV printers. Creative sign and display as well as industrial capabilities were the focused areas the company did shed some light on, showing latest possibilities in the textile world. The company also showcased UV flatbed printers of diverse sizes, which comprised its recently launched Mimaki UJF-3042MkII with LH100 UV ink that prints on flat surfaces, acrylic and aluminium compound boards.

Mimaki also showcased its UJF-7151plus UV inkjet flatbed printer which is ideal for operations that produce a wide variety of applications, including a broad array of objects such as promotional items, personalised giftware, small to medium-format signage and display panels. Also, on the showcase was Mimaki JFX200-2513 printer with LUS-150 UV curable ink in CMYK, white and clear, enabling visitors to experience how the unique clear ink could also add texture for even more compelling products. The company further addressed the need in the textiles and apparel industries for cost-effective short-runs or samples with the Tx300P-1800B, a 1.8m printer and Tiger-1800B direct-to-textile high-speed inkjet printer.

Kornit Digital bags Hong Kong
Digital Printing Award 2016

Textile printing major Kornit Digital has recently bagged a silver-level ‘Hong Kong Digital Printing Award 2016 (Special Material Category)’ bestowed by the Hong Kong Digital Printing Association. The award was given in recognition of the colour vibrancy and print quality of the work submitted by Kornit Digital, which was a 100 percent polyester zipper vest printed on a Kornit Storm Hexa. The print job on the vest was the perfect challenge for one of Kornit’s most innovative printing systems, particularly because of its uneven surfaces in the seam and zipper areas. All Kornit’s direct-to-garment printing systems are equipped with an adjustable head height mechanism as users can easily adjust the system’s printheads to accommodate the thickness of substrates.

ESKO’s CorruSpeed tool cuts without ‘oscillating’

Newly launched CorruSpeed tool from ESKO is designed for cutting corrugated board without oscillating. According to a source from the company, the oscillating-free process will produce cleaner and more accurate cuts comparable to conventional die cutting. CorruSpeed is compatible with ESKO Kongsberg C Series, X Series, XP, and XE cutting tables. The tool can cut materials up to 7 mm. Some added features of the tool include a floating foot with spring-loaded, adjustable pressure in order to crush the liner and prevent it from cracking while the cut is made. It also features a side or top pressure gauge. ESKO has integrated solutions for diverse applications, ranging from signage and display, packaging and labels, commercial printing upto publishing.

ESKO’s new ArtiosCAD Display
Store for in-store visual communication

Designed innovatively for in-store visual communication and other such jobs, ESKO announces the release of ArtiosCAD Display Store, with which users can significantly increase productivity in production of display systems for retail stores and such environments where compelling signage and packaging can drive additional business. ArtiosCAD Display Store provides a set of solutions that leave nothing to be desired in terms of creative design, print preparation and finishing. Being an online design platform, makes display and packaging design a piece of cake, turning new design ideas into reality in no time at all. Based on a comprehensive online library of tried-and-tested design templates and basic parameters, the online shop offers a wide selection of designs requiring only size adjustment to be ready for production.

SENFA to expand its Decoprint
Pearl range of backlit fabrics1

French company SENFA, a technical textile division of Chargeurs Group, is known for its Decoprint Pearl premium backlit fabric. Over the last few months, the company has renewed its focus on expanding its range of Decoprint textiles to meet the ever-growing needs among its global customer base. Since its inception in 2004, Decoprint Pearl has become one of the world’s leading fabric manufacturers of fabric materials for backlit display applications, viz. light-boxes in retail outlets, shopping malls and airports all over the world. SENFA’s Decoprint Pearl is smooth finish with its perfect diffusion of light and excellent white point, making the product a right choice for many international brands. Added advantages of this textile material include: PVC-free, eco-friendliness, lighter weight, cheaper transport and easier installation.

ESKO appoints new sales director for South Asia

ESKO has appointed Arnab Maiti as its sales director-South Asia. To be based out of Mumbai, newly elected Arnab will head the current Esko South Asia sales team. Prior to his current position, he spent nearly 15 years in Kodak serving across various regional and national sales and business management roles. With diverse experience of selling capital equipments, software solutions and consumables, Arnab has worked all over India and its neighbouring geographies. His strengths lie in direct and indirect sales, strategic management, deep technical acumen, interpersonal skills and leading and developing diverse teams. A printing engineer from Jadavpur University, Arnab pursued his post-graduate studies in Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

XAAR 2001 printhead honoured
with NMI Product of the Year Award

In recognition of its productivity and industrial reliability, XAAR 2001 printhead has been honoured with the Product of the Year Award at the 20th NMI Awards held recently in London. The award is an annual programme delivered by NMI, a UK-based industry association for electronic systems, microelectronics and semiconductors. A record number of entries have been received this year for the awards, making the competition tougher and stronger than ever. The XAAR printhead was recognised with the award for its powerful combination of market-leading image quality, highest productivity and industrial reliability for ceramic tile decoration. Using the printhead, tile manufacturers can print a wider range of patterns and designs while increasing production uptime at 720 dpi with 2000 nozzles per printhead.

Stage set for Mumbai edition of Sign India 2017

BUSINESS LIVE, organiser of Sign India, has set schedule for Mumbai edition of the expo from January 27-29 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. The first edition of the expo in the new year will be unveiled with the showcase of a host of fresh innovations in signage world, which include both indoor and outdoor display systems. Leading machine manufacturers, suppliers and others allied companies in the industry will take part in the expo, presenting a gamut of products, which consist of printers, CNC routers, laser engravers, illuminated systems and others. According to a source from BUSINESS LIVE, a number of leading companies have already booked their stalls and only a few left to fill up. For details, contact at: 9940075606, 9003195607, 91-9940075609 or write in at: