Digital printer developed for furnishing fabrics
Zimmer-Austria, in collaboration with UK textile printer Turnbull Prints, has developed a digital production printer for heavy weight furnishing and decorative fabric applications, the first machine aimed specifically at the furnishing fabrics market.
The Colaris-XT digital printer is based on the Colaris high speed inkjet technology first introduced at FESPA in 2010. The printing line has been developed to offer increased ink application on demand, as well as extending the colour fastness of furnishing fabrics by enhancing the penetration of digital inks.
Zimmer says several of the original Colaris machines, equipped with the Seiko Infotech (SII) SPT-508 print head, have been installed in Europe, mainly to print fashion and apparel fabrics, but with some also being used for home furnishings.
Turnbull Prints is to install the Colaris-XT digital printer at its Turnbull Designs Ltd manufacturing subsidiary in Thailand, where it is expected to be operational by July. The company prints mainly on 100% linen and will use reactive-dye inks for the application.
Serving high-end customers and with a large customer base in the United States, Turnbull already runs a digital printing operation in Thailand, alongside screen and hand-block printing. This includes digital warp printing, using custom-developed technology.
Paul Turnbull, managing director of Turnbull Prints, said: “The new unit will help us further differentiate our specialist activities and we look forward to maximising the design potential with our commission print clients. It will also enable us to offer additional flexibility of stock-holding for smaller volumes where required, in keeping with current market needs.”
Josef Osl, sales manager for digital textile printing for Colaris, said: “With the development of our Colaris-XT, done in close cooperation with Turnbull Prints UK, a further milestone of innovation in the digital printing has been set.”