Ricoh teases European textiles firsts at Fespa
Published: 4 May 2023 | No comments yet
Manga artist Shinnosuke Uchida will be at the Ricoh stand
Ricoh has announced that its exhibit at Fespa will focus largely on textile printing, featuring new, enhanced and collaborative technology including both DtG and DtF machines.
Several product developments will be shown in Europe for the first time in Munich. These will include a polyester direct-to-garment printer and a new digital textile printer, designed to achieve ‘highly vibrant colours for impactful designs’ in DtG and direct-to-film printing. The company will show a new roll-to-roll DtF production system as well. Ricoh says that all these offerings will enable designs to be printed and shipped for local, on-demand application onto garments.
These capabilities will be further demonstrated by Ricoh’s partnership with Fruit of the Loom and Russell Athletic. Ricoh will present a showcase where visitors can custom design their own T-shirt and see it produced on the stand.
Demonstrating how creative designs are brought to life will be Manga artist Shinnosuke Uchida. During the event visitors will be able to watch the artist work live as she shares her own take on the spirit of Japan.
ColorGate (part of Ricoh since its acquisition in late 2018) will demonstrate how its Productionserver Rip and workflow software can achieve high quality colour-accurate production across the various print devices, ink types and adhesion technologies.
Eef De Ridder, vice president, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, commented, ‘Opportunities in the garment printing industry are developing very quickly. Innovations in direct-to-garment and direct-to-film technology are presenting textile printing businesses with compelling production capabilities that respond to leading market and environmental pressures. They are enabling them to reduce carbon emissions and water usage with local production, offer greater versioning capabilities with responsive short runs and drive creativity with easy-to-use solutions that deliver high quality results. Our systems and solutions on show have been developed and enhanced to responsively support operations in this highly demanding market. And our partnership with Fruit of the Loom will demonstrate how responsible and responsive end-to-end digital textile production is achievable.’