Kornit Digital, a leading provider of industrial and commercial digital printers, proprietary pigmented ink and unique chemistry solutions for the textile and garment industry, recently hosted an Open House event at Hotel Velan in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu. The Open House provided live demonstrations of digital printing technology of Kornit’s latest printing machine model “Allegro” and “Avalanche HD6’’ to the visitors.
The event was inaugurated by TR Srikanth, President, Tiruppur Export Knit Printters Association – TEKPA in the presence of around 50 printers from Tirupur region who were also the members of TEKPA. During the event representatives from Kornit and their Indian agent ICC International Agencies Ltd. were also present. The event began with the welcome address by Umesh Topkhanewale, CEO, ICC International Agencies Ltd., who also spoke about his company, its association with Kornit Digital for last 10 years and its various product offerings.
After the inaugural ceremony, TEKPA President spoke about how rapidly digital textile printing market is growing. The technology comes with various advantages like high quality of print resolution, growing demand in domestic as well as international market, being eco-friendly, saving manpower, ‘printing cost’ though it is high but comes down with increased order numbers and usage.
This was followed by an interactive presentation by Ashan Dhunna, Regional Manager, SAARC Region, Kornit Digital Asia Pacific Ltd. who spoke about Kornit’s latest digital printers “Allegro” and “Avalanche HD6,’’ and growing potential of direct to T-shirt printing and its future in Indian apparel and textile market. In his presentation he also discussed several case studies of growing application and demand of online T-shirt printing, where a customer can select designs as per his choice and place orders to get T-shirt delivered at its doorsteps. Basically, it was about e-commerce, customisation, industry 4.0 and fast availability. The concept is becoming rapidly popular in Europe and the US nowadays. He also spoke about various advantages of digital textile printing over screen like no air pollution, safe production environment, power saving, Oeko-tex production, changing rapidly as per fashion, using water based ink, and being sustainable.
The company’s latest innovation is Avalanche HD6 which is equipped with Kornit’s HD print engine and the NeoPigmentTM Rapid ink, which leads to significant reductions in ink consumption – and therefore cost per print – in comparison to previous Avalanche systems. The HD6 reduces the ink consumption by up to 30 per cent compared to the current “R-Series” version and up to 45 per cent compared to the previous Non RSeries versions of the Avalanche Hexa.
The reduced cost per print gives users of Kornit’s HD technology a drastically improved competitive edge against conventional screen printing. It has the potential to further increase the adoption and market share of advanced digital printing technologies in the dynamic and growing market of textile mass customisation. As an additional benefit, the HD technology produces a refined hand feel of the printed textile equivalent to screen printing – an additional important characteristic when replacing traditional textile printing.
Besides, Kornit Allegro is the all-in-one solution for rollto- roll printing. With the Kornit Allegro you eliminate the need for external process steps, enabling you to achieve the best results from PFP (Prepared-For-Print) to finished digitally printed fabric in just minutes. The various advantages of Kornit Allegro are: Complete integration with web-to-print platforms, fully automated production process, the shortest time from file to finished goods, no need for any external processes such as pre-treatment, steaming and washing, eco-friendly- 100 per cent waterless process, easy setup. All it takes is a single operator and a small space, one ink set for any fabric type, roll to roll printing.