Recovery from the pandemic is underway for much of the globe and people are looking forward to LIVE conferences. WTiN's Global Digital Textile Conference, hosted in Lake Como, Italy, on 5-6 October, is seeing encouraging uptake from participants from across the globe.
The conference will provide the digital textile community with engaging and insightful content that will encourage participants to spot opportunities and stake out the future inkjet textile market.
The ever-changing digital landscape can be overwhelming. For a complete overview of the emerging trends, we at GDTC will offer an open discussion platform through panel sessions on both business models and technical advancements in the industry.
Is sustainability within reach of digital textile printers?
The textile & apparel industry struggles with not having enough sustainable raw materials in the market at scale and affordable cost. This panel discussion will have representation from print service providers, digital textile OEMS, ink manufacturers and brands to understand how the digital textile ecosystem can lower its environmental impact.
What are the challenges of modern day consumerism for print service providers?
As the textile industry emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, demand is surging for printed applications. Pent-up demand was a short-term explanation, but new trends and business models are forecast to sustain this growth throughout the decade. Ever shorter turnaround times, personalisation, sustainability, ecommerce and cost management are all factors determining the decisions of print service providers. How can inkjet technology help businesses utilise these market shifts?
Are Thin Film MEMS print heads really the future?
There are many advantages to using Thin Film Silicon MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) print heads including high resolution, smaller drop size and accurate and repeatable drop placement. But cost is often a barrier to adoption and Silicon MEMS heads come at a premium. As OEMs equip their printers with more heads to achieve higher top speeds, will the increase in Silicon MEMS production see a reduction in cost? If the answer is no, does it bring into question the validity of high-volume digital textile printing?
Cloud or on-premise software solutions
RIP software has become an integral component of wide-format printing, not least for automating production steps and managing colour. But how does a print service provider know which product best suits its needs? This panel session will assess cloud-based RIPs and will debate ongoing developments aimed at simplifying workflows. Change is afoot as more print service providers digitalise operations - demand for RIP software is responding positively to this.