SURAT: The country's biggest man-made fibre (MMF) industry has taken a big leap forward in digital printing technology to meet the demand in domestic and international markets for innovative designs on saris and dress material. From hand-block and screen printing by machine, the MMF industry has come a long way in the last one decade. Textile entrepreneurs now are investing heavily in digital technology, which is the fastest growing method of printing textiles.
Industry sources said digital printing accounts for nearly one per cent of the global market for printed textiles and that it is set to expand its share to as much as 10 per cent in the next five years.
According to global report on textile printing production released by a leading US-based Global Industry Analyst Inc., the global production of printed textiles is projected to reach 32 billion square metre by 2015 due to the widespread acceptance of digital printing and technological improvements in ink and consumables, print heads and printing machinery.
"Textile entrepreneurs are investing heavily in digital printing technology to capture innovate textile printing market in the country and abroad. The digital printing market is today driven by technological advancements in inkjet printers such as direct-to-fabric printers, " said Amit Tandon, head marketing, AGS Transact Technologies, which launched Impress digital textile printer in the city.
Tandon added digital printers could be used for printing innovative and unique designs on saris, dress material, home furnishing fabrics and T-shirts. The production capacity of Impress digital printers is 500 metre per day.
Leader of Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA) Jay Lal said, "The demand for digital printing on saris and dress material is increasing. We have buyers from Delhi and other key markets, who send their own unique designs for digital printing."
Here in CA it is saturated.
My friend bought a simple screen printing machine some time ago and has not made back his investment.
The problem is, actual screen printing shops have the more sophisticated presses and can work in volume better than a little guy, so even if you get a few small sample orders once they go to full production they probably will not need your services.
Plus the most savvy shirt makers source their screen printers on the internet, and I'm not just talking about Cafe Press--when my bro needed cool promo t-shirts he found a printer that could do gold metallic and used American Apparel t's in really cool cuts that were super popular among his indie fans