The "Spring" of Digital Textile Pigment Inks Printing Is Really Coming
Nov 01,2023

With the upgrading of consumption, people's requirements for quality of life are constantly improving, which is reflected in the increasing demand for personalized and diversified products in textiles. At the same time, due to the increasingly faster pace of life today, numerous defects of traditional industries are magnified step by step, and the prospects of digital printing will inevitably become better and better.

The digital printing is an upgrade of the traditional printing. The advantages of digitalization, intelligence, fashion, informatization, mobility and quick reaction are fully realized at once. Among them, textile digital printing with pigment inks is more prominent. Textile digital printing with pigment inks does not produce waste water during the entire printing process, which is a truly pollution-free digital printing technology.

Textile pigment ink has wide applicability and is suitable for various nozzles and various fabrics. The digital printing with textile pigment inks is also applicable to ready-made garments, cut pieces, roll cloth, etc., with unlimited colors. It can not only be directly sprayed on fabrics, but also can be printed on transfer films.

In the current digital printing industry, digital printing with textile pigment inks is a much discussed topic. Due to its rapid development, ink manufacturers, nozzle manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and even some capital investors have focused their attention on it.

The following aspects are expected to bring rapid growth to digital printing with textile pigment inks:
* Demand in the application direction brings growth:
* Fabric printing of knitted children's clothing;
* Fabric printing of woven men's clothing;
* Printing of cotton fabric clothing and bed sheeting;
* Printing of small flower and medium-light color patterns for home textiles;
* Printing for outdoor products with high light fastness;
* Printing of wall coverings and home decoration products with high weather resistance requirements;
* Printing of medical/hotel/home textile/clothing fabric that requires resistance to disinfectant water;
* Printing of non-woven handbags and canvas bags with no hand feel requirements;
* Printing of shoe materials and umbrella fabrics.

Growth Driven by Industry Demand
Garment factory: "print what you want to print, simple operation and easy control" creates unlimited possibilities for garment factory.
E-commerce: The business model of “quick returns for small orders” makes it easy for practitioners to choose digital printing.
Sublimation transfer printing factory: In order to have more orders and more choices, and produce more varieties and more fabrics, digital printing with textile pigment inks is an easy direction for investment.
Traditional printing and dyeing factories: Due to the general trend of environmental protection, it is imperative to transform to digital printing.

Reactive inks digital printing factories: large amount and long-term investment, high fabric defect rate, poor printing repeatability, highly dependent on technical conditions, and restrictions on environmental protection and emission standards have led some reactive digital printing plants to turn to digital printing with textile pigment inks.

In European countries, due to market conditions, production conditions and environmental protection conditions, they prefer pigment inks printing, with the printing market accounting for about 70%. The proportion of digital pigment ink printing in China has been increasing in recent years. Some customers who do thermal transfer printing and reactive inks printing have also begun to start digital textile pigment inks printing, resulting in the rapid development of textile pigment inks printing.

Pigment printing inks for textile printing perform well on different printheads. Pigment printing ink was originally mainly printed with Epson micro-piezoelectric nozzles. After several years of development, it has been found that print heads of Seiko, Ricoh, KM, Starfire, and Kyocera all work well on textile digital pigment inks printing. In addition, Epson has also launched the industrial-grade S3200 nozzle in the past two years, and its application in textile digital pigment inks printing is also good.

The scale of textile digital pigment inks printing has almost doubled from 2020 to 2022. Therefore, we believe that the "spring" of digital textile pigment inks printing is really coming!

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