The new Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe demonstration and training centre

The new Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe demonstration and training centre

Inkjet printing specialist Konica Minolta Inc has opened a new EUR5m (US$5.7m) textile innovation centre at Como, near Milan in Italy, in the heart of Europe’s textile printing operations.

The state-of-the-art technology centre will provide demonstrations of advanced digital systems for textile printing, along with training and education.

Three models being formally launched at next month’s ITMA international textile machine exhibition in Milan, are already installed at the Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe Demonstration and Training Centre at Bregnano.

The Nassenger SP-1 is a high-productivity, high-resolution inkjet textile printer employing a single-pass system; while the Konica Minolta Nassenger 10 and Nassenger 8 models are scan-type high- and medium-speed inkjet textile printers.

“With our brand proposition, ‘Giving Shape to Ideas’, we remain firmly committed to innovations in the manufacturing process in the textile market by offering higher-performance, environmentally friendly products, and to helping customers enhance their corporate value, while joining the global effort to reduce environmental threats,” said Akiyoshi Ohno, Konica Minolta Inkjet Division former president and now senior adviser.

“This investment in a new training, education and demonstration centre is a real and practical commitment.”

The move follows Konica Minolta’s acquisition last year of Italian inkjet textile printer sales company Verga IT Srl.

Europe accounts for the majority of the global digital textile printing market, with most European digital textile printers located in Italy. Investments are moving from low-to-mid-speed printers primarily for sample production, to higher-speed printers suitable for mass production.

Uptake of the technology has been helped by its enhanced productivity and reduced environmental impact by using significantly less water than analog printing.

It also supports apparel industry requirements for highly detailed and precise designs, which are difficult to produce through traditional analog printing, and is flexible for the production of small quantities of many different designs.