Xennia Technology, a unit of protective fabric maker Royal Ten Cate, has developed a new nano-process based on inkjet technology to print and apply finishes and coatings to textile materials.

Xennia has teamed up with Italian firm Reggiani Macchine to produce industrial digital printing equipment and expects its first continuous printing textile machine to be ready before the end of this year.

It is also formulating new inks with special characteristics for textiles printing.

The initial focus of developments will be on protective fabrics for industrial and defence applications, as well as outdoor fabrics - all of which require special prints and coatings to give them their functional properties.