Cestrian Imaging Ltd is the first in the UK to install a fully loaded EFI Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile printer.
Cestrian Imaging Ltd has become the first printing company in the UK to install a fully loaded EFI™ Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile printer. The new 340 cm-wide device will meet increasing demand for high-quality fabric-printed displays, branded apparel and more.
The printer, which has 16 ink channels, will enable Cestrian Imaging to grow its business even faster as it capitalises on growing opportunities, such as the trend for printing larger designs onto large-format rolls of textile. The Cheadle, UK-based company's customers love the flexibility of fabrics, the unparalleled vibrancy of the colours and the ecological benefits that come from being able to reuse rain-proof branded fabrics.
|The Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile printer.|
In a recent report, industry analyst company InfoTrends values the worldwide digital textile printing market for garment, home décor and industrial applications at approximately $7.5 billion globally. The market is experiencing strong growth of around 34% CAGR to 2019. Europe, according to the report, continues as the biggest market for digital textile printing due to strong regional manufacturing industries.1
High-end, complex designs, delivered just in time
"With the EFI Reggiani PRO 340, we can offer even more customised work, spectacularly coloured and complex print designs," said Paul Gibson, Cestrian's Production Director. "This printer will allow us to deliver just in time designs for freestanding fabric walls, light boxes and other fabric displays."
With its 16 heads, eight colours, drop sizes from 4 to 72 picolitres and resolutions up to 2400 dpi, the EFI Reggiani PRO knows few limits, and Cestrian can reliably use it to achieve photo-quality imaging. The printer also provides exceptional, accurate and consistent fabric handling thanks to a "sticky belt" industrial feeding feature that can handle everything from stretch fabric to stiff papers consistently and reliably at high rates of speed.
The printer's 340 cm width guarantees greater variety in terms of size or repeat, while its specified fabric weights from 30 to 450 gr/sqm lets Cestrian achieve high throughput of up to 800 sqm/hour on a range of textiles that includes polyester, cotton, cotton-linen, polyamide, viscose and even wool.
"We are also excited about the EFI Reggiani PRO's fluorescent ink capabilities. These inks produce bright colours beyond the range reproducible by process colour printing, while the availability of 16 ink channels guarantees smooth gradations," said Gibson.
Fluorescent inks are popular for eye-catching, intensely vivid soft signage. For example, fluorescent pink and yellow deliver bright neon colours that are not seen in graphics produced using normal ink sets.
Cestrian's new printer is versatile in the types of inks it runs as well. The company can use any kind of process colour inks it deems necessary in its new EFI Reggiani printer, including disperse direct, reactive, acid, disperse sublimation, and textile pigment.
Greater sustainability in fabric display printing
In addition, the new machine will allow Cestrian to reap other benefits from Reggiani technology. EFI Reggiani printers are very eco-friendly, as they can run water-based inks with little to no odour, and they have low power consumption.
"We also look forward to our customers also saving on shipping," added Gibson, citing the fact that fabric-printed display signage pieces are lightweight and fold up easily, reducing the energy and costs need for freight.