drupa to host first digital textile forum
drupa 2020 will be premiering Touchpoint Textile, a new special show for digital textile printing applications. The forum will be held in Hall 4.
With the textile industry spawning technologies for numerous industries, touchpoint textile connects these various sectors, offering them a platform for cross-industry collaboration, new projects, as well as product and manufacturing ideas that will be demonstrated on-site in a microfactory.
drupa introduces Touchpoint Textile to reflect the rising significance of digital textile printing and to underline its importance as a driver of innovation and growth in new fields of business for the printing industry.
The special show is an indicator of how drupa is gaining ground in new markets, which apart from textile printing include packaging, large format printing, industrial and functional printing. All of these segments are going through the same transformation processes, offering tremendous potential for growth.
Touchpoint textile is backed by the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF) and the non-profit European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA).
Together with cross-industry partners, DITF is setting up a Digital Textile Micro Factory at drupa, a fully networked, integrated production chain from customer specifications and design to fabric finishing.
The microfactory will demonstrate how digital textile printing, cutting and colour management can be integrated in a fully connected production environment.
A variety of products, such as flags, t-shirts and bags, will be fabricated “hot off the press” each day.
Networked production chains of this kind, fuelled by a combination of agility, creativity, flexibility and productivity, empower the textile industry to respond ever more promptly and specifically to customer demands and trends, even in small quantities.
“Continued digitalisation and cross-sectional technologies are accelerating innovation,” said Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa and Global Head of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “drupa’s role is to be a source of momentum for our industry, fostering and shaping change. We’re committed to identifying all relevant issues and integrating them in our forums. The growth potential in textile printing is phenomenal. It’s against this backdrop that we’re dedicating a special platform to these applications.”
Even beyond the touchpoint textile special show, digital textile printing will be an important focus of many exhibitors. drupa visitors are thus assured of getting a 360- degree view of current developments and trends in this important sector.