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mtex direct to textile

MTEX Technologies will create a ‘UK first’ at Sign & Digital UK 2015, showing the newly-launched MTEX Vision with direct disperse inks and the MTEX PAD coating machine together as a ‘snapshot’ of its total turnkey solutions. 

Stewart Bell, Managing Director of MTEX Technologies comments: “We’re very excited about the upcoming exhibition, and the chance to showcase two of the key elements in our direct-to-textile print solutions.

“A recent Infotrends report showed that the worldwide value of digital textile print was $5.8bn in 2013 with a forecast annual growth of 39% to 2018, making it a fast-growing and profitable market.

“Our turnkey solutions allow innovative and entrepreneurial businesses to enter this exciting market from a standing start, whichever element they want to focus on from fashion, apparel, industrial or decor.

“We’re the only company worldwide that delivers every element of the equipment required for textile production including the site survey, site plans and installation, rather than just one or two pieces in a jigsaw puzzle of different suppliers.”

The brand new 1.85m wide MTEX Vision is designed to offer an alternative production method to transfer printing, and offers direct printing onto four-way stretch fabrics with excellent and vibrant colours, and deep dense blacks.

There’s no paper involved, with print and fix as one process. It’s powered by Mimaki and the Ricoh print heads print up to 1200 dpi. The Vision is available now with direct disperse inks for polyester, reactive and acid inks for cotton and silk, and it will soon have a pigment ink option for poly cotton and natural fibre fabrics.

The MTEX PAD is designed to pre-treat and coat textiles with production speeds of between 30 and 140 linear metres per hour. There are two coating options of immersion or a surface coating, and the infrared drying system delivers fully dried fabrics.

It can be used as a standalone machine or in-line with the MTEX 500, MTEX Vision and MTEX Turbo 1.8m wide printers, effectively allowing users to coat their own medias prior to printing.

“MTEX make the cost of entry into the market achievable with a total solution and significant return on investment, offering exciting new business opportunities for anyone investing in this new technology.

“We can now offer printing onto any kind of textile from polyamides for swimwear to high quality silks, and we hope that visitors interested in all areas of textile print – from soft signage and display graphics to home textiles and fashion – will come along to our stand to have a drink and a chat about the opportunities that an investment in MTEX will bring them.

“We can also talk to people who might be interested in one of our other printers, as we can set up a personal visit to our centrally located showroom in Leicestershire for a demonstration of the MTEX 1800 or our market leading 3.2m 5032Pro model.”

The MTEX Steamer and the MTEX W&D washing and drying machine complete the MTEX direct-to-textile family.

The MTEX Steamer is a roll-to-roll steamer that can be used for acid and reactive ink setting at widths up to 1.8m. Steam and temperature are regulated using touch panel controls, and it can reach up to 185oC.

The MTEX W&D has been developed specifically to emulate traditional methods of finishing fabrics – but designed with the digital textile printer in mind. It has four washing tanks and a water treatment and re-use system installed as well as a dual drying system via vacuum and cylinders which can reach drying temperatures of up to 200 oC.