‘Earn Your Tiger Stripes’ with Mimaki Tiger-1800B textile printer

The Tiger-1800B attracted a great deal of attention from apparel professionals, and brought a fresh breath to digital printing.

The Mimaki Tiger-1800B production-class textile printer now makes high-volume digital printing, which could only have been achieved with analogue printing possible, while offering personalization and high quality as well. End-users are expanding their boundaries with Tiger stripes that give them a different identity.

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems for the signage/graphics, textile/apparel markets, responds to the high volume production requests of the textile and apparel industries with its comprehensive product portfolio. The Tiger-1800B attracted a great deal of attention from apparel professionals, and brought a fresh breath to digital printing. Being the first model to respond to the high volume production requests only possible with analogue printing to date, The Tiger-1800B offers low cost, flexibility, efficiency and customization advantages of digital printing to mass manufacturers.

With a printing speed of up to 385 square meters per hour, this production-class textile printer is available in direct to textile printing (reactive ink) and sublimation (heat transfer) versions. End-users can benefit from the possibility of working with dozens of fabric types produced from natural or artificial fibres, the possibility of mass production as well as sample printing, and cost reducing features such as technical applications and apparel printing with Tiger-1800B. Their motto 'Earn Your Tiger Stripes' foretells new opportunities and limitlessness in production.

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Personalization in higher volumes becomes reality

Representing the pinnacle of Mimaki’s comprehensive textile printer portfolio, the Tiger-1800B combines a market leading print speed and stunning print quality. The production-class, high-volume printer engineered specifically for the production of soft furnishing fabrics, sportswear, fashion and apparel, the range includes a number of customisable options which offer even greater flexibility and productivity. For example, single pass print mode for greater productivity, customisable feed and take-up options for various applications, and choice of inks to meet specific fabric requirements. With its revolutionary ink-wiping system, Tiger-1800B now removes the challenge of printing multiple fabrics at high speed. Equipped to respond the specific needs of each and every business, the Tiger is ready to roar from the start.

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Tiger-1800B will speed the transformation from analogue to digital

Mimaki was an early mover in digital textile printing, as early as 1998. Over the ensuing years, an in-depth experience has been gained on textile and apparel from developed solutions. Mimaki also brought to market an industry-leading array of inks that allows printers to image just about any fabric on the market. The next step in Mimaki's comprehensive entry-level and middle-range solutions was the Pro Series Textile Printers. In this context, the innovative Tiger 1800B is a true production model that will help speed the analogue-to-digital transformation the industry is currently undergoing.

Research shows that only 3% of global textile production is manufactured via digital printing. However, demand and diversity in digital technology continues to grow in a way that traditional analogue technology cannot cope. An average of 30% growth over the last five years reveals this fact. Industry professionals expect this growth to continue in an accelerating and expanding range over the next few years. The digital transformation that the textile printing industry is experiencing opens up incredible avenues for both the end-user and the textile industry.

Digital transformation in the industry is driven by brands and retailers wishing faster production, more frequent collection changes, reduce stocks and supply chain waste. The production process of conventional production methods, which takes weeks or even months cannot fully meet these needs, however with digital production the products reach to a point where they can be shipped to the stores in almost a week.

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Environment friendly production is possible with Tiger-1800B

With textile production becoming more and more digital, it is widely accepted that the industry is going to gain more environmentally friendly features than ever before, which is considered to be vital for manufacturers, end-users and final consumers.

Mimaki's production-class model, Tiger-1800B, creates a more sustainable business by reducing the environmental footprint of textile and apparel manufacturers, while at the same time provides digital benefits requested by brands and retailers.