Digital textile printing is becoming competitive with screenprinting on ever increasing run lengths.
David Savastano, Editor08.18.20
Digital textile printing has been making significant gains – Allied Market Research places the market with a CAGR of 11.6% from 2019 to 2027, growing from $1.1 billion in 2019 to $2.67 billion by 2027. Still, Grand View Research places the global printed textile market at $146.5 billion in 2018.
There are more opportunities for growth; the key is to unlock that potential, and part of that is educating designers of the capabilities and value that digital printing brings.
Part of those advantages come on the financial end. Timothy Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. reported that digital printing in the apparel market was 3% five years ago, and now is at 5%. Check said that the dividing line for profitability between screen and inkjet is moving toward ever higher runs.
“We have printers that are for sampling and others for production. We see that runs of 10,000 to 20,000 pieces can be more efficient.
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