Fabric Printing Now 7th to 8th October

FESPA UK Association


The two day event was packed with presentations, displays, and demonstrations.

The presentations were given by a range of hand picked experts, all of whom are from within the fabric printing industry, and cover a range of topics spread out over the two day conference.

For information on the speakers and content, either click on the individual speaker below, or click HERE for the full list.

Wednesday 7th October
Started 9:30am | Finished 5:00pm
Day One

Polyester is Not the Only Fabric
Mitesh Patel, Premier Textile Limited
All things fabric, from quality to colour yield, new developments in pigment ink print performance (Screen & Digital).

A Snapshot of Textile Printing in Todays Digital Market
Stewart Bell, MTEX Technologies Limited
Stewart has been at the forefront of wide format digital printing for many years. He will share his understanding of how proven techniques can be applied to small to medium applications common in the UK.

Behind the Studio Door: How to Get the Best From Your Digital Print Facility
Paul Noble, Banner Box
Management secrets to make your business profit from the textile print revolution. Sales Director Paul Noble will share his experience of nearly 20 years digitally printing textiles. How to provide clients with products they want and then profitably manufacture them.

Digital Light Engraver. How to Streamline Your Production and be Successful in Textile Printing
Michael Mogge, CST GmbH
Michael is a veteran of the development of Computer to Screen systems. He will explain the options available to textile screen printers in this increasingly important area for process improvement.

Drain Safe Products: They’re Waste Water Compliant Right? Wrong!
William Shorter, CPS Limited
How to ‘Keep Clean with Drain Safe Products’. Practical tips and clarity on Waste Water regulations, terminology and cleaning operation processes relating to screen making chemicals in the textile industry.

A Commercial Designers Journey Through Digital
Debbie McKeegan, Digetex Group
As an award winning designer of both Textiles and Wallcoverings, a digital print pioneer, bespoke manufacturer and co-owner of the Digetex Group, Debbie's knowledge in all aspects of digital is vast. With a strong commercial knowledge of design, traditional textile production, customised digital manufacturing, product development and sales, she will present a comprehensive insight into design, print and a new generation of innovative creatives.

Drying Screen and Digital Printing Inks
Mark Smith, Adelco Screen Process Limited
If the ink isn’t dried correctly the garment is a reject. Correct drying is crucial to productivity and profit. Mark gets to the nub of the solutions to this key aspect of printing onto fabrics.

The New Industrial Revolution: Multiplexed Laser Surface Enhancement
Graham Downhill, Textile Centre of Excellence
Dubbed as the greatest change in textile manufacturing since the industrial revolution, Graham explains how the business is leading the way in textile innovation R&D with their new, clean, green, energy efficient surface treatment process for technical fabrics.


Thursday 8th October
Started 9:30am | Finished 5:00pm
Day Two

Printing of Conductive Inks onto Textiles, Applications and Opportunities
Trevor Lambourne, University of Leeds

Less Water and Chemistry in Textile Production
Anders Skäär, Baldwin Jimek AB
Anders explains how it can be possible to reduce water and chemistry consumption in the treatment of fabrics, and what more benefits it can give. In addition to the money saved on water and chemistry itself.

Digital Textile Printing – Past, Present & Future
Oliver Luedtke, Kornit Digital Europe GmbH
Oliver reviews today’s market landscape of textile printing systems, provides an outlook to future developments and provides practical examples of how to get into the textile business.

Cutting Fabrics in Manufacturing
Geoff Ward, Assyst Bullmer Limited
Many fabrics are naturally unstable substrates, cutting them accurately and consistently needs real expertise. Geoff has been at the centre of the technology for many years. His words will be enlightening.

10 Ways to Make a Buck with Textile Printing
Berni Raeside BA (Hons), BRPR
As a marketing and design expert, Berni will approach the subject from a slightly different perspective. A process or technique is only as successful as how it is perceived in the market, so she’ll explain where the real opportunities are for those both new and experienced in the fabric printing field. Don’t expect the usual marketing speak for Berni is an innovator and enthusiast. A spark of genius or a thought provoking concept is what you will find in her presentation.

Hand and Technology, Innovative Printed Textiles:
Digital v Hand – Digital + Hand

Dr Kate Wells, University of Derby
Arguably the most important session of the whole conference, Kate spans the print industry, design and education. She has a unique perspective and can influence the quality of young people coming into the industry.

Leading Edge 3D Design Software to Create the Virtual Garment
Martin Sofranco, Assyst Bullmer Limited
Martin will show you the future of garment design and sampling. Taking a design concept, enabling the creation of a garment and showing how it moves on a virtual person. See how changes in cut affect the finished garment on the move and much more.

Digital Textile Printing Inks– Trends and Opportunities
Markus Pribic, Marabu GmbH
Markus will be covering various angles including printing techniques; market developments, trends and opportunities; along with a range of samples demonstrating a variety of applications.

Everything Textile: An Insight into a Vibrant and Modern Industry
Martin Jenkins, Textile Centre of Excellence
Is the UK still a market leader in textile manufacturing? Martin Jenkins, Head of Business Development at the Textile Centre of Excellence takes us through the diversity, innovation and modernisation of textile manufacturing. With everything from DNA impregnation to 3D weaving, we take a look at the market capability in the UK.



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