Fabric Printing Now 7th to 8th October

FESPA UK Association


This is a brilliant line up of presenters at the Fabric Printing Now Conference. We have a group of true industry professionals who will enlighten us with their comprehensive knowledge of running textile print companies throughout the UK supported by technologists, scientists and academicians.

Andy Wilbore, Managing Director of NJ Screen Prints Limited

Presentation: T-easing Up the Profits

Andy is one of the foremost practitioners in this very challenging market.

Hear about the various strategies he applies to succeed in this increasingly complex market. Markets are changing as retailers aim to reduce costs and yet improve time to market and quality. To achieve these aims

Andy is constantly reviewing systems and methods. Current advances have resulted in both growth in production personnel and production area. NJ Screen Prints has to be very nimble in its responses to opportunities and threats.

This presentation will get to the heart of success in garment decoration. Hear more of what Andy has to say about his company and the message he will be sending at the conference - Link to Interview

Behind the Studio Door: How to Get the Best from Your Digital Print Facility

Paul Noble of Banner Box

Reveals Management secrets to make your business profit from the textile print revolution, from a leading print services provider in outdoor advertising, promotional graphics, and printed banners.

Banner Box creates complete fabric graphic display systems. Paul has 2 decades of experience in the graphics and display industry he has a deep understanding of all elements of the business he has worked hard to grow the business with environmental and ethical considerations in mind.

Banner Box have been printing onto fabrics since 1990 have acquired a variety of cutting edge print systems and have facilities to make display structures for many situations. There is much to be learned from this successful and forward thinking company.

Paul realises the importance of communicating best practice through to the industry as there are benefits for everybody in creating an informed marketplace.

A Commercial Designers journey through Digital

Debbie McKeegan is an award winning designer of both Textiles and Wall coverings

As a Digital print pioneer, bespoke manufacturer and co-owner of the Digetex Group her knowledge in all aspects of digital is vast. Debbie presents a snap shot of a commercial designer’s creative journey to market utilising CAD and various digital print technologies.

Based in the UK Digetex manufacture a vast range of digital Textiles and Wallpapers for multiple markets and customers worldwide.

The Digetex studio design and manufacture for Fashion, Home Furnishings, Residential, Contract and Interior clients.

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.

This is a not to be missed presentation from an industry specialist.

'Hand and Technology: The Revival of Hand Process in a Digital age'

Dr Kate Wells, Programme Leader for the MA Fashion and Textiles College of Arts University of Derby

Kate works closely with industry providing the necessary links between traditional hand-crafted techniques and their adaptation for digital technology. It is vital that these links are made so that traditional skills are not lost. Fabrics and fashion are much more than just on screen images they are intensely personal and organic expressions of mood and self.

Kate is very keen to improve the relationship between educators and business and will be seeking feedback during her presentation and during the conference as to how education can better meet the needs of industry.

Kate will make you think and help you create the difference that is so important in a successful business.

Polyester is Not the Only Fabric

Mitesh Patel of Premier Textile

Mitesh is vastly experienced in the supply of textiles for print. As the demand for printed fabrics escalates Mitesh, with his huge degree of knowledge in these materials, can guide end users and printers to the optimum fabric. Not just polyester or cotton but the whole universe of fibres woven as single or mixed fabrics.

Mitesh understands fully the environmental issues and performance of fabric in different applications. The decision as to which is the most appropriate material is often a complex one where all these factors have to be taken into account.

You will see and hear about all things fabric, from quality to colour yield, new developments in pigment ink print performance (Screen & Digital,) that will open up new opportunities for your business.

10 Ways to Make a Buck with Textile Printing

Berni Raeside BA (Hons) of BRPR

Berni approaches the subject from a slightly different perspective. Her background is wide format printing but her love is textile design and print. She looks at the topic from a marketing and design prospective. A process or technique is only as successful as how it is perceived in the market. The unique mix that is offered by Berni can indicate 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.

Take the risk of seeing opportunities for change, Berni will not disappoint.

A Snapshot of Textile Printing in Todays Digital Market

Stewart Bell, Managing Director of MTEX Technologies Limited

Stewart has teamed up with MTEX who have benefitted from his thorough knowledge of the wide format sector to further develop the range of textile printing equipment that enable the supply of a complete package of pre-treatment, print, and post-treatment, along with plant layout and supply of services.

This level expertise gives Stewart a deep understanding for the needs of companies who want to have complete solutions to satisfy the needs of their end customer. If high speed is the requirement Stewart can point a user in the direction of large scale production methods. In the UK this is the exception as almost all clients want a package that is flexible but not prohibitive in cost. Digital is after all best in applications where customisation is the key factor.

Stewart will speak of the process options open to a printer. Watch the video to hear more about his philosophy and contribution to the event - Link to Interview

The New Industrial Revolution: Multiplexed Laser Surface Enhancement

Bill Macbeth, Managing Director Textile Centre of Excellence

Dubbed as the greatest change in textile manufacturing since the industrial revolution, Bill Macbeth, Managing Director of the Textile Centre of Excellence 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.

MLSE produces technically superior products and significantly reduces the environmental impact of materials processing in a sector which traditionally uses high levels of water, energy and chemicals. MLSE is a dry process, carried out at atmospheric pressures using safe, inert gases (Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon & Carbon Dioxide). The combination of plasma and photonic energy creates material synthesis in the surface of a substrate. The MLSE process has been developed through working with major textile manufacturers across Yorkshire, working with real-time processes for material cleaning and performance enhancements including low temperature dyeing, water-proofing, fire retardant and anti-microbial treatments. The 'recipe' of laser/plasma intensities and gases determines the nature of performance enhancement required.

This is where surface science and traditional manufacturing create a quantum leap in production techniques. You really can’t afford to miss this, and you may be able to see the system in operation!

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.

The global spread of counterfeit goods has reached epic proportions and the range of goods subject to infringement has increased significantly. Naturally, the world’s most sought after brands are at greatest risks, with apparel and accessories accounting for over 50% of the counterfeit goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Control. If you are involved in producing premium brands this is for you. The answer is SigNature DNA – botanical DNA impregnated into the fabric of a product.

And then there are structural textiles. The concept of weaving a 3D shape in a single piece, using materials such as alumina, carbon and glass fibre woven in the X, Y and Z directions to make a real 3D structure is a reality! The combination of a computerised design programme and a purpose-built weaving machine, which is capable of producing fibre pre-forms in T, U and I shaped cross-sections, can provide a composite that is lighter and stronger than many conventional metallic components: it’s also cost-competitive.

More great ideas to enhance you’re offering. You may not think there is a connection but you would be wrong!

Drying Screen and Digital Printing Inks

Mark Smith, Managing Director of Adelco

Mark goes back to his roots to emphasise the vital importance of drying the ink after printing. It may seem mundane but no matter what the cycle time of your printer may be it is the capability of the drying/curing technique that will determine both your production rate and, even more critically, the level of curing of the ink chemistry. It may appear dry but if the final cure is not complete then the ink will not withstand washing or abrasion. Then the problems really start when goods inwards are full of rejects from high street stores.

Then you come to the issue of running costs. Over recent year’s electricity and gas costs have risen and, without more efficient dryers, production cost run out of control.

You will hear about the most efficient drying and curing methods. Gas, electric, hot air, radiant, Infra-Red, Ultra Violet. You will then be able to make an educated decision.

Digital Textile Printing Inks – Trends and Opportunities

Markus Pribic, Director Digital Printing Inks 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.

Without suitable ink chemistry satisfactory printing is impossible. Digital printing applications are particularly challenging for the ink chemist as they have to take account not only of the final ink film characteristics but the method of delivery. Unlike screen printing, which is an ink friendly process, digital printing requires that the ink formulation has to suit the head configuration, size of orifices, limited range of curing techniques and economic needs of the original equipment manufacturer. Ink types are constantly evolving either through new applications or changes in legislation.

Drain Safe Products: They’re Waste Water Compliant Right? Wrong!

William Shorter, CPS Limited

William has developed a huge expanse of knowledge in the increasingly important area of waste water. His presentation on how to: ‘Keep Clean with Drain Safe Products’. It will include practical tips and clarity on Waste Water regulations, terminology and cleaning operation processes relating to screen making chemicals in the textile industry. With end users wanting to know best practice is being applied the pressure to conform to the regulations is becoming a business imperative.

William provides the answers to the questions we are all being asked.

Digital Light Engraver. How to streamline your production and be successful in textile printing.

Michael Mogge, CST GmbH

As the range of designs increase exponentially and they are required on even shorter lead times screen exposure using conventional photopositives becomes costly and slow. Computer to screen imaging is essential to allow the production of stencil to be cost effective. The increase in image quality that is achieved with computer to screen is a real benefit. Accurate placement of image reduces set up time.

If you want to keep up with the technology this presentation by Michael Mogge is essential.

Now and New Technologies - Direct to Garment and Roll to Roll

Kornit Technical Specialist

Moving to another level in garment decoration is a challenge. Developments in roll to roll printing are allowing garment decorators to obtain the benefits of printing on the roll with ink systems capable of printing on a wide range of fabrics at relatively high speeds. How this technology will develop and the new applications that are opening up are all discussed in this presentation. Designed particularly to fit the needs of garment decorators, the system offers high speed printing of pre-cut garments that can then be processed through a digital cutting table.

This is the future for a key section of garment decoration allowing the use of pigmented water based environmentally responsible inks with a wide colour gamut.


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