On 2 November 2017, Vakdag Printen op textiel was held by Screen Products Benelux and Si’bon in Zeist, the Netherlands. This event drew around 110 visitors from the Netherlands and Belgium. Some of these visitors were already involved in textile printing but others seized the opportunity to obtain information about DTG printing on textiles in view of expanding their businesses.
Marco Aarnink, owner of Print.com, explained how the company that he established in 2005 had become successful: “For a company, is it very important to get to know your customers and their interests,” said Mr Aarnink. He recommends company owners to talk to their employees regularly to learn about these customers’ wishes. Marco also notified the visitors about the launch of his new company, which will be active in June 2018.
Daniel Rüben, CEO Europe at Custom Gateway, gave information about the growth of his company and about its specific activities related to customised products. The company started in 2013 with 11 employees, but rapidly expanded. The company now employs 59 people. According to Mr Rüben: “Very important when offering personalised products, are good processes and E-commerce.” He recommends garment decorators to offer their services on websites with large customer groups, such as, for example, famous soccer clubs like Borussia Dortmund.
DTG printing suppliers
Some suppliers informed the participants about their latest products related to DTG printing. René van der Weijde, Sales Manager Benelux, and Nadia Plomp, product specialist at Roland DG Benelux, gave information about the products for textile printing that they sell, such as Versa Studio, True Vis and the new Camm-1 software.
Because of a growing demand for dye sublimation products, Richard Hutjens, Pre-sales Technical Specialist at Epson Europe B.V, explained what the advantages are of dye sublimation and which machines Epson have to offer for this purpose, such as the SC F 6200, SCF 7200 and SC F9300 machines.
Theo van Bruggen, Roll-to-Roll Sales Manager at Kornit Digital, informed the particpants about the Kornit Allegro all-in-one solution for roll-to-roll printing. The main advantage of this machine is its built-in pretreatment system. Oliver Lüdtke, Director Marketing EMEA at Kornit Digital Europe GmbH, introduced one of his customers, Jan Liesk, owner of Style3, who demonstrated how people can become successful in garment printing. His company has grown very fast and now offers printed t-shirts on Amazon.de. They purchased several Kornit printing machines to be able to print immediately after receiving orders.