I met two young designers recently who attended a weekend workshop here at Squeegeeville. Their back story totally blew my mind once I got my head around what they’re doing in their business and had a look at their website. They’ve developed a unique concept, one that seems to be working quite well and that has me wondering if I understand the business we’re in quite as well as I thought I did.
Want to make money? Go to where the customers are. Some apparel decorators are taking that adage quite literally, traveling to events to perform on-site embellishment that includes direct-to-garment digital printing and, in at least one instance, screen printing. For some, the market for on-site embellishment is their primary business. For others, it’s a niche add-on to their brick-and-mortar operation. Regardless, practitioners say good margins and growing demand make on-the-spot imprinting a good game to be in.
With the promotional-products industry continuing to grow, reaching sales upward of $20 billion in 2013, many printing companies are looking to add another profit center or grow their existing ad-specialty business. You can learn more about this exciting growth opportunity at the ASI Chicago Show, taking place July 15-17 at the McCormick Place convention center and featuring the new Signage + Decoration Pavilion hosted by ST Media Group, parent company of Screen Printing magazine, in partnership with the Advertising Specialty Institute.
Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced several appointments in management, sales, marketing and service positions. These appointments are a result of Mimaki Engineering’s overall strong sales growth of 29.8% in 2013 over 2012 , and will support expected continued growth in the wide-format printing market.
Onyx (onyxgfx.com) announced the addition of a Textile Edition to its Onyx 11 software. Available as an edition for the company’s Onyx RIPCenter, PosterShop, and ProductionHouse packages as well as a module for Onyx Thrive software, the software is designed to streamline job prep for textile applications.
Mikkelsen Converting Technologies (MCT, mctdigital.com) has debuted its new Versa-Tech Laser, which joins the line of MCT digital finishing solutions produced in conjunction with Blackman & White. The new system combines the elements for laser cutting with those for routing or tangential knife cutting and creasing, and so can accommodate an array of materials from fabrics to flexible media and rigid substrates.
SA International (SAi, thinksai.com) has announced that its FlexiPrint signmaking software will be bundled with the recently introduced HP Latex 310 and 330 printers. With SAi FlexiPrint HP Basic Edition software, users of the HP Latex 310 and 330 printers can automatically download media profiles from the Cloud-based HP Media Library; profiles integrate directly with the printer settings.
Mark Thompson of Printdesigns Limited (www.printdesigns.com) in Staffordshire, England, has been named the winner of the FESPA Fabric 2014 t-shirt design competition.
The competition was designed as a pre-event marketing campaign to showcase the creativity that’s possible in garment decoration and textile print, and to encourage those in the industry to “dive deeper” and explore new design and production techniques.
American Ultraviolet has acquired Al’s Co. UV Curing Equipment in Chino, California, as well as Press Specialties Mfg. in Apple Valley, California. The acquired companies manufacture off-line UV roller coaters, feeders, and stackers. Future manufacturing of these products will be consolidated into American Ultraviolet’s West Coast facility in Torrance, California.
Condé Systems has added Vapor Apparel’s Training, Crew, and Short style socks to its DyeTrans family of sublimatable products. The “Training” Vapor SubliSock offers an 11-inch leg length, the “Crew”Vapor SubliSock offers a 7-inch leg length, and the “Short” Vapor SubliSock offers a 3.5-inch leg length.