Mimaki Europe also received two prestigious awards during the show:
• Best Object Printer for the Mimaki UJF-MkII Series;
• Best Textile Printer under 100 sq./h for the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 with its dual ink capability.
At the show, Mimaki Europe also introduced Yuji Ikeda as its new managing director. After spending seven years at Mimaki Europe, Ikeda returned to Japan to take on the role of senior GM of corporate planning, where he served for several years before returning to lead Mimaki Europe.
“We were especially pleased with attendee interest in the technology demonstration of our 3D printer, the Mimaki 3DUJ-P,” says Ronald van den Broek, GM sales at Mimaki Europe. “Based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology, the 3DUJ-P offers high definition modeling with a maximum size of 500 x 500 x 300 mm. It is the world’s first truly full-color modeling solution and supports up to 10 million different colors with the ability to achieve 84% of the FOGRA39L colour gamut with high definition printing.” The Mimaki 3DUJ-P, which also includes clear ink for effects and a water-soluble support material that can be simply washed away, is expected to be commercially available later this year.
Van den Broek also reported that Mimaki’s new high-speed direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B printer was also well received. It was the first time that Mimaki showcased the printer with sublimation ink after demonstrating the machine with reactive ink in previous shows.
“In fact,” Van den Broek adds, “textile company Estampados Hermanos Perez located in Mataró, Spain, and supported by Mimaki distributor Digidelta, purchased the printer from the show floor.”
In the Textile Hall, where the high-speed direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B with sublimation ink took centre stage, Mimaki also had on display the award-winning Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers, updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. Digitally printed textile examples ranged from apparel and accessories to home décor.
“In the textile market,” van den Broek states, “there is growing demand for shorter run and customised textile products. The Mimaki line of textile printers will enable fashion designers and interior decorators to quickly and cost-effectively meet these needs with very high quality. The printers are also being used for sampling, speeding time to market without breaking the bank.”
Visitors to the Mimaki stand also discovered the wide range of applications that Mimaki printers are able to produce. The applications displayed on the booth included printed notebooks, dresses, pillows and shoes.