Virtual Symposium Explores Industry 4.0 and Evolution of Printing

Updated: Feb 3

By SPESA

The Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America Virtual Symposium continues in 2021, beginning with a January 13 session on Industry 4.0 and the Evolution of Printing. The session will explore the growing demand for digital printing and how it relates to many of today’s hot topics such as supply chain sustainability, reshoring, and workforce development.


Led by Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor of WhatTheyThink, the Industry 4.0 and the Evolution of Printing session features providers of fabric printing:

Each speaker offers a different perspective on the sewn products industry. For example, Design Pool focuses on home décor and maintaining a digital library of designs accessible for licensing. After many years in the industry, Kristen Dettoni observed how traditional textile operations often led to unused designs, and saw the huge potential for a digital design resource of patterns available to print-on-demand companies and interior designers. She learned that leveraging manufacturing technology could lower the barriers to custom projects, opening access to more markets.


With experience in book publishing, Spoonflower’s founders believed average consumers should have the ability to “self-publish” within the sewn products industry a.k.a. make a few yards of custom fabric. The company’s low-investment platform now utilizes a digital print process and allows designers to distribute their art to millions of shoppers. Prima-Tex Industries is fully vertical, offering full package manufacturing, from pattern making to printing to cutting and sewing to packaging. The company utilizes both analog and digital printing, with more than 30 years experiences and clients ranging from clothing companies to home furnishing to marketing companies.


In addition to their use of digital printing, all three companies embrace ecommerce, and represent a new vision of how the textile and apparel industries can look moving into Industry 4.0. During the January 13 session, attendees will hear personal accounts from the speakers and learn about the latest developments in printers, inks, and materials. They will gain an understanding of the differences between analog and digital printing as well as the challenges and opportunities that each provide. Finally, the speakers will address the extensive environmental benefits of digital printing.


The Industry 4.0 and the Evolution of Printing session is part of the Sewn Products Track of the Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America Virtual Symposium. It will be followed by a Technical Textiles Track session on January 14 discussing How to Implement Your Roadmap to Sustainability.


Click here to learn more and register for any (or all) of the symposium sessions. And use code TREAT25VS to receive 25% off! (This code expires January 15, 2021.)


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