Touchpoint textile, a new special show for digital textile printing applications, will make its debut at drupa 2020 in Hall 4. The textile industry is opening up cross-sectional technologies for numerous sectors – touchpoint textile will bring these companies together, offer space for cross-sector cooperation, new projects as well as product and manufacturing ideas that will be vividly realised in a micro factory on site. drupa will be held from June 16-26, 2020 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
As the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, drupa will provide this forum to reflect the increasing importance of digital textile printing and to underline its status as a driving force of innovation and growth for new business areas within the print industry.
The special show also represents the increasing establishment of drupa in new markets, which, in addition to textile printing, include packaging, large format printing, industrial and functional printing. All these segments are undergoing the same processes of change and offer enormous growth potential.
Support from leading industry experts
The two partners of touchpoint textile are Europe’s largest textile research center, the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), and the non-profit association ESMA (European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association).
Together with cross-industry partners, DITF will set up a Digital Textile Micro Factory at drupa, a fully networked, integrated production chain from customer specifications and design to fabric finishing. Demonstrating new possibilities for digitalization and direct customer interaction, such as 3D garment simulations with direct data transfer to virtual and augmented reality applications, the microfactory will demonstrate how digital textile printing, cutting and colour management can be integrated in a fully connected production environment. A variety of products, such as flags, t-shirts and bags, will be fabricated “hot off the press” each day. Such networked production chains will enable the textile industry to react even faster and more specifically to customer wishes and trends in the future, even with small order quantities. The combination of agility, creativity, flexibility and productivity is considered the driver for success.
Partners and sponsors of the Digital Textile Micro Factory will be Assyst (3D simulation of digital twin garments), Vuframe (VR/AR), Mitwill (design network), Ergosoft and Caddon (RIP and colour management), HP and Multiplot (large-format textile printing), Zünd (digital cutting), Juki (production and workflow), Dommer, berger textiles and Kaspar (sponsors). Another important partner is the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, which is simultaneously integrating new topics into its curriculum in order to prepare tomorrow’s employees for new challenges.