2017 Agenda

Smithers Pira is pleased to announce the 2017 Digital Textile Printing agenda. This year's program will focus on the drivers and applications for the digital textile industry during 16+ presentations.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Conference Registration & Exhibition Hall Open

  1. Conference Registration & Exhibition Hall Open

  2. Opening Remarks from the Conference Organizers

Drivers for Digital Textiles

Session Chair: Paul Ewing, Smithers Pira

  1. Market Update: Digital Textile Printing

    Dr. Paul N Ewing | Associate Consultant of Smithers Pira

    • Future outlook and 5 year forecast
    • Digital textile printing by substrate
    • Digital textile printing by print technology
    • Digital textile printing by end use
    • Digital textile printing by geographic region
  2. Drivers for Digital Textile Printing: Sustainability

    Marci Kinter | Vice President-Government & Business Information of SGIA - Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

    Inclusion of sustainable business practices into a facility brings a strong return on investment, not only from a marketing point of view, but operationally. Facilities taking a strong stance to include these initiatives show an increasing return on investment leading to a stronger bottom line. We will explore how increasing your sustainability footprint helps you both differentiate yourself and reduce operating costs.

  3. Current trends in digital textiles – views from the market

    Duncan MacOwan | Head of Events and New Media of FESPA

    • Findings from the FESPA census
    • Opportunities identified for growth and future potential
    • Case studies and examples
  4. What You Need To Know About Digital Fabrics And Why

    Michael Sanders | Vice President of Pacific Coast Fabrics

    • Introduction to fabrics for digital printing
    • Overview of digital fabric manufacturing – and why that should matter to you
    • Pretreatments and Coatings
    • Fabric analysis per printing process
    • Fabric analysis per end-use application
    • Fabric challenges and limitations
  5. Networking Refreshment Break

Applications for Digital Textile Printing

Session Chair: Liz Logue, Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, EFI

  1. Made in Minnesota - Challenges and opportunities of made in USA custom textiles

    Reid Lutter | Owner & CEO of PodiumWear Custom Apparel

    • History and background on Podium Wear
    • Current market, capabilities and customer base
    • Pitfalls, challenges and lessons learned
    • Current limitations and frustrations in achieving more with digital
    • Opportunities for the future and what we’ll need from the supply base to achieve them
  2. Customer Benefits of Digital Textile Printing- How textile companies work with clients to utilize digital

    Ken Bach | Business Development Director of Aberdeen Fabrics

    • Approach
    • Resources
    • Production Time
    • Product Quality
    • Cost
  3. Case Study: Digital Textile Printing in Fashion and Retail Clothing

    Ken VanHorn | Director of Marketing of Mimaki USA

    • Introduction to the fashion and retail clothing printing market
    • Success stories for digital print
    • Making digital print a game changer
    • Challenges ahead
  4. Networking Lunch

  5. Succeeding in the soft signage market with digital textiles

    Mike Wozny | Senior Product Manager of EFI

    • Overview of the main soft signage market segments
    • Traditional barriers to enter
    • Current technology potential
    • Market opportunities and applications in soft signage
  6. Panel Discussion: Delivering on the promise of digital textiles by achieving a better workflow

    David Brewer, Vice President of Technology, Image Options; Dan Cantrell, North Central Territory Manager, Zund America, Inc.; Reid Lutter, CEO, Podium Wear

    A discussion on the opportuntities for improvement across the digital textile workflow with perspectives from key stakeholders

    Led by: David Brewer, Vice President of Technology, Image Options

    Panelists include:

    • Dan Cantrell, North Central Territory Manager, Zund America, Inc.
    • Reid Lutter, Owner & CEO, Podium Wear
    • Mike Wonzy, Senior Product Manager, EFI
    • Sal Passanisi, Xrite
    • Mike Sanders, Pacific Coast Fabrics
    • David Rodriguez, Textile Finishing System
  7. Afternoon refreshments

Technical Advances in Digital Textile Printing

Session Chair: Ken Bach, Business Development Director, Aberdeen Fabrics

  1. Lasers: The Future of Textile Processing

    Luke Schraw | Product Engineer | Laser Modules Group of LasX Industries, Inc.

    How can lasers help you innovate your process? By combining a tremendous variety of laser processing options with the speed and flexibility of the digital workflow! Learn about the possibilities of high speed laser cutting, aesthetic finishing, and technical surface treatments.

  2. Color Management/Accuracy and Verification

    Ray Weiss | Digital Imaging Specialist of SGIA

    • Color Management for Digital Textile Printing
    • Color Management Challenges
    • Verification
  3. FUJIFILM InkJet Technology: Drivers and requirements for next generation digital textile inks

    Hamid M. Shirazi Ph.D. | Global Technical Promotions Manager of FUJIFILM IMAGING COLORANTS

    Next generation digital textile inks:

    • Review of (CTQs) Critical To Quality parameters and current state of affairs
    • Requirements for next generation digital textile inks by substrate type and end user application
  4. Digital Textile Printing in Automotive and Outdoor Furnishings

    David Clark | Ink Jet Business Development, North America of Huntsman

    An overview of some of the basic technical requirements for the automotive and outdoor furnishings markets, using some digitally printed fabric and test results as examples. Also, an overview of the testing procedures used for fabrics sold in these applications. In addition, we will discuss the different factors that can affect fabric quality and fastness, both negatively and positively.

  5. Networking Reception

Friday, June 9, 2017

Conference Registration & Exhibition Hall Open

  1. Conference Registration & Exhibition Hall Open

  2. Opening Remarks from the Conference Organizers

Improving Quality and Overcoming Challenges in Digital Textile Printing

Session Chair: Ford Bowers, President and CEO, SGIA

  1. Presentation from ingmagine

    John Ingraham | Digital Printing and Digital Textile Specialist of ingmagine

  2. Surface Interaction

    Hitoshi Ujiie | Program Director, Surface Imaging Program of Philadelphia University

    • Definition of Surface Imaging
    • Rationale: Evolution of Digital Textile Printing, Case Study, State of the Art -Surface Imaging Initiative: the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging / MS in Surface Imaging
  3. Textile Workflows

    Scott Donovan | Managing Director of Bleuprint Creative

    • Types of digital workflow solutions
    • Explanation of Open, Hybrid and Closed systems
    • Case Studies
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. Improving speed and print quality in digital textile printing

    Dr Kai Bär | President of Adphos Digital Printing

    • Current speed and quality challenges in digital textile printing
    • Inkjet innovations in sublimation inks to improve speed and quality
    • Examples and case studies
  6. Changing the workflow for producing custom printed garments

    Traian Luca | Co-founder and CEO of Gemini CAD Systems

    • Vocabulary: Fabric printing vs direct-to-garment printing vs shaped textile printing
    • Case study: today's workflow for producing a sportswear order for a cycling team. 
    • Merging two technologies: CAD for garments and Digital Printing imposition. 
  7. Future opportunities for Digital Textile Printing

    Mark Sawchak | Owner of Expand Systems

  8. Networking Lunch and Close of Conference