Mark Sawchak, owner of Expand Systems, is a business development specialist with a background in chemical engineering. His involvement with digital textile printing began in 1998, when he was instrumental in commercializing new technologies that were then incorporated into printing solutions.
Mark and his wife Ann Sawchak started Expand Systems in 2006 as a provider of complete digital textile printing solutions for the US market. In this capacity, Expand Systems works with a wide variety of companies that manufacture printed textiles and helps them identify the role that a digital strategy can play in optimizing product manufacturing. All aspects of the process are taken into consideration, including printers, fabric preparation, printing and finishing.
With the advent of technological advancements, digital textile printing has significantly increased in the type and number of companies that now take advantage of a comprehensive digital strategy. Mark has come to be recognized as one of the top consultants in the US. He has given presentations world-wide at major textile conferences, including ITMA and Heimtextil. He also is involved in research and development with companies such as Walmart, and educational facilities at North Carolina State University.
Recently, Expand Systems has entered into a joint venture with Premier Textiles to create PremEx Solutions. The two companies bring more than 30 years of combined experience in digital textile printing and specialty fabrics to PremEx to create its unprecedented solutions.
PremEx Solutions is the sole provider of the leading-edge technology, DuraVibe. DuraVibe is suitable across a broad range of printer platforms and inks including pigment, reactive, dye sublimation, and the most recent development, fabric for latex for the décor market that is washable. These specialty fabrics are unique with unprecedented color vibrancy, fabric hand and durability. DuraVibe offers improved results for both wet and dry crock ratings, preservation of the fabric hand throughout the process, and an expanded color gamut that broadens an achievable color range, including black.