Steve Smith owns DPInnovations Inc. a reseller and support organization for technology solutions for the textile industry, based in Saint Cloud, Florida, USA.
Steve has worked in the digital textile industry since 1983 when he joined Textile Computer Systems Ltd., of Manchester, England, as a computer programmer.
Steve was instrumental in helping TCS become a major global supplier of CAD/CAM software for the textile industry. From 1983 to 1994 Steve developed his role from programmer to systems analyst to product manager and ultimately Managing Director with responsibilities for more than 30 employees and a turnover in excess of $2,000,000.
Whilst with TCS Steve conducted commercial activities and completed installation & training in more than 30 countries. During this period, acting on behalf of TCS, Steve also spent 18 months in the USA with Symtech Inc., of Spartanburg, SC, acting as their product manager for the TCS products.
In 1996 Steve became a partner in the Dr. Wirth Gruppe of Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for product development, sales and marketing of their Atelier software, from Wirth’s USA office in Spartanburg, SC. Acknowledging the change in the digital textile industry, Steve was responsible for re-directing Wirth’s focus to software developed specifically for the digital printing of textiles. In 2000 DPInnovations Inc. was formed as a subsidiary of Wirth Software GmbH to exploit their market leading color matching technology for digital printing. In 2008 Steve acquired full and sole ownership of DPInnovations Inc. and established an exclusive global distribution agreement for Wirth Software’s “RIPMaster” range of products developed for the digital textile printing industry. Steve is responsible for in excess of 1000 licenses of Wirth’s RIPMaster software being distributed globally, via a network of agents, resellers and OEM’s, including agreements with DuPont and Yuhan Kimberly.
In 2015 Steve specified & managed the development and launch of DPInnovations own ‘web2fabric’ technology which allows companies offering a digital textile printing service to establish an online workflow delivering print jobs and payment direct from the global web based design industry. web2fabric is a RIP and printer agnostic solution that has been installed with all of today’s leading RIP’s, inkjet printers and ink chemistries.
As a result of Steve’s experience and impartiality in the digital textile printing industry he is often invited to share his knowledge and experience at conferences globally, as well as provide consultancy services to companies developing new product launches based on on-demand digital textile printing.