Printing neon colours onto sportswear

BB151106 Mimaki neon sport

Printer manufacturer Mimaki has developed two fluorescent inks for their textile inkjet printers. Mimaki’s new neon fluorescent inks, available in Yellow and Pink, are ideal for fashion, sportswear, swimwear and shoes and are specially developed for use in the low-volume, high-quality sublimation paper transfer market.
Whether cycling, running, badminton or football, every team needs to have its own shirt, usually with a name, number and the sponsor’s logo clearly visible. Producing these relatively small, customised lots cost-effectively requires sublimation technologies, and printing the entire garment rather than applying graphics information afterwards is more profitable. With traditional print, the desired neon colours are hard to achieve and small lot production is generally not cost-effective.

The TS300-1800P was launched at Fespa and is specifically designed for digital low-cost production of high-value applications. The powerful combination of this machine with the new inks opens up a new range of possibilities for textile printers, designers and garment manufacturers: “Fluorescent colours are in increasingly high demand in the fashion and sportswear markets,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “With these new neon inks, designers and garment manufacturers will be able to extend the potential of digital printing solutions to the production of high quality running clothes and other applications that are personalised or have unique designs and need to stand out for safety or fashion purposes. For the very first time these new inks will allow production of such bespoke, quality products on a much larger scale.”



Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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