MA Textiles expands into digital
production with first SPGPrints JAVELIN®
printer installation in Pakistan
MA Textiles, one of Pakistan’s leading textile printing
manufacturers, is enhancing its service flexibility and design
offerings after installing an SPGPrints JAVELIN® digital
printer, at its Shahdara facility, near Lahore. The installation
is the first JAVELIN to go into full production in the country.
The JAVELIN printer, which uses scanning print technology,
was ordered at ITM Istanbul last year. MA Textiles was looking
for a digital solution to meet today’s rapidly changing demands.
Mr. Muhammad Naveed Akram,
CEO, MA Textiles.
“Digital printing is able to handle shorter runs and faster
job changeovers, and this was something we knew we needed,” said
Mr. Naveed, CEO, MA Textiles. “We decided to invest in the
SPGPrints JAVELIN because of its advantages in terms of quality
“First, we print a significant amount of cotton. Working with
cotton results in the formation of lint that can clog nozzles of
the print heads. With SPGPrints’ patented technology, ink is
circulated in the print head. This makes the print heads more
durable and longer-lasting,” he said.
“Secondly, SPGPrints offers a 30-month warranty, which is
much longer than the other systems we were looking at. This was
also the most important factor affecting our JAVELIN
The JAVELIN digital printer uses the proven Fujifilm Dimatix
Samba print heads. The ink circulation function inside the print
heads is part of SPGPrints’ Archer® technology that enables
variable ink drops (from 2pL-10pL) to be fired up to 4mm from
the substrate. This enables the use of a very wide range of
textiles because the high jetting distance means that thicker,
coarser and piled textiles can be printed, without damaging the
“Colour is another reason for printing digitally,” Mr. Naveed
continued. “With conventional printing, the number of colours
that can be printed is limited; with digital, there are no
limits, and smaller designs can be printed with fine detail.”
MA Textiles is a family business that began as a dyeing house
in Karachi. As it added customers, it also added printing and
finishing services. Its products include towels, home textiles,
apparel and fabrics. Each of the company’s departments is
capable of cutting and stitching up to 15,000 metres per day.
The addition of the JAVELIN will give MA Textiles a digital
printing capacity of two million linear metres per year.
Moreover, thanks to the printer’s minimal setup times, the
company will be well-placed to offer shorter production runs and
reduced lead-times, cost-effectively.
“We are planning to bring our digitally printed textiles to
the retail market at the end of 2017. Our dyeing customers have
reacted with enthusiasm to our digital printing investment, and
the value it brings them. Explaining the benefits of SPGPrints’
technology is not so difficult, as the company has a strong
reputation for high-performance textile machines in Pakistan.”
“MA Textiles is a leading Pakistani textile supplier, and its
knowledge of all aspects of textile production gives its
selection of the JAVELIN printer a special significance,” said
Salman Hydrie, managing director of SPGPrints Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.
“The JAVELIN will give MA Textiles a powerful tool to meet
today’s demands for fast turnarounds, short runs, and crisp
Digital Printing shall revolutionizes textile printing in the
Digital printing is going to completely change the printing
industry in the future and take over the conventional method.
Rotary printing revolutionised the textile printing 50 years
ago. However, today there are a number of negatives involved
with the rotary printing mainly the high energy cost as well as
a high cost to the environment due to huge water consumption and
Managing Director, SPG Prints Pakistan
On the other hand, digital printing uses minimum energy with
maximum efficiency due to low water consumption and minimum
affluent as well at a fraction of the energy cost. You can say
that it is the greener and more versatile version of textile
printing. Last year the share of digital printing was about 2%,
this year it has almost reached 5% and exponential growth is
expected in the next few years.
Our team at SPG Prints are constantly working to improve the
efficiency of our machines. We are also the leading providers
of digital inks that are highly regarded by our customers due to
its superior quality and value.
Those people who are investing in digital technology today
shall reap the benefits manifolds. MA Textiles is the first
customer of the state of the art JAVELIN in Pakistan and is
already expanding with more machines. Our other customers such
as Opera and Bright are very pleased with the SPG digital
printing technology. The future of digital printing is bright in