SPGPrints: New Experience Center
innovation hub for global digital textile industry
SPGPrints has strengthened its
commitment to the adoption and development of digital textile
printing technology, with the formal opening of the Experience
Center. The 700m2 demonstration and training facility is located
at the company’s Boxmeer (Netherlands) headquarters.
More than 160 people, including employees from
across the organisation, attended the ceremony, as the mayor of
Boxmeer, Karel van Soest, cut the ribbon to officially declare
the Center open for business.
“The PIKE® digital printer at SPGPrints’ new Experience
Center, Boxmeer, The Netherlands”
The facility contains SPGPrints’ two flagship
digital textile printers in precisely maintained atmospheric
conditions: the 1850mm-wide single-pass PIKE® printer, designed
for both large and short volumes with production speeds of up to
40m/min; and a 3200mm-wide multi-pass JAVELIN® printer, for home
furnishing applications. The Center also features a meeting room
and state-of-the-art presentation equipment.
After the ceremony, attendees observed live demonstrations,
showing the machines’ capabilities for delivering fine detail,
while handling a variety of challenging geometric designs and
achieving constant precise colour targets with wide gamuts, in
addition to immediate job changes.
The Experience Center gives suppliers and buyers of digitally
printed textiles a showcase for learning how to reap the
revolutionary benefits of digital printing and understanding the
end-to-end implications of digital production with SPGPrints’
technology. The innovation hub will also give textile printers
the ability to trial new designs and fabrics under test
conditions and expert guidance.
Furthermore, the Center will allow SPGPrints’ own research
and development staff to test and optimise proprietary PIKE and
JAVELIN inks as new fabrics are introduced, enabling colour-matching
and performance trials to be accelerated.
For customers, the Center will make it easier to implement
digital workflows quickly and smoothly, and bring new ideas and
products to market, faster, without needing to compromise output
at their own facilities.
SPGPrints has been committed to textile printing innovation
throughout the company’s 70-year history, firstly through rotary
screen technology that made high-quality mass-production
possible and, since 1986, through inkjet machine systems and
proprietary inks developed under the same roof.
The mayor of Boxmeer, Karel van Soest (left) and SPGPrints
CEO Dick Joustra (right)
officially declare the Experience Center open for
Dick Joustra, CEO, SPGPrints, comments: "Digital printing
undoubtedly represents the future for textile printing. It is
transforming the supply chain, making a wider variety of designs
possible, shortening delivery times, delivering major cost
savings and eliminating waste. At SPGPrints, we have been
empowering the industry to exploit these benefits, through over
three decades of digital inkjet innovation, culminating in the
Archer® technology deployed on the PIKE and JAVELIN printers.
“The opening of the Experience Center marks our commitment to
driving the adoption of the digital workflow. Not only will this
provide the opportunity for brand-owners and printers to gain a
first-hand, real-time insight into this technology’s tremendous
potential; it will provide a dedicated space for further
innovation in quality, productivity and sustainability,
complementing our resources for the continued development of
traditional rotary screen technologies."
The new Experience Center is part of a Euro€8 million capital
investment programme by SPGPrints, covering an expansion area of
3000m2. This also includes the building of the expanded Digital
Inks Factory for production of its inkjet inks, enabling the
company to boost capacity in response to the growth of the
digital textile printing sector.