GSWs MD – Robert Franco takes us on a tour of the Mimaki textile demo room in Bompan, Italy.
Mimaki’s focus is on promoting the analog-to-digital transformation of printing processes in the textile and apparel market. This includes developing a total solutions approach, from pre-processing through printing and post-processing of digitally printed textiles. To that end, Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company.
“This joint venture is a critical element of our strategic approach to the textiles and apparel market,” Hayashi said. “Mimaki Bompan will be responsible for marketing the entire Mimaki portfolio for textile printing in Italy. In addition to this joint venture, Mimaki Europe has also pursued partnerships and acquisitions that will help round out our textiles portfolio, including most recently Rimslow, a manufacturer of post-treatment solutions for textiles. This expansion will help us provide our clients with a complete solution for high volume textile production.”
The establishment of Mimaki Bompan Textile followed the launch of Tiger-1800B, the brand’s production-class textile printer, which is available in direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer models. With a maximum printing speed of 385m2/h, the Tiger-1800B fits high-volume production environments that have traditionally printed using analog printing methods, bringing the benefits of digital printing to these higher volume applications and making it more efficient and cost-effective to produce short runs, customised fabrics and garments, and samples.
“Mimaki Bompan Textile aspires to be an international one-stop centre for the textile market,” said Massimo Bompan, Chairman. “Our priorities are client satisfaction with an all-encompassing vision, and a range of solutions that include entry level systems and industrial machines. The company is operating as a Total Solutions Provider, offering a complete solution that includes inks, software, pre- and post-treatment systems, as well as technical services. This makes it easier for textile producers to add digital to their production platform, and it provides a single-source entry path for new businesses who wish to take advantage of the significant opportunities the digital textile transformation offers.”