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INDUSTRY NEWS 06 images JANUARY 2023 Follow the links to the news stories online Pantone reveals on-trend colour of the year for 2023 The Pantone Color Institute has announced its on-trend colour of the year for 2023: a shade of magenta that represents “optimistic celebration”. With the official name of Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta, it is described as being descended from the red family and presenting “a balance between warm and cool”. The Pantone Color Institute, the consultancy arm of colour specialist Pantone, set out ideas for how Viva Magenta could be used in clothing, saying it paired well with pale greys, blues, pastels and other shades of pink. pantone-magenta Workwear specialist expands through merger MyWorkwear has expanded through a merger with 925 Workwear, another Shropshirebased supplier of personalised workwear. Established by Aaron MorrisonWard in 2020, 925 Workwear in Market Drayton has grown to have more than 300 customers along with excellent reviews across Google and Facebook. Citing a “similar customerfocused ethos”, Aaron and the owners of MyWorkwear opted to bring the two businesses together under the MyWorkwear brand as an opportunity to offer “the best workwear solution for customers”. The merger follows Telford-based MyWorkwear’s opening of a new production facility in April along with other substantial investment this year and a staff recruitment drive. Aaron, who set up 925 Workwear to capitalise on a successful sales career in the personalised workwear sector, has joined MyWorkwear as sales manager as part of the deal. Banner unites brands in one new website Schoolwear supplier Banner is carrying out a revamp of its digital activities, bringing together all its individual websites into one place. It enlisted full-service creative agency Holdens to create the new site at for its portfolio of uniform and sportswear brands including Banner Uniform, Beau Brummel, Aptus and Orion. The agency has also been working with Banner to develop a direct mail campaign, in partnership with local retailers, that will go out to schools across the UK to advise them on the latest Department for Education (DfE) guidance on the cost of school uniform. The latest photography for Banner Uniform Target your existing customers with samples More innovative digital technology in 2023 will create new markets and opportunities covering many aspects of garment and product decoration. So, how do you intend to keep customers informed of new products? Emails and web links are great, but nothing beats a personalised sample in the hands of the customer. Sometimes we need to take a step back and consider the potential new business from existing customers. We all strive to have regular contact, but we suggest that regulated and managed target marketing of personalised samples makes commercial sense. Consider targeting customers with low-cost personalised samples, which have proved very effective and are always well received. This, combined with an actual phone call to follow up, improves both contact and helps build a customer profile for the future. Don’t forget, if you get 10% more business from your existing customers you double your business in seven years. Just keep better contact and get closer to your customers. Jim Nicol, TheMagicTouch TOP TIP FOR 2023 MyWorkwear MD James Worthington welcomes Aaron Morrison-Ward as sales manager Pantone’s Viva Magenta on apparel and accessories

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INDUSTRY NEWS 08 images JANUARY 2023 PRINT SHOP POOCHES #86 Peanut Whether it’s pedigree pups or mangy mutts, decorators’ dogs are valued members of staff at embroidery and print shops from Barking to Furness. This month we have Peanut from Stitched Equestrian in Gloucestershire Full name: Peanut Jenner Breed: Schnoodle Age: Three years Time at company: One year and four months – she is a rescue! Job title: Personal assistant to the CEO, or is that the other way around? Am I [owner Victoria Jenner] actually her PA? Job description: Greeting delivery drivers, social media content planning, making sure meal and snack times are adhered to! Special skills: Looking like a reallife teddy bear. Favourite colour: Orange Pantone 021 U because it matches her collar, her lead, my wallet, my phone cover, my notebook – it’s basically my favourite colour so has been forced upon Peanut! Follow us on Twitter @imagesmaguk Ricoh survey shows productivity boost from automation Increased automation and digital technology at UK businesses could increase the country’s GDP, according to new research from print specialist Ricoh Europe. The survey, conducted for Ricoh by Opinium and analysed by CEBR, found that “digital transformation” increased productivity and staff morale and reduced staff turnover. The analysis suggested that automating systems through digital technology could increase gross domestic product (GDP) in the UK and the EU by 3.4% over the next five years – equivalent to £535bn of growth. The Ricoh Europe survey revealed that business owners recognised the drain of time-intensive processes on their workforce, with 76% making the automation of tedious tasks a core part of their digital transformation strategy. It also found that those businesses that had already implemented automation software in the last financial year said they experienced an average productivity increase of 14%. Wild Thang named Liverpool’s business of the year Branded clothing and merchandise specialist Wild Thang was named business of the year in the Innovation in Business Awards run by Liverpool’s Chamber of Commerce at the end of 2022. The category for businesses with over 30 employees was judged by a mix of public vote and expert business panel. Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber, said: “Innovation has been at the heart of Wild Thang’s improvement journey over the past decade. Their success in our awards is a testament to the quality of that achievement. We are delighted to celebrate their achievements.” Wild Thang’s managing director, Andrew Dwerryhouse, added: “It was an incredibly special moment – in fact one of the biggest and best in Wild Thang’s history to accept the Business of the Year award on behalf of our entire team.” The Ri 2000 DTG printer from Ricoh, which has released research on automation and digital technology Fortunately, Peanut rocks the colour orange Left to right: Wild Thang director Chris Dwerryhouse, sales director Sarah Howarth, director John Howarth and managing director Andrew Dwerryhouse

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 images JANUARY 2023 New branding prepares Tajima Software for future Embroidery machine manufacturer Tajima Group has unveiled new branding for its software business formed from the acquisition of Pulse Microsystems last year. Drawing on the same shade of green in the group’s logo, Tajima Software Solutions’ new branding is being rolled out across the business. It will also be used for Tajima Software by its distributors such as AJS in the UK. The company’s workflow and personalisation automation software is designed for embroidery, print, and engraving. Ace Print Services This bold design was printed onto T-shirts and hoodies by Ace Print Services in Stockport for local gym Grand-Nasium. Demystify Digital launches web platform for decorators A new web-based platform has been launched by Demystify Digital to help the garment decoration sector tap into the opportunities of ecommerce. Its team are offering to provide consultancy, management and support for companies looking to sell printed and embroidered clothing through ecommerce platforms. Led by managing director Craig Blackman, the team brings more than 20 years’ experience in ecommerce, product personalisation and manufacturing. Demystify Digital works with garment decorators to help them integrate ecommerce with third-party platforms such as Shopify, PrestaShop, WooCommerce and Magento to automate process and workflow. It promises to lower operational expenses of web services, reduce failure points, optimise websites’ hosting and security to meet legal requirements such as GDPR, and provide a central point of contact for customers. Its services also include website optimisation to improve the user experience, increase conversion rates and customer retention, and develop new functionality for online personalisation of apparel. DECORATOR REPORT Read our full-length Decorator Reports online: Use DTF to your advantage DTF (direct-to-film) has changed the way garment decorators work. Jobs that previously took days to weed or pre-treat now take a matter of hours. Use this to your advantage. We live in a world of Amazon Prime with everyone wanting access to purchases as quickly as possible. Customers will pay a premium for express service – same-day or a 24-hour turnaround can be achieved when using the right DTF solution. Ricky Robinson-Nunn, Resolute TOP TIP FOR 2023 Tajima Software's new logo Welsh school uniform proposals ‘could increase bullying’ Plans by the Welsh Government to reduce the amount of compulsory branded school clothing could lead to more bullying and discrimination amongst children, according to the Schoolwear Association. It has published new research that reveals that 52% of schools in Wales say uniform acts as a social leveller and 42% say branded uniform prevents bullying. The research was carried out as part of the Schoolwear Association’s response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on school uniform and proposals that would reduce the amount of compulsory uniforms decorated with logos. It found that Welsh schools – both primaries and secondaries – recognised the value of branded items, with 60% of those surveyed saying that garments with logos give children a sense of pride. The research also revealed that few parents were demanding change: 87% of schools said parents had not raised concerns over the cost of uniform with them. Matthew Easter, chair of the Schoolwear Association, said: “Branded uniform items offer best long-term value for families, with high-quality and durable items reducing the need for clothes to be regularly replaced.” School uniforms act as “a social leveller”. Picture: Pexels/Thirdman Demystify Digital helps garment decorators optimise ecommerce sites. Picture: Pexels/Cottonbro Studio

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INDUSTRY NEWS 14 images JANUARY 2023 Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk In line with January’s annual fitness boom, Images was on the lookout for bold, branded workoutwear and so it’s no surprise that the piercing stare of this canine friend caught our eye! Stootz Printing in Cardiff decorated a selection of hoodies and T-shirts with the striking logo for Stobbsie Fitness, a local gym based in Kingswinford and owned by army veteran George Stobbs. “Stobbsie Fitness orders garments for its clients from us on a regular basis, and the logo is based on George’s dog Buddy, who sadly passed away in November,” explains Stu Griffiths, owner of Stootz Printing. The Cottonridge Premium Contrast Hoodies and Premium T-Shirts from Fruit of the Loom were decorated with a combination of direct-to-film printing on a Sublistar DTF Pro Max, and embroidery using a Merlin Pro RS10-1502 supplied by GS UK, as well as Gunold threads and Mighty Hoops embroidery hoops. The logo comprises 24,500 stitches in seven different colours, adds Stu. “There were a few trials and errors to ensure we got the dog’s features correct, and especially getting the brown eyes and pink nose to stand out!” DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Trutex wins award for schoolwear reuse scheme Schoolwear supplier Trutex won a national award in December for its scheme for reusing school uniform and giving parents access to goodquality second-hand garments. Its initiative, Re:Form by Trutex, which was introduced 18 months ago, won in the Circular Economy category at the MRW National Recycling Awards in London in December. The expert judging panel praised Re:Form as “an outstanding new scheme and business model, for which there is demand and good uptake. This offers positive environmental and social benefits as well as great potential for further rollout and development.” Re:Form by Trutex was introduced to help tackle affordability and sustainability in schoolwear and was trialled selectively across the UK. Matthew Easter, who is the group CEO of Trutex, picked up the award at the ceremony, which was hosted by TV and stand-up comedian Angela Barnes. The garments were decorated using both DTF and embroidery The embroidered logo uses 24,500 stitches Tee Tree Group This intricate logo was embroidered onto workwear by Tee Tree Group in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, for Toad Hall Garden Centre. DECORATOR REPORT Angela Barnes (centre) with (left to right) Trutex’s Rupesh Shah, Greg Wise and Matthew Easter

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INDUSTRY NEWS 16 images JANUARY 2023 Toby Pache to leave headwear specialist Sharon Lee Toby Pache, managing director and third-generation owner of headwear specialist Sharon Lee, has announced his decision to leave the business. Toby, who took over the helm of the Essex-based company from his father Graham Pache on his retirement in 2009, has worked there for over 25 years. After starting work there in the school holidays at 16, he joined the company full-time in the sales department in 1997 at the age of 21. The role of managing director has been taken over by Danny Butterfield, who joined the business nearly 12 years ago, working his way up to sales director and company director. Announcing his departure, Toby said: “I have taken the decision to move on from Sharon Lee and the promotional industry to seek a new challenge and forge a new path, of which I am hoping to take the first steps on in 2023.” Result releases brochure for recycled range Clothing brand Result has released a new edition of the brochure for its range using fabrics made from recycled materials, including new colours for 2023. The fourth edition of the Genuine Recycled brochure is available to download online and also printed using paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring it is from responsibly managed forests. The range includes jackets, T-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and beanies, all using speciality fabrics made from recycled plastics, industrial waste and other materials. The brochure features a quickreference lexicon to terminology used, including symbols for recommended decoration methods. View daily news updates at: Learn when to use DTF and DTG Firstly, understand the possibilities of and the differences between the DTG (direct-to-garment) and DTF (direct-to-film) processes. Then, make yourself aware of when each process is best suited for different applications. Find designs that work best for the technique and stand out from the crowd of competitors. It pays to invest in quality equipment to ensure long-lasting and consistently high-quality print results. It is also important that the manufacturer offers service to ensure on-going production. Dorothee Vinmans, Brother TOP TIP FOR 2023 Alexandra adds online service for personalised workwear Workwear specialist Alexandra has introduced a new digital personalisation service to allow customers to create and order customised garments online. The “easy-to-use” service allows Alexandra’s customers to upload images or text, with the option of having them either embroidered or printed onto their garment. Sally Lowther, chief digital officer at Mi Hub, the parent company of Alexandra, said: “Launching our market-leading digital personalisation service is an exciting next step in Mi Hub’s digital journey. The hard work and dedication invested into this project from across our business has been amazing.” Personalised workwear from Alexandra The cover of Result’s Genuine Recycled brochure [R] Danny Butterfield [Below, L-R] Toby Pache with his mother Sharon Lee and father Graham Lee

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INDUSTRY NEWS 20 images JANUARY 2023 Want to know what your industry colleagues really think of the garments and accessories they decorate? Each issue, one reader tells us why they rate a particular product Ian Falconer, owner of Rebel Printerz, says his favourite product to decorate is the Heavy Cotton Adult T-Shirt (5000) from Gildan. It’s so versatile and holds up really well for direct-to-film (DTF) printing, says Ian. “The colours stay bold, the designs adhere well to the surface of the garment when pressed and the finish is always perfect, making it easy and reliable to decorate.” The Gildan Heavy Cotton Adult T-Shirt is available in a selection of 50 colours in a size range from small to 5XL (in selected colours only). “It suits a wide range of customers, from discount brands to more high-end sellers,” adds Ian. “With the removable labels, you can also rebrand the garment to suit any niche.” When decorating the T-shirt with DTF designs, Ian’s top tip is to remember the humble lint roller! “Every garment holds loose fibres on the surface and as we’re pressing a layered sheet of ink using adhesive to the garment, any speck of dust or lint will spoil the final result — from the aesthetics to the durability of the garment and its print after washing. “Removing this layer with a lint roller leaves the print surface flat and speck-free. It makes a big difference, and is never promoted enough!” READERS’ CHOICE The Gildan Heavy Cotton Adult T-Shirt is an excellent option for DTG prints Epson achieves sustainability rating for third time Print technology specialist Epson has earned its third platinum rating in a row for sustainability from business sustainability certifier EcoVadis. The rating recognises the company’s efforts globally to uphold high standards on the environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. The platinum rating ranks Epson in the top 1% of companies in its industry, particularly excelling in the fields of the environment as well as sustainable procurement. EcoVadis is a recognised business sustainability ratings organisation covering 200 industry categories, 175 countries and regions, and more than 90,000 companies of all sizes worldwide. Epson SC F3000 DTG printer in the showroom of distributor Xpres Find our digital editions online: Workwear specialist CTS UK has appointed a new group finance director as it looks ahead to further organic growth and acquisitions in 2023. Based in Northallerton in North Yorkshire, it has brought in Rhys Davies to the role. He was previously at accountancy and business advisory firm Armstrong Watson where he worked for 10 years, rising to audit director. He will work with the rest of the management team to build on CTS UK’s growth: its turnover has increased from £500,000 in 2020 to £4.5 million in 2021, and for 2022 it will be around £9 million. The projected figure for 2023 is between £14 and £15 million. CHANGING FACES Rhys Davies

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INDUSTRY NEWS 22 images JANUARY 2023 Garment decorator launches inclusive fashion clothing brand The team behind Essex garment decorator Red Oak Roller have co-founded a new fashion clothing brand, Root Cause Apparel, to sell direct to consumers. Drawing on Red Oak Roller’s screenprinting and embroidery skills, the brand has been created by Red Oak Roller director Rowan Chuck along with artist Robert Human. Root Cause is aimed at a younger market aged 18 to 30, with unisex styles and largely offering garments in an oversized heavyweight fit. “The brand is all about inclusion,” Rowan explained. For each purchase, Root Cause Apparel will donate £1 to support mental health awareness through a partnership with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. T-shirts and bucket hat beanies from Root Cause Apparel, with artwork by Robert Human Penguin Uniform This fantastic logo was embroidered onto workwear by Penguin Uniform in Cheltenham for Hammer Roofing. DECORATOR REPORT Supply chain challenges prompt container storage service Textile print equipment specialist CMYUK has extended its consignment stock-holding service for customers because of supply chain issues and growth in on-demand printing. It is offering a free bespoke shelfracked container for all its customers so they can store roll materials in an external space. These are condensation-proof and secure and can hold material rolls up to 5m wide. Robin East, group commercial director at CMYUK, said: “There are many advantages to consignment stock procurement and customers have told us that the main reason they haven’t purchased roll materials in this way previously was due to a lack of space. However, everyone tends to have available backyard space.” CMYUK is offering a free container for external storage Kingly launches upcycling project for sock offcuts Sock and clothing specialist Kingly has launched an upcycling project aimed at retrieving textile waste and turning it into new products. It has committed to using fibres left over from producing socks for new uses such as stuffing for printed pillowcases and furniture instead of sending it as waste to landfill. The small factory offcuts, produced during the manufacture of socks, are a mix of cotton, nylon, Lycra, elastane and other materials such as polyester and polypropylene. Rob Armour, CEO and founder of Kingly, said: “We are proud to announce a new initiative we call ‘The Kingly Upcycling Project’. The mission is to inspire and educate people on upcycling and repurposed design and how to do it on a larger scale.” Offcuts from Kingly’s sock manufacturing Check out our Instagram Stories for the latest industry news @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 24 images JANUARY 2023 Safetywear and workwear specialist Arco has appointed a new chief executive to help the company “accelerate its ambitious plans for growth”. Guy Bruce has taken over as CEO from former managing director, David Evison, who retired this year. He was previously interim managing director of construction services company Equans, and managing director of building materials distributor SIG. Guy will guide Arco’s strategic plan, Destination 2025, which sets out how it will grow over the next three years and adopt new and innovative ideas to futureproof the business. Textiles set to drive dye sublimation market growth Dye sublimation printing is set to grow by more than 10% per year between now and 2027, led by textile printing, according to a new report. The global value of dye sublimation printing is forecast to reach more than £12 billion in 2027, returning to growth after contracting due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. The new report, The Future of Dye Sublimation to 2027, from data and compliance specialist Smithers, notes that markets “substantially recovered” and resumed historical growth rates of more than 10% a year during 2022. It forecasts that, on average, the dye sub market will continue growing at this rate until at least 2027. Mimaki launched the TS330-1600 dye sublimation printer in 2022 Trade supplies specialist Timco adds workwear Timco, a provider of tools and supplies for the construction industry and other trades, launched its own workwear range in December. The company’s own-branded garments include trousers, shorts, overalls, fleeces, rain jackets, waterproof trousers, softshell jackets, padded bodywarmers and accessories such as beanie hats, belts and socks. Although Timco does not have an in-house facility for embroidery or printing, the garments were designed to allow customers to personalise them with their own branding. The launch follows Timco’s introduction of hi-vis clothing earlier this year and brings the company’s off ering up to more than 8,000 products. Based in Nantwich in Cheshire, it celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Simon Midwood, managing director of Timco, said: “We’ve spent 36 months in R&D to ensure a robust and comprehensive product range at value-for-money prices, which we are confident will be a big hit with our customers.” Coming in a variety of sizes, the new Timco workwear range is available to order now. Timco’s workwear range includes waterproof rain jackets Guy Bruce CHANGING FACES Gildan and Ricoh rate high on sustainability lists Clothing manufacturer Gildan Activewear and print technology specialist Ricoh have made it into a roll call of the world’s most sustainable businesses. Gildan, based in Canada, has been included in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the 10th year in a row – the only apparel manufacturing company in the North America list. Tokyo-based Ricoh, which manufactures print equipment and print heads for the garment decorating sector, has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the world for the third year running as well as the Asia/Pacific Index for the fifth consecutive year. Both companies also announced that they have been included in the 2022 Climate Change Leadership Band “A List” compiled by CDP, a non-profit organisation that runs a global disclosure system for environmental impact. Find us on social media: @imagesmaguk INDUSTRY NEWS NH JANUARY 2023 images 25 One+All reports on social and environmental targets Schoolwear supplier One+All is fulfilling its commitment to transparency with a new report providing updates on its efforts to become more sustainable and ethical. The Impact Report covers all aspects of the Stockport-based company’s operations, including its manufacturing partners, detailing what it has achieved in areas such as carbon emissions, supply chains, employment and raw materials, and setting detailed targets for the years ahead. Covering the period from August 2020 to August 2022, it is One+All’s first report on its social and environmental impact since becoming a B Corp in 2020, and highlights that One+All has increased sales and profits year on year while being committed to sustainability. It is available to download at Fespa Global Print Expo adds ‘personalisation experience’ The organisers of Fespa Global Print Expo have announced a new feature for 2023 offering an “experiential” showcase of products and solutions for personalisation. The new Personalisation Experience exhibition area, open to all visitors, will be located at the heart of the show at Messe Munich in Germany from 23 to 26 May and will run alongside a new multi-day conference. The conference, also badged Personalisation Experience, will include individual content streams dedicated to personalised loyalty marketing, sportswear and fashion customisation, bespoke interiors and personalised packaging. It is primarily designed for those “seeking to enhance or differentiate their offering with personalisation and customisation”. The organisers added that service providers and fulfilment houses wanting to put personalisation at the heart of their service offering would “also gain valuable practical knowledge and insight”. Tickets for the conference cost €375 (£323) per day. The Outdoors Company continues to grow as it celebrates 15 years The Outdoors Company has revealed plans for a new EU distribution hub as it celebrated 15 years of supplying outdoor clothing and merchandise. It is set to start operating a dedicated EU distribution hub in the Netherlands this year, allowing it to offer distributors an end-to-end service of garment supply with decoration and delivery direct to the end user. The new development comes after 15 years of growth for the Cheshire-based company, which provides embroidery and print services as well as supplying premium branded outdoor wear. The Outdoors Company was created in November 2007 by directors Paul Morley-Smith and Mark Dix to supply high-end premium outdoor brands to the corporate business-to-business market. It has become a one-stop corporate supplier for outdoor brands in the UK, including distribution in the corporate sector for The North Face, Berghaus, Patagonia, Montane, RAB and Columbia. 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INDUSTRY NEWS 26 images JANUARY 2023 Check out our videos on Vimeo: @imagesmaguk Printful partners TikTok to offer print on demand Print-ondemand specialist Printful has added integration with TikTok in the UK, making it possible to create and run a clothing business entirely on the social media channel. Through Printful, sellers on TikTok can have orders for their own products automatically fulfilled and shipped to buyers on demand without any upfront investment in product stock or unsold inventory risk. Building on Printful’s existing social commerce options, it means that sellers can drive sales in TikTok Shop UK through in-feed videos, Lives and the product showcase tab. Craghoppers Expert looks to professionals ‘trading up’ Craghoppers Expert will be continuing to develop its range in 2023 to offer professionals a cost-effective way to trade up to “true performance outdoor kit”. During the current economic climate, it is focusing on how trading up higher quality products provides value for money for working professionals looking for technical clothing. The range includes layering options for keeping warm, such as the Expert Corey 200 Half Zip, which is insulating, lightweight and pairs with Expert baselayers and outerwear, as well as a collection of waterproof clothing. Craghoppers Expert sales director Keith Browning said: “Trading up to higherquality garments means that your uniform is more likely to last longer. Higher quality materials mean that the wearer is more incentivised to take care of their uniform. These garments will also offer a larger range of functionality, and purchasing a multi-functional garment eliminates the need to purchase multiple pieces.” Ricoh celebrates half-million milestone for its print heads Ricoh is celebrating the milestone of providing half a million of its fifth-generation print heads. It highlighted how more than 500,000 of the MH5420/5421 Series print heads have now been chosen by worldwide solutions developers to drive “revenue of tens of billions of dollars” across all industrial sectors including garment and textile printing. Introduced in 2017, the print heads are compatible with a broad range of inks from water-based to UV, solvent and oil. Cottonridge moves to larger warehouse TGI Corporation, owner and sole distributor of the Cottonridge hoodies brand, has moved to a new, larger warehouse in Staffordshire. It has relocated from its previous 30,000 sq ft site in Stoke-on-Trent to a new warehouse covering 50,000 sq ft, further south in Stafford. It has increased the storage capacity to 35,000 boxes of Cottonridge garments, with the current stockholding coming in at £3.2 million over 20 styles, while the new wider aisles are said to have increased efficiency by over 20%. TGI Corporation managing director Richard Joyce said: “Because we only offer 20 styles it means we can stock in depth and because we distribute direct as the brand owner our customers benefit from not having to pay a premium to an intermediate distributor. Once a print shop signs up on the Cottonridge site, they can see the stock levels online and they are always pleasantly surprised.” Automate and streamline Automate your processes as much as possible and streamline your workflow from order to dispatch. Invest in software and machinery that make the whole process simpler and more efficient, which ultimately would mean more profit. Scott Mason, AJS TOP TIP FOR 2023 Keeping warm and dry with Craghoppers Expert outdoor kit The newwarehouse for Cottonridge in Stafford Printful has integrated with TikTok Shop UK Ricoh’s fifth-generation MH5420 print head 28 images JANUARY 2023 MARKET INTELLIGENCE Making 2023 as smooth as possible by launching augmented virtual reality personalisation - watch this space! Jo Myronidis, manager of Indigo Clothing My only way to reply to this question involves full-on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' thinking. So, I would love a massive allin-one machine. At the start you input what garment you want, the colour, and pick the design. At the end out comes a perfectly wrapped order, ready to ship. That drops straight into a postage bag. Press the big red button and the machine gets to work. Beeping and whirling. Lights flashing and bells ringing. The correct item is picked and passed through the machine to be printed. Rattle! Gently heated to cure the ink along the way. Next it goes through to the folding section. Zipp. On to packaging. Whoosh!!! Postal tag is added and boom, order completed. Perfect every time!! Hope that isn’t too far outside the glass ceiling. Ian Falconer, owner of Rebel Printerz For me, something that would make my life easier: I would love a direct-to-garment printer that doesn't cost the earth and can fit in a smallish set-up. Nicola Ward, director and designer at Kelham Print An invention that would certainly make my life easier as a garment decorator would be a 'copy and paste' machine! It would work by printing a garment as you usually would, then put said printed garment into this new machine along with your other blank garments you want the same design to go onto, press 'go' and it duplicates the exact same design on the loaded garments without any work whatsoever. Maybe one day! Shaun Barritt, owner of Barritt Garment Printing I think going forward for us personally a DTF/DTG printer on site would make things run faster and smoother! We would be able to turn around orders within 48 hours rather than three to five working days. Vicky Prescott, manager at Blue Frog Embroidery First, an (accurate) automated pantone selector. Second, an automatic squeegee cleaner – one that is affordable and works. Third, a high-quality CTS (computer to screen) or LTS (laser to screen) – one that’s not £100k and is reliable long term. Fourth, quality garments that are more reliable/consistent with discharge printing – who wants to make some? Fifth, a DTG printer that doesn't need pretreatment first. Again, who’s going to make one? You can have my money. Ziggy Hill, director and co-founder of Monster Press A coffee roastery situated next door so we could have unlimited coffees, and also 48-hour days would be great!! But in real life, a second auto and dryer would be great just to keep up with workloads/reduce turnaround times! Mikee Parker, founder of VinoSangre