PREMIUM QUALITY GARMENT FILMS Just add colour For high performance HTV & DTFfilm 02 images SEPTEMBER 2023 SHOP TALK 04 Editorial 08 Print shop pooches # 94 Roo, Tilly and Bruce of RA Vinyl Designs 12 Decorated product of the month 20 Readers’ choice 76 Up close & personal Emilia Hepple of Stocks Embroidery & Sewing Solutions NEWS HUB 06 Industry news Workwear Uniform Group launches, Quaglia introduces the BeTwin Double Squeegee, and Resolute to exhibit its latest DTF innovations at The Print Show KNOWLEDGE BASE 28 The Print Show 2023: Preview The Print Show, billed as “the only exhibition entirely dedicated to the UK print sector”, takes place this month at the NEC in Birmingham. Event director Chris Davies reveals why Images readers will want to visit 30 Business Clinic What are the rules for working time, why content is still king, and the power of start-ups 32 Digital helpdesk Irida Gogolou, polymer and colour chemist at Polyprint, reveals her top guidelines for organising your workspace for the optimal DTG printing workflow 34 Anatomy of a print Chamroen Matakeatikul of the award-winning Sincerely Screen Co in Thailand explains how this lenticular print was created by carefully printing silicone ink in layers 42 Ask Tony This month, Tony talks about the unsung hero of the screen print world: the squeegee 55 Running beanies Learn how to perfectly stitch beanies with Dominic Bunce of embroidery digitising expert David Sharp 64 Checklist to success Marshall Atkinson explains why all print shops should have a print checklist 70 Buckets of joy Lisa Craddock of Barudan explains how to correctly frame that popular yet tricky headwear style, the bucket hat 72 Workwear that withstands Erich Campbell reveals how to create tough embroideries that last as long as the garments PRODUCT FOCUS 44 The D to G of printing Direct-to-garment printing remains a go-to option in the custom apparel market for bold, vibrant prints. Offering the latest innovations in high-volume printing through to hybrid DTG/ DTF systems, we review topnotch equipment and machinery from leading suppliers 52 Telling it like it is: DTG printers Two garment decorators tell us how their DTG printers are working out for them 56 Don’t sweat it, it’s all good in the hood! Whether your customers want bold branding or detailed logos, hoodies and sweatshirts offer an excellent blank canvas for both printers and embroiderers alike. Check out our selection of the latest decorator-friendly, and stylish, options 66 To top it off Whether they’re a stylish addition to an outfit or an extra layer of protection against the elements, accessories offer your customers ample branding opportunities, and are great for add-on sales too. We review must-have hats, gloves, socks and more from leading brands INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT 36 Wild at heart We headed to Merseyside to visit Wild Thang’s brand new factory and find out how the family-run firm has held on to its values while growing internationally CONTENTS 38 36 PREMIUM QUALITY GARMENT FILMS Just add colour For high performance HTV & DTFfilm 40 70 42 56 34 55

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While the greatest care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the Publisher accepts no liability for either errors or omissions. EDITORIAL In ‘Digital helpdesk’ (page 32), Irida Gogolou, of DTG specialists Polyprint, talks us through workspace organisation for optimal workflow, while in our ‘Telling it…’ feature (page 52) two printers talk about their recent DTG printer purchases and how they fit within their existing production facilities. What is especially interesting about this month’s case studies is that both companies’ origins are in commercial print, and both have expanded their product and service offerings by diversifying into garment printing via DTG. It just goes to show how the boundaries between different sectors of the print market continue to blur, plus the potential rewards of catering for as many of your customers’ embellished and personalised product needs as possible. This month’s profiled decorator, Liverpool’s Wild Thang, has also invested in DTG equipment as part of its continued expansion, which recently saw it move into new and, frankly, fantastic £2m purposebuilt premises. The company’s growth over the past 27 years is as impressive as its new HQ, and you can read all about how the directors, John and Sarah Howarth and Andrew and Chris Dwerryhouse, have managed this growth and success on page 36. Returning to screen print, Tony Palmer talks tripledurometer squeegees (page 42), while we also bring you details of the new, futuristic-looking BeTwin Double Squeegee from Quaglia, which promises ‘to take water-based printing to a new level’ (page 6). And don’t fret; for all this talk of print, we haven’t forgotten you embroiderers. Lisa Craddock of Barudan shares an excellent guide to embroidering the ever-popular bucket hat (page 70), Dominic Bunce of David Sharp advises on how to perfectly stitch beanies (page 55) and Erich Campbell explains how to create embroidered designs that are as tough as the garments and accessories they adorn (page 72). Plus, with the regional roadshows ramping up for their autumn dates, Emilia Hepple of embroidery machinery supplier Stocks – and organiser of the Print & Stitch roadshows – ‘fesses up to her love of true crime and Haribo Tangfastics in this month’s ‘Up close and personal’ column (page 76). Jonathan Vince SIGN UP! Register now to receive your own FREE monthly copy of Images: UPDATE CONTACT DETAILS Moved to new premises? WFH? Update your details online: SEPTEMBER 2023 VOL.32 NO.9 IMAGES DIGITAL STATS 1 Jul-30 Jul, 2023 Users: 26,186 Page views: 31,548 Impressions: 4,166 Top tweet: 237 impressions Reach: 2,294 Page visits: 194 Reach: 2,477 Profile visits: 239 DTG – Vibrant, detailed, full-colour, soft-hand prints that are in big demand... What’s not to like? [Credit: Polyprint] Winning with DTG DTF... Given the hubbub surrounding this new digital printing process, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is currently the only garment printing game in town. There is no denying the revolutionary impact that digital DTF printing has and will continue to have on the industry, and the speed at which DTF innovation is taking place is nothing short of breathtaking. But roll back the blanket of hype and under the covers you’ll find that textile screen print is very much alive and kicking, with top quality work being produced by print shops across the nation and further afield – see this month’s ‘Anatomy of a Print’ (page 34) for a remarkable feat of what can only be described as screen print ‘engineering’. The same goes for direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, which we focus on in this issue’s equipment and machinery section. Recent conversations with a number of established print-on-demand and trade DTG shops revealed an encouragingly healthy demand for DTG prints over the past few months, with one well-known DTG-based business reporting Q2 sales that outstripped even those from last year’s November sales and festive periods. (And no, they have no clear idea of what is driving this unprecedented level of demand either!) Our DTG product showcase (page 44) rounds up the current DTG printer best buys, from new entry-level models to all-singing, all-dancing nextgeneration screen/DTG hybrid solutions. Users: 740 Page views: 30,866 Sessions: 1,522 Page per session: 20.28 digital edition

INDUSTRY NEWS 06 images SEPTEMBER 2023 International Coatings launches Cool Sport Colors International Coatings has expanded its range of FlexCure screen printing inks with Cool Sport Colors. The new selection of 13 team and sport-related colours contain a high pigment load for maximum coverage on dark garments, thus eliminating the need for underbasing. They also offer a flexible curing range – from a low 135°C to the standard 163°C. The inks are suitable for printing on 100% cotton, 50/50 blends, nonwoven polypropylene and some polyesters, and are formulated for printing on automatic as well as manual printers, and promise low build-up. Quaglia introduces BeTwin Double Squeegee The new BeTwin double squeegee from Italian screen print supplies company Quaglia promises “to take water-based printing to a new level”. The BeTwin creates a double-stroke print with a single stroke, “reducing production time, increasing volume and improving the quality of the result”, according to Quaglia. When the first squeegee blade transfers ink onto the substrate, unused ink is transferred towards the second blade, placed a few centimetres from the first one, and this blade simultaneously executes a second print stroke. The company calls it “the best squeegee ever made for the screen printing industry”. It is compatible with M&R , Roq and MHM screen printing presses, with further versions in the pipeline. Promotion & Branding shows resume in Hinckley After taking a summer break, the Promotion & Branding roadshow is resuming on 26 September at Hinckley. After that, the show will move to Barnsley in South Yorkshire on 28 September, Belfast on 11 October, Newcastle on 24 October and Glasgow on 26 October. With more than 20 brands on show, visitors can have one-to-one talks with experts, take part in a prize draw, and see a range of apparel, machines and consumables. There is free entry and parking at the show; you can register now online at New Workwear Uniform Group announced Corporate clothing specialists Incorporatewear and Direct Corporate Clothing have joined forces to create Workwear Uniform Group (WWUGL). The new group will deliver an ambitious strategic growth plan with significant investment in physical infrastructure and new systems. Both companies will continue to operate independently with their own clients, but will work closer together to offer a one-stop solution to customers. “Each group brand excels in a distinct phase of the workwear lifecycle. Bringing them together means we can offer that excellence across our customer base – delivering fully managed, cradle-tograve contract solutions,” says Sam Sohal, WWUGL chief executive. “We believe this consolidation and sizable investment will deliver sustainable growth, the best in market service for our customers, and commercial and financial security for the group and its family of companies.” Group initiatives include a fully automated warehousing and distribution product handling system, the amalgamation of company processes under a single ERP system, and investment in online digital platforms. The 150+ workforce is also relocating to new headquarters in Oldbury, West Midlands. Follow the links to the news stories online Sam Sohal is chief executive of the new Workwear Uniform Group Quaglia’s new BeTwin double squeegee gives a double-stroke print with just one stroke The new Cool Sport Colors range from International Coatings features 13 shades

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Embroidery by Em These bold cushions were embroidered by Embroidery by Em in Telford for Fierce Piercing. DECORATOR REPORT Caldera RIP expands support for Epson dye sublimation printers Caldera RIP Version 16 is now able to support the Epson SureColor F6400 and F6400H dye sublimation printers. The software further expands Caldera’s supported peripherals for large-format textile printing, and promises enhanced print productivity and colour output. The solution – available via the TextilePro package – is fully scalable and manages printers from a single interface. It doesn’t require specialist knowledge or tools, and is said to reduce downtime. Matt Simmons has joined Inkthreadable as head of business development. Matt started work with the custom print clothing company in July with a remit to lead on sales and growth for the business, develop strategic partnerships and create an online academy for customers. “Inkthreadable is an incredible business, with the quality of items being shipped daily and the service customers are receiving,” said Matt. “I’m very much looking forward to leading the charge as we look to work with more businesses within the UK and as we look further afield at international expansion.” Matt is based at the company’s head office in Blackburn and brings more than a decade of sales’ experience to the role. His background also includes consultancy and sales training for a number of companies including Barclaycard and Sales Geek. Digital printing solutions provider Mutoh Europe has appointed a new managing director. Akihisa Ogawa becomes managing director, chairman with responsibility for the longterm business objectives of the company in EMEA, as well as for the overall strategy and direction of the company as regards to sustainable growth. Akihisa, who has worked at the company since 2019, will also retain his current role as managing director in charge of overseas sales at Mutoh Industries Co Ltd Japan. Mitsuo Takatsu, the current managing director of Mutoh Europe, will continue to oversee daily operations and the implementation of company strategy. Norm Hullinger has been appointed the new president of LA-based Bella+Canvas, after two years as its chief operating officer. Norm, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the clothing industry, joined Bella+Canvas in 2021. Since then, he has overseen a period of growth and progress, with expanded sewing operations in Central America and the establishment of three cuttingedge distribution facilities, says a spokesperson for the company. Co-founders Danny Harris and Marco DeGeorge have expressed their confidence in his ability to steer the company toward continued success. Inkcups Europe has appointed a new regional salesperson for the UK and Ireland. Nick Macfarlane takes up the role with responsibility for growing the company’s UK and Ireland customer base, as well as playing a key role in developing and supporting distributors in important strategic regions. Nick has many years’ experience in print, including stints with Ricoh UK in its DTG business unit, and growing the existing UK customer base at Kornit Digital. Inkcups is a supplier and manufacturer of digital inkjet equipment, including tagless label printers. CHANGING FACES Matt Simmons Akihisa Ogawa Norm Hullinger Caldera RIP Version 16 supports the Epson SureColor F6400H Nick Macfarlane Read our full-length Decorator Reports online:

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INDUSTRY NEWS 12 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Following all the excitement of the Fifa Women’s World Cup last month, it was a no brainer to select this gloriously vibrant T-shirt as our Decorated Product of the Month for September.. Designed by artist Kelly Anna, who is known for her powerful, silhouetted figures, it celebrates the players who took part in the competition. Kelly notes that the design – an unofficial World Cup style – was a “passion project”, and writes: “This World Cup is going to have a huge impact on women’s sport, so I wanted to show my support by creating these tees and sending out some colourful, powerful energy!” Kelly Anna is donating 10% of the T-shirt sales proceeds to the Women in Sport charity. The Classic Heavyweight Ringspun T-shirts from Russell were screen printed using plastisol inks by Londonbased 3rd Rail on its MHM S-Type automatic press, before being launched on Sky News. The first batch of 100 T-shirts, priced at £55 each, sold out in 24 hours. DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH The five-colour screen printed T-shirt celebrating the powerful players at the Fifa Women’s World Cup last month New left-handed scissors from Madeira Madeira UK has added embroidery scissors suitable for left handers to its accessory range. The 8” serrated shears have reverse blades so the cutting line can be seen more clearly, making for greater accuracy. Teaming up to mark historic football event Avery Dennison has partnered with Wolves FC to create a limited edition jersey marking the release of the club’s documentary 1967: When LA Wolves Conquered the USA. Fans will be able to scan the official smart embellishments on their jersey to reveal a unique Wolves experience. The jerseys will debut at premiere events in Los Angeles, California and Wolverhampton, to launch the documentary, which is due for release in September. Wolves was one of the first football teams to visit the US in 1967, as part of the inaugural soccer league season there. Twelve football clubs from around the world took part in the event, which culminated in Wolves winning the cup final. The limited edition jersey that Avery Dennison created for the Wolves FC club documentary Madeira’s lefthanded embroidery sheers improve cutting accuracy Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 16 images SEPTEMBER 2023 University identifies new approach to separating polycotton fibres A new study has come up with a way to separate the fibres in polyester cotton fabrics, using a salt commonly used in baking. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen added ammonium carbonate to scraps of polyester cotton in ethylene glycol. They then heated up the solution to 160°C, with the result that the fibres separated into layers. “This catalytic approach outperformed conventional acid/base and metal catalysis in selectively recovering and upcycling cotton-based materials,” said the study’s authors. “Our method offered a traceless, environmentally friendly, and practical approach for polyester recycling and cotton recovery, representing a significant step toward sustainable, closed-loop production of plastics and textiles.” The study was published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. View daily news updates at: Firebrand Promotions acquired by Geiger US promotional products distributor Geiger has acquired Surrey-based Firebrand Promotions. The move will increase and enhance Firebrand’s distribution channels and resources, as well as give the company a global platform from which to strengthen their market presence, said a Geiger spokesperson. Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Bourne, managing director of Firebrand Promotions, said: “By leveraging Geiger’s industry prominence, we can amplify our reach and improve value for our customers while maintaining our unwavering commitment to sustainability.” This latest acquisition is the fifth since Geiger entered the UK market in 2018 and forms part of the company’s plans for European growth. Print N Go Shop This intricate design was printed onto workwear by Print N Go Shop in Kettering for Jimmy’s Garage Conversions. DECORATOR REPORT [L-R] Vicky Kinasz, MD of Geiger International, Andrew Bourne, MD of Firebrand Promotions and Jo-an Lantz, president and CEO of Geiger International New strategic partnership for Better Cotton and Cotton Egypt Association The Better Cotton programme in Egypt is to expand thanks to renewed collaboration between Better Cotton and the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA). This strengthening of the programme – which first launched in the country in 2020 – will help safeguard the future of Egyptian cotton through sustainable farming techniques, training and support for farmers, and compliance with rigorous environmental and social standards, while ensuring fair working conditions. “By combining our expertise and resources, we can drive positive change in Egyptian cotton farming practices and secure a sustainable future for our industry,” commented Khaled Schuman, executive director of the CEA. “This collaboration aligns perfectly with our vision to globally authenticate the legacy of Egyptian cotton.” Expansion of the Better Cotton programme in Egypt will protect the future of cotton farming in the country. [Credit: Rehab ElDalil/UNIDO Egypt. Location: Damietta, Egypt. 2018] Scientists have identified a salt that can separate the fibres in polyester cotton. [Credit: Hans Reniers on Unsplash] SEPTEMBER 2023 images 17 INDUSTRY NEWS NH Print & Stitch visits six venues this autumn Readers can visit Print & Stitch at six different venues over the autumn, starting off with Norwich on 19 September. The show then moves to Haydock on 21 September, Southampton on 17 October, Watford on 19 October, Bristol on 7 November and Plymouth on 9 November. Those coming to the show, whether they print, embroider or use laser cutters and engravers, will be able to see relevant machines and software from a range of suppliers. On the apparel and consumables side, exhibitors will be showing a range of hats, bags, workwear, kidswear, outdoorswear, consumables and accessories. Readers can register for free at Sustainability award for Colormaker Industries Colormaker Industries, the Australian manufacturer of Permaset water-based inks, which are made using 100% renewable energy, has received this year’s Northern Beaches Sustainability Award. The accolade recognises businesses that are actively pursuing sustainable practices by embedding them into their business planning, operations and marketing. Northern Beaches mayor Sue Heins presented the award to Colormaker MD David Stuart, who reported the company is delighted to have been recognised for its sustainability initiatives. “What we have achieved has been the culmination of work by many people contributing countless hours over more than 20 years to make this happen,” said David. “I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to each and every of them for the support given to us on our journey.” Northern Beaches Mayor, Sue Heins, presents Colormaker MD David Stuart with the Sustainability Award 9120 Mountain Fleece 9124 Mountain Hooded Fleece Available from:

INDUSTRY NEWS 18 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Stay in the picture with our Instagram feed: @imagesmaguk Better Cotton signs up to sustainability pledge The world’s largest cotton sustainability programme, Better Cotton, has signed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Sustainability Pledge to ensure transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain. Through policy recommendations, standards and guidelines, the UNECE Sustainability Pledge aims to establish a verifiable way of guaranteeing sustainability in the clothing and footwear industries. The aim of the framework is to track and trace products throughout the supply chain, from field to factory to shop floor, states the UNECE website. By signing up to the pledge companies will be able to vouch for their ethical values and make verifiable sustainability claims that consumers, governments and regulators can trust. Better Cotton counts more than 2,500 members throughout the world and is currently developing its Traceability Solution, which is due to launch at the end of this year. The Big Wearables Trade Show heads to London and Manchester The Big Wearables Trade Show is heading to Heathrow, London, on 21 September. Co-located with The Big New Products Trade Show, The Big Wearables Trade Show is new for 2023 and focuses on the printwear and wearables sector after the organisers saw an increase in interest in garments from visitors. Exhibitors include Fruit of the Loom, Russell Europe, Result, Regatta Professional, Neutral, Stormtech, and United Brands of Scandinavia. For those further north, both shows are moving to Manchester on 27 September. Entry and parking is free, and readers can register online at First Avenue Supplies celebrates 20th anniversary First Avenue Supplies in Bletchley, Milton Keynes celebrated 20 years in business last month. The garment decoration company marked the occasion with an open day where customers and friends were treated to a gourmet barbecue and drinks. The First Avenue Team also ran demonstrations on the company’s fleet of embroidery machines and filled the street with a classic car display. Giveaway gift packs were supported by Beeswift, Portwest, Tee Jays, Regatta, BTC Activewear, Leo Workwear, Kustom Kit and Russell Clothing. The company was started in 2003 by Ian Temple, with son Scott Temple recruited in 2005. Ian retired from his role as managing director this year, leaving Scott to take up the position. He is supported by newly appointed sales director Calum Jackson. “I recently read an article in Images magazine about a workwear company that was celebrating 20 years in business and felt I wanted to shake the individual’s hand!” said Scott. “Anyone in our line of work will have the upmost respect for any independent that’s stood the test of time as it’s certainly not easy.” Freshly picked cotton. [Credit: Better Cotton/Seun Adatsi. Location: Kolondieba, Mali 2019] [L-R] Scott Temple and Calum Jackson celebrating 20 years of First Avenue Supplies Chadwick Teamwear has launched Kinetic, a new sportswear range, which has been three years in the making. Currently comprising six garments – leisure pants, technical tee, hoodie, crew neck, mid-layer and full-zip track jacket – Kinetic is available in a variety of colours. The garments feature contrast colour rubber print detail, colour insert and 3D cationic mélange-effect shoulder panels. The Altrincham-based company is to add to the range with a polo and premium rain jacket early next year. Chadwick introduces Kinetic Kinetic is the new sportswear range from Chadwick

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INDUSTRY NEWS 20 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Find our digital editions online: Handy Prints These colourful T-shirts were printed by Handy Prints in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey for local children’s charity Curly’s Farm. DECORATOR REPORT Uniform supplier Mi Hub joins ZDHC network Global clothing manufacturer Mi Hub has signed up to the wastewater transparency programme organised and run by Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). The ‘Roadmap to Zero’ initiative seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate hazardous chemicals from manufacturing and production processes in the textiles, leather and footwear industry. These chemicals can infiltrate the water supply and farming irrigation, contaminating crops and drinking water locally. The group – which comprises the brands Dimensions, Alexandra, Affinity and Yaffy – says it is committed to ethical compliance, sustainable initiatives and its environmental, social and governance (ESG) programme. Abbey Moir, head of branded workwear at Intro Creative Group in Aberdeen, says her favourite product to decorate is the Endurance HD Polo Shirt (GPX-5) from Stormtech. This polo is made from 100% polyester, so as well as being a great-looking garment, it’s also practical to wear for physical work due to its excellent moisture-wicking abilities, she explains. “Being located in Aberdeen, we find the main industry we sell these polo shirts to is the oil and gas sector because it’s perfect for not only those working in the UK, but also for those in much hotter climates. “Many people in the oil and gas industry are familiar with Stormtech and ask for it by name, which I feel really shows the quality, longevity and durability of all the brand’s items,” reports Abbey. Featuring Stormtech’s H2X-Dry moisture management technology, the GPX-5 is made from a snag-resistant fabric and also offers a UPF 50+ rating. Abbey’s top tip to prevent puckering on these types of performance fabrics is to use a Weblon backing when embroidering onto them, which “gives the garment excellent stability whilst on the machine”. “This polo shirt both prints and embroiders beautifully, however our clients tend to go for embroidery as we feel it gives more of a premium look,” she explains. READERS’ CHOICE Mi Hub has become a signatory friend of ZDHC - Vendor The GPX-5 features Stormtech’s H2X-Dry moisture management technology This Stormtech polo shirt embroiders beautifully, reports Abbey 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

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INDUSTRY NEWS 22 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Check out our Instagram Stories for the latest industry news @imagesmaguk New colour separation software from Scott Fresener The latest release from Scott Fresener makes colour separations easier to achieve in Adobe Photoshop. T-Seps 4.0 is an automated plug-in that creates colour separations for T-shirt screen printing. The program works in all CC versions of Photoshop on a Windows/PC or Mac, including the newer Mac Silicon processors. It creates separations for simulated process colour, index colour and CMYK process colour. T-Seps 4.0 is the latest version of Scott Fresener’s Photoshop plug-in for automating colour seps for T-shirt screen printing [L-R] Mina Maeda (Mimaki EMEA), Takahiro Hiraki (Mimaki EMEA), Brett Newman (Hybrid Services), Cllr Rob Fletcher (Mayor of Cheshire East Council) Revamped showroom for Hybrid Services Hybrid Services – the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Mimaki’s industrial printing and cutting solutions – has unveiled its new-look showroom in Crewe, Cheshire. The upgraded facility was officially opened by Mayor of Cheshire East Council Councillor Rob Fletcher, in front of a select audience, including the CEO of Mimaki EMEA, Takahiro Hiraki. The event marks an important milestone in the more than 25year relationship between the two companies. Commenting on the decision to upgrade, Hybrid Services managing director Brett Newman said: “In an increasingly competitive market, a facility like this is a powerful tool that elevates our sales capabilities, provides a fantastic resource for our reseller partners and offers an industry-leading experience for our customers.” The new showroom is not only a showcase for Mimaki’s technological innovation but also an education hub, with regular training sessions and workshops planned for clients. Visitors to Hybrid’s showroom will have the opportunity to experience Mimaki products – from desktop cutting plotters to grand format flatbed printers – along with numerous examples of applications created on the equipment by Hybrid’s showroom team. The new Mimaki TxF150-75 direct-tofilm printer is one of a number of recently launched models on display. It sits alongside dye sublimation printers: the Mimaki TS100-1600 and the TS330-1600. As well as showcasing the latest Mimaki print technology, the new space will serve as a hub for education and collaboration, with Hybrid planning regular training sessions and workshops at the new facility. Amaya to hold educational events this month Garment decoration equipment supplier Amaya is to host Passion to Profit, a guide to setting up a successful personalised printing business, as well as White Toner Academy workshops. The Passion to Profit workshop, sponsored by printer manufacturer Oki, will take place on 12 September at the company’s Havant office. It will give attendees an introduction to personalisation and the opportunities it presents. The White Toner Academy workshops are for potential and current white toner printer owners. The sessions are in partnership with transfer specialist Forever, and will take place on 13 September at Amaya’s Havant office, and on 14 September at its Nottingham office. Application, heat press techniques, software, garment care and productivity will all be covered. Readers can register for the events on the links below.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 24 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Follow us on Threads: @imagesmaguk Eyecatching Embroidery This striking logo was embroidered by Eyecatching Embroidery in Blackpool for Rose & Bear Scooter Club DECORATOR REPORT Speakers have been announced for The Print Show 2023 Gildan announces second quarter results Gildan’s second quarter results show net sales of $840 million, above expectations and largely due to sales volume in activewear. However, this is down 6% on the same period last year, which the company says was a record quarter. Overall, the first half of 2023 saw net sales of $1,543 million, down 8% on the previous year. The garment manufacturer has now updated its outlook for the full year to reflect the impact of current market conditions, lowering its revenue expectations. On a positive note it added: “We continue to expect our revenues to grow in the second half of the year supported by the planned roll-out of incremental retail programmes. “We believe that our vertically integrated model, our competitive cost structure, leadership in pricing, product availability, and strength in sustainability are enabling us to grow our market share in key product categories and outperform our peers.” Glenn Chamandy, Gildan’s president and chief executive officer Speakers revealed and gala dinner back for The Print Show Organisers of The Print Show have announced their line-up of speakers for the 2023 event, which takes place from 19-21 September at the NEC in Birmingham. Subjects to be covered include how to increase sales and revenue, the importance of SEO in business growth and online sales, and the role of AI in the future of print. Creative coordinator at Fespa UK Association, Jay Burfield, is to host a panel discussion with young people in the industry which will focus on print as a long-term career, and there will be a focus also on mental health across the sector. The Print Show gala dinner also makes a comeback at this year’s event for the first time since 2017. An evening of festivities, open to visitors and exhibitors, it takes place in the heart of Birmingham at the city’s historic town hall on the evening of 20 September. The non-black tie event promises to combine live music with good food and networking in a celebration of the UK print industry. Tickets are available from The Print Show website. For a preview of The Print Show, turn to page 28. Flexible working bill gains royal assent The government’s Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill is likely to come into force in mid-2024 after achieving royal assent. This will mean employees will have the right to request flexible working as soon as they start a new job and can make up to two requests a year (previously this was limited to one). Employers must consider requests and consult with the employee within two months (previously three months), and they have to give a reason if refused. A happier workforce will result in increased productivity, says business and trade minister Kevin Hollinrake. “Not only does flexible working help individuals fit work alongside other commitments – whether it’s the school drop off, studying or caring for vulnerable friends and family – it’s good business sense too, helping firms to attract more talent, increase retention and improve workforce diversity.” Business and trade minister Kevin Hollinrake says flexible working makes good business sense

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INDUSTRY NEWS 26 images SEPTEMBER 2023 New Chef Collection from Alexandra Alexandra has launched a new chef collection as part of its Eco Range. The collection features slimline trousers and two jacket styles, made with Oeko-Texcertified fabric in a polyester Tencel blend. Tencel has moisture-absorbing properties, so it wicks moisture away from the body, helping keep the wearer cool, no matter what the temperature in the kitchen. This also means the surface of the fabric stays drier, inhibiting any bacterial growth. “It was important for us to create a chefwear range that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional and comfortable for the wearer in their working environment. This new eco range achieves on all points,” stated Alexandra design director Clare Du Mughn. Available in a variety of sizes and designed to fit both men and women, the jacket is available in three colours and the trousers come in two colours. Kornit Digital releases Impact Report Kornit Digital has published its latest Impact Report, which charts the company’s progress and performance in relation to its sustainability goals. This third annual report reinforces the company’s commitment to its environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) strategy. It highlights Kornit’s progress against its long-term goals for climate action, waste management, green chemistry and workplace diversity. This is the third year running the company has released a report relating to its ESG strategy and it reflects Kornit’s commitment to transforming the fashion and textile industry, commented CEO Ronen Samuel. “We take our responsibility seriously to foster an industry that is cleaner and safer, as well as one that is more responsible and diverse.” Gildan’s GHG emission targets validated by SBTi Gildan greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Validation applies to the company’s target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 (from 2018 levels) for Scope 1 (direct emissions) and Scope 2 (emissions from the purchase of electricity). Recognition by SBTi represents a significant milestone for Gildan’s sustainability strategy, said the company. The Next Generation ESG strategy aims to address global environmental and social priorities, and increase the sustainability of products. “We understand the importance of climate change and, over the last year, we have been implementing our new climate strategy across our organisation in order to make meaningful progress to ensure we attain our third generation of GHG emissions reduction targets,” says Peter Iliopoulos, senior vice-president, taxation, sustainability, and governmental affairs. The SBTi is a partnership between the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. Alexandra has launched a new collection of chefwear as part of its Eco Range Peter Iliopoulos says Gildan is making meaningful progress towards reducing its GHG emissions Watch our latest videos on Vimeo: @imagesmaguk Trotec to debut ‘budgetfriendly’ laser cutter at The Print Show Laser machine manufacturer Trotec is debuting its Q400 mid-range laser cutter at The Print Show 2023. The “budget-friendly” machine offers 100W laser power, and so is perfect for cutting acrylics and woods up to 15mm thick. “The added Vision Print and Cut camera will be particularly interesting to businesses in the print industry who are looking to combine print with laser processing, making it even more appealing to print businesses who are looking to invest in their first laser cutter,” notes Trotec. Also on display at the show, which is being held in Birmingham from 19-21 September at the NEC, will be the “market-leading” Speedy 400 flatbed laser. For more about the show, including how to register for free, turn to page 28. Trotec will be carrying out live demonstrations at The Print Show Kornit Digital reports further progress against its long-term ESG goals

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DT On Spec includ Thefirst multi function DTF system available in the UK The R-Jet PRO DTF V4 & V8 series print & cut DTFfilms, print posters, print & cut self adhesive labels, print vinyl & more* Launching at The Print Show 2023 Stand D1 28 images SEPTEMBER 2023 INDUSTRY EVENT The Print Show, billed as “the only exhibition entirely dedicated to the UK print sector”, takes place later this month at the NEC in Birmingham. Event director Chris Davies reveals why Images readers will want to visit The Print Show 2023: Preview Tell us about the exhibitors at The Print Show in 2023. Over the seven exhibitions we have done, The Print Show has continued to grow and grow, attracting around 100 exhibitors at each show. This year has a host of new exhibitors, as well as businesses that have collaborated and built on the success of last year’s show. Fujifilm will be using the show as a chance to debut its new range of printers as well as introduce itself more personally to the UK market. Other exhibitors include Resolute DTG, Result Clothing, DTF-Printers, Nova Chrome, and Very Displays, to name just a few, which are all relevant to the garment, soft signage, and décor markets. After an extremely positive response to its presence last year, Trade Embroidery is returning to showcase its embroidery and garment printing services. The DTF Gangsheet Service, a direct-to-film (DTF) solution, is something the company will be promoting and demonstrating as a durable print for garments. InkTec will also be on hand to showcase its new and complete range of DTF solutions like printers, inks, media, and printing solutions. The increased amount of DTF specialists shows how diverse this industry is becoming and how print can encompass a wide range of industries and disciplines. (For a full list of exhibitors, including Grafityp, Graphtec, Epson, Axzyra and Trotec, visit: Why should Images readers visit The Print Show – how will it benefit their business? As more and more companies diversify and try to become ‘one-stop shops’ for their clients, I think it’s incredibly Chris Davies important to research and network with as many businesses as you can. You never know when you will need each other. A customer may present you with a question or ask you about a service DTF innovations from Resolute (Stand D01) Resolute is using The Print Show 2023 as a launchpad for its new R-Jet Pro DTF NP2 Powderless DTF system. This new, powderless direct-tofilm (DTF) system promises greater durability for cotton garments and the blends used for hoodies and sweats. It’s been designed to cope with a reformulation of the clear adhesive, which is applied during the normal DTF print process and requires no additional application of powder. “The vibrancy of powderless prints is incredible and, coupled with their super-soft feel and stretch capabilities, they are ideal where top quality is required with a soft hand,” says Resolute. “It fits very well into the retail print-on-demand industry as the process is much easier than direct-to-garment printing and requires no pretreatment, plus operator training is less intensive and takes just a few hours. The powderless system has all the eco credentials you would expect including Oeko-Tex.” Also being shown at the show are R-Jet Pro DTF V4 and V8 series DTF printers, which are now multifunctional. As well as printing water-based transfers for garments, a new range of 60cm media developed to be used with DTF inks allows users to print onto matte and gloss photo paper, with matte and gloss self-adhesive media also available for printing labels. “Printing onto the self-adhesive media means R-Jet Pro DTF V series owners can tap into the lucrative label market.” In addition, a special RIP queue and ICC profile for the new DuPont Artistri P1600 digital inks is now available free of charge from Resolute when purchasing any of its Resolute Premium range of 60cm media rolls. The Resolute RIP automatically creates the cut file with reg marks, which are printed on the media ready for scanning and cutting. The company will also be demonstrating its new flatbed DTF cutter at the show. The final new item on show is the small format 40cm DTF UV transfer system, which follows last year’s 60cm fully automated DTF UV system with automatic lamination. The new system also includes automatic lamination and uses the new Epson i1600 print heads that promise “the same great quality prints at very respectable eight linear metres an hour”. The new R-Jet Pro Flatbed cutter The brand-new Knowledge Zone promises a mix of informative panels and presentations