Mimaki Europe has announced the commercial release of its textile pigment transfer printing system, named Trapis, in the UK later this year.

It promises an environmentally friendly and easy-to-operate solution for textile applications, saving almost 90% of wastewater compared to conventional methods.

Trapis uses a two-step process: designs are printed by the inkjet printer with a dedicated ink onto transfer paper, which is then transferred to the application via a calendar.

Unlike analogue and digital conventional dye-printing methods, this generates almost no wastewater – only what is produced during the printer’s automatic maintenance.

It can used to print onto a wide range of materials including natural fibres such as cotton and silk, as well as onto blended fabrics, using just one type of ink.

Arjen Evertse, general manager sales at Mimaki Europe, said: “Conscious of the evolving sustainability standards and customer demands, we created Trapis as an innovative and seamless system for print service providers looking to produce high-quality and vibrant textile applications, while keeping cost, time and environmental impact to a minimum.”

See below for an interview with Arjen about the Trapis system at Fespa Global Print Expo in Amsterdam in March.

After being previewed at textile and garment exhibition ITMA in Milan last year, Trapis is due to have its commercial release “later this year”. Mimaki products are distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services.