December 2015: Looking back over the past 12 months, everywhere I’ve been, I’ve picked up on a growing sense of energy and optimism within the industry and nowhere more so than at the jaw-dropping spectacle of the ITMA exhibition in Milan last month. You can read our show report on the first showing of the new Kornit Vulcan DTG printer and Roland’s new Texart XT-640 wide format sublimation printer. Meanwhile, Marshall Atkinson headed in the other direction to bring us his review of the equally impressive SGIA Expo in Atlanta, USA.

Our Direct-to-Garment Printing showcase includes the latest news from this rapidly expanding (and increasingly important) area of the market. In addition, Mark Rhon of Sixty-six talks about DTG and children’s parties, and we’ve sidestepped the sales reps to talk directly to the print shops that are using the various machines day-in and day-out to discover what they think about their machinery choices.

Head to the Product Showcases menu to run the rule over the latest fashion and urbanwear garments, assess the options for bespoke garment manufacturing, and step into the world of safety footwear. This is an untapped area for many of our readers. Yet work shoes and boots represent an easy, high margin upselling opportunity for anyone who is already supplying work uniforms. The new Result Work-Guard Footwear range hits the market in January and is worthy of particular consideration.

2016 promises to be another exciting year and it’s one that we are especially looking forward to as it marks Images’ 25th anniversary! We have lots of new ideas planned and we are looking forward to sharing these with you over the coming months.