To see, experience, and learn about wide-format inkjet textile printers, the most international brands will be at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, 20-26 June.
Most sign and visual communications expos have textile printers. APPPEXPO every year in Shanghai in March has dozens of brands of textile printers. FESPA has a nice textile focus. But every four years ITMA in either Milano or Barcelona is the largest textile factory weaving and knitting manufacturing equipment, plus inkjet textile printer expo in Europe. This year, ITMA 2019 is in Barcelona.
Since this is “an ITMA Europe year” several brands of textile printers focus primarily on ITMA (in other words they do not exhibit elsewhere in Europe two months before ITMA or several months after ITMA). This is because if you are a printshop owner, or a distributor, or a key person in the textile industry, you will focus on ITMA every four years.
A good example is ColorJet: they had a popular booth at APPPEXPO 2019 in Shanghai in March, but for spring and summer they will focus on ITMA. Several other brands are also not exhibiting anywhere else in May: but all will be at ITMA in Barcelona, 20 to 26 June.
So Dr Nicholas will be at ITMA the first four days of the seven day June event. We will be doing research, analysis, printer tests, and writing comments on trends in the textile printer world.
We hope to see you at the booth of ColorJet, Hall 3, Booth No. B102 or in the aisles of each hall with wide-format, grand-format, or single-pass textile printers. We anticipate finding some T-shirt printer here as well (but plenty of them at recent ISA 2019 and lots at recent FESPA 2019 in Munich).
You can also find printers for socks, sports apparel, décor, soft signage, flags, backlit and lots of other aspects of decoration of fabrics (the expo is mostly for factories that manufacturer the raw material, including nonwovens, but our interests are the printers, inks, RIP software, and workflow equipment (cutters, etc).
ITMA Asia is separate; this is every two years. Another competing textile expo is ShanghaiTex (every two years; next in November 2019).
Updated June 13, 2019, First Edition May 13, 2019.