Soft signage is a major player in the digital textile printing market, making up nearly 41% of its total volume.
When working with digitally printed fabrics, welding gives print service providers (PSPs), who lack experience in sewing or don’t have an industrial sewing machine, or a pool of talented sewers, a quality alternative to finishing. A popular resource when creating vinyl banners and large outdoor billboards, many print service providers are already familiar with this new process but remain unaware of the slew of advantages and capabilities that welding machines offer.
Worldwide supply chain and forecasting conglomerate Smithers Pira has come out with a bold prediction for the digital textiles industry; it has valued the current market share at approximately $1.2 billion in 2016 and predicted a year-by-year growth rate of 12 percent by 2021. This prediction, if it bears out, would have the digital textile market doubling in value over the next five years. Others, by including digitally printed fabric for home decorating and clothing, have suggested even higher growth curves.
Over the last few years, there have been significant technological advancements in fabrics, fabric coatings, printers, and inks.
Today’s manufacturers are taking a more systematic approach by integrating ink chemistry, auxiliary equipment, printer hardware, and software. These technologies will offer a more cohesive method for printable fabrics.