Ricoh Europe, London, 12 January 2021 – Ricoh is opening market access to American ink pioneer Farbenpunkt’s innovative new textile ink, PeractoJet. The collaboration enables OEM clients to compete in the highly attractive digital textile market and enhance their environmental offering. Reducing the environmental impact of global textile production caused by using dye-based, such as reactive inks in digital and analogue processes, is the driver for this collaboration.

 

Traditional fabric dyeing and treatment accounts for 20% of worldwide wastewater. Meanwhile, the fashion industry generates 10% of annual global carbon emissions. Ricoh now provides a robust, environmentally responsible alternative approach for digital textile printers by pairing its broad printhead portfolio with Farbenpunkt’s unique Peracto Technology.

 

The optimised combination is ideal for apparel and home furnishing applications. It delivers more than 90% savings in fresh and wastewater use, as well as 50% savings in energy use. This delivers significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Also, no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted.

 

 

The combination allows a simplified digital textile print production process which:
  • Eliminates the need for high water and energy consuming stages of pre-treatment and post-treatment, saving up to €0.9 per sqm. These savings can equal twice the cost of the ink.
  • Uses hot air fixation at a relatively low temperature of 140°C – 160°C.
  • Delivers a quick fixation time of two to four minutes.
  • Ensures consistent and reliable results on synthetic, natural, and mixed fibres.
  • Meets or exceeds all industry specifications for strict colour fastness tests for washing, wet and dry rubbing, lightfastness, and ageing.

 

The ink is also compliant with REACH, the European Union regulation for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. It also has an OEKO-TEX Eco-Passport, an independent certification for chemicals, colourants and accessories used in textile production.

Graham Kennedy, Director, Industrial Print, Ricoh Europe, says: “This collaboration builds on Ricoh’s longstanding history of innovative inkjet head development and allows us to support a production sector looking for ways to address growing questions around sustainability. Digitally producing textiles with vastly reduced water waste and eliminating energy intensive pre and post treatment stages delivers huge environmental benefits. This disruptive ink offering therefore enables more cost-effective production and allows manufacturers to consider establishing local production capabilities through reshoring. This is especially important now when we are seeing a growth in on demand digital production spurred on by the impact of the pandemic on consumer habits and business operations. Our Farbenpunkt partnership is good news for manufacturers and their shareholders, textile printers and consumers.”

Farbenpunkt Managing Director, Etienne Steveninck, adds: “Working with Ricoh allows us to bring this high performing, versatile ink to a wider audience. It will enable textile manufacturers to produce large volumes, quickly, on a range of materials, meet strict accreditation standards, and contribute to the sustainability of our planet. The two companies are a natural fit as the wellbeing of our environment is part of Ricoh’s DNA too.”

Farbenpunkt’s Peracto Technology textile ink is available from Ricoh across EMEA now.

For more information visit www.ricoh-europe.com.

Cambridge, England–(Newsfile Corp. – February 25, 2021) – Alchemie Technology (Alchemie), a global disruptor of textile dyeing and finishing technology, is pleased to announce investment from At One Ventures and H&M CO:LAB, H&M Group’s investment arm. The investment will support Alchemie’s commercial roll-out, aiming to accelerate the transformation of the sustainability profile of textile manufacturing worldwide. Textile dyeing is the second largest cause of water pollution globally and is the largest single contributor to carbon dioxide emissions from the textile industry. Today, it is responsible for over 3% of global CO2 emissions and forecast to increase to 10% by 2050. Alchemie is therefore addressing one of the largest sustainability challenges in the global textile supply chain today with its breakthrough clean-tech digital manufacturing solutions.

The investment will enable Alchemie to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its disruptive digital manufacturing products in the global market: Endeavour™ smart waterless dyeing and Novara™ precision digital finishing. Alchemie’s industrial solutions provide a unique value proposition to textile manufacturers, with a lower cost, higher throughput, and radically more sustainable alternative to traditional textile processing. With the addition of software services to digitalise the supply chain, it is also enabling the move to fully connected digital manufacturing. The solution is very timely for the industry, as fashion consumers are demanding more accountability from fashion brands to reduce their environmental impact.

Alchemie’s Endeavour™ smart waterless dyeing technology allows garment manufacturers to eliminate the production of contaminated wastewater and dramatically reduce the carbon footprint from dyeing. Demonstrated to radically reduce lead times and enable lower minimum order sizes, alongside a 50% cost saving compared to traditional technologies, the Endeavour™ solution has been well received by textile manufacturers and fashion brands worldwide.

Alchemie has also seen a surge in market demand for its Novara™ precision digital finishing technology. This technology enables significant energy and materials savings compared to traditional technologies, which radically reduces the impact of fabric finishing on the environment and reduces cost. Both Endeavour™ and Novara™ are currently available for implementation, and there is a pipeline of additional sustainable fabric finishing innovations progressing to market based on the Novara™ technology including technologies that deliver eco-friendly, fluorine-free water repellents and advanced bio-based functional finishes.

Alchemie’s market opportunity continues to grow, with the increasing pressure in the textile industry to reduce its environmental impact and governments legislating to reduce or eliminate traditional textile manufacturing. Textile manufacturing is an industry that urgently needs new technologies that reduce environmental impact, lower cost and enable end-to-end supply chain digitalisation. Alchemie is uniquely positioned to address this underserved market and transform the sustainability profile of the textile industry.

The funding round was led by At One Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund focused on disruptive technologies that combat climate change, and H&M CO:LAB, the investment arm of H&M Group.

Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director of Alchemie Technology:

We are very pleased that At One Ventures and H&M CO:LAB have invested in Alchemie at this pivotal point in the commercial roll-out of our sustainable dyeing and finishing solutions. The textile manufacturing industry has a significant impact on the environment, and with our Endeavour and Novara technologies, we are disrupting manufacturing processes that are responsible for over 3% of global CO2 emissions and 20% of global water pollution. Our solutions both dramatically reduce the environmental impact and radically reduce cost for dyeing and finishing, which has proven to be a compelling combination in the global textile industry. We are building on the momentum we have generated in the market with successful commercial trials of our fabrics and are looking forward to rolling out the first global commercial installations this year.”

Dr. Alan Hudd, Chairman of Alchemie Technology:

“This investment reflects the significant acceleration of interest in the modernisation and digitalisation of global textile manufacturing, a combination of government, consumer, and brand pressure has delivered an unstoppable impetus for change in the textile industry. We are uniquely poised to deliver the next generation of digital clean-tech textile manufacturing solutions and the market is truly supercharged for change. The pandemic has only accelerated the velocity of digitalisation, as retail is replaced by direct-to-consumer e-commerce platforms and consumers demand visibility and sustainability in the supply chain.”

Helen Lin, Principal at At One Ventures:

With their innovative first-in-market technology, Alchemie has the potential to transform textile manufacturing, effectively leapfrogging over one of the largest water pollution problems in the world today. We believe that outsized environmental returns can only be achieved when driven by commercial scale and are delighted to be supporting Alchemie to deliver this vision in the textile industry.”

Nanna Andersen, Head of H&M CO:LAB, H&M Group:

“Alchemie Technology is pioneering a truly breakthrough and cost-effective approach to solving a longstanding sustainability issue in the supply chain for textile products. We are excited to partner with Alchemie and support innovation that addresses some of the largest carbon footprint contributors of the textile industry: dyeing and finishing. The commercial implementation of their game-changing technology not only aligns perfectly with the H&M group’s vision to become fully circular, but also has the potential to benefit the entire textile industry.”

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About Alchemie Technology

We are cleaning up textile manufacturing. Alchemie Technology develops clean-tech textile manufacturing processes using advanced digital technology. Textile dyeing and finishing processes are some of the most polluting manufacturing processes on the planet and are responsible for over 3% of global CO2 emissions and over 20% of global water pollution. We are delivering breakthrough digital dyeing and finishing technologies Endeavour™ and Novara™, which deliver a dramatic reduction in energy consumption and eliminate contaminated wastewater emissions. Our mission is to transform the textile industry with clean-tech digital manufacturing solutions that significantly reduce environmental impact and enable digital transformation in textile supply chains.

About At One Ventures

At One Ventures finds, funds, and grows teams to catalyze a world where humanity is a net positive to nature. We back early-stage (Seed, Series A) companies using disruptive deep tech to upend the unit economics of established industries while dramatically reducing their planetary footprint. We also look for companies that are pioneering new industries that are actively regenerative to planetary health. Lastly, we look for companies that have significant potential to be healthy, scalable businesses because the positive impacts we invest in only last as long as the businesses that carry them.

About H&M CO:LAB

H&M CO:LAB is the investment arm of H&M Group. Its mission is to drive and promote entrepreneurship, and to contribute in a meaningful way to the long-term growth of H&M Group through investments in innovative companies. H&M CO:LAB invests across three focus areas: Sustainable Fashion, New Retail and Enablers. For more information about H&M Group, please visit hmgroup.com.

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Mouvent changes the rules of digital textile printing. Promising the next digital printing revolution in textile, Mouvent claims that the new direct-to-fabric printing machine TX802 and other solutions will replace conventional printing at ITMA 2019. Innovative patented CLUSTER Technology and Fuji Samba print heads make digital printing ready for the second generation.

The Bobst Group’s introduction to the digital printing industry, Mouvent brand, continues to develop new technologies to change the rules of the printing industry. Mouvent started to get results from the new direct textile printing machine TX802, which will be launched in ITMA 2019, installed at Beztaş, a company operating in Bursa. Developed to replace the conventional printing technology in the textile industry, the TX802 claims to offer the alternative to the textile manufacturers with its special head system and head cooling equipment. The new direct-to-fabric printing machine TX801 and TX802, which represent the next generation of Mouvent’s digital printing, can work with all fabric and ink types. The TX802 has a print size of 180cm and can print up to 8 colours and has 2 heads per colour.

The same model’s 4-head per colour CMYK solution TX404 and the upcoming Single Pass solutions will move digital printing to a different alley. The cluster technology makes a difference on models equipped with Fuji Samba heads. Thanks to this technology that can perform prints up to 1200 dpi resolution, unique colour transitions and sharp geometric patterns and high sharpness are achieved with droplet size between 2 and 7 picoliters. Developed through a 2-year R&D process, the TX801 can print 200 square meters per hour.

The TX802 model has a printing power of 400 square meters and 800 square meters per hour in two different options. The Single Pass model with 100 meters per minute solution, which will be launched at the end of the summer in 2019, is presented as a truly complete and comprehensive alternative to conventional textile printing. Mouventt aiims fforr 30% marrkett sharre iin ttheiirr segmentt In his interview with Textilegence, Cenk Elkatip, Regional Sales Manager of Mouvent talked about both the technical features of the new model and Mouvent’s market strategy. Elkatip, who reminded that he has significant experience in textile and printing, said that cheap and fast production for low volume jobs, reducing the steps in the production process and the high quality of print are important factors for the development stage of digital textile printing. Cenk Elkatip said; “Following rapid growth, various problems have arisen due to the head technology of digital printing over time. In addition, it was seen that some results obtained in conventional textile printing could not be achieved with the same quality in digital printing. Print heads commonly used in the market could not go beyond a certain range of jetting and endurance. This led to a stagnation in the market and it was frequently expressed that the market has reached saturation. However, the share of digital printing in the total printing industry is still only between 5-10%. So there is still a potential share of at least 90%. Mouvent focuses on expanding the share of digital printing within the total market, not to take a share of the current limited digital print market. In textile printing, we can specify our target as 30% of the market”.

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Cenk Elkatip explained that Fuji Samba heads are used in digital printing machines developed by Mouvent, but these heads are processed differently with their own special CLUSTER technology. Elkatip said that other known heads gets damaged after they crashed the fabric and that they had to be replaced, but Fuji Samba heads in the Cluster systems do not suffer from the impact thanks to a special hard glass protection film. Elkatip; “Fuji Samba heads, developed with silicon technology, can reach up to 85-90 KHz and can jet 3 times more compared to its competitors. So each head can drop 16 g ink in one pass. Lap areas and solid colours that are difficult in digital printing can be easily printed with this jetting power. This technology carries us where the 600 dpi single-pass and scanning models cannot reach. We have a special cooler in our Cluster system where heads are placed. In this way, we can stabilize the firing of the heads working at very high frequencies. When using the special Chiller cooler that comes with the machine; we use the same unit for cooling our linear motors. In this way, we avoid the problems caused by heating; and we always achieve a stable jetting with a stable carriage movement.

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Disclosing that Mouvent’s parent company Bobst has a strong financing structure; Cenk Elkatip said that special payment opportunities have been created for textile manufacturers who want to invest in Mouvent machines. Announcing that a certain percentage of the value of the machine is paid in sales; the rest of the machine’s most expensive head and electronic cards will be presented with a lease method.

Elkatip said; “Now our customers will pay only as much as they print”. Elkatip indicated that they will offer life-time guarantee to the whole machine including heads; and that they will offer solutions with the lowest cost of production to the market. He argued this incoming model will be very attractive, especially for those thinking to invest in a single-pass machine. Saying that Mouvent focuses on providing correct and on time service to the customer; Elkatip noted that a strategy that lets the digital printing market grow and increases its investment capacity is preferred.