Our Intelligence channels offer market intelligence, technical reports and deep-dive analysis of key industry motivators, technologies, materials and impactors. WTiN Intelligence provides detailed analysis of important high-growth areas of the textile and apparel industry. WTiN’s expert team of analysts and network of researchers go beyond the what and the why to look at what might come next, what businesses need to contend with in an evolving global supply chain, and how they can take advantage of the opportunities on the horizon.
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In-depth intelligence on the materials, manufacturing technologies and application areas of smart textiles.
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Providing investors and decision makers in the textile and apparel value chain with in-depth analysis and insight into the digitalisation of manufacturing processes and smart business models.
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Our WTiNews channels take a look at global textile and apparel industry innovation, businesses, technology and markets, provided by WTiN’s in-house team of journalists. WTiNews is set apart from basic news content as it discerns the importance of changes and developments in the supply chain. WTiNews doesn’t only tell you ‘what’ has happened, it also covers impact, the bigger picture and the industry’s response to trends, events and more.
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Analysis and manufacturing technology updates for the global fabric manufacturing industries and their supply-chain partners.
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News, market insight, analysis and product development updates from the fast-growing markets in technical textiles, covering all applications and end uses.
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As a result of the cancellation of key industry exhibitions this year, manufacturers of technology and materials do not have a platform to showcase their products. Travel also remains a challenge for many people. So the logical conclusion is to create an online event where manufacturers can exhibit their innovations to an unrestricted global audience. The Innovate Textile & Apparel Virtual Trade Show will be live on 15-30 October 2020.
Future Materials (FM) is focused on innovation in the fast-growing technical textiles sector, from fibre to finished product, covering all the applications and end uses across the world. As global demand for technical textiles rises, high-level executives and product designers increasingly turn to FM for the latest news, product launches, R&D projects, conference reports and market insight.
Nonwovens Report International (NRI) keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments across the nonwovens market. With its team of technical and industry experts, NRI makes use of its close ties with associations, research institutes and market-leading businesses to bring you international reporting that covers areas all over the world.
Previously known as IoTex, the newly relaunched Textile 4.0 journal delivers vital insights into the burgeoning transformation of the textile and apparel value chain. It covers a spectrum of content, from technologies enabling the personalisation trend to supply chain transparency, the latest in fabric gripping robotics, smart clothing and much more.
The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) will commemorate 30 years of continuous service in 2020. Representing screen and digital inkjet technologies, the company says it looks to the next decade with optimism.
However, in compliance with government guidelines on safe events, ESMA has postponed its 30th anniversary General Assembly to 2021 when the occasion can be marked with strong member attendance. This follows several industry conferences and trade shows having postponed their events to uphold the safety of attendees.
Founded in 1990 in the UK, ESMA was a supplier-led initiative to stimulate the growth and potential of screen printing. Originally a collective effort of Europe’s major screen-printing suppliers, ESMA has grown to become an important figure within the industrial printing industry.
Over the years, the organisation has established itself as a community of major industry players and partners for a number of recognised research institutes, while building opportunities for industry to excel through education and collaboration.
Currently, the association counts 67 member companies, with Zeller+Gmelin and Ricoh as its latest additions.
Dominiek Arnout, head of business development, EMEA, at Ricoh Europe, says: “Ricoh decided to join ESMA to engage in the strong network supporting both screen and digital printing. As a technology provider to the inkjet industry, Ricoh’s industrial print division wants to help customers to generate all possible benefits of going digital, particularly in the textile sector. Contacts facilitated via ESMA will help Ricoh understand the detailed needs of the market.”
ESMA claims that, of its many achievements, its conferences stand out, valued for their highly technical content and international networking opportunities. Those include the Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing Conference, which will hold its fourth edition in 2021; The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC), which is on track for its seventh edition in the autumn of this year (2020); and the Printed Interior Decoration and Direct Container Print events, which were established in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Additionally, the ESMA Academy, inaugurated in 2017, remains a successful educational series organised at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, the organisation says.
Debbie Thorp from Global Inkjet Systems and current chair of the ESMA board, says: “For over 30 years ESMA has successfully adapted and diversified through innovation and partnerships to continue to provide valuable services – not only to its membership – but also to the wider printing community through its Knowledge Hub and industry-leading conferences.
“The ESMA has always remained the same – to promote specialist printing processes, both screen and inkjet.”
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the organisation’s key figures have shared their experiences and outlooks for the future.
Bryan Collins, previously general secretary of ESMA and currently publisher of Specialist Printing Worldwide, explores his experiences working with the organisation: “Working for ESMA was a privilege and introduced me to so many genuine businesspeople in our specialist printing community. The organisation has come of age over the last decade and now offers its members great networking facilities and marketing opportunities through its seminars. With my Specialist Printing Worldwide hat on, we are proud to be partners of such a great organisation as ESMA and look forward to a great future together.”
Peter Buttiens, chief executive officer (CEO) at ESMA since 2007, suggests the organisation’s key focuses of screen and inkjet printing technologies will carry it forward into the future: “ESMA [is positioned] at the forefront of the European industrial printing sector. Screen and inkjet are the two pillars which carry the association and fuel our continuous search for new, exciting technology applications. From industrial decoration to functional printing, we maintain an ever-expanding focus on various markets.”
Elsewhere, Walter Frick, ex-Marabu and so-called founding father of ESMA, examines the fast development of the industry over the years: “How much has changed in our industry during these 30 years? Nearly everything! The technology has permanently been improved, the machines and printing materials have completely changed, and the markets have moved from graphic applications towards many high-tech industrial operations.
“ESMA members are working together for the benefit and further growth [of the industry, and that] has not changed since the very beginning in 1990, when we started to create a platform where all suppliers, competitors or not, could meet and discuss.”
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