It’s now even possible to print digitally on socks

Multi-Plot has developed an innovative system for all-over digital printing on socks.

Multi-Plot, a company based in Bad Emstal near Kassel, has been one of Europe’s leading traders, developers and service partners for machines and services in the field of advertising and printing technology on textiles and other materials since the nineteen-nineties. Under the leadership of Joachim Rees, Multi-Plot has been a pioneer in the areas of dye sublimation and digital textile printing right from the earliest days. The company’s success is based not just on their in-house engineering experience and international contacts throughout the industry, but also on a lively exchange and cooperation with colleges, research institutes and industrial associations. Besides selling and servicing printing systems, fusing machines, cutter plotters and other equipment and software, Multi-Plot offers courses and advice as well as providing consumables such as ink and transfer paper for their devices.

Joachim Rees and his experienced team have also participated in various microfactories for several years now. Today, microfactories are widely used at a whole range of very different trade fairs and exhibitions, including viscom, to demonstrate to visitors, clearly and in a confined space, just how a garment is manufactured. The focus lies on using the very latest and sustainable technologies, including digitalization. It comes as no surprise that a company like Multi-Plot should use this type of event to demonstrate its latest innovations.

This summer, Joe Rees has managed to create quite a stir with his latest exciting innovation which enables digital textile printing on socks and circular knitting products:

Built by the Japanese manufacturer Toshin Kogyo, the new machine is called “Ginga” and will solely be distributed in Europe by Multi-Plot Europe GmbH. This hi-tech device is able to all-over print a sock digitally in just 15 seconds. According to the manufacturer, a new rotation method means that a very high-quality streak-free image can be created. In addition to CMYK, the machine can be also equipped with two additional special inks. Ginga can be used with reactive, acid, dispersed and pigment inks.

The word from Bad Emstal is that the company will be presenting and demonstrating one of the new machines in the late summer of 2019. Once again, Multi-Plot has helped to create another landmark in the development of digital technology by killing two birds with one stone: digital printing enables fast and precise production while also using significantly less chemicals, energy and water than other printing methods. Furthermore, digitalization also permits production of short runs or even unique samples: an enormous benefit in today’s market in which personalization and specialization play an ever bigger role.

Images: Multi-Plot

Text: Reiner Knochel