R. Vimal Kumar
Tirupur: Giving a fillip to the knit printing segment, a ‘digital screen printing machine with auto chest printing facilities and inkjet printers' was introduced in the Tirupur knitwear cluster on Wednesday.
The machine is seen by the industrial experts as the first step towards modernisation of the printing process, one of the most valuable segment in the apparel production chain, since the gadget displays better efficiency and quality vis-à-vis the conventional hand printing techniques.
Thus, the gadget gives value-addition to the end product with a blend of perfect finishing and elegance.
Who else better than to procure this machine and set a role model to others than the Tirupur Export Knit Printers Association (TEKPA) president T. R. Srikanth himself. Mr. Srikanth invested Rs. 1.1 crore to purchase the gadget, comprising two units with one each developed by Australian and Israeli companies, for his ‘Priemier Printing Company.'
Mr. Srikanth explained that the digital add-on station embedded in the machine for screen printing carousels enables the screen printer to combine the traditional screen printing methods with the digital techniques and create innovative printing applications.
With the printing resolution of the machine pegged at 630 DPI (dots per inch) and capable of printing about 300 pieces an hour, the device was expected to trigger a revolution in the knit printing segment in the cluster.
Tirupur Exporters Association president Arumugam Sakthivel told The Hindu that the introduction of sophisticated machines like these had become the need of the hour since the demand for printed apparels both within the country and abroad were on the rise.
“At present, 30 per cent of the apparels shipped abroad are printed with the rest being plain dresses,” he pointed out.