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Epson announces GOTS approval for its UltraChrome DG inks


pson’s range of Ultrachrome DG inks and cotton pre-treatment liquid have been approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Both are available as standard for Epson’s newly launched SC-F3000 DTG printer and are also used on the smaller SC-F2100 printer in the same range. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. The aim of the standard is to define worldwide recognised requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are then enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one

certification that is accepted in all major markets.

Epson considers the environmental impacts at every phase of the product lifecycle, from design and manufacturing to transport, usage and recycling. Heather Kendle, senior product manager at Epson Europe, said: “With sustainability at the core of all our activities, it’s essential to us that we can enable our customers to be part of a socially responsible supply chain. The GOTS approval for our UltraChrome DG inks will allow our customers to sell their textiles in the safe knowledge that they are adhering to a globally recognised standard”

Epson's Ultrachrome DG inks and cotton pre-treatment liquid are now GOTS-approved

Mimaki Europe appoints new managing director


imaki Europe has announced the appointment of Takahiro

Hiraki as managing director. Mr Hiraki joined Mimaki Engineering in 1997 as a sales representative for the Mimaki CF-series. Over the next 20 years, he remained with Mimaki, developing his expertise in the technology and advancing his sales career in various senior positions. As his career progressed, he became responsible for larger teams and Mimaki’s success in new and emerging markets as the company expanded its solutions. In 2019, Mr Hiraki joined the board of directors and was assigned management

responsibility for Mimaki Europe. The appointment to managing director of the region this year reflects his commitment to the organisation and enthusiasm for this diverse, innovative, and successful part of the Mimaki business.

Mimaki Europe also welcomes Ryosuke Nakayama as executive assistant to Mr Hiraki. Mr Nakayama joined Mimaki Engineering in 2012 and during his eight years at the company, has excelled in marketing, sales, and product management roles worldwide. His extensive

The Epson SC-F3000 offers a low total cost of ownership (TCO) for mid/ large garment production businesses and T shirt suppliers and is available for sale now.

Printing United goes digital P Takahiro Hiraki

rinting United Digital Experience will run from October 26 to November 12, spanning 14 action-packed days.

The multifaceted online experience features carefully curated keynotes, educational programming, and worldwide product launches and demonstrations being offered at no charge to attendees, as the industry moves toward recovery in 2021.

Segment-based content sessions that focus on apparel, digital textile, industrial, graphics/ wide format, commercial, packaging, and mailing and fulfillment have already garnered attention from printers around the globe. The platform includes a wealth of information and insight from leading analysts, researchers, subject matter experts, OEMs, and suppliers. This robust combination creates a unique educational experience for printers to best understand the current landscape, optimise recovery, and see the latest technology to drive their businesses forward.

Mark J. Subers, president of Printing United, said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the support and engagement from the global community asking to join us in building Printing United’s Digital Experience this October.

“In fact, we’ve had so many inquiries on how to participate that we’ve had to shift the original anticipated kickoff on October 5 to accommodate scheduling. The excitement continues to mount as more and more partners sign up to join us for this event. We are looking forward to bringing this industry the best online expo they will experience in 2020.”

Registration for the event and session details will be announced soon.

Ryosuke Nakayama

experience, expertise and diverse skillset will be substantial assets to the Mimaki Europe management team.

The Printing United trade show was due to take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 21 to 23, but was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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