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New York digital textile conference to focus on opportunity


Leeds, UK, 28 June 2017: The second WTiN North America Digital Textile Conference will take place in New York next month, bringing the latest business ideas in the rapidly expanding field of digital textile printing to an audience of buyers, designers and print service providers.

The conference, at the city’s Javits Convention Center, on Tuesday 18 July, is co-located with the leading Texworld USA fabric show and – even more pertinently – the launch edition of Avanprint USA, where the world’s top developers of digital textile printing technology will present their exciting capabilities.

Focusing on opportunity rather than technical detail, the conference will deliver a line-up of pioneers in American digital textiles, each with a unique perspective on its diverse market avenues.

In a morning session on innovation and creativity, Charlene Gross, resident costume designer at Ohio Light Opera and an assistant professor at Penn State University, will describe the way digital print has revolutionised theatrical costume design. Designer Renee Pedro, owner of Crash Pad Designs, will explore the personalisation of interiors, and Danielle Locastro, director of leading custom-print business First2Print, will examine how digital print has had an impact on the story of fabric design.

On-demand business models will come into focus in the afternoon, with Gart Davis, founder and CEO of industry flagship company Spoonflower, describing the new opportunities for independent designers. Brian Rainey, CEO of Gooten Inc, will explain how the digital route can slash time to market for new collections, and Flint Davis, president of WeaveUp, will identify the subtly diverging expectations of different end-use markets.

The programme will conclude with Joakim Staburg, founder of Cororeel technology, who will introduce the company’s innovative system for instantaneous in-line coloration of embroidery thread. This will be followed by an appraisal from John Otsuki, CEO, Creative Cause Solutions, of approaches to the integration of digital printing into a manufacturing workflow.

During the day, sponsors EFI Reggiani and SPGPrints – two global technology leaders – will present user case studies and host round-table discussions on, respectively, The Future of Apparel: A New Ecosystem and Direct to Fabric or Sublimation?

The conference will be moderated by Tansy Fall, editor of Digital Textile, the industry’s foremost global B2B magazine, who will deliver the latest market statistics and trends, researched by WTiN Intelligence: Digital Textiles, and lead a panel discussion on emerging business models.

Other conference sponsors are software company Inédit and Diamond Dispersions, a member of the Lubrizol group. Delegates will be welcomed by WTiN managing director Mark Jarvis.

For more information on the conference, please visit: www.digitaltextileconference.com.

About World Textile Information Network (WTiN)

World Textile Information Network (WTiN) is an information provider, delivering unmatched intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry. Whether through WTiN.com, the WTiN app, a portfolio of business-to-business magazines, exhibition newspapers and conferences, WTiN’s content is recognised for its authority and market-leading coverage. This clear industry focus means WTiN has become an integral part of the textile community, providing the highest-quality business and technical intelligence.

WTiN publishes a portfolio of magazines including Digital Textile and IoTex.


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