Kornit Digital (Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel), a global market leader in digital textile printing, has unveiled its “game-changing” Kornit NeoPoly Technology, characterizing it as “the industry’s first digital industrial process for high-quality printing on polyester.” Polyester is the second largest category in the overall T-shirt market, is extremely popular in the sports segment, and is growing in the ‘athleisure’ and functional apparel sectors. Currently, polyester is printed predominantly by analogue technology. That creates major technological, cost and sustainability challenges, said the OEM. “Kornit NeoPoly Technology addresses these challenges with a new process and ink set implemented in the renowned Kornit NeoPigment process. Kornit’s new process handles polyester applications without compromising on design, run size, substrate or labour,” the company added.
The “breakthrough” technology is achieved by an innovative ink set and a physical and chemical process specifically developed for low-temperature curing, along with polyester-enhancing functionalities developed to maintain fabric characteristics and provide superior colour fastness. This unique process prevents dye migration on polyester. The inks are Oeko-Tex and Eco-Passport certified and don’t contain PVCs or other toxic ingredients. The first system equipped with the Kornit NeoPoly Technology is the new Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro, a member of Kornit’s high-production industrial platform. “The single-step Poly Pro is the perfect system for the industry, enabling easy and cost-effective short-runs and on-demand printing on polyester garments,” Kornit added.
“Kornit is on a mission to reinvent the garment and textile printing industry with game-changing technologies for growing market segments,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy. “We continually work to break technology boundaries, so that our customers can innovate and open new markets and new business opportunities, while being more operationally efficient. The new NeoPoly Technology is further proof of our innovation and re-invention mission.”