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Colourama hails new Mimaki Tiger investment

Andrew Gregory from Hybrid Services has shared details of his visit to the Polish textile printer

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Andrew Gregory from Hybrid Services recently visited Poland to visit Mimaki customer- Colourama

Hybrid Services, the exclusive distributor for Mimaki printers in the UK and Ireland, has recently shared the success of its latest industrial dye sublimation printer, the Mimaki Tiger600-1800TS.

Colourama, a Polish textile printer based in Loetz (referred to as ‘the Manchester of the East’ due to its importance in the textile printing market), installed the Mimaki Tiger600-1800TS in the summer of 2023.

The company chose the printer due to its speed and its rewind system which benefits Colourama when jumbo rolls of printed paper are loaded onto the calendar for transferring to fabric.

Colourama delivers heat transfer paper printing for the fashion/apparel, décor, and contract textile sectors and has been heavily involved in the final market test of Mimaki’s Tiger600-1800TS.

Andrew Gregory, sales director at Hybrid Services, visited the company to see first-hand how the machine was performing.

In a blog on the Hybrid website, Gregory says: “My trip to Poland gave a fascinating insight into how Mimaki’s latest industrial printing solution is helping an already established high production print house increase its volume even further, and the opportunity it offers for UK and Irish companies to do the same.”

The Polish company is described by its business development manager, Bert Benckhuysen, as one of the biggest sublimation printers in Eastern Europe, printing between 12 to 15,000 linear metres of paper a day.

Hybrid has also produced a video speaking to Benckhuysen in which he describes how the Mimaki Tiger600 has fitted into its production setup and how its printheads, media loading process, and carbon footprint are helping the company.

Mimaki states the new Tiger600 is faster than its previous model and features a staggered printhead arrangement and stable nozzle performance for great consistency and speeds.

In the video, Benckhuysen says: “Mimaki chose us to be the first ever to do the beta testing on the new printer, so we had the R&D team here for about three weeks setting and doing a lot of testing and installation processes. Once they left we started to do the real production and we’re very happy and satisfied with its quality.” 

The printer and its output is another example of the increasing popularity of textile print and the need for demanding dye sublimation printers.

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