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Building up on the success of the Vastrajet®- 8824, ColorJet India Ltd, the biggest Indian manufacturer of digital printers is launching Vastrajet®- 8164, a digital textile printer with 16 heads at ITMA Barcelona 2019 in Hall-3, Stall B-102. The advanced, high speed direct to fabric printer Vastrajet®- 8164 has the ability to become a commercial winner by providing users with outstanding performance, increased productivity, superior printing accuracy with minimal maintenance needs.

The latest Vastrajet®- 8164 comes with the latest technological innovation from ColorJet-AiS (Adaptive Ink System). The AiS provides the customer flexibility to use ink of their choice to address his various issues of logistics, procurement, colour consistency, etc.

ColorJet has always strived to support their partners by bringing technological modifications by fine tuning the machine as per the inks. The new Vastrajet®- 8164 also comes equipped with AIVC technology which provides consistent print performance at varying environmental conditions.

  • Colorjet to launch Vastrajet®- 8164 digital textile printer with 16 heads
  • Vastrajet®- 8164 comes with the latest technological innovation called AiS
  • ColorJet will also show high-speed Metro-8166 with speeds of up to 294 sq. metre per hour

With these technological innovations and additional refinements, the Vastrajet®- 8164 is in true sense, a commercial winner.

“Being the leader of textile digital printing industry in India it comes as a responsibility for us to create state of the art products while keeping in mind the demands of the customers and ColorJet is dedicated to being at the forefront of fulfilling customer needs,” Jitender Pal Singh Vice President (Textiles) at ColorJet India said.

“When developing the Vastrajet® 8164, our R&D team aimed to increase productivity, performance, and reliability, which ultimately resulted in a product whose performance increased by up to 70 percent from its predecessor, making it one of the fastest printers in the market in this category,” he added

ColorJet will also be demonstrating it shigh-speed Metro-8166 which delivers industrial-level production with speeds of up to 294 sq. metre per hour. The Metro-8166 will be operated at ITMA 2019 on reactive ink, whereas the Vastrajet®- 8164 will be run on pigment ink on cotton blended fabrics.

As per the latest IDC report with more than 34% market share in India, which is the second fastest growing digital textile printing industry in the world, ColorJet gears up to command a strong position in the textile industry globally.

ColorJet supplies the very best in digital textile technologies in the industry, whereby, ColorJet printers have production speeds which are 45% more than the nearest competition, takes up 47% lesser space and consumes 42% less power as compared to other machines. Additionally, other digital textile printers consume 51 times more water as compared to ColorJet printers, making it the most sought after brand with its products starting at $59,000.

These improvements and the development of AiS technology is further proof of ColorJet’s commitment to address the global digital textile printing industry’s most urgent needs.

ColorJet India markets its products in 25 countries worldwide and has installed and implemented over 4,000 of its printing solutions and products across 450 cities around the world backed by a strong 278-member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions.

Awww.colorjetgroup.com

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International Garment Fair Association along with three associations – CMAI, GEAR, and GEMA – with the support of AEPC has planned to organize Source Zone 2019 from 4th to 6th July, 2019 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. After much brainstorming and deliberation of stakeholders and think tanks, everyone arrived to a consensus that we need to provide a quality platform for yarn, Fabric, Fiber, Trimmings and Embellishments and Services along with the already established Apparel and Accessories sourcing fair IIGF, to strengthen the India’s claim to become the world’s most favored sourcing destination in Textile and Garment Sector.

Source Zone and IIGF are co-located and scheduled to be held during the same dates. 500+ garment exporters participate in the July edition of IIGF, and more than 1,500+ Buyers and Buying Agents come to source from the participants during the Fair.

“The participants and visitors of IIGF would be the ideal Target Audience for the participants at Source Zone, as they would form the core customers of all suppliers of Raw Materials of Garments” says Rahul Mehta, Chairman, IGFA. “The Source Zone has been designed in a way that it shall be a cost-efficient for participants and effective buying trip for buyers and other trade visitors.

It will also emerge as a shining example and bridge the gaps present in textile value chain as far as sourcing of building blocks of apparels are concerned” he added. The warm response of the fabric manufacturers so far has reinforced our belief that the show will turn out to be a premier show in a longer run. During the show we expect 150+ exhibitors will be showing collections of fabrics and other accessories. At the fair, participants can expect an appreciable number of buyers and buying agents and other important trade visitors along with limitless opportunity to book their orders during three dedicated days.

A breathtaking and exclusive collection of yarn, fiber, fabrics, trimmings and embellishments, allied services and the like, manufactured by premier Indian fashion and export houses, will be showcased at Source Zone. These collections, a blend of Indian flavor and international appeal, reflect the latest designs in vogue. Buyers will have plethora of options to choose from and will be spoilt for choices.

“The exhibition’s three-day format and overlapping profile of IIGF’s visitors, will further enhance the appeal and opportunity to take your business global. With all resources and Organizer’s prowess in place, the Source Zone is designed and destined to be a leading industry event of its kind that will bring together domestic

suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and buyers all under one roof on year on year basis” added Lalit Thukral, Vice Chairman, IGFA.

Promotion Strategy of Source Zone 2019: Focused market strategy for better Reach

A comprehensive campaign, both online and offline, has been planned to keep in constant touch with both exhibitors and trade visitors. This campaign shall include advertising and marketing through:

  • Advertisements in trade journals and on Web
  • Mailers and E mailers
  • Tele-calling and Road shows
  • Promotion through international exhibitions
  • Strategic alliances with leading Indian and international trade bodies

Source Zone and IIGF together will be most diverse and unmissable fashion sourcing fair for the textile and garment industry. Utilize the negotiated rates to reduce manufacturing costs and thereby remain competitive in global market.

With these words, we invite and request you to reserve your dates in the month of July for this unmatched and well organized apparel and fabric sourcing trade show and infuse new energy in your business strategies.

www.sourcezonefair.com

Source : Textile Excellence

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Fairfax, VA, USA : Brian Adam, President and Owner of Olympus Group, will address the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Apparel Decorators Luncheon October 23 at PRINTING United (Dallas, October 23 – 25, 2019). The luncheon takes place from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

SGIA’s Apparel Decorator Committee has asked Adam, an expert on employee engagement who also spoke at THREADX 19, to cover the topic further.

“Apparel decorators want to know how to make their shops thrive,” said Christina Rosado, Community Development Manager, SGIA. “Employee engagement – getting people to really care about what they’re doing – is key to achieving this goal.”

“What if I told you that you could have higher performance, lower turnover, better teamwork and more profits, and it would not cost you a dime? … Yet, this is not only possible, but something all of us can do by engaging employees and developing a great corporate culture,” Adam said in “The Impact of Company Culture on Performance,” which appeared in the SGIA Journal, July/August 2018.

He’s a particularly reliable source: Adam has been recognized by Glassdoor as one of the top 25 CEOs to work for in the United States. During this engaging networking luncheon, he’ll share a collection of engagement-boosting practices, starting with, “Create a noble mission,” and other easy-to-implement tips.

Olympus Group is a large-format graphics company headquartered in Milwaukee, with facilities in Orlando, Denver and Grand Rapids, Mich. The large-format portion of the business specializes in dye sublimated fabric graphics for trade shows, retail POP, interior décor and sporting events. The company is also the largest producer of mascot costumes in the United States and manufacturers U.S. flags sold at retailers throughout the country.

Tickets to the Apparel Decorators Luncheon are available for an additional fee while registering for PRINTING United. PRINTING United, the latest iteration of the SGIA Expo, is produced in partnership by SGIA and NAPCO Media.

www.printingunited.com

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30 May 2019 : CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has unveiled the finalists of the second ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. The award comprises two categories: ITMA Industry Excellence Award which celebrates the collaboration of ITMA exhibitors and their customers, and the ITMA Research & Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award for Master’s students of R&I Pavilion exhibiting institutions.

Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX, and one of the judges of the Industry Excellence Award said: “CEMATEX launched the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award in 2015 as part of its ongoing efforts to recognise outstanding industry members and post-graduate students for their contributions to the sustainable development of the global textile and garment industry.”

He added, “As the world continues to face sustainability challenges, it is heartening to see the successful collaboration between technology providers and industry users, which benefits consumers and has a positive impact on the environment and business bottom line. We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their outstanding efforts.”

Industry Excellence Award

The award recognises textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit. The panel of judges selected the following three finalists who have worked closely with ITMA 2019 exhibitors to introduce innovative solutions to their production process or products:

Candiani SpA
Innovation: Candiani Re-Gen: Creating Circular Denim
Nominated by ITMA exhibitor: Lenzing AG

One of Europe’s largest denim producer, Candiani SpA created a denim fabric using regenerated and recycled raw materials to commemorate its 80th anniversary. 50% of the Re-Gen fabric comprises Tencel x Refibra Lyocell made from pulp from cotton scraps and wood pulp using Lenzing’s closed-loop process; the other 50% consists of post-industrial recycled Candiani fibres. Candiani’s fabrics are also dyed using green technologies, resulting in substantial reduction in the use of water and chemicals in the fabric production and jean washing process.

Levi Strauss & Co
Innovation: FLX Customisation Studio
Nominated by ITMA exhibitor: Jeanologia S.L

Winner of the first ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award in 2015, Levi Strauss & Co continues to break new ground with the FLX Customisation Studio. The studio revolutionalises in-store customisation by allowing customers to pick their denim finish and create a unique pair of jeans in less than two hours. It is a mobile installation where technologies needed for a sustainable garment finishing are found within two 40-feet containers that can be taken anywhere. Leveraging Jeanologia’s water recycling system, H2Zero, the studio operates on 100% recycled water.

VF Corporation
Innovation: All-in-One System
Nominated by ITMA exhibitor: Tonello S.R.L.

One of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies, VF Corporation leverages Tonello’s garment finishing system for its Wrangler® and Lee® denim brands. The All-in-One System combines four technologies that drastically reduces the water needed in the finishing stages of jean manufacturing to 13.5 l/kg, compared with the traditional process requiring almost 100 l/kg. Besides saving energy, it also cuts down chemical consumption, processing times and total production costs.

R&I Excellence Award – Master’s

The Award recognises outstanding achievements in textile and garment related post-graduate research. The finalists are:

Mathias Zidda, Institut Für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen University
Thesis: Development of a gear driven 3D rotational braiding machine and its control concept

Pamela Massaccesi, Universidad De Buenos Aires
Thesis: TUTTI – Reusable Food Wrapping

Sarika Sunil Borikar, D.K.T.E. Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute
Thesis: Sanitary Napkin: A Greener Approach

One of the judges of the R&I award, Mr Prof Vladan Koncar, Distinguished Professor at ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles), commented: “Many of the submissions by the students have innovative concepts with the potential to be commercially viable when further developed and ready for the market. A number of them are also excellent sustainable solutions that answers the environmental and social concerns of today.”

The winners of the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award will be announced at a prize presentation ceremony at ITMA 2019 on 20 June, immediately following the press conference.

ITMA 2019 will be held from 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. The exhibition will feature over 1,700 exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibres, yarns and fabrics. Visitors can enjoy online visitor badge rates when registering at www.itma.com. For information and updates, download the ITMA 2019 app.

www.itma.com

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29 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand : Thailand’s printing and packaging industries registered over 300 billion Baht in 2018 of which 40 percent came from the printing industry and 60 percent from packaging. This year is looking to post positive and optimistic outlooks led by 3 supporting growth industries – Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, and e-Commerce. A tripartite collaboration between Messe Düsseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is a must-visit exhibition for the packaging and printing industries. The 7th edition will showcase 300 leading companies from 25 countries and will take place from 18-21 September 2019 at BITEC, Bangkok.

www.pack-print.de

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06 June 2019, Leuven, Belgium : The eighth edition of GlassPrint, Europe’s only dedicated event for the decoration of glass, returns to Düsseldorf, Germany on 27-28 November 2019. Attracting an international audience of glassmakers, decorators, end users, suppliers and brand owners, the recently announced conference programme is now available at www.glassprint.org. Covering the latest advanced solutions for decorating all types of glass, highlights of the two-day programme include:

• An extensive series of technical presentations covering digital and screen processes that will detail the latest cutting-edge technologies for glass decoration.
• Keynote presentations covering global printed glass market information, as well as topical addresses by industry figureheads representing leading bodies such as BV Glas, FEVE, Glass for Europe and Messe Düsseldorf / glasstec.

First presentation titles confirmed

• “Sol-gel inkjet printing for transparent conductors on glass” by COMATEC-LANS
• “Will it be screen or digital printing on glass bottles?” by Curvink
• “Making a lasting impression: Ink adhesion to glass” by ESMA Expert Team
• “Digital printing on hollow glass” by Fermac
• “Adding value for hollow glass decoration” by Ferro
• “Inkjet coating and decoration of flat, container and industrial glass” by Global Inkjet Systems
• “Simplifying glass printing with screen and CtS technology” by Grünig/SignTronic
• “Direct-to-cylinder: Digital printing on glassware” by InkCups
• “High performance CTP system for digital preparation of silk screen forms and pad printing plates” by Lüscher
• “Labels are out! Ink challenges and opportunities in direct to container glass inkjet printing” by Marabu
• “Screen print 2.0 from plastic dial to digital glass display” by Marabu
• “Developing dedicated mesh for screenprinting on glass” by Sefar
• “Automation and control for screen printing on small size flat glass” by SPS Technoscreen
• “Surface pre-treatment to enhance adhesion and coverage of organic inks to hollow glass” by Tecno5, an affiliate of Cerve
• “Industrial solution for digital printing of windshields and sidelights” by Thieme

Early bird offer expires 30 June

Until 30 June, delegates can take advantage of discounted early bird registration rates at www.glassprint.org, inclusive of all conference presentations, networking dinner/lunches and a tabletop exhibition area featuring leading suppliers of inks, pre-press technology, printing equipment and supplies. Taking place at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, space is limited so early registration is highly recommended.
Limited tabletop exhibition space is also still available for companies wishing to promote their products and services to a captive audience of existing and potential customers.

Proven track record

GlassPrint 2019 follows the 2017 event that was deemed an outstanding success by a record audience of 200 attendees from 28 different countries in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Previous GlassPrint participants include senior personnel representing ABInBev, AGC, Apple, ARC, Ardagh, Corning, Deco Glas, Diageo, Guardian, Heinz, Libbey, Nokia, Nestlé, NSG/Pilkington, O-I, Saint-Gobain, Schott, Sisecam, The Absolut Company, Verallia and many more!

In recognition of its importance on the global glass event calendar GlassPrint is powered by glasstec and sponsored by glassglobal.com. The event is jointly co-organised by ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, and Chameleon Business Media, publishers of “Glass Worldwide” and “Specialist Printing Worldwide” magazines.

www.esma.com

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Reston, VA, USA : The print industry’s leading innovators, thinkers, and doers will share “radicalized” business-building strategies and explore the latest trends at the networking-rich 2019 PRINT Innovation Exchange on June 20-21 in Minneapolis (Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, 1313 Nicollet Mall).
 
Produced by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), the two-day 2019 PRINT Innovation Exchange features a stellar line-up of norm-busting speakers who have forged breakthrough and successful strategies for their companies and organizations.
 
“We don’t use the term “radicalize” loosely – the chaotic changes facing our industry require new and disruptive thinking if our members are going to survive, let alone grow,” says Thayer Long, president, APTech. “In this contracting business environment all bets are off. The smart money is on learning from these experts who have figured out how to profitably embrace and take advantage of the chaos we face.” 

The complete line-up:

Innovation to Reality and the Evolution of Experience
Tom Edward, Chief Digital/Innovation Officer, Epsilon

A New Reality for Print
Mark Potter, CEO, Conduit, Inc.
Jon Budington, CEO, More Vang
Gavin Jordan Smith, Vice President Commercial Print Business, Ricoh USA

Direct Marketing: The (Really) Good, the (Not So) Bad and the Potentially Very) Ugly
Deborah Haskel, VP Marketing & Corporate Communications, IWCO Direct
Special Effects Printing and its Growing Importance in MarComm
Daniel Dejan, Print and Creative Manager, Sappi North America
Creating and Sustaining a Winning Organizational Culture: A Guide for Leaders
Joe Truncale, CEO, Public Relations Society of America

Vertical Vertigo: A Look at Today’s High Growth Markets and How to Approach Them
Karen Kimerer, Director, Keypoint Intelligence

How to Make Money With Augmented Reality
Alan Smithson, CEO, XR for Business

The Hyper Spectral Future of Brands
Don Carli, President and Co-founder, Nima Hunter Inc.

Moving On — Next-Gen Printing Needs — Next-Gen Sales Reps
Duane Cashin, President and CEO, Cashin Sales, LLC

Event registration is $499 (APTech members $399). Full information is available at https://www.printtechnologies.org/events/2019-print-innovation-exchange/

The 2019 PRINT Innovation Exchange is the latest example of APTech continuing to provide value to its members and the overall industry amidst unprecedented change. The organization is dedicated to expanding its educational programs at smaller, regional events as well as allocating additional resources to enhancing its other research, market data, and international business-development programs.

www.PRINTtechnologies.org

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Shreeji Screen & Filters Pvt Ltd. has recently obtained Trade Mark Registration for their brand “Shreeji TOYO” from the Trade Marks Registry, Government of India. “We had to go through all the statutory procedures and it took over six months to complete all the formalities. There were personal meetings to ascertain the ownership of the Trade Mark. The authorities also made all investigations before granting a Trade Mark. We are now happy to announce our new Trade Mark: Shreeji TOYO which is applicable for all our screen mesh, nylon tea bags and our Premium Tea powder,” says, Vijay Sanghvi, Managing Director of Shreeji Screen & Filters Pvt Ltd. He adds “A Registered Trade Mark is necessary to maintain brand identity, stay ahead in the market and to gain customers’ confidence.” Shreeji Screen & Filters offers wide range of products such as Screen Printing Mesh which is used for t-shirt textiles printing, glass printing, decal printing, ceramics decal printing and graphic printing.

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Plans to achieve Export/Domestic ratio of 50:50 by 2025

As one sits in the reception of the new plant of SJS Enterprises Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, the attention is quickly drawn to their new tagline written on the wall along with a Manifesto which reads as under:

“Creating Possibilities”
“We travel at the speed of thought 
“Dreaming up the new,
“Opening up imagination 
“To close the gap between 
“Thinking and doing, 
“So that we can turn 
“Today’s possibilities
“Into tomorrow’s reality.”

So, having successfully commissioned their new 2.25 lakh sq.ft plant constructed on a 9 acre land, with all modern infrastructure including Class 100 K clean room environment, the company’s Managing Director, K. A. Joseph, has set ambitious plans for the future. He has set a target of reaching a Rs.500 crore turnover, that is, to run the plant with full capacity, in the next 2-3 years, by creating all possibilities. And he has also set a target of taking their domestic/export turnover ratio to 50:50.

SJS is a world class manufacturer of Automotive Dials (automotive dashboard interior), Climate Control Overlays, Exterior Decals (vehicle graphics for two and four wheelers), Overlays, Badges and Logos for the automotive, electronics and appliance industries, which were hitherto rolled from their old plant having about 1,00,000 sq. ft plant. Their new plant became fully operational on October 1, 2018.

Over to his interview:

Congratulations for the new plant. 30 years plus! Tell us about SJS’s journey far:

SJS Enterprises was founded in 1987 and the name ‘SJS’ was derived from the initials of the three founders, viz, Sivakumar, Joseph (myself), Srinivasan, who have retired now and divested their shares to Everstone Capital which is a Singapore based investment company and Sanjay Thapar has come on board as an Executive Director who oversees finance and marketing.  

Looking back, I am an MBA, specialized in sales and marketing. Both Sivakumar and Srinivasan were my colleagues in SKF. We quit the job and decided to start our business. We started a venture to produce bumper stickers, and reflective stickers for MICO which were not printed by regular commercial printers those days. We then graduated into industrial printing and started producing operator panels for computers and printers. We then moved into automobile segment in 1995-1996 and started making speedometer dials. In 2001, after shifting to our current facility, we also started producing automobile decals for 2/4 wheelers. Later we also introduced chrome labels with 3D effects. We were the first one to introduce Dome labels way back in 1992-93 and we still remain to be one of the largest manufacturers of dome labels. These labels are used for branding, decoration and its application depends on ingenuity and creativity.

SJS has a new logo with orange color and a new tagline: Creating Possibilities. Please elaborate about your new thinking :

SJS’s new logo represents dynamism and the fire in us. We are ambitious of creating more possibilities with dynamism and meet customers’ expectation which is ever evolving. It is visually reflected in our new website where the logo can be seen rotating, thus symbolizing change. In line with our new tag line “Creating possibilities,” we are making ideas go further. We are into product decoration space, catering to automobile and appliances industries etc. So, the decoration work that we do enhances face value of customers’ products. Our tagline reflects that we can create more possibilities by improving the overall value of their products. And, we have changed the color of the logo from Blue to Orange. Orange reflects creative fire in the belly.

Having said, our Design Lab is the hub of creativity, imagination and innovation, translating customer mood boards and themes into graphic design with textures and colours that enhance product appeal. With our Design Lab, SJS becomes a concept-to-output destination for our clients. The way we create, is highly immersive, taking what we visualise through every stage till it is realised to our level of perfection.
What other changes have been incorporated into your new plant ?

When you move to a new place definitely there has to be some newness. Dust is a major enemy of our industry and we need highly clean room environment. So our new plant is fully air-conditioned with Class 100K Clean Room Facility and climate controlled environment. Our employee strength has gone up from 700+ to 1000 plus. Our work culture has also undergone some change. Our employees’ outlook towards the company has also changed, so much so that, they feel like working in an MNC and they feel proud and happy working in a new plant.

Area wise, we had close to 1 lakh sq.ft and our new plant is about 2.25 lakh sq.ft. On the production floor, besides the regular products such as automobile decals, dials, membrane switches, capacitor switches, we have introduced In-Mould decoration (IMD) with full-fledged facilities. Instead of overlays we offer fully finished products. These are mainly for appliances. And Automobile industry is also moving into In-mould decorated products. We will soon introduce In-mould decorated products for electronics which is currently at R&D stage. Moreover, our new plant has the capacity to take our turnover to Rs.500 crore.

Any measures on environment :

On the environment front, our new plant is possibly a candidate for ‘Green’ certification, so much so that, we in the process of obtaining the Gold Certification from LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world. We have 700 kVa solar plant.

New plant is a new beginning for SJS: So what is your vision for the next 5 years ?

As I said, we want to reach a turnover target of Rs.500 crore in the next 2-3 years and we plan to expand our export presence as well. Going forward as the industry and customer demand evolves, we will also introduce new products in the coming years.

What are the challenges that you foresee ?

There would be challenges as we grow in terms of variation in customer demands which is always fluctuating in nature. In the last 3 months we had minor setback in automobile segment performance, especially in the two wheelers. If 2/4 wheelers market gets affected we also get affected. There is a challenge of dependency on a particular segment of the markets.

So what is your strategy ?

We are chalking out a well-balanced sales plan to overcome the dependency on certain market segments. We are planning to strengthen appliances and InMould decoration spaces. As I said, expanding into export market is our main strategy.

What is your export target ?

We are one of the leading industrial graphics products manufacturers in the world. Currently, we export to 32 countries. Since our labour costs are relatively lower than western countries we would like to capitalize on the same and increase our presence around the world. Currently, our major markets are USA, European countries, South America, Canada, etc. Our domestic/export ratio is 70:30 and we wish to achieve 50:50 ratio of domestic/export business by 2025.

Your views about Industrial printing scenario:

Technology has changed over the years. There is good growth across all segments. We are catering to two / four wheeler industry. And two wheeler segment is connected to rural economy. So, if rural economy grows, two wheeler segment will grow. It all depends on how our GDP grows. If GDP is growing at 7-8%, we will have double digit growth in industrial production which in turn will give opportunity for us. As far as my observation is concerned, the Automobile sector – cars and bikes – is growing at about 16% growth and that of Appliances is growing at 10-12%. It is up to us to channelise the potential. As I said, we are going aggressively on In mould decoration and we will have more injection moulding facilities.

Tell us about the importance of training :

Learning is a continuous process. In the past we had hired international consultants and it paid off. We have our own internal training and skill development programmes. In screen printing, there is technology and lot of people skills involved, such as meticulous screen making, optimum of use machines, setting various process parameters, quality checking, standardization, etc,

What are the QC measures adopted by you ?

Before QC (quality control), we have to ensure Quality Assurance to ensure what goes (input) into production is of highest quality, be able to deliver the best final product (output), in the process eliminate any defects and ensure that the product reaches the customer in perfect condition and quality.

Secret of your success :

SJS started its journey from a 300 sq. ft. Garage and within 6-8 months we moved into 4,000 sq. ft area and then shifted to 15,000 sq. ft factory. Later we moved to a 100,000 sq. ft plant. And finally, we set up and move to a 2,25,000 sq. ft. new factory.

So, success does not come overnight. It requires constant efforts. And whenever needed we have tried to invest in state of the art machinery, equipment and all necessary tools. And of course investing in good plant and machinery is useless unless you invest in people, skill development and knowledge. We have to synchronise good machinery and good materials with good people to get quality output. I myself underwent training in USA and Europe. I have also visited many trade fairs abroad. These efforts have really paid off.

We are successful because we are well focused and reliable in terms of : Quality product, Competitive cost, Delivery commitment, backed by skilled manpower and their team work and dedication.

Tell us about SJS’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities :

SJS believes in giving back to the people and society. We want to be a good corporate citizen with the aim of supplementing the role of the Government in enhancing the welfare measures of the society within the framework of the CSR policy. I personally believe in ‘Doing good to others’, and giving back to the society is our motto. I believe in ‘Thinking’ of others’ well-being.

So, we support in the form of donations to: Akshyapatra Foundation, Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Sneha Dhan, (first Community Care Centre for PLHIVs in Karnataka), Schools in Rajasthan meant for children of Brick Kiln workers. We had also supported Cataract project involving 300-400 operations. Moreover, as a part of our Employee welfare measure, we have annual get-togethers. We take them to a resort to spend one full day. Sometimes I am also part of such get-togethers.

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Bhivandi based Sport Print has recently invested in Walz automatic textile screen printing machine (8 col /12 head configuration) manufactured by Heinz Walz GmbH, Germany and Marketed by Trieka Innovations (P) Ltd. and supported by Pranit Colour Concept, Mumbai. “After a thorough evaluation among many other brands, we decided to buy a machine made in Germany. I feel German brand guarantees surety of quality and performance, coupled with reliable service by their supplier from India who are in our regular contact. Moreover, the machine is compact and easy to use, and of course we got competitive price as well.”

About 30 years ago, taking inspiration from his father, Harish Bhagat started a T-Shirt printing unit in Mumbai. Although the company still operates its 500 sq.ft facility at Mahim, Mumbai, they have set up a new 3000 sq.ft production unit at Bhumi World Industrial Park at Bhiwandi. “My dad used to work as a printing supervisor in a couple of textile mills,” says the veteran.

And taking inspiration from him, his daughter Mrunal too has joined his textile printing business. She takes care of production and other works. It is thus laudable that being a daughter (Beti bachao, Beti padao), after studying fashion designing, she decided to join her father’s business as there was no other professionally qualified successor for his business. “I joined my father’s business 3-4 years ago, after completing Diploma in Fashion Technology, from L. S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Joining my father’s textile printing business is my own choice. After my study I worked as a Fashion Journalist with Loksatta, a leading Marathi daily in Mumbai. I used to write and still write on Fashion trends. Initially I had the idea of starting my own business related to fashion. But I thought it prudent to join my father’s ready to take forward textile printing business.”

Sport Print undertakes textile printing on jobwork basis for corpoarates, brands, online market, besides their regular portfolio of sports wear printing for various sports leagues, schools and college sports. The company also undertakes Personalised T-shirt manufacturing for corporates, etc.

“Sports wear accounts for 30-40 percent of our total garment printing jobs. We have been undertaking printing of IPL jersey from the very first match,” says Harish Bhagat, adding, “Due to online culture, we are now catering to e-commerce in a big way. And to meet their production requirement we invested in an automatic t shirt printing six months ago. Online T-shirt market opened a new avenue for us. Today we provide Printing service to few of the leading online portals in India. Our clients, dealing in official merchandises such as Marvel, WWE, IPL, Harry Potter, Cartoon Network, Disney etc, emphasize on very fine and good printing quality.”

Sport Print has diverse garment decoration facilities such as Screen printing (manual carousal and automatic printing machine), Epson DTG, heat transfer (vinyl print-cut and apply). With the experience of catering to some of the International and National brands, Sport Print has achieved mastery over DTG printing as well. “Today along with screen printing, people also demand for DTG printing. DTG is ideal to print fine quality, multiple colored images,” says Bhagat, adding, “Most of the International brands are opting for this printing service.”

The veteran garment printer emphasizes on quality. “It all comes from your attitude. It is up to you, for e.g. dust is rampant in garment printing sector, but wherever possible efforts should be made to protect the production floor. And on our part, we have an Air-conditioned production unit.”

Online Market has influenced T-shirt culture and its growth says Mrunal. “The future of T-shirt printing Business is bright if one continuously keeps maintaining printing quality, creativity and adapt changes according to market trends,” she adds.

Revealing their new business strategy, Mrunal says: “We also work with upcoming artists and designers who are exploring online platforms for good quality T-shirt selling. We do work with some of them to bring their imagination on t-shirt. At the very beginning of their business when less quantity of production becomes a hindrance for them, printing techniques such as DTG provides them big relief.”

She adds: “In future, we are planning to work with more and more designers. New generation brings new ideas on table which helps in experimenting new printing techniques. After all, constant experiment is the key to activeness in this industry. May be we incorporate ideas like loyalty program which help them to enter into commercial market with due credit to their names. We also provide ‘make by demand’ printing services to offline customers. People who have demand for limited t-shirts, even they can print their stuff as per their requirement. So, from a single t-shirt to some thousand t-shirts, we are fully equipped to fulfill customers’ demand.”

www.sportprint.in

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