Mouvent – a new company founded by a joint venture between BOBST and Radex focused on digital print using pioneering digital technology –launched its first digital textile printer and achieved a major milestone in November with this first ever global trade show demonstration of its ground-breaking digital printing machine, the TX801, during ShanghaiTex 2017, 27–30 November, which was very positively received.
BOBST – one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, and Radex – a startup company owned by multiple stakeholders with a long track record in the field of DOD inkjet digital printing, launched Mouvent, a joint venture that will become the digital printing competence center and solutions provider of BOBST. Swiss-based Mouvent, which is comprised of around 100 employees, will focus on inventing and delivering the future of digital printing.
“We truly believe this is a watershed moment for the future of digital printing independent of the industry or market,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group SA. “Current industry trends – including high demand for digitalization, short runs, fast availability, promotion and versioning, personalized and seasonal products, and increasing sensitivity towards cost and environment – are driving demand for high quality and affordable digital printing machines. Through Mouvent we aim to initiate a quantum leap in this area, ultimately providing the market with what it needs most; highly reliable industrial digital printing on different substrates at a competitive cost.”
Central to the digital innovation at Mouvent is an ingenious digital printing technology originally developed by Radex, which is based on a highly integrated cluster and represents a quantum leap for the industry. Thanks to its intelligent and compact design, the MouventTM Cluster will be the centerpiece of revolutionary new machines developed by Mouvent for a wide variety of markets such as textile, labels, corrugated board, flexible packaging, folding carton and more.
“Our radical new approach is to use a base cluster which is arranged in a modular, scalable matrix instead of having different print bars for different applications and different print width” explains Piero Pierantozzi, Co-Founder of Mouvent. “The Mouvent Cluster is the key technology behind the Mouvent machines, resulting in high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality, as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development. Simplicity is our engineering philosophy.”
The TX801 is an 8-colour multi-pass digital textile printer producing the highest print quality on textiles with up to 2,000 dpi optical resolution, associated with very high printing speeds. Central to the digital innovation of the TX801 and Mouvent’s other innovative machines is the MouventTM Cluster, an ingenious digital printing technology based on a highly integrated cluster.
“People who witnessed the TX801 in action during ShanghaiTex were extremely impressed with its print quality,” said Ghislain Segard, Marketing & Sales Manager, Textile Machines at Mouvent. “We had hundreds of visitors to the Mouvent booth and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. We passionately believe that this machine is a huge leap forward in terms of quality, industrialization and reliability, and it was an honor to demonstrate it to such a prestigious event. The TX801 enables crisp, colorful, very high printing quality in a cost- effective way for short to medium print runs on a wide range of textile materials.”
“It was a fascinating exhibition and Mouvent certainly made a big impression,” said Paul Yen, Mouvent’s Head of Distribution for China. “China is such a central hub for global textile production and innovation, so it was very rewarding to be able to demonstrate the high potential of our equipment, not only in this region, but for the global textile market in general.”
The TX801, is a scanning type machine with up to 50 per cent of the print jobs can be completed in a single pass, boosting productivity up to 200 sqm/h without compromising on quality. In order to reach those levels of productivity, the TX801 utilises an ingenious, very compact proprietary print engine development based on the MouventTM Cluster Technology, integrating Fujifilm’s Samba print heads. This is associated with speed, precision and scalability, deploying up to 16 g/sqm of ink in a single pass. And thanks to the MouventTM Cluster Technology, the TX801 prints with an optical resolution of up to 2,000 dpi, resulting in the very highest print quality of the finished product. The machine can process knitted, woven and non-woven textiles with a maximum fabric width of 1,820 mm with roll diameters of up to 400 mm.
The TX801 is a very durable, compact and accessible printer. The high longevity and resistance of the print heads is proven, guaranteeing an exceptionally long service life of the MouventTM Cluster. It is one of the smallest digital printers in its category, helping to boost productivity with a minimum footprint for simple implementation, very ergonomic utilization and extremely quick and efficient job changeovers.
The digital printing solutions offered by Mouvent will present new opportunities for all sorts of companies, bringing more flexibility, unmatched productivity, shorter time to market and infinite variation, all with a very compact and energy efficient design.This will revolutionize the digital printing world.
With more than 2 decades in digital printing, the collaboration with Mouvent is one of the most exciting phases of my journey within this industry.I am impressed with Mouvent’s philsophy, vision and professionalism which will most certainly close the gaps that have been prevalent in digital textile printing. We believe it’s going to be very interesting times in the industry, thanks to the appearance of Mouvent.
“The TX801 also has a very competitive price performance ratio compared with basic digital printers, but with unrivaled print quality,” said Paul Yuen, Digital Textile Solution Ltd., Mouvent’s cooperative partner for China. “We believe it will change the face of digital textile printing, and it is a privilege for me to be able to carry Mouvent and this technology in such an important market as China. Building up a strong and reliable Mouvent support team serving customers in China is an important mission to which we are more than 100 per cent committed.”
“This was a landmark moment for Mouvent,” said Reto Simmen, Chief Business Officer at Mouvent. “We have announced ourselves on the global stage for digital textile printing. We are very excited about the next stage, as we start to deliver these transformative machines to partners all over the world. This is the beginning of a new phase in digital textile printing.”
“We are very excited to start rolling out the pipeline in the months ahead,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “The digital printing solutions offered by Mouvent will present new opportunities for all sorts of companies, bringing more flexibility, unmatched productivity, shorter time to market and infinite variation, all with a very compact and energy efficient design. This will revolutionize the digital printing world.”
Mouvent is currently looking into distributing its machines in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh through partnership with Gurugram-based Fortuna, a company owned by Vinod Iyer with a long experience in Digital Textile Printing. Vinod Iyer and Mouvent are very confident that the TX801 is the perfect match for this very important region for textile printing and product roll out can start soon.