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The Importance of "Dry" vs. "Cure" for UV-Curable Inks

Posted by Mike J. Idacavage, Ph.D. on 2/20/19 9:53 AM

With the long history of traditional printing, when to tell that the ink is dry comes almost naturally. Working with UV-curable inks moves the printer into a different world. The starting raw materials for the UV binder make up the UV-curable ink formulation. I like to think of it as having a miniature chemical factory taking place on the sheet or web after the printed wet ink is exposed to UV light.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Inks, Dry vs Cure

What's Happening in the Garment Decoration Industry?

Posted by Olga Dorokhina on 2/11/19 12:08 PM

In the garment industry, time is money. And with a busy schedule, it’s hard to stay up-to-date with industry trends. That’s why SGIA conducts its annual Industry Benchmarking Survey, for which we surveyed 119 garment decoration companies in 2018. The following is a breakdown of some of our key findings. 

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Topics: Research and Reporting, Screen Printing, DTG, Garment Decorators, Finishing, Investment, Markets

2018 Garment Decorators Luncheon Takes an Eye-Opening Look at Branding

Posted by Christina Rosado on 11/21/18 3:22 PM

As the excitement and buzz of the SGIA Expo’s opening day continued into Saturday, October 19, the garment decoration community came together to spark a conversation of their own at the Garment Decorators Luncheon.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo, Digital Textile, Fashion Industry, Digital Textile Printing, Fashion, Garment, Garment Manufacturing, Screen Printing, Garment Decorators

What’s Next for the DTG Business Model

Posted by Bill Grier on 10/3/18 2:53 PM

If you are currently in the “digital T-shirt print-on-demand" business, you are probably beginning to feel the effects of price pressure from big online producers like Amazon,Custom Ink and others.  Because they produce a product based on cost, the competition will be tough in the traditional “message T” market. However, one market based on fashion and relationships is wide open.  

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Retail, Business Solutions, Screen Printing, DTG

Why I Attend the SGIA Expo

Posted by Kerry Gillespie on 9/24/18 9:13 AM

I remember going to my first show on October 31, 1977. It was my 25th birthday and my first day on the job. The show was in Anaheim, California (think Disneyland!), and my dad owned the company, so I was invited to attend. Dad and mom introduced me to many of their friends at that show, and I still keep in touch with a few of them (or their sons and daughters).  

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Print, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo, New Printing Technologies, Screen Printing