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The Next Big Thing In Digital Inkjet Textile Printing -- Interview with Mr. Reto Simmen, CBO of Mouvent, by TPF
[December 05, 2017]

The Next Big Thing In Digital Inkjet Textile Printing -- Interview with Mr. Reto Simmen, CBO of Mouvent, by TPF

SHANGHAI, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 9th Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Fair (TPF 2018, will be held from 19 to 21 April, 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. TPF 2018 is organized by UBM China and SUNEXPO. As one of the most influential digital textile printing fairs in Asia, TPF is keeping a close eye on the market trend and technology development.

On Nov 27th, Mouvent had its first public appearance in China and its first global trade show demonstrating the TX801 – an 8 color multi-pass digital textile printer producing the highest print quality on textiles with up to 2,000 DPI optical resolution, associated with high printing speeds.

Mouvent CEO Simon Rothen (left) & Paul Yuen from DTS (right) on the press conference

After the press conference, TPF was pleased to interview Mr. Reto Simmen, CBO of Mouvent.

TPF: What's popular in the European digital textile printing industry recently?

Reto: There is a strong tendency to shorter runs because of fashion industry having not only two seasons or four, they really have multiple seasons. Almost every month a new fashion trend is coming out so they have to follow and react quickly. But I think this is true for Europe as well as China. In general in Europe there's only little textile industry remaining. There is quite a bit in Italy still around in the Como area. There are also high end brands in France focusing on high end fashion products. Due to the trend mentioned above, the industry is in strong need of more flexible printing technology such as digital inkjet printers.

TPF: When did you start to notice the Chinese market? How did you prepare for entering the Chinese market?

Reto: As we started to look into textile, we did market research and found out China has one of the biggest market potential, aside India, Italy and Turkey. Considering the competitive environment, we position our printer mid-to-high end, which enables crisp, colorful, very high printing quality in a cost-effective way. Textile market is the next market that is going digital. We have started to set up a networ within the textile industry. We have a partnership with a RIP supplier which knows well about the textile market. We have established a strong relationship with Paul Yuen [Digital Textile Solution Ltd.] in China and experts in other countries.

TPF: Is there a story behind the brand name, Mouvent? What's Mouvent's vision?

Reto: The company was founded in June 2017 as a digital printing competence center of BOBST. Mouvent is aiming to develop intelligent digital printing technology enabling digital printing on any substrate. There is no particular story behind the brand name.

At Mouvent’s booth

TPF: What do you think of the digital textile printing market in China?

Reto: In China, what's happening now has happened in Europe in the past. So you have production moving into cheap countries. So the Chinese printer manufactures have to think how to maintain their business so they have to come up with new ideas and they have to be fast because everything is looking for digital printing system, which can support them moving their business to the next level. There are some strong local brands establishing now in China. The trends are also going to be faster so the printers really have to keep step.

TPF: Why do you choose the Samba printhead for TX801?

Reto: The thing of Inkjet printer is always the head. The head provides the highest level of print quality. It is also able to lay down enough ink to enable us to print 80% of the jobs in single pass mode. Also it's an industrial head. We have looked at different printheads and finally have found the most suitable one for our products. We will be able to use the same technology for different markets.

TPF: Would you like to share some suggestions on choosing inks?

Reto: The complete inkjet print system has to work together with ink, which makes a package. We have our own ink development center in Switzerland. We evaluate different inks, test and certify. We provide our printers with Mouvent certified inks. The type of ink to choose really depends on what customer wants to produce and what fabrics he is printing on.

TPF: What's Mouvent's next move to expand the business?

Reto: In textile, we are going to introduce a double speed machine with 16 heads integrated in the 2nd half of 2018, which will double the output. In 2019, we will introduce a single-pass machine. I'm convinced China is a good market.

Mouvent CBO Reto Simmen (left) & Ivy Chen from TPF (right) during the interview

About TPF

TPF is held successfully for 8 years since its launch in 2009. With UBM's expertise in event organizing and its strong network around the word, TPF has grown as one of the most influential international digital printing fairs along with many industrial companies and experts. As one of the most influential digital printing fairs in Asia, TPF is aiming to develop digital printing business by providing a communication platform among equipment manufacturers, technology suppliers and end-users. TPF focuses on innovative products and advanced technologies, provides you with a variety of communication and sales channels and helps you to win a solid position in digital printing industry. For more information, please visit

Project cooperation: Katrina Dong, Tel.: +86 21-6157 7210

Exhibitor & Sponsor: Blake Li, Tel.: +86 21 6157 7253

Exhibitor & Sponsor: Yvonne Zhang, Tel.: +86 21 6157 7203

Exhibitor & Sponsor: Blair Bi, Tel.: +86 21 6157 3934

Media: Ivy Chen, Tel.: +86 21 6157 3919

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