Supplier Sabur Digital has been appointed as a Mimaki reseller by UK and Irish distributor Hybrid Services, adding the manufacturer's machines to its portfolio of textile hardware systems.
Sabur managing director Dean Sanger said that working together on the Mimaki brand further strengthened Sabur Digital’s place as a market leader in the dye-sublimation sector.
“Our printer and press portfolio now includes Mimaki, Roland, Klieverik, Sefa and DGI, making our product range one of the most comprehensive in the UK.”
Sabur Digital, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is extending its showroom to over 230sqm. In May, the firm plans a combined launch of a new company website as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony for the flagship facility.
Textile machines on show will include the Mimaki TX300P, Mtex Blue, Roland RT-640, Roland XT-640 and the Klieverik calendar press and range from entry-level to high-speed and superwide-format kit.
Sanger said: “We expect more growth in the digital textile print sector in future. By adding the Mimaki brand we can show all aspects of sublimation printing, both paper transfer and direct-to-textile."
Sabur digital development director Aaron Burton added: “I would say the textile printing market will increase 50% to 60% in the next three to five years.
“The technology has become so advanced in the last few years, enabling higher volumes with low-price printers.
“And where sublimation used to be something of a niche, these days it more mainstream; people are talking about it more and it has become more accessible.”
He added: “Mimaki kit stands out because it is manufactured from the ground up and they are known as market leaders in the textile industry for that price point of machine.
“The company has a long-standing reputation of producing high-quality machines.”
Burton's team has already lined up the sale of a Mimaki TX300P for when the machine becomes available in the UK next month.
Sanger said: “I have been involved in the textile industry since 1982 and have seen an increase in digital production on an epic scale.
“Fabric is being printed digitally for applications from one-off shirts to home furnishings printed by the mile. These are exciting times, as British manufacturing looks to bring back production from the Far East.”
He said customers typically looked to invest in new technology every four to five years and it was vital companies were able to view the latest technological advancements on site.