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Konica Minolta-Gentili Mosconi aimed at the development of innovative technologies for digital printing of textiles

It’s news of a few months ago the Partnership between Konica Minolta, a multinational leader in the production of digital printing systems, and Gentili Mosconi, a world-leading Group in the fashion market serving the main international players in the luxury world. The objective of the agreement is to combine Konica Minolta’s technological experience and vocation for innovation with Gentili Mosconi’s technical design skills and attention to detail to optimize high-quality standards, also from the point of view of sustainability. The Synergy between the two entities has yielded excellent results in developing technologies intended for fabrics for prêt-a-porter and accessories collections, and the companies are now preparing to enter phase 2.

In recent months Gentili Mosconi has been testing the production of its fabrics for the high-end luxury market through the already well-known and appreciated Nassenger 8, the Konica Minolta System at the forefront of Digital Textile Printing, capable of offering professionals in the sector maximum precision and quality, short printing times and ease of use.

Gianluca Macchi (Director of sales IJ Textile, Konica Minolta) with Pasquale Mari (Digital Printing Director, Gentili Mosconi)

The real innovation, however, involved the introduction into the printing process of a new way of handling in-line pre-treatment, capable of skipping the fabric pre-treatment stage altogether, coming directly to the printing stage. Thanks to this technology it has been possible to reduce process steps, thus increasing printing speed, produce more sustainably, reduce water consumption, and make efficiencies by limiting the use of materials, inks, and energy.

Relative to inks, fine-tuning is underway with respect to Reactive Ink. If the results are positive, further testing will then follow regarding the other chemistries: acid and dispersed inks.

The two Players can therefore be satisfied with the important steps forward that have been taken and the positive evolution of the Partnership. Currently, the companies are in a fine-tuning phase and it is expected that Konica Minolta will soon be ready to sell the product globally.

(L to R) Enrico Verga (Injet Textile Director, Konica Minolta); Hiroshi Yoshioka (President, Konica Minolta Business Solution Italia); Francesco Gentili ( CEO and Founder of Gentili Mosconi); Inada Hiroki (President, Worldwide Textile Division, Konica Minolta); Gianluca Macchi (Global Sales Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Italia)

Francesco Gentili, CEO and founder of Gentili Mosconi commented, “We are honored to have been chosen by Konica Minolta as a strategic partner to develop together new innovative solutions for digital printing. It is a prestigious collaboration for us, of international scope, which validates our innovative capacity and know-how in printed fabrics for prêt-a-porter, strengthening the Group’s positioning as a reference player in high fashion, with an increasingly personalized offer that combines technology and innovation with craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

“We are pleased to have agreed with such a prestigious partner as Gentili Mosconi, a worldwide reference for prêt-a-porter. Thanks to this partnership we are jointly developing new solutions that can improve the production process; by combining our know-how with that of Gentili Mosconi we will realize the desired goals, always leaving the doors open to further technological developments. We are confident that this is just the beginning of a long path of fruitful cooperation for both companies,” said Enrico Verga, Inkjet Textile Director at Konica Minolta.

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