Hampshire-based Fordingbridge Print has become one of the first UK companies to install a direct-to-film (DtF) printer from InkTec, in order to add to its range of short-run, personalised and promotional products.

The Inktec system, launched around a year ago and first shown in the UK at Printwear & Promotion Live 2023, combines a 60cm width printer with Inktec inks, an automatic glue powder shaker and curing unit plus take-up unit for a complete roll-to-roll production ready for storage. or immediate cutting and heat transfer in as little as 15 seconds to the various garments and other fabric items to be decorated.

Fordingbridge noted the generic benefits of DtF against DtG (direct-to-garment), particularly the lack of requirement for pre-treatment of fabrics, especially when using white ink, plus durability over time, and hand feel, thanks to water-based inks. It says this makes the system particularly well-suited for workwear applications, including overalls, high visibility clothing, gym attire and cycling wear.

Reasons for selecting the InkTec system and consumables included the fact that it was the only one Fordingbridge could find that would fit through a stand-width door, and the fact that the total installed costs came to under £14,500. The company says that the move to DtF ‘opens up a world of creative potential for designers and offers businesses the opportunity to elevate their branding and product offerings with vibrant, durable prints’.

‘We are thrilled to introduce the DtF printer to the UK market,’ said Andrew Wilson, production director at Fordingbridge Print. ‘This technology not only streamlines the printing process but also delivers superior quality and durability. With no need for pre-treatment, it simplifies the entire workflow, making it a game changer in the industry.’