Turning your trade to printable textiles

Have you considered adding printable textiles to your existing soft signage product portfolio? It’s easier than you think!

In the ever demanding sign and graphics industry, textile printing is one of the fastest growing areas. This market offers huge opportunities for sign makers, graphic producers and print service providers (PSPs). According to a 2017 report conducted by Grand View Research, Inc., the global textile market is expected to reach approximately USD 1,237.1 billion by 2025.

Previously there has been an assumption that there is a high price point to enter the printable textiles market. This was due to the need to purchase expensive dye sublimation or large format printers. But, this is now a thing of the past. Sign makers and PSPs no longer need to make big investments in textile printing equipment. They can use their existing printers (eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV) and immediately start reaping the benefits of producing soft signage.

Multiple environments are ideal for soft signage. Consider the benefits of adding printable textiles to your portfolio.

The textile printing market is huge, with multiple opportunities all over the world. You will see textiles widely used in lifestyle locations (airports, hotels, casinos, sports arenas, theatres, etc.), events (trade shows, exhibitions, show rooms, etc.), retail, interior decor and business environments. You can increase your product portfolio overnight, simply by using your existing equipment and working with new material.

Numerous application possibilities

  • Wall coverings and backdrops
  • Display frames, including backlit
  • Suspended/hanging displays
  • Roll-ups and advertising banners
  • Home décor, including curtains, table cloths and bean bags
  • Umbrellas and parasols
  • Artistic canvas and many more

Watch the video of how ImagePerfect 2324 textile wallpaper transformed an office wall.

Interested? Here are some of our top tips to help you get started in this market.

Use quality materials

Look for benefits such as crease and fray-free as well as checking for fire ratings and suitability for cold knife cutting. These features could be the difference between winning a job and missing out. Our range of printable textiles (from ImagePerfect and Berger Textiles) offer a variety of features to suit a broad range of applications. Material with a grey back feature increases the opacity and vibrancy of prints. A range of thicknesses and weights are available for applications where a heavy-duty product is required. Spandex offers a wide range in a number of different widths.

Textile print ImagePerfect

Try something new

Don’t be afraid to try new products, particularly with the ability to produce household items such as curtains, tablecloths and so on. With soft signage textiles you get completely different aesthetic qualities that cannot be achieved with other signage options such as vinyl. There is no doubt you will be asked to create some weird and wonderful items, and you will be able to. It’s all about experimentation.

A trusted printable textile supplier

Look for a knowledgeable supplier of printable textiles who offers quality products and customer service to support you when you need it – especially in those early days when you’re still learning.

At Spandex, we’ve been supplying textile products for over a decade and during this period our product range has evolved considerably. Today, we offer a wide range of textiles for a number of different applications in a variety of widths, suitable for all inkjet printers.

Spandex also supplies finishing and display systems that go hand in hand with the textiles to provide you with the complete solution for your customers.

View our entire range of printable textile materials

Products and links mentioned in the article

Product name or product range Link
ImagePerfect 2324 Wall Textile https://shop.spandex.com/p/1rz
Printable textile range https://shop.spandex.com/c/X07

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