2007 August 15

Mayer House Business Media Limited is set to launch the inaugural trade show which they hope will raise the standard of shows aimed “specifically for the UK garment supply, decoration and equipment industry”. Entitled ‘Printwear UK’ the show has been confirmed for 17-18 February 2008 at Cranmore Park. The announcement follows the successful launch of their industry magazine ‘Printwear Today’, whose immediate and resounding popularity “proves emphatically that the market for garment decorators has been, and is continuing to grow” according to Managing Director Nick Carpenter.

Printwear Today will host the exhibition and raising its own profile in the process, proving that their ambitions to become the leading garment decoration publication are not unfounded. The show will provide an opportunity to showcase garments, decoration applications, equipment and consumables. But the focus of the show is said to be new and innovative products, meaning that if successful this could well become the most important annual event for all garment decorators in the UK, and possibly even abroad.

A great deal of thought has gone into providing the ideal venue for the event, free parking is provided and Mayer House are very concious of the high prices associated with such events, often a turn-off for potential attendees. Carpenter states that there was a need for “a venue that appeals to both exhibitors and visitors alike. A venue that provides exhibitors, unrivalled value for money and gives visitors a much needed break from high costs associated with attending other venues in the area”.

Mayer House will no doubt be hoping their show becomes as successful as the annual FESPA convention (seen below) which has become the industry byword for a show on printing techniques.


An advertising campaign will be initiated to raise awareness of the show throughout the industry, comprising of trade press announcements, online campaigning and direct mail promotions, so this will certainly not be the last you hear of Printwear UK. It seems that the effort is barely warranted however, within a few weeks of marketing the event over 50% is already booked and reserved – so if you want to set up a stall and gain exposure, or keep up with all of the latest innovations in the industry, you had better book now before tickets are unavailable.

2007 June 28

I commented in my blog from FESPA that the Kornit machines were giving good results on dark T-shirts, and now I know why.


The revolutionary 931D

Kornit recently announced that they had successfully applied for a patent on their revolutionary digital printing machine, the 931D Printer will be available to all in the garment/apparel industry soon. This cutting-edge technology, in conjunction with Kornit’s specially designed digital white ink, will allow t-shirt printers to produce sharp and vibrant colours on dark textiles using digital technology for the first time. Currently digital printing onto a dark t-shirt generally means “washed out and faded print colours”. Thanks to advances in technology, digital (DTG) printing looks to be the way forward for T-shirt printers.

2007 June 8

FESPA Berlin 2007

In a nutshell

• Great for t shirt printers.
• Compact exhibition
• Beautiful cosmopolitan Berlin.

The FESPA Exhibition covers printing in general (printing equipment traditional and digital as well as consumables. Two and half halls were dedicated to Garment and textile decoration. This included screen printing, digital printing, printing consumables, embroidery machinery and a limited amount of embroidery consumables plus a limited range on clothing. Unlike PSI Germany the clothing related halls are doable in a day if you are in a hurry.

The digital equipment (DTG) suppliers were clearly visible despite huge areas being taken up by traditional screen printing carousels suppliers such as M & R . Printing on black is still a problem for DTG printers but the results on black t shirts from the Fast T jet machine produced by U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology looked considerably better than the competition from the Brother GT 541 and other injet garment printers. For higher volume DTG printing. Kornit offered a solution which gave good results on dark colours but at a significantly higher investment than the Fast T Jet or Brother GT451.

There was a large array of heat transfer press suppliers ranging from Beijing based manufactures through to better known brand names such as Stahls producers of the Hotronix range of Heat Transfer Presses. In contrast Roland equipment plotters and printers seem to be everywhere.

Clothing suppliers were thin on the ground. Continental, American Apparel, Bella and Sols were the best known clothing and T-shirt suppliers exhibiting. If you are looking purely for clothing or clothing suppliers this is not the right exhibition for you.

This was my first trip to Berlin which is a beautiful, relaxed and cosmopolitan city which I would love to visit again.

FESPA ExhibitionFESPA Hall
FESPA ExhibitionFESPA Exhibition

2007 March 23

Date: March 28-29th 2007
Exhibition: The Trade Only Show
Location: Coventry

Date: May 1-3 2007
Exhibition: Sign UK
Location: NEC Birmingham
Tel: 0208 651 7140

Date: June 5-9 2007
Exhibition: FESPA
Location: Berlin Germany
Tel: 01737 240788

Date September 4-6 2007
Exhibition: PSI Paris
Location: Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles
Tel: 33 1 47 56 50 48

Date October 24-27 2007
Exhibition: SGIA 07
Location: Orlando Florida
Tel: USA 1 703 385 1335

Date January 25-27 2008
Exhibition: TV Textilveredlung & Promotion
Location: Stuttgart, Germany

2007 March 8

Of the Big three – Hanes, Gildan and Fruit of the Loom only Hanes was present.

Hanes were promoting both the Hanes and Stedman ranges on separate stands.
The Hanes stand was a minimalists dream, big lights and 3 plasma screens. A bit like Foxtons, the London estate agents, there was little evidence of product on display. The Stedman stand had the product behind bars, guarded by people dressed painted to look like wild animals. What was the slogan “Bite the Customer” or was it “Fight the T-shirt” I can’t remember.

Continentals stand reflected a cool fashion image, a sort of French Connection ready for print or embroidery.

At embroidery machine stands Baruden, Tajima, SWF and Midwest ……, things were much as usual – embroidery machines busily beavering away. No hint of minimalism here.

The suppliers of heat presses and vinyl seemed to be getting plenty of traffic.

The newer technology digital printing took my interest. There were several stands including YES and Amaya offering rival machines that could print multicolour prints straight onto a t-shirt.

Notable new stands included Trutex the schoolwear supplier. I didn’t really understand the logic of their strategy of offering free embroidery on their products when the majority of visitors at the show were printers and embroiderers.

Back at our JHK stand things were busy. Could the customers get past the marketing manager from Blue Max /Stag taking photographs of our stand? Had Kustom Kit’s people had been round for a third time for brochures and price lists. No wonder we were running out. How could we politely stop the people who had decided that they wanted to win the Ipod and that they were going to do this by going through all the scratch cards. Things had started to turn nasty when they decided that the only reason that they hadn’t won was because that we weren’t really giving one away.

There were plenty of interesting moments. “Could the person who picked up the promotional bag with the lap top inside, please return it to the organisers office”.

The show was a great opportunity for new printers, embroiderers and find suppliers.
After 3 days of scoffing biscuits and multicoloured M&M’s which reflected the colours of our T-shirts it was time to go home. As for next year why does this show have to be in Birmingham again….. London or Manchester would make a nice change.

Image JHK stand at Printwear and Promotion Exhibition

2007 February 26

We will be exhibiting at UK’s premier exhibition for promotional clothing.

Come and say hello, pick up a brochure, free t-shirts and scratch cards to instantly win Ipods.
(There is no purchase necessary for our win an ipod competition).

We will be on the JHK Trader stand. (Stand number C52).

The exhibition is in hall 9 of the NEC in Birmingham

The exhibition is open
10.00 am – 5.00pm Sunday 4th March
10.00 am – 5.00pm Monday 5th March
10.00 am – 4.00 pm Tuesday 6th March

2007 January 22

Compared to recent UK Printwear and Promotion exhibitions this trade exhibition is a completely different beast. The major differences between PSI and Printwear and Promotion are:

1. Size

This exhibition is huge with hundreds of exhibitors covering 5 halls. After 3 days at the exhibition I was really glad I had invested in my Boots gel filled insoles.

2. Not just for Printers and Embroiderers

The variety of products on offer is huge. This exhibition covers all promotional products not just clothing allied items. There was everything you could think of from scarves, phone covers, flags, pens to branded water and biscuits. If you want to find an unusual promotional product this exhibition would be the place to come.

3. The Major Promotional Clothing Brands.

At last an exhibition with all the major brands under one roof. Unfortunately you have to go all the way to Germany to see them. All the majors were there: Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and Russell. In addition the smaller brands such as Continental and Kustom Kit and JHK Trader were also present. Rather than putting all the promotional clothing suppliers in one hall they were spread throughout the exhibition making going stand to stand a rather time consuming affair

.4. No Printing Or Embroidery Machine suppliers.

Unlike Printwear and Promotion there didn’t seem to be any presence from any T-shirt printing equipment suppliers or embroidery machine suppliers. However there were suppliers of pad printing equipment (for Pens and other promotional products) .

If you want to be at the leading edge of the T-shirt printing and embroidery industry this is a great show to see all leading T-shirt, polo-shirt and
sweatshirt suppliers under one roof, but be prepared for the walk !!

PSI Dusseldorf January 2007