Xennia releases polyamide ink and Cygnus software

Xennia technology has launched a new range of Agate inks designed for digital printing to silk and polyamide fabrics including nylon and lycra/ elastane/ spandex. These can be used to produce sports, swimwear and intimate apparel applications. These inks are designed to work with any system using Kyocera KJ4B printheads.

Dr Tim Phillips, marketing manager, says: “While smaller than the cellulosics market, the silk and polyamide markets are important ones with stringent quality requirements, which makes them ideal for Xennia. Adding Xennia Agate to our expanding range allows us to help a wider audience of customers looking for high quality digital textile ink products.”

In addition, Xennia is also licensing its Cygnus print software to OEM printer manufacturers. The software combines image colour management, RIP and splitting functions, with multiple process and spot colour capability using sophisticated imaging algorithms and including native Adobe PDF support. It also supports variable data printing and is also capable of controlling other components of printer hardware including ink supply, curing, maintenance and motion systems. Xennia has been supplying it for some years as part of its own digital solutions and bundling with OEM hardware module packages.

Dr Olivier Morel, Xennia’s Chief Technology Officer, comments: “The software is available for customers in industrial, labelling & addressing, décor and ceramics applications looking for an integrated digital front end (DFE) and image path package.”

Xennia is part of Royal Ten Cate, a specialist materials company headquartered in the Netherlands. It combines textile technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. TenCate is a global company with revenue of circa €1.1 billion, listed on the NYSE Euronext (AMX).

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