Kornit opens new ink factory and acquires Tesoma

Kornit opened its new state-of-the-art ink manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel at the end of January and is hoping that this factory will be able to supply its consumables for the next decade. 

Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit, speaking at the company’s press conference at Itma 2019.

The new facility cost roughly $25 million. Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital’s Chief Executive Officer, explained: “This is a key milestone in our journey to become a $1 billion company by 2026 and will ensure we can support the tremendous growth our customers are experiencing, for many years to come.” 

The new plant will manufacture all of Kornit’s ink, as well as most of its consumables, including Fixa, Softener, Flushing and Priming. Previously Kornit manufactured its ink in a smaller plant in the same area but the new ink plant will allow Kornit to triple its existing total capacity whilst running one shift, with the obvious implication that it can simply add more shifts to increase output further. The new facility covers some 11,000 square metres but Kornit described this to me as more of a campus than a single building so there also appears to be space on the site for further expansion. However, it’s worth noting that some of Kornit’s proprietary consumables are produced in North America.

The factory uses a highly automated manufacturing process, controlled by an industrial automation system all the way through to packaging. The R&D will continue to be located at Kornit’s HQ in Rosh Ha’Ayin, near Tel Aviv in Israel. Testing of consumables and chemistry will be carried out at the new facility.

Kornit says it is actively supporting carbon-neutrality solutions. The main lines have been equipped with stainless steel pipes, which are durable and completely recyclable. The company is planning to install a solar energy manufacturing system that will provide some of its total energy consumption.

Samuel added: “We are proud to lead the charge for a cleaner and more responsive textile industry as we continue to write the operating system for sustainable fashion and textiles on demand.”

Around the same time, Kornit also acquired the German company Tesoma, which manufactures curing and drying systems including a highly respected range of textile dryers. This gives Kornit an experienced R&D and engineering team that has experience in working across various industries, including solar, auto and printing. 

Samuel explained: “Digitizing the production floor is a key pillar of our strategy and the acquisition of Tesoma will allow us to continue accelerating on our mission to transform this industry, with innovative and sustainable, never-before-seen, on-demand textile production solutions.”

He added: “We’ve been working with Tesoma’s phenomenal engineering team on revolutionary product innovations and unique integration concepts, and I am very excited with our immediate and longer-term roadmap plans.”

The acquisition should be completed by 1 April 2022, following the satisfactory completion of business transition and integration plans. You can find further details on the textile printers from kornit.com and on the dryers from tesoma.de.

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