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Cotton Art Enables Transfer Printing On Natural Fiber Fabrics

Transfertex GmbH & Co. Thermodruck KG, Germany, in association with The Netherlands-based Klieverik Heli BV and Denmark-based Dansk Transfertryk A/S, has developed a new reactive printing technology that enables transfer printing on cellulosic fiber fabrics. The Cotton Art process now enables transfer printing traditionally possible only on polyester and polyester-blend fabrics on cotton, viscose and other natural fabrics. First patented by Dansk and developed for the market by Transfertex, Cotton Art is a combination of the traditional transfer printing process and the cold pad batch system. Rotogravure technology is used to create detailed shades, patterns and other effects.

Due to lack of heat dwell time, 30 meters of fabric per minute may be printed using the new process. According to Transfertex, other benefits include reduced use of chemicals and dyestuffs, as well as reduced sampling costs. The company has developed thousands of designs in numerous color combinations and variations.

June 2004