Spring 2011

The future of textiles

In the context of the European DigiTex project TenCate develops exclusive applications for innovative digital finishing processes. For this purpose TenCate collaborates with partners on new production methods and reliable digital processes. Digital printing and finishing will offer technological benefits, while Digital inkjet technology will enable new products with new functionalities to be produced.

These new functionalities relate to antibacterial treatments, single-sided hydrophobic functions, systems for controlled release and special chromic functionalities. Considerable savings on water, energy and chemicals are also possible.

‘In the DigiTex project the knowledge base was laid for digital finishing within TenCate’, says Alfons Wegdam (strategic & engineering director, Xennia Technology). All the ingredients are now present to convert the knowledge acquired within TenCate’s industrial environment into a means of production and an initial product. In concrete terms, this is a ready-made machine and a fabric that has been digitally finished on it. TenCate Advanced Textilesis at an advanced stage in the process to start on the installation of a machine in Nijverdal.

This much is clear: digital inkjet technology will fundamentally change the world of textiles. This technology will provide an important foundation for future, sustainable production. It will give greater flexibility in the production process, ensure that products are of a higher quality, shorten machine runs and increase the level of automation. Mass customization will also become possible (customized manufacture of large volumes).

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)