Kornit advances in the digital textile market – covering printing inks, coatings and related industries
Kornit Digital is one of the leading innovators in the digital textile space, having developed state-of-the-art printers and inks. Recently, Kornit has been active in acquiring new technologies, including additive manufacturing specialist Voxel8 and textile hardening leader Tesoma. Equally important, Kornit recently opened its new, state-of-the-art, $25 million ink manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
Kornit has come a long way since it opened in 2003. Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit Digital, has targeted $1 billion in sales as Kornit’s revenue goal by 2026. The pieces are in place, and everything boils down to the digital textile segment.
A publicly traded company since 2015, Kornit Digital is headquartered in Israel, but it has a global presence, with major regional hubs in the US, Germany and Hong Kong. Robert Zoch, Global Content Manager at Kornit Digital, noted that Kornit Digital pioneered the one-step digital textile printing system, first in the context of direct-to-garment (DTG) production and later in direct roll-to-roll production. fabric manufacturing.
Zoch noted that over the past two years, Kornit has acquired technology providers Custom Gateway (now part of Kornit’s offering under the KornitX brand), Voxel8 and Tesoma for hardening solutions.
“Kornit Digital is leading the way and writing the operating system for sustainable on-demand textile and fashion production, recently committing to ambitious carbon footprint targets,” he added. “Additionally, the brand achieved revenues of $322 million in 2021, with a stated goal of becoming a billion-dollar business.”
Kornit Digital serves a number of digital textile markets, including fashion and apparel, sportswear (Kornit Digital was the first to offer a DTG system specifically designed for polyester and poly-blends), interior decoration, personal accessories and custom fabrics for micro-brands/DIY designers.
The decision to add the new ink manufacturing facility enhances Kornit’s ability to serve its customers.
“Due to its continued success as a technology provider and leader in transforming the textile and fashion production business, Kornit Digital had outgrown our previous facility,” Zoch said. “The new plant is scalable to meet its needs for growth and scale, based on the needs of its customers.
“Additionally, Kornit Digital envisioned this new facility as a world-class research and development laboratory, where it can formulate, test and bring to market the next big developments in sustainable production capabilities and consumables, in order to guaranteeing customers new opportunities for the duration of the partnership,” added Zoch.
Kornit emphasized sustainability, noting that its products have no water waste and reduce inventory waste. The new ink facility adds to that.
“This facility is truly state-of-the-art, with streamlined production models, highly automated processes, and every aspect of the operation designed with sustainability in mind,” Zoch observed. “Additionally, this facility allows Kornit to expand its R&D efforts for years to come, and sustainability is one of the strongest measures of success for every new product Kornit brings to market.”
“Kornit actively supports carbon neutral solutions,” added Zoch. “The main lines have been fitted with stainless steel pipes, which are durable and 100% recyclable, making it another sustainable choice. The company will also soon install a solar power manufacturing system that will supply part of its total energy consumption. »
With the goal of tripling its sales in the next five years, Kornit’s expectations for the growth of digital textile printing are high.
“Kornit Digital expects it to become the dominant production medium as it responds to all the major trends disrupting the industry,” Zoch said. “Digital offers a fast, agile, one-click solution to create at the speed of e-commerce. It eliminates overproduction and grows with eco-friendly chemicals to meet the sustainability imperative.
Zoch also noted that digital production integrates seamlessly with web-based sales channels such as brand websites, social media apps and front-end design tools, as well as product management. ‘digital floor and shipping logistics on the back-end, enabling end-to-end. end of efficiency and automation to optimize the producer and consumer experience.
Ultimately, Zoch said digital textile production is both a growth-friendly business model and a sustainable solution to the many supply chain, waste, forecasting and carbon footprint challenges that have long plagued the industry globally.
“It allows unlimited creative expression and profitability in any quantity,” he concluded. “This enables local production, as digital workflows can align supply and demand around the world, minimizing the time and logistics associated with fulfillment.”