By Wayne Robinson | November 3, 2021
Ricoh is stepping up its DTG business, partnering with Austrian industrial textile printer developer aeoon Technologies to offer a range of industrial-scale garment printing systems.
The move brings Ricoh into higher volume direct-to-garment (DTG) markets and places it in a more solid position to capitalize on what it says will be a “steep recovery” for DTG post-Covid.
Ricoh says the strategic technology partnership will allow it to focus on improved sustainability and greater profitability. The products will showcase Ricoh’s “expertise and knowledge” in inkjet printhead development. Color management capability and print data generation will be provided by ColorGate, a company based in Germany and owned by Ricoh.
Ricoh has so far focused on low volume DTG systems. With the Ri100, Ri1000 and Ri2000 offering low cost solutions.
The future portfolio will include systems that drive sustainable textile production on demand and respond to the growth opportunities presented by decentralized execution operations and centralized online businesses.
Dr Christian Compera, Managing Director, Global Industrial Print Solutions, Ricoh, said: “We are delighted to collaborate to provide a scalable product line that allows customers to flexibly adapt to the ever increasing demand for digital textile printing. We respect the expertise, knowledge and presence of aeoon Technologies in the global industrial DTG printing market, developed with its portfolio of innovative DTG printing solutions.
“Its approach of taking control of the entire digital textile production process, from design to manufacturing, reflects Ricoh’s commitment to developing forward-looking solutions. This newly formed partnership will set new benchmarks in quality, reliability and total cost of ownership that will benefit our customers in the future. “
Angelo Schiestl, Founder and CEO of aeoon Technologies, said: “We are delighted to partner with Ricoh as a leader in inkjet technology, extending our common offering to our customers around the world. The two companies share the same values, such as the unrestricted commitment to sustainable development and the sharing of know-how in training, education and support for the benefit of our customers. The “aeoon digital institute” and the “Ricoh’s Textile Competence Center” are prime examples of this approach.