HP will make its first-ever moves into the textiles printing market by launching two machines in its new Stitch S series of dye-sublimation printers, with a third on the way for Fespa.

The 1.6m-wide Stitch S300 and S500 printers will be available from June after being debuted at the ISA 2019 convention in Las Vegas, US, from 24 April.
HP said the Stitch S300 had been designed for ease-of-use and is intended for entry-level or minimal-use markets. It comes with HP’s Ergosoft RIP, HP transfer paper and the manufacturer’s full profile library. It is capable of both transfer and direct-to-fabric printing.
Its sibling, the S500, was described by HP global business director for textiles Ester Sala as a “workhorse” for high-production operations, designed to keep up with demanding workloads in markets such as sportswear, interior decor and soft signage.

Both machines will be followed in July by the 3.2m Stitch S1000, which will be presented under exclusive invitation at ISA and will receive its public unveiling at Fespa 2019 in Munich next month. Details on the S1000 are scant as yet and will be revealed closer to the show.

“The digital printing market is worth $3.6bn [£2.77bn] and polyester makes up 60% of the square-meterage that is printed,” said Sala. “It is expected to continue growing to a point where its demand is doubled by 2030 and the more it grows, the more dye-sublimation will grow, too.”