The growth in the print-on-demand for short runs, lower opportunity costs, demand for individuality, and higher accuracy are some of the primary factors attributing to the demand in the global digital textile printing market. The introduction of water-based and solvent-based textile inks and the growing demand for enhanced accuracy and visibility through the whole workflow from design to delivery is propelling the development of management software in the market. Upgrades in textile printing, ink, and hardware combinations will help vendors occupy a larger share in the global market. The integration of services such as marketing, graphic design, project management, and finishing for PSPs will revolutionize the global market. The launch web-to-print model will result in shorter print runs and maximum utilization of operational resources in the global market. Innovations in terms of technology will lead to the provision of new features, and localized loops for print deliveries in the market. The digital textile printing market is anticipated to reach values of around 53 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of over 17% during 2018-2023.

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The different types of inks available in the digital textile printing market are:

1.    Sublimation/Disperse Dye Ink

The process of dye sublimation has developments over the past couple of years leading to speedy, high-quality results.  The advancements in user-friendly color-management systems, design software, faster printers, higher utilization, and expanding the gamut of inks are propelling the growth of the digital textile printing market. The dye sublimation segment finds extensive application in the interior décor and garments industries. Personalized home-textiles have been spurred by the concept of DIY and on-demand, custom textile fabric creation, translating to orders via online tools that provide customers with a wide variety of images, design ideas, materials, and color palettes. New fiber technology and fire-resistant substrates are gaining immense popularity in the global market. Direct-to-fabric printing technology is gaining immense popularity in the global market. The digital textile printing market by sublimation/disperse dye ink is estimated to grow at a CAGR of around 17% during the forecast period.

2.    Reactive Dye Ink

Reactive dye ink offers resilient print with crockfastness, washfastness, and lightfastness, and are largely used in fashion and interior fabrics. T-shirts, which are largely available to consumers, are batch-dyed with reactive inks. Countries such as Vietnam, China, Turkey, Philippines, and Bangladesh are largest end-users of reactive inks in the global digital textile printing market. Leading vendors are investing in the development of advanced inks in terms of consistency, reliability, compliance, ink head life, and fastness to gain new consumers in the market. SPGPrints recently launched the Nebula Reactive HD (high density) inks, that provide a color density which is 20% higher than competitor products and offers superior ink yields. The reactive dye ink segment in the global digital textile printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 18% by 2023.

3.    Acid Dye Ink

Acid dye ink is traditionally used on silk, wool, and used for nylon-based products such as swimwear, activewear, and intimate apparel. The introduction of polyamide fabric printing will transform the acid dye ink segment in the digital textile printing market. Several vendors are tailoring the properties of acid dye ink for lightfastness so that they can be used with chlorine and seawater and still maintain their integrity. The leading players in the market are providing services and support to businesses, designers, and decorator making the transition to more advanced, high-density inks by aiding in recalibrating of color profiles and thereby enhance the affinity toward these inks and printing systems they run on. The digital textile printing market by acid dye ink is projected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 17% during the forecast period.

4.    Pigment Ink

The growing demand for ease of printing with a reduced number of steps, lesser waste, fabric universality, better print life, and color stability is augmenting the growth of the pigment ink in the digital textile printing market. Pigment ink works with most fabrics that include natural ones such as linen, cotton, and other cotton blends. The leading manufacturers are developing inks with nano-particles and water-tolerant piezoelectric printheads to gain a larger market share. Factors such as better color, easier fixation, and improved lightfastness enable pigment ink to find varied applications in the home furnishing and décor segment in the global market. The pigment ink segment market in digital textile printing market is likely to grow at a CAGR of more than 18% over the next few years.

Leading players in the global digital textile printing market are EFI, SPGPrints, Seiko Epson, Kornit Digital, and Mimaki Engineering.