The home textiles sector was a late-comer to industrial-scale digital printing, but a surge of investments over the past five years has transformed the market dynamics and triggered a new wave of innovation. Ink and machinery companies are racing to replicate the striking success of the technique in fashion and have concentrated their efforts in areas of key home-textile interest, such as super-wide machinery, pigment formulations and, most-recently, high-fastness vat-dye inks. At the same time, easy-to-access B2C channels are providing new enterprise opportunities for independent fabric designers, and synergies with related markets such as wallpaper printing are generating exciting possibilities in customised interiors.
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