NEW YORK: EFI and Kornit Digital Ltd announced a joint partnership to address the growing demands of the printed textile industry as it migrates from analog to digital technologies; said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI here on March 20.
EFI is the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions.
EFI has made a strategic investment of $3.5 million in Kornit as part of the agreement, which develops and sells high-end industrial digital inkjet printers and inks for the textile industry, primarily for the finished garment and apparel printing markets.
According to Guy Gecht, EFI is impressed with Kornitís high-speed, high-quality printers and unique textile inks, their seasoned professionals, and their passion for bringing the benefits of digital inkjet technology to the garment industry. This alliance aims to further Kornitís growth and accelerate the printed textile industryís transformation from analog to digital technologies.
Ofer Ben-Zur, CEO of Kornit Digital said that they have been seeking a partner that is a proven technology leader with a global reputation. With EFIís support and strategic investment, they will be able to extend their lead as the only digital industrial solution within the direct to garment market. EFI can offer them many sales and marketing opportunities by exposing them to their large customer base.
With more than 100 customers, mostly in North America, Kornit offers digital inkjet printers that specialize in printing high-quality images on t-shirts and other finished garments, with print speeds up to 200 t-shirts per hour. Kornit systems can print on a wide variety of fabrics, including black garments, using proprietary solvent- and water-based CMYK and white inks that provide high image resolution, color vibrancy and wash resistance.