Epson subsidiaries Robustelli and ForTex to merge
Seiko Epson Corporation has announced that group companies Fratelli Robustelli Srl (Robustelli) and ForTex Srl (ForTex) will merge. Robustelli and ForTex are core Epson subsidiaries in the direct-to-fabric (DTF) textile printing sector. Robustelli develops and manufactures textile printers while ForTex engages primarily in textile ink sales and support.
Robustelli and ForTex are located in Como region of Italy, one of the world's great textile printing centers.
Epson sees textile printing as one of the most promising growth areas for its printing solutions business. Growth will be fueled by a shift from traditional plate-based analog printing to digital printing solutions. Epson sees substantial opportunity to leverage its inkjet technology to expand its business and is thus strengthening its textile printing product lineup and operations. The merger of Robustelli and ForTex will integrate management and position them to provide even better need-based solutions for inkjet digital printers, consumables, and services. The merger is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020
The global textile printing industry is being challenged to accommodate consumer preferences for unique designs with short production runs, provide quick product delivery, and maintain traditional value while reducing its environmental impact. Epson's inkjet solutions can increase user productivity while shrinking their environmental footprint. These solutions enable short-run production, shorten lead-times, reduce environmental impacts and help to solve other issues faced by the textile printing industry.
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