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Digital Textile Printer EFI Acquires Ink Producer BDR Boya Kimya

As the digital textile printing market grows in importance, companies are expanding capabilities, combining synergies and introducing new technologies.

Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI), a publicly traded company based in Fremont, Calif., has acquired privately held BDR Boya Kimya, a Bursa, Turkey manufacturer of reactive inkjet inks for industrial digital textile printing. BDR is being integrated into EFI Reggiani, a technology provider with an extensive lineup of industrial textile inkjet printers utilizing water-based inks.

EFI said BDR will continue to develop inks and work closely with and support its clients while expanding and growing its capabilities. BDR’s employees are joining EFI, working from their current sites in Turkey. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but EFI said they are not expected to be material to its financial results.

EFI said the strategic acquisition expands its digital reactive ink offering and bolsters EFI Reggiani’s presence in key textile markets.

“We are excited to have the BDR team on board and to fully support their industry-leading customers,” EFI Reggiani vice president and general manager Adele Genoni said. “The synergies arising with BDR and the world-class portfolio of EFI Reggiani textile printers will be a key point of emphasis for us to continue providing high-quality products and innovation. EFI Reggiani is also significantly strengthening its presence in Turkey with this acquisition, which brings us to the heart of an important and growing textile hub.”

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Founded in 2016, BDR has built a significant presence in Turkey and Pakistan and, increasingly, across Europe, the Middle East and India.

“BDR has always been very focused on the growing worldwide opportunity with digital to increase sustainability in the textile industry using high-performance and quality inks,” Serra Saatcıoglu Yildiz and Ibrahim Demir, BDR’s co-founders, said. “EFI’s global, best-in-class Reggiani portfolio fits exactly with our own key goals for innovation and growth. We are excited to be joining EFI to work together on advancing the industry’s analog-to-digital printing transformation.”

EFI noted that its mission is to lead the global transformation from analog to digital imaging. The company develops technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite.

Last month, Kornit Digital, a pioneer in digital textile printing, introduced the new Kornit Presto, an industrial single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. The Kornit Presto solution eliminates the need for pre- and post-treatment of fabric and allows for high-quality printing on a broad variety of fabric types and applications.

Omer Kulka, Kornit’s vice president of marketing and product strategy, said, “Kornit is on a mission to reinvent the textile printing industry with game-changing sustainable technologies for growing market segments.  We continue to see demand growth for on-demand production in fashion and home décor.”

Last week, Bliss Impex, an international manufacturer of synthetic textiles, printing fabrics and apparel fabrics, said it invested in four Durst Alpha systems–three Alpha 190 Reactive machines and one Durst Alpha 180 printer for polyester work–that will double business volumes and turnover within five years.

Bliss said the cost-effective, digital technology provides industrial scale production of more than 10 million linear meters a month and is expected to replace Bliss Impex’s conventional textile printing setup within three years. The Delhi, India-based company pledged to invest in more systems from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital and production technology, as major changes come to industrial digital textile production.