The Future of Digital Textile Printing to 2023

Inkjet printing of textiles remains one of the fastest growing segments within the digital print ecosystem, with worldwide market rising to $1.88 billion in 2018, more than double its value in 2013.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 14 Dec 2018
Product format: Hard copy, Digital copy
Number of tables: 110
  • Across this period the volume of fabrics printed digitally has risen from 548 million m² to 1.16 billion m².
  • This attractive prospect is set to continue as digital systems create new business models and value-adding products in the fashion, signage and home décor industries. These trends are tracked and critically assessed in The Future of Digital Textile Printing to 2023, from Smithers Pira. This includes key insight into which factors will underpin future commercial success as the market increases to a total value of $3.75 billion in 2023, and grows to consume over 2.70 billion m².

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Our exclusive content:

  • Quantitative forecasts for the global inkjet textile print market; segmented by ink type, substrate, print process, and geographic region.
  • Expert analysis of the market and technology factors acting to fuel future growth in this booming sector across the next five years
  • Over 100 data tables and figures highlighting market trends in an easy-to-use format.

What methodology is used?

The Future of Digital Textile Printing to 2023 is based on a combination of in-depth primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews targeting all stages of the digital textile value chain worldwide.

Secondary research was based on a thorough literature analysis of market and company reports, magazine and journal abstracts, conference presentations and papers, international print and manufacturer associations, and trade press.

This process combined with Smithers Pira’s deep expertise in the print industry allows it to produce a report that gives a unique insight into this complex and rapidly evolving market.

What will you discover?

  • A comprehensive dataset quantifying the worldwide digital textile print market from 2013–23 by print volume (‘000 m²) and value ($ million)
  • In-depth profiling of the evolving marketplace for digital textile printing equipment, highlighting key growth segments and business models
  • The impact of market growth and technical innovation on key consumables, including inks, media and 35 end-use segments.

Who should buy this report?

  • Textile printing equipment manufacturers
  • Ink and dye formulators and suppliers
  • Specialist textile media producers and distributors
  • Print service providers and buyers in the apparel and textile signage markets
  • Brand owners, retailers and other high-value textile users
  • Consultants and analysts.

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Executive summary

Introduction and Methodology

  • Report Scope
    • Introduction
    • Definition of a textiles
    • Markets
  • Report objectives
  • Methodology
  • Definitions
  • Data
  • Segmentation
    • Geographic
    • Print processes
    • Ink types
    • Product segmentation

Key market drivers for digital textile printing to 2013-2023

  • Introduction
  • Structure of the global textile print industry
    • Analogue print
    • Digital print
  • M&A activity in digital textile technology
  • Reshoring of textile printing
  • Pigment-based inks
    • New markets
    • Technical challenges
  • Evolution in fashion industry
    • Fast fashion
    • Multi-season fashion
    • Customisation fashion
    • Web-to-print
  • Sustainability in global textile printing
  • Smart textiles

Technology developments in digital textile print 2013-2023        

  • Introduction
  • Printheads/process
    • Inkjet
      • Thermal
      • Piezoelectric
      • Continuous
      • Outlook 2018-2023
    • Dye sublimation
      • Indirect (transfer)
      • Direct
      • Outlook 2018-2023
  • Print equipment
    • High volume single-pass
    • Blank garment/ Narrow-web/platen, (<0.45m)
    • Cut sheet/ Wide format (0.45m - 2.5m)
    • Roll-to-roll/ Grand format (>2.5m)
    • Direct to garment
  • Other
    • Pre-press equipment
    • Post-press equipment
    • Software
      • DFEs
      • Workflow
      • Web-to-print
    • Post-press equipment
  • Industry 4.0 for digital textiles

Digital textile print processes and ink markets 2013-2023

  • Introduction
  • Ink base
    • Dye
      • Acid
      • Alkali (reactive)
      • Disperse
      • Sublimation
    • Pigment
  • Ink type
    • Aqueous
    • Solvent
    • Eco-solvent
    • UV curing
  • Inks for digital textile printing – Outlook 2018-2023

Substrate markets for digital textile print 2013-2023

  • Introduction
  • Canvas
  • Cotton
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • T-shirts
  • Hybrids (define)
  • Other
  • Outlook 2018-2023

End-use markets for digital textile print 2013-2023

  • Introduction
  • Apparel
    • Swimwear
    • Sportswear
    • Fashion
    • Haute couture
    • Ties and scarves
    • Other garments
  • Household
    • Upholstery
    • Carpets/floor coverings
    • Window curtains Shower curtains
    • Bed linen
    • Decorative pillows
    • Towels
    • Wall coverings
    • Other household
  • Displays & Signage
    • Indoor
      • Banners and signage
      •  Scenery, backdrops
      • Other indoor
    • Outdoor
      • Signage
      • Flags and Banners
      • Other outdoor
  • Technical & accessories
    • Automotive
    • Sails
    • Medical
    • Protective clothing
    • Accessories
    • Other
  • Outlook 2018-2023

Geographic markets for digital textile print 2013-2023

  • Introduction
  • Dynamics of global textile industry
  • Western Europe
    • Market overview
    • Market by end-use application
  • Eastern Europe
    • Market overview
    • Market by end-use application
  • North America
    • Market overview
    • Market by end-use application
  • Asia
    • Market overview
    • Market by end-use application
  • Rest of the World
    • Market overview
    • Market by end-use application
  • Outlook 2018-2023

tables and figures

  • End use categories and subcategories
  • Supply chain for analogue printed textiles 
  • Supply chain for digital printed textiles 
  • Profit pool for conventionally printed textiles
  • Profit pool for fast fashion textiles 
  • M&A activity in digital textile printing 2015-2018
  • Illustrative picture of pigment loading in a textile ink
  • Estimated digital textile inkjet ink sales by type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Global installed base, ink and output summary figures 2013–2023
  • Global summary installed base information, 2013–2023 (revised, estimated current & forecast)
  • Global digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital printing of textiles, summary 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Key textiles printhead manufacturers
  • Sample of typical digital textile machines
  • Statistics on selected new machines for digital textiles printing released 2016-2018
  • Digital printing of textiles, summary of projections 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • North America digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by print process, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by print process and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by ink- type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • North America digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by ink type, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by ink type and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Global digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Western Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by textile substrate, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2018 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by textile substrate and by country, 2023 (’000 m2)
  • Global digital textile printing revenues by segment, 2013–2023 (% share by output area)
  • Digital textile printing output by region, 2013–2023 (% share by output)
  • Global digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013-2023 (’000 m2)
  • Global digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013-2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital textile printing output of clothing by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Digital textile printing output of clothing by geographic market, 2013-2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital textile printing output of household products by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Digital textile printing output of household products by geographic market, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital textile printing output of technical textiles by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Digital textile printing output of technical textiles by geographic market, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital textile printing output of displays by geographic market, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Digital textile printing output of displays by geographic market, 2012–21 (’000 m2)
  • List of leading or upcoming countries for digital textiles markets with comments
  • Digital textile printing output by geographic market, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Digital textile printing output by geographic market, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Digital printing of textiles, summary 2018 ($ million)
  • Digital printing of textiles, summary 2023 ($ million)
  • Western European digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Western European digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Western European digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 ($ million)
  • Western European digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 (‘000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 (‘000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 ($ million)
  • Asia digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 (‘000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • North America digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • North America digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 ($ million)
  • North America digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 (‘000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by product segment, 2013–2023 (’000 m2)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World digital textile printing output by product segment and by country, 2018-23 (‘000 m2)