Mimaki, manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has opened the doors of its new technical center in Istanbul, Turkey. The strategically-located Mimaki Tech Center will act as a training and technical hub for the European, Middle Eastern and African regions. It will primarily serve the textile and apparel market, but will also provide support across the breadth of Mimaki’s product line.
The center was established to address explosive growth in the Turkish market as well as to facilitate continued expansion of Mimaki’s reach in Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. It will provide exceptional training and technical support for customers, distributors and dealers in those regions. In addition, the facility houses a 550 square meter showroom that displays the entire range of Mimaki solutions for the Sign Graphics, Industrial Products and Textile & Apparel industries.
“Since ancient times, Turkey has been a key producer of cotton and wool,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “That heritage continues through today, with the vibrant Turkish textile and apparel industry comprising about one-third of Turkey’s exports. This is generating significant demand for digital textile printing using solutions such as the Mimaki TS500-1800 high-speed transfer printer. The center will also feature a new direct-to-textile printer powered by Mimaki’s 500 series engine that utilizes a belt feeding system.”
Adding to the line-up on display at the center, Mimaki will also be showcasing the high speed, high quality, JFX500-2131 UV flatbed printer, another member of Mimaki’s innovative 500 series of inkjet printers.
“Istanbul has long been the bridge between Europe and Asia,” added Arjen Evertse, Manager of the Mimaki Tech Center. “Placing the Tech Center here provides us with a unique opportunity to strengthen the bridge between our technology and our customers from three different continents. It also offers an excellent opportunity to be closer to our network of dealers and distributors in this region, providing them with more personal support. We are very excited about making this wonderful resource available here in Istanbul.”