The Kornit Avalanche HD6 is a new generation direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, which significantly lowers ink consumption and provides for a softer, immediately noticeable, hand-feel.
Portugal-based Calvi has implemented the Kornit Avalanche HD6 system for efficient, retail-quality digital decoration on demand. Founded in 1977, Calvi is a textile manufacturing company that works with national and international partners to deliver sportswear and casual apparel for men, women and children. Now occupying a 6600sqm facility and employing a team of more than 120 qualified professionals, they are committed to the evolution of textiles with regard to three fundamental values: quality, availability, and efficiency. In addition to their own e-commerce operation, Calvi produces about 100,000 T-shirts per week for brands like Pull & Bear, Zara, and Bershka.
‘When we first contacted Kornit, it was very easy to create the partnership we have now,’ said Anselmo Pereira, Head of Design at Calvi. ‘Kornit Avalanche really helped us to move faster, to be more ecological — we basically don’t have minimum quantities to produce.’
At Calvi, business is personal, reflecting management’s core values. ‘This company started with my grandfather, and then my father started running the business by himself,’ said Catarina Lopes, Founder and CEO of the brand’s eco-conscious Nüwa division.
‘I started Nüwa, which has two pillars: everything is sustainable, and we are inspired by people. We are sustainable; we don’t have to create more water waste or use more resources. Our products are made from recycled cotton, recycled polyester and organic cotton. We only use digital printing because it’s water inks; we don’t have to use chemicals in our products.’
‘People in the Douro Valley are really connected to the land,’ she added. ‘We do everything we can to keep the ecosystem balanced. We have to keep the only house we have, and that is our planet.’ Beyond promoting responsible production practices, Nüwa and Calvi had a very pragmatic motivation for adopting Kornit’s digital DTG system, as well. ‘Making our apparel to order without these machines wouldn’t be possible,’ said Lopes.
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