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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo 2013 which took place in Orlando, FL. honoured the Eastern Tech Company with the Product of the Year award, in the Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Inkjet Garment Printer category.

Eastern Tech is a custom ink developer and manufacturer, headquartered in Milford, CT. The Company specialises in Direct-To-Garment (DTG) and UV-LED Inkjet inks.

Eastern Tech also launched Firebird Ink at SGIA. For the first time DTG printers can purchase directly from the ink manufacturer. The Firebird White Ink increases the washability of DTG white ink prints, and reduces the amount of heat curing time from 180 seconds to 60 seconds.

Andrew Chastain, R&D Manager of Digital Technologies at Eastern Tech said, ‘Tremendously excited! Our team is honoured to gain industry recognition for Firebird Ink. For years, our chemists have listened to the DTG printer community to generate the most vivid colours, strongest durability, and most efficient print and maintenance. With Firebird Ink, we have optimised these important attributes of DTG Inks. The DTG community should expect more out of inks for DTG printing – Firebird Ink plans to deliver. With Firebird Ink’s launch, we wish to lead the ink innovation moving forward. Firebird Ink intends to set the new standards for better quality and more profitable DTG printing.’

Eastern Tech Company’s entry for the Direct-To-Garment Inkjet category:

• Category 120: Direct to Garment Inkjet Printers

• Device Manufacturer: Mankind Digital

• Device Name: Argon DTG Printer – ion Series

• Ink Brand: Firebird Digital Inks – Textile Ink for DTG Printing

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