Kornit Digital Ltd. – a leader in providing digital textile printing technology – has announced the acquisition of US-based advanced additive manufacturing technology company Voxel8.
Voxel8’s technology is said to allow textile companies for digital fabrication of functional features with zonal control of material properties, in addition to utilising high-performance elastomers adhering to inkjet technology.
Commenting on the acquisition news, Ronen Samuel, Chief Executive Officer, Kornit Digital, averred, “Voxel8’s innovative technologies and talent will help us accelerate the execution of our 4.0 strategy to digitise sustainable, on-demand textile production,” adding, “With this advanced and proven 3D technology, we will disrupt the business of fashion, empowering completely new creative decorative concepts and never-before-seen functional textile applications, while exploring new lucrative opportunities in the functional apparel and footwear markets.”
Endorsing the views of Ronen, Kobi Mann, Chief Technology Officer of Kornit digital, commented that Voxel8 offers direct 3D print-on-part capabilities, advanced design software that can be easily integrated with any production floor software workflow.
“This means reflective, high-density, silicone and metallic, as well as compression elements for sports and therapeutics, protection elements like cushioning and impact resistance, and functionality applications like anti-slip, waterproofing and other qualities combining form and function that are key to Kornit’s vision of digitising production in every conceivable manner,” said Kobi.
Fred von Gottberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Voxel8, shared her response over this acquisition and said that Voxel8’s innovative and sustainable technology have been tested by some of the world’s leading global fashion and footwear brands, such as Hush Puppies, which is part of Wolverine Worldwide.
“It enables the digital creation of unique decorative and functional applications, while eliminating time and waste from the manufacturing process,” informed Fred, adding, “Voxel8 shares Kornit’s vision of transforming the textile industry and couldn’t be more excited to be part of the journey to build the operating system of sustainable fashion on demand. We look forward to working together to embed Voxel8’s technology into Kornit’s customer offerings, which will collectively provide endless possibilities of enhanced applications and solutions.”