Direct-to-Garment market, including direct-to-film, is projected to reach US$4.4B by 2024, with growth rate of 16.5%: Grand View Research; Millcraft Paper offers 10 reasons to add direct-to-film T-shirt printing to commercial print businesses

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June 21, 2023 (press release) –

Hey there, print business owners! In today's fast-paced world, it's crucial to keep up with the times and offer innovative solutions to our customers. That's where direct-to-film (DTF) t-shirt printing comes into play. It's a game-changer that lets you create jaw-dropping designs on garments quickly and without breaking the bank. So, let's dive into ten compelling reasons why adding DTF printing to your commercial print business is a no-brainer.

Superior Print Quality:

Picture this: you've got a customer who wants to print a stunning artwork with vibrant colors on a dark t-shirt. Well, with DTF printing, you can deliver just that! In fact, a study by Smithers shows that DTF printing offers a whopping 30% higher resolution than traditional screen printing. Talk about making an impression!

Versatile Printing Capability:

The Direct-to-Garment (DTG) market, which includes DTF printing, is on fire! It's projected to reach a staggering $4.4 billion by 2024, with a growth rate of 16.5% (Grand View Research). What does that mean for us? It means more opportunities to cater to our customers' needs. Whether it's a sports team wanting their logo on different fabrics like cotton or polyester blends, DTF printing lets us handle it all with ease.

Cost-Effective Production:

Who doesn't love saving some bucks? DTF printing is a cost-effective solution, especially for short runs and personalized orders. Here's the deal: you can say goodbye to expensive screens or plates because DTF printing eliminates the need for them. That means setup costs slashed by up to 80% (Melco). So when a local event organizer needs a small batch of tees for their staff, you can deliver without burning a hole in their pocket.

Quick Turnaround Time:

Time is money, my friends! And with DTF printing, you can work wonders in record time. In fact, DTF printing can cut production time by up to 50% compared to traditional screen printing (Melco). Picture this scenario: a corporate client wants 200 customized t-shirts for an upcoming event. With DTF printing's streamlined process, you'll have those shirts ready well before the big day, leaving your clients in awe of your efficiency.

Increased Productivity:

We all want to take on bigger and better projects, right? Well, DTF printing is here to help. A study by Impressions Magazine reveals that DTF printing can supercharge your production speed by up to 90% compared to traditional screen printing. So when a local school wants to print a truckload of tees for their annual fundraiser, you can handle the volume while still maintaining top-notch quality. Go ahead and show off your printing prowess!

Durability and Longevity:

Customers want their prints to last, and DTF printing delivers. Those prints are built to withstand the test of time and countless washes—over 50 to be precise. DTF prints outperform other methods, ensuring that your customers stay satisfied for the long haul (Melco). So when a fitness apparel brand wants their logo to survive intense workouts and frequent washing, you can assure them that DTF printing has got their back.

Eco-Friendly Solution:

Let's give Mother Nature some love, shall we? DTF printing is a greener alternative to traditional methods. It uses water-based inks that are eco-friendly and produce significantly less waste. By embracing DTF printing, you're actively reducing your environmental impact. And guess what? That'll attract eco-conscious customers who appreciate your commitment to sustainability. Imagine a local eco-friendly organization that values sustainable practices. They'll be more inclined to choose your commercial print business for their custom t-shirts because of your eco-friendly DTF printing solution. By going green, you not only make a positive impact but also attract like-minded customers who want to support businesses that care about our planet. 

Creative Freedom:

Let your imagination run wild! DTF printing empowers you to bring unique and intricate designs to life. Forget limitations—reproduce intricate details, gradients, and even photographs with precision and accuracy. So when that up-and-coming artist wants their masterpiece on t-shirts, you can faithfully recreate every detail and nuance, giving them a canvas to showcase their creativity to a wider audience.

Competitive Edge:

Stand out from the crowd, my friends! Offering DTF printing sets your commercial print business apart from the competition. Here's the scoop: according to a market survey, only a fraction of commercial print businesses currently offer DTF printing. That means you have a golden opportunity to shine and position yourself as the go-to provider for eye-catching, vibrant custom designs. So when a local clothing boutique wants prints that grab attention, you'll be the one they turn to.

Additional Revenue Stream:

Let's talk moolah! DTF printing opens up a whole new world of profitability. The global custom t-shirt printing market is projected to reach a whopping $10 billion by 2025 (Statista). By expanding your services to include DTF printing, you tap into a thriving market of individuals, businesses, and organizations seeking custom apparel. This new revenue stream has the potential to significantly boost your bottom line and contribute to the long-term growth of your commercial print business.

Don't miss out on the exciting possibilities that direct-to-film (DTF) t-shirt printing brings to your commercial print business. With its superior print quality, versatility, cost-effectiveness, quick turnaround times, and other incredible benefits, DTF printing is a game-changer. It's time to level up your offerings, attract new customers, and drive business growth. 

Visit today to unleash the full potential of DTF printing for your commercial print business. Get ready to amaze and leave your competition in the dust!


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