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Calvi achieves efficient on demand eco-production with Kornit

Calvi has implemented Kornit's Avalanche HD6 system for efficient, retail-quality digital decoration on demand.

11th November 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  Vizela, Braga, Portugal

Knitted Outerwear

Kornit Digital, a market leader in digital textile printing technology, has announced that Vizela, Portugal-based Calvi has implemented its Kornit Avalanche HD6 system for efficient, retail-quality digital decoration on demand.

Founded in 1977, Calvi is a knitted textiles and garment manufacturing company that works with national and international partners to deliver sportswear and casual apparel for men, women, and children. Now occupying a 6600 square metre facility and employing a team of more than 120 qualified professionals, Calvi says it is committed to the evolution of textiles with regard to three fundamental values: quality, availability, and efficiency. In addition to its own e-commerce operation, Calvi produces about 100,000 t-shirts per week for brands like Pull & Bear, Zara, and Bershka.

We are sustainable - we don’t have to create more water waste or use more resources

“When we first contacted Kornit, it was very easy to create the partnership we have now,” says 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, the company says.

“This company started with my grandfather, and then my father started running the business by himself,” says 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 adds. “We do everything we can to keep the ecosystem balanced. We have to keep the only house we have, and that is our planet.”

Catarina Lopes, Founder and CEO of the brand’s eco-conscious NÜWA division. © Kornit Digital.

Beyond promoting responsible production practices, NÜWA and Calvi also had a very pragmatic motivation for adopting Kornit’s digital DTG system. “Making our apparel to order without these machines wouldn’t be possible,” says Lopes.

Kornit Digital develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. The company delivers complete solutions, including digital printing systems, inks, consumables, software and after-sales support. Leading the digital direct-to-garment printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment printing process, Kornit caters directly to the changing needs of the textile printing value chain.

Kornit’s technology enables innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand and mass customization concepts. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit also offers a revolutionary approach to the roll-to-roll textile printing industry: Digitally printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric with no additional finishing processes. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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