INNOTRANS: Transport and commercial building textile manufacturer Camira has introduced digital printing to provide what it terms ‘an unparalleled level of flexibility and freedom’ when choosing textiles for train interiors.

The company said this complements its established woven products, and highlights its commitment to remaining at the forefront of the sector.

The new product is based on an 85% wool fabic proven in the rail sector, and comes with the same assurances on life and colour fastness. 

The company’s Nigel Vickers told Rail Business UK that printing rather than weaving hugely reduces the minimum viable order for custom fabric designs to just a few metres, opening up possible applications including onboard advertising campaigns based on a few seats per vehicle. The lead times are also reduced from 12-16 weeks to three weeks. The number of colours is increased from four to 90 000, and the ability to recreate old designs is expected to be of interest to the heritage sector.

’It’s a little more expensive, but you get exactly what you want’, Vickers said. ’It will bring about a whole new way of working.’

Based in West Yorkshire in the UK and with a plant in Lithuania, the company sells around 8 000 km of fabrics annually and has customers in more than 75 countries, with transport clients including Transport for London and LNER.

Camira is also presenting its New Heritage collection at InnoTrans, with classic designs from its archive ‘reimagined and given a contemporary touch’ to combine nostalgia with timeless style.

Also on display in Berlin is Rapido faux leather, which was introduced earlier this year and is available in custom colours with the ability to mix and match shades across seat and trim.