This year’s winner of the SKAPA prize is Joakim Staberg who developed Coloreel, a machine for digital thread coloring that dyes threads while in production, a recent release says.
Joakim Staberg received this year’s award of 500,000 krona from the Foundation SKAPAs chair, Minoo Akhtarzand, and one of Sweden’s well-known innovators, Håkan Lans. The award was given at the SKAPA innovation gala, which was held in Stockholm on Nov. 8. The SKAPA award is established in memory of inventor Alfred Nobel.
The jury said this of the technology: “Today’s thread dyeing plants can only color thread in a single solid color. With the Coloreel technology, you can get a fast and high-quality coloring of a textile thread while using the thread in production. The first product based on this technology is a groundbreaking thread-coloring attachment that will be used in existing embroidery machines. By coloring a white thread during embroidery production, Coloreel gives you complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colors. This technique not only contributes to increased efficiency, but also in an innovative way to the efficiency of the global textile industry, development and growth.”
The first thread coloring units will be delivered to customers early 2019.
Coloreel is a Swedish technology innovation company, developer of Coloreel, which enables high-quality coloring of textile thread on demand for application in the sewing, knitting and weaving industries.