SmartShop solution from Durst enables DCP to reach new target audiences
24 – 27/09/2019Brussels Expo, BelgiumBooth: 9C50Hall: 9
24 – 26/09/2019Nuremberg, GermanyBooth: 8-300Hall: 8
12 – 14/09/2019Exhibition Center Ulm, GermanyHall: 1
13 – 16/08/19Sydney, AustraliaBooth: R28
Durst software delivers top quality for Magnacrom Digital’s color-demanding clients
“With Durst, I’m dealing with people who know what they’re talking about. From the front-end through data preparation to the route to the printer, Durst is our competent partner for web shop support.” Oliver Knaup, Managing Director of DCP Digitaldruck & Profiltechnik
For over 20 years, the innovative company DCP, based in Gütersloh, Germany, has been supplying graphics and large format digital prints to the event and trade fair industry. Oliver Knaup, Managing Director of DCP, had long been considering setting up a web shop to expand the business and reach new target audiences.
“Durst knows our business very well and was of course known to us as a manufacturer of printers. As the web shop idea took shape, Durst was our first port of call. ‘Web to Production’ means much more than just implementing software and building a shop. Our customers expect high-quality bespoke products, the print data must be prepared correctly and the finish determined right from the start. With their wealth of experience, Durst helped us to set up our online shop at www.megafabric.de, and we knew exactly that we would be technically up to date with Durst’s design templates. We were able to go live with the shop in less than four weeks!”
Since autumn 2018, thanks to Durst’s SmartShop solution, DCP has been offering high-quality photo and design products such as custom seating cubes, photo rugs, towels and other accessories for the home, offices, trade fairs and events. Customers can also order printed textiles, such as canvas, velour and cotton, for pillowcases, curtains and tablecloths. Designs are easy to create using the configurator. There are 12,000 examples of Pattern Design and images from the ADOBE Stock Collection available in the shop. Text and images can be added to the designs. It is also possible to create complete designs on the computer at home and upload the file via the configurator.
“This enables us to reach important new target audiences such as architects, home planners and interior designers who are very involved with the event and trade fair industry,” explains Oliver Knaup. “The user friendliness of the flexible software has already been praised by many customers and means we can offer a large design portfolio. Customers are particularly enthusiastic about the online design tool smartEDITOR. This makes it easy to design custom products, which can then be viewed as a 3D preview. This gives customers a much better idea of what the end product will look like. You can even superimpose your own photos into digital drafts! It’s a simple tool, but very effective.”
“We’re still in the early stages,” says Oliver Knaup. “But order volumes are growing steadily thanks to our extensive advertising campaign. Customers are very satisfied with the quick ordering process and the products. Durst continues to provide very professional support and a very good partnership has been developed. We’re in the best hands with Durst!”
Brixen, Italy / Melbourne, Australia – 29.08.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced the opening of Durst Oceania after the successful launch of its P5 technology and innovation platform for large-format specialists at Printex in Sydney. This new branch marks another watershed moment in the proud history of family-owned Durst, which opened its new global headquarters in Brixen, Italy, earlier this year, as it continues to cement its transformation into a highly integrated process service provider.
Durst Oceania covers Australia, New Zealand, Tazmania and other outreach markets in the Pacific Ocean. Its headquarters will be close to Melbourne’s international airport and central business district in Tullamarine. The official launch follows the successful conclusion of negotiations to acquire the business interests of Durst distributor Photo Electronic Services – known as PES – based in the north-east of the Australian city.
Durst Oceania Managing Director is long-serving employee Matt Ashman who hails from the UK but has taken up Australian residency. He has been associated with Durst for more than 25 years, first as a customer and then within Durst UK and Ireland’s sales and marketing operation until relocating from England in 2015.
“I am delighted to be at the helm of a new era of what I am sure will be sustained growth for Durst in the region,” he said. “The market potential is huge. Durst Oceania is a strong economic region with a young entrepreneurial vibe. Its diverse population represents many different cultures from around the world. Customers in the region have really embraced our innovative technology – particularly the new P5 platform shown at Printex for the first time in August – and software solutions such as Durst Workflow, Dust Analytics and Durst Smart Shop.”
Durst Group CEO and joint owner Christoph Gamper, who has led the company’s transition and introduced a new management structure, said: “We are extremely grateful to the work dedication of PES, and would like to put on record our sincere thanks for their support and cooperation as a long-standing Durst distributor. But now we move forward and welcome Durst Oceania to our growing family. Matt and his team epitomise our new business philosophy: a passion for technologies and markets, with innovation as the driver, and provides active collaboration and participation in every area. Durst Oceania is an important strategic step as we continue to shape the future and grow our business. Driven by the mantra of innovation, Durst offers complete solutions from pixel to output.”
Durst is a global leader in high-performance printing systems – from image data processing and printing to final product finishing – all from a single source. It employs more than 700 people across the world. At FESPA this year it launched new P5 printing systems with integrated modular software solutions, analytics software and optional expansion with prepress and webshop solutions under the motto "Pixel to Output". The P5 platform setting new standards in print quality comprises the P5 250 HS launched in 2018, new family members the 350/210 hybrid solutions equipped with LED technology, and the P5 250HS and P5 200 HS featuring MEMS printhead technology.
Brixen, Italy - 01.08.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has entered into a distribution partnership with IGEPA Systems GmbH in Germany for its Large Format Printing portfolio. The agreement includes the distribution of the Durst P5, Durst Rho and Durst Rhotex series of web and flatbed printing systems as well as the Durst Software Eco-System with the Durst Workflow and Durst Smart Shop solutions. In future, Durst software solutions will be available at the respective demo centers at the IGEPA locations throughout Germany. Durst will also be exhibiting its new P5 350 hybrid printing system at the IGEPA in-house exhibition "Select" in Ulm, southern Germany, from September 12-14, 2019, with live demonstrations of the integrated processes from pixel to output.
"In addition to our direct sales, with the IGEPA Systems, a subsidiary of IGEPA group, we have a strong specialist wholesale partner at our side to further expand our presence in Germany," says Andreas Unterhofer, Managing Director of Germany for the Durst Group. "They have a wide range of products and the necessary know-how in large-format printing to be able to advise customers on the various suppliers, printing systems and software. We are already benefiting from the increased interest in Durst P5 and the integrated software solutions and look forward to exhibiting at IGEPA Select."
Brixen, Italy / Brussels, Belgium – 30.07.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will launch and present groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio – including the launch of a new model – on its stand C50 in Hall 9 at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, from 24-27 September.
Introduced two years ago, the Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass presses set new benchmarks in the label industry with already more than 50 installations all around the world. Visitors will be able to have a close look at the technology and different applications used by customers. New features such as a special high opacity white and high speed white print mode are helping to boost the performance and range of applications for customers.
The focus on the booth will also be on the new software portfolio offered by Durst Professional Services. New features of the Durst Workflow Label combined with the Durst SmartShop and integration packages help to fulfil Industry 4.0 standards to drive the Tau RSC portfolio.
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Package Printing, said: “We are really looking forward to Labelexpo 2019 where we will be unveiling more groundbreaking innovations. This will include new software and the expansion of our updated Tau RSC portfolio that will set the base for the future of industrial digital inkjet printing.”
Full details will be officially unveiled at Durst’s press conference in the Press Office Theatre at Labelexpo, Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, 24 September at 14.15 to which you are invited.
“You have exceeded expectations. Your software is jaw-dropping – other vendors just don’t have anywhere near the same quality. We have a lot of trust in Durst.”
Magnacrom Digital, a long-standing Durst customer, serves a retail customer base in Mexico City as well as the wider Latin America markets and across the USA. It employs 38 experienced and fully trained staff. Giant technology companies and international retailers, particularly luxury brands, are among its customer base.
“As you can imagine, luxury brands have exceptional color-demanding requirements,” said Eloy Palacios, Co-Owner and Managing Director for Magnacrom Digital. “These are met thanks to Durst’s outstanding software. Color-replication file prints are highly impressive in all areas, but significantly superior on color gradients where we can achieve unprecedented control of the gray-scale axis.
Magnacrom Digital has two different production sites, one dedicated to UV producting using a recently acquired Rho 312R Plus and the other specializing in dye-sublimation fabrics and soft-signage with Durst Rhotex 180TR and Rhotex 325 production systems. The software provided through the newly-formed Durst Professional Services division links through all the printers.
“With our previous system, it took a lot of time to perfect the colors, the other software didn’t have the same quality,” said Mr Palacios. “But now we have halved the typical campaign press-check time down. This represents savings for our clients, more production time on our side and much better color output than before.
“One of our customers is the most color-demanding client you will ever meet, but even they have been amazed at the results. Durst Software has opened our eyes to some incredible opportunities ahead to enable us to grow our business. We are now undergoing further development work and will be working side by side with Durst, a company that delivers. It has the best products, now it has the best software solutions as well.”
The intuitive solution from Durst is also helping Magnacrom Digital to cut down on ink usage and material wastage. “The software has resulted in a 30% reduction in ink costs across our printers, while increasing the quality of our production when normally reducing ink usage results in a drop in print quality,” said Mr Palacios. “The software analyses the output in a different way and uses algorithms to ensure the most effective processes. We have far less wastage, particularly with materials at the start of production.”
Mr Palacios concluded: “We could never have achieved what we have without Durst. It’s been a true partner and we’ve worked side by side. It’s a company that reacts superfast to any concerns and there has been a lot of trust throughout the years. There is an extremely high degree of professionalism with Durst’s staff.”
Nagoya, Japan / Brixen, Italy – 2.07.2019 – LIXIL, a leading ceramic tile and sanitary ware manufacturer, recently held its annual Partner Excellence Award ceremony in cooperation with their purchasing and logistics departments.
The prestigious LIXIL Partner Excellence Award is given only to companies that have greatly contributed to the success of LIXIL in the last year in terms of important overall business, quality and technological improvements.
From the 327 companies/suppliers LIXIL was doing business in 2018, this award was only handed out to 10 companies, of which one was GOTO INC, the exclusive distributor for Durst Ceramics equipment in Japan. The LIXIL Partner Excellence Award was given to GOTO INC. and Durst thanks to the major technological improvements the superior Durst Gamma XD digital printing technology and support have greatly helped LIXIL to strengthen its market position and increasing its tile quality and manufacturing efficiency.
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Segment Manager, Durst Ceramics Printing, said: “With Gamma XD, LIXIL was able to develop and manufacture new, innovative and demanding designs and to set a new standard and trend in the market with its products. Receiving this award for the best digital printing technology is a big honour for GOTO INC. and Durst.”
Brixen, Italy – 09 July, 2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world with the broadest product range in the industry, have appointed Robert Stabler as Managing Director of the new joint venture effective August 1st. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has been officially established early May following the clearance of antitrust regulations from the relevant authorities.
Robert Stabler, who grew up in the UK, has global experience in technology companies servicing the graphic arts and document management industries. Before joining Koenig & Bauer Durst, he was Senior Vice-President with Xerox’s Continuous Feed Business, based in Rochester, NY, USA. Previous executive roles also included HP and Agfa.
Business operations are now under way for joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. Koenig & Bauer Durst will have its registered office in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and cooperate closely with both parent companies’ global network. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130 – including all associated services and the ink business as well as the development of the VariJET 106.
“I am really excited to take on this new challenge in the folding carton and corrugated packaging markets,” said Stabler. “Both are ripe for digital transformation with run lengths declining in both segments and brands crying out for very good, cost effective, short-run and versioning solutions. We will add all the competencies of Durst and Koenig & Bauer to leverage the best solutions. Durst with its expertise in digital imaging, production systems, inks and software integration, Koenig & Bauer with all its mechanical knowledge, high duty cycle process, engineering, paper transport capabilities plus, of course, the great go-to-market expertise of both teams.”
Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group, said: “We welcome Robert Stabler who has an impressive track record, is an inspirational leader and is accomplished in proactively managing change management as well as substantial experience in developing new markets. The team we’ll create for the joint venture will supply the necessary solutions in markets where digital production lines offer huge opportunities for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries.”
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, commented: “This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us and we are confident being able to form a superb team led by Robert Stabler. Our distinct technologies and market expertise will be combined to offer state of the art products, optimized solutions for our customers including a flawless service and support.”
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