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In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe, and in close dialogue with its national Associations and exhibitors, FESPA has today taken the decision to postpone FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020, originally scheduled to take place at IFEMA Madrid from 24th to 27th March 2020.
Based on feedback from exhibitors, FESPA will now seek to reschedule the events for a later date, precise timing and venue still to be determined based on venue availability.
FESPA CEO Neil Felton explains: “Until this week, our actions with regard to COVID-19 – including the pre-emptive action taken in February regarding exhibiting companies from China – have been informed by guidance from the relevant international and national authorities, with the primary objective of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors. However, in light of the recent spread of the virus in specific areas of mainland Europe, we have consulted with our stakeholders and have concluded that it is in the best interests of our community to defer the events to a later date.”
FESPA will provide an update regarding revised event dates in due course.
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“Durst’s proven and cost-effective solution in a price-sensitive market is revolutionising our business. A lot of international brands and buyers are now asking for digital printing.”
Bliss Impex, an international manufacturer of synthetic textiles printed fabrics and apparel fabrics, exports 80% of its business and counts many globally-recognised brands among its clients. In a price-sensitive market, the company now relies heavily on Durst proven technology for industrial-scale production. Less wastage, fast-turnaround on orders, no limitations on colour, broad designing concepts and printing on virtually any materials and 50% less water consumption are among major benefits in a seismic change to digital production of over 10,000,000 linear meters a month.
“This is the future,” said Ekansh Jain, Director of Bliss Impex. “Durst’s proven and cost-effective solution in a price-sensitive market is revolutionising our business. The machines are incredible flexible with no limitations on colour. We can print on an endless list of materials with the Alphas, including many that used to need pre-coating. The fantastic quality gives us a competitive edge, and the sharpness and brightness really stand out.”
Bliss Impex is part of the Jain Group of companies employing 300 people and having a €17.5 million turnover. In a changing market, buyers and designers are now demanding shorter turnaround times from order to delivery and an immediate response when any last-minute changes are needed.
Ekansh Jain typifies the new mindset within the family-owned firm in an evolving market where brand owners and designers demand digital production. Bliss Impex made the investment in Durst systems – three Alpha 190s Reactive production systems and one Durst Alpha 180 printer for polyester work – after a first venture into digital didn’t work out with another supplier. They use the Durst One-Step GOTS-certified reactive ink. All the printers are housed in a temperature-controlled new digital centre in Delhi in a €6million investment. Orders can be completed within three days, sometimes even 24 hours, a far cry from the 15 days it would take with conventional production.
Durst provides round-the-clock on-site technical support as well as a remote link-up with the Durst headquarters in Italy. “We have had a real partnership approach with Durst, which provides world-class support and service,” said Mr Jain. “It may be in as little as three years’ time that our unit here runs completely on digital. Costs are coming down all the time. This is a redefinition of the production processes.
“A lot of international brands and and buyers are now asking for digital printing because they see this seen as a green process. We have reduced our water consumption by 50%, around 500,000 liters per month. As one example of how we are growing our business and opening new opportunities directly with brand owners, H&M needed to print on sushi voil for a ladies’ garment and we completed the 300,000 linear meter order within 20 days. It could not have been done conventionally in that timescale because we needed many different colours and lots of merging. The incredible quality speaks for itself.”
Mr Jain concludes: “This is a seismic change in the industry as people are being educated to the benefits of digital.”
Die einst kleine Manufaktur Picanova hat sich binnen weniger Jahre zum führenden Anbieter für individualisierte Wanddekoration, Fotogeschenk sowie Home und Livestyle-Produkte avanciert.
An sechs internationalen Standorten auf drei Kontinenten produziert Picanova täglich mehr als 120.000 Produkte für den globalen Markt.
Der Erfolg des Unternehmens ist mitunter auch der unternehmenseigene Produktionssteuerungssoftware zu verdanken. Diese Software, aber auch das starke Wachstum des Unternehmens bedarf aber auch Drucksysteme, welche dieser Herausforderung gewachsen sind. Um den hohen Standards zukünftig gerecht zu werden, hat Picanova in seiner Kölner Produktionsstätte in ein Garant für Produktivität und maximalen Durchsatz investiert: in unseren Durst P5 350. In unserem industriellen Large-Format-System handelt es sich um eine LED All-in-One-Hybridlösung für den flexiblen Druck von Rollenmedien und Platten bis 3,5m, welche sämtliche Ansprüche des industriellen Drucks erfüllt. Der P5 350 ist mit dem Monitoring-Tool Durst Analytics ausgestattet.
Bereits im Weihnachtsgeschäft machte sich unser Durst P5 350 bezahlt. Die vermehrte Nachfrage nach individuell bedruckten Platten konnte trotz er Komplexität, die dem Segment angesichts unterschiedlicher Materialansprüche zu Grunde liegt, mit Bravour meistern.
Dieses Wachstum ist Picanova durch die als Pflicht empfundene Premium-Qualität und die Investition in unseren Durst P5 350 garantiert.
Vor Kurzem hat der Verband Druck und Medien das Qualitätssiegel Digitaldruck (QSD) an Picanova verliehen, welches das Unternehmen als Erster Fotodruckdienstleister erhalten hat. Ein Beweis dafür, dass das ständige Streben nach höchster Qualität bei maximalem Druckergebnis und besten Preisen auch in Zukunft Früchte tragen wird.
Für 2020 visiert Picanova weiteres Wachstum im B2B Markt an.
Brixen, Italy - 02/24/2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, continues the success story of the P5 digital production platform, Stand A20 Hall 7, at FESPA 2020 in Madrid, Spain, from 24-27 March. The focus of its show presence will be the P5 350 printing system with extended features, options and inks to perfect the hybrid variety of applications for roll media and boards.
In line with Durst's own pixel-to-output strategy, the printing system is supplied with workflow software for print preparation and analytics software for processing real production parameters. This enables the customer to start production immediately. Accordingly, Durst accompanies the machine installation with extensive software training and services. Since the official launch of the new P5 production platform with the P5 350 and P5 210 printing systems at Fespa 2019 in Munich, more than 50 installations have been implemented worldwide, which documents the attractiveness of the overall package.
The Durst Professional Services (DPS) with modular software modules for pre-press or the networking of several printing systems present what further business opportunities and optimization potential the pixel-to-output strategy offers. For the web-based product presentation and customer communication, DPS offers with Smart Shop a web shop solution that can be fully integrated from the online catalog or configurator to the printing system. LiftERP, an enterprise resource planning software especially for print service providers, will also be presented. This has already been implemented with over 20 customers in the USA and will be localized for the European market this year. The Durst booth will be flanked by textile application presentations, with a focus on pigment inks, which is increasingly becoming a universal solution in industrial textile printing.
"We are looking forward to FESPA in Madrid and have the state-of-the-art P5 production platform with us," said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. "The high demand for our P5 printing systems is unbroken, the workflow and analytics software is continuously being developed, but we also see the increased need for information and training among customers, which we also address with expanded services. It is exciting for us to see the level of integration in which our solutions are used. While some are satisfied with the pure RIP function and the print quality, we implement complex web-to-print production infrastructures with others. For us, the focus is always on the Durst printing system, which can be integrated into the production processes with the respective Durst software and can be modularly scaled depending on the scope."
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Brand owners and customers are driving the change to digital. If I have somebody sitting in front of me with a completed design, I can complete the order that day. With rotary or flatbed, a minimum of 10-15 days would be required
Self-made entrepreneur Prithviraji Kankariya has committed to a digital textile printing future because, he says, it is the only way forward for the industry globally.
“If you want to grow, it has to be digital. This is the future – no question,” said Mr Kankariya, a respected figure in textiles for more than 25 years who is the founder of Kankariya Textile Industries and Anupam Creation in Ahmedabad, India. “Currently our business is roughly 70% traditional production and 30% digital, but will be evenly split within two years, and I am confident it will be completely digital within five years.”
Creativity and innovation are the backbone of the success at Anupam Creation. Focusing on home textiles – everything including bedsheets, curtains, tapestry, curtains and cushions – and fashion clothing, the teams specialise in creating their high end ‘own recipe’ designs for traditional, hybrid and digital production.
Now he is focusing on a complete transformation to digital textile printing. “In India, it will take a little bit of time but in many countries it has already changed,” said Mr Kankariya. “The whole market for rotary and flatbed will be finished in 10 years.”
Anupam Creation was formed two years in a $5million (€4.5m) investment in a modern building and equipment. Durst is one of three manufacturers supplying digital equipment for the company. In Mr Kankariya’s own words, the Alpha 330 production printer with SuperMultipassTM “defines a new generation of digital printing, creating a new performance class through the integration of new technologies in the printheads, inks, drying units and the interaction with the software”.
“It’s not just the build quality, reliability and extremely high speed of the machine; another good plus for Durst is the sensors in the software that are very well aligned to work at those industrial speeds. If there’s ever a problem, which is rare, we know straight away so avoid waste and having to re-do jobs, which can be expensive. Having fast design uploads is very productive, so are the detailed analytics.
“Brand owners and customers are driving the change to digital. If I have somebody sitting in front of me with a completed design, I can complete the order that day. With rotary or flatbed, a minimum of 10-15 days would be required, perhaps even longer. Customers won’t wait around for that long. They want it now – and so it’s only possible with digital.”
Major benefits include minimal water wastage, no limitations on colors or need for color separation, no large amounts of stock in warehouses, any number of individually printed samples immediately available, and production for small or large orders – unlike traditional printing where the minimum fabric quantity order would start from 10,000 meters.
Mr Kankariya concluded: “With printhead and ink prices continuing to come down, I know will have changed all my business to digital after five years, which I am sure will enable our business to continue to grow. Durst has very good technology and I am very happy with the Durst machine. Let’s see what happens…”
Leatherhead, Surrey – 13.02.2020 – Aurora Graphics is stepping up to another level and widening its business offerings to customers with significant investments in new technology and software through Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies.
The Birmingham, UK-based company has purchased a Durst Rho LED 512R six-color with white production printer and taken on another nearby production unit as part of progressive expansion where turnover is expected to grow by another 20 per cent this year alone.
The introduction of five-meter wide production will help Aurora Graphics to bolt on extra services for clients in a variety of markets in which the company already operates. Advanced software provided through Durst Professional Services will also introduce new mechanisms for ink usage control, provide unattended printing capabilities and improve workflows.
Mike Stearn, Managing Director of Aurora Graphics, said: “It’s never an easy decision with an investment of this scale, so we had to see what was available on the market. The reason we selected Durst included the build quality, productivity, versatility and the fact it’s the best offering on the market. The Rho 512R LED will complement our existing equipment and help us to continue to provide a first-class level of service to our clients and give a wider choice of products we can service to them.
“This is another example of our commitment to investing in the best technology in the market, which will complement our existing portfolio and helps us to step up to the next level. It also reflects the ethos of a client-led company that always seeks to employ solutions-driven people who will continue to further professionalise the business. We certainly don’t want robots.”
Aurora Graphics covers a broad gamut of sectors including exhibition, POS, outdoor graphics, backlits, as well as working with some trade and print management companies.
“I envisage the introduction of the Rho 512R will lead to significant more work in the exhibition arena and outdoor graphics, plus will give us the capabilities for longer runs for quality, higher-end contracts, as well as more backlits,” said Mr Stearn. “And, of course, we’ll be able to turn round jobs far more quickly now, thanks to the fantastic productivity, as well as offer more services to clients.”
Peter Bray, Managing Director of Durst UK & Ireland, said: “Aurora Graphics is a perfect example of how forward-thinking companies are increasingly turning to Durst for technology and software that makes a tangible difference to their business. We are delighted that this, in turn, helps them provide a wider range of products and services for their own customers. It’s a win-win situation.”
8th – 31st May 2020 in Brixen, Franzensfeste, Klausen and Neustift / South Tyrol - Italy
Once again, the Brixen Water Light Festival shines even bigger and brighter in May. The success of last year's edition as to the number of visitors, the wide coverage of the international press and the number of light events has led to a new, even more spectacular Brixen Water Light Festival in this new season. Many novelties this year starting from the important partnership with Durst, which thanks to its philosophy is in ideal symbiosis with the festival. Durst Group is a world-leading manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies with its headquarters in Brixen.
Colour and light are not the only affinities between the festival and the company. Durst is a family business with an 80-year history, in which innovative strength, sustainability and quality are the central values. Values that the company shares with the festival. Thus, both partners are committed to spreading a respectful awareness of the sustainable use of nature and water resources and see their task in raising awareness of conscious and environmentally friendly consumer behaviour.
"Durst stands for the innovative power and responsible entrepreneurship at the Brixen site", says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. "We are digitizing production technologies around the world, reducing the need for water and energy in production and enabling sustainable, high-quality products in many industries. As a partner of this year's Water Light Festival, we would therefore like to communicate not only our fascinating habitat "mountain" and our handling of natural resources, but also to present the positive impulses and industrial developments that result from it".
On the fourth edition, the event will also be expanded geographically. This year, for example, light art installations will also be shown at water locations in the old town of Klausen, the Fortress of Franzensfeste and the Engelsburg of Neustift Monastery.
While in Brixen, Klausen and Franzensfeste the installations will shine again between 9 pm and midnight, the show in the Engelsburg will be open to visitors during the day.
Also in the new year, artists of different origin, education and nationality take part in the festival and deal in their works with the two natural elements of water and light. For 24 evenings, "Water is life - light is art" will be the central theme of this unique festival, once again drawing attention to how beautiful, precious and at the same time fragile the world we live in is.
The focus is again on the theme of water, which is viewed from different angles, highlighted or artistically presented. Cultural, ecological, social and economic reflections offer an almost unlimited breeding ground for artists. "The focus is on the city's special features and the valuable corners that are often overlooked. Light art and contemporary art meet in this festival and complement each other", says Stefanie Prieth of Brixen Tourismus, project manager.
Also this year the Brixen Water Light Festival powered by Durst is part of the official network of the World Water Day on 22 March. As a member of UNESCO's International Day of Light on 16 May, the festival is one of the initiatives that aim to highlight the importance of water and the constant appreciation of light.
During the festival, Brixen, Franzensfeste, Klausen and Neustift will be given a new atmosphere by promoting and supporting a broad reflection on topics of global interest such as climate change and the availability of natural resources. Also this year the Brixen Water Light Festival powered by Durst boasts the "Green Event" certification. The focus is on the use of energy from renewable sources, environmentally friendly products and digital advertising campaigns. In addition, cooperation with Deutsche Bahn will be resumed in order to raise the awareness of tourists to leave their car at home and reach Brixen by train.
The event with free admission is organised by the association BrixenCultur in collaboration with Brixen Tourism with the support of the Municipality of Brixen and the Province of Bolzano.
Further information on: www.brixen.org/waterlight
The Brixen Water Light Festival powered by durst celebrates this year its fourth edition and takes place from 8th to 31st May 2020 in Brixen / South Tyrol.
On the fourth edition, the festival is extended with installations also in Franzensfeste, Klausen and Neustift. Local as well as international artists will transform the water sites of Brixen and surrounding area into a unique light ocean through creative ideas and different light installations.
Reflections on ecological, economic and social aspects related to water are the basis of all artistic considerations. The light and contemporary artists will put a new spin on more than 20 fountains and set in scene the impressive confluence of the two rivers Eisack and Rienz and numerous historic and cultural treasures with different light and artwork installations. Under the motto "Water is life - light is art", a unique atmosphere is created in Brixen, Franzensfeste, Klausen and Neustift which enables a completely new perception of the old town and its water locations.
Durst, as the main sponsor and co-name partner of this year's Water Light Festival, is representative of the innovative power and responsible entrepreneurship in Brixen/Bressanone. As one of the leading manufacturers of digital printing and production technologies, the company provides impulses worldwide for sustainable, water- and energy-saving production in many industries.
Daily from 9 pm in Brixen, Franzensfeste, Klausen / South Tyrol
More information on: www.brixen.org/waterlight
Brixen, Italy – 20.01.2020 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. The new segment manager, Dr. Stefan Kappaun, has responsibility for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. Dr. Kappaun also will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.
Dr. Kappaun is a member of Durst Group’s executive team and heads the ink business for all segments as Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids. A technical chemist with a focus on polymer science and a trained business economist, he is an expert in materials science and the development and marketing of ink systems for digital inkjet printing.
This know-how is particularly important within industrial textile printing, because, in contrast to other industries, different materials, pre- and post-treatments as well as large-scale process influences, represent a daily challenge in digital textile production. At the same time, digital textile printing is one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies. It is a sector being targeted by advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers. All have different textile experiences, but are always looking for new applications and business opportunities.
With the Alpha Series, Durst offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy end-to-end software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing.
"The digital textile printing market is fragmented in itself and we see different speeds and developments worldwide," says Dr. Kappaun. "While new, non-industry service providers often already have digital know-how but less textile experience, the traditional manufacturers are masters of textile finishing, but not all analog processing steps can be transferred directly to digital textile printing. Durst has a comprehensive ecosystem to serve the different requirements and to support customers in the digital transformation. Our printing systems are designed for industrial productivity, but also offer profitability from the very first meter. The prerequisite for this is mastery of the pre-treatment and post-treatment steps as well as the digital workflow, in which Durst focuses on the consulting and training services in the new Customer Experience Center at the Durst headquarters in Brixen."
Dr. Stefan Kappaun succeeds Martin Winkler in his expanded role as Segment Manager Textile Printing, who will take on the role of Global Sales Manager Textile Printing in the future. The Textile Printing Team will also be supplemented by the experienced service technician Martin Oberparleiter, as the new Junior Product Manager Textile Printing. New sales and service structures are also being implemented in the core markets.
Durst Oceania welcomed the trade to its new base in Tullamarine, where managing director Matt Ashman and Durst CEO Christoph Gamper hosted printers and suppliers, and officially opened the business.
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“Australia is a very important market for us and Durst is about its people. Having Matt here, who has worked with us for more than 10 years, has enabled us to further service this region and customers directly,” Gamper said. “Labels and packaging is growing in Australia, just like it is all around the world. For us, this means new opportunities arising and there is still a lot that we can bring to the market – not just from the machines side but also the software, portfolio, and optimisation sides. That’s what we are going to focus on for the next few years.”
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