Durst and IGEPA Systems announce sales partnership in Germany
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."
Durst to unveil more groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio at Labelexpo 2019
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.
Durst software delivers top quality for Magnacrom Digital’s color-demanding clients
Eloy Palacios (l) and Carlos Fernandez, both co-owners.
“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.”
LIXIL Partner Excellence Award given to GOTO INC in Japan for Durst Gamma XD great performance and support
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.”
Durst and Koenig & Bauer appoint Robert Stabler to lead new joint venture company for digital packaging printing systems
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.”
Durst at forefront of evolution for digital production in textile printing
Brixen, Italy - 09.07.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies and at the forefront of the web-to-print revolution in fabrics, has affirmed its technological commitment to the dynamic textile industry with prestigious deals in key growth sectors across the world.
Leading the web-to-print charge and located at the crossroads of digital textiles and e-commerce is Spoonflower, the US online community that has built its bedding and table home décor business around Durst’s pigment technology on the Alpha platforms. It has chosen to invest in two more Durst Alpha 330 Series 5 with pigment – one for North Carolina, USA, and the other in Berlin, Germany – to support its adoption of eco-friendly digital textile printing technology.
Spoonflower allows individuals to design, print and sell their own custom-designed fabric, wallpaper, and home decor products. The Spoonflower marketplace hosts the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world, with over 1 million designs available to suit every taste and style. With environmentally sustainable on-demand manufacturing, no minimum order requirements, and zero finished goods inventory, Spoonflower exemplifies an integrated “pixel to output” approach.
Gart Davis, who co-founded Spoonflower in 2008, said: “Spoonflower is not just a service for custom fabric printing, we are a community that prizes individuality, self-expression, and a human connection between designers and those who want to bring design into their homes. Pigment printing is a future technology that we use today thanks to the hard work and strong partnership with Durst. Our collaboration on home decor has been successful; the Alpha produce beautiful fabric with a precise, fine print, a broad gamut, and strong fastness properties, which is why we have invested in two more pigment Alpha 330s.“
Christoph Gamper, Durst CEO and Co-Owner, said: “As a pioneer in the web-to-print for fabrics, sustainability and pigment sectors our technology platforms represent the “new” textile. It’s not only speed but clever solutions too. The world needs more companies that question the status quo. We’re at the forefront of the evolution that will sweep across the textile industry. This is just the beginning.”
The Alpha 330 Series 5 is the fifth generation of Durst’s Alpha printing systems. It features newly-developed software to meet the increased demands of textile digital printing as well as improvements in material handling, efficiency and material diversity. The technology platform offers a sustainable, flexible and scalable solution for every application and enables waterless one-step production with Durst Advanced Digital Pigment ink. SuperMultipass™ provides 30% better performance than comparable systems by integrating new technologies in the printheads, inks and drying units. The Alpha Series 5 can also have a patented SwiftJet Pretreatment System positioned upstream of the Alpha printer – valuable for short-run and fast-turnaround jobs.
A family-owned company with a history stretching back more than 80 years, Durst Group’s values are focused on innovation, customer orientation, sustainability and quality. The US division of Durst, which is based in Rochester, is a full-service subsidiary and highly integrated service provider.
Backed by consultancy and seamless integration provided through Durst Professional Services, all systems can be equipped with the new Durst Workflow Print, monitoring tool Durst Analytics and Durst Smart Shop. Expansion modules are integrated with the printing system to create a complete production process “from pixel to output”.
Durst showcases new fifth generation Alpha technology with SuperMultipass™ at ITMA 2019
Brixen, Italy - 18.06.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will be showcasing its proven Alpha comprehensive technology platform on Booth A210, Hall 3 at ITMA in Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via, Spain, from 20-26 June
Headlining will be the fifth generation Alpha printing systems delivered with Durst’s new software to meet increased demands of textile digital printing. The new Alpha Series 5 190 and 330 printing systems being unveiled at ITMA feature improvements in material handling, efficiency and material diversity. The technology platform offers a sustainable, flexible and scalable solutions for every application, even enabling waterless one-step production with the new Durst Advanced Digital Pigment ink.
The Alpha Series 5 printers, including dual roll, are all equipped with the new Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics to become a production unit from day one. To integrate e-commerce businesses, Durst offers a scalable solution with Durst Smart Shop. Backed by consultancy and seamless integration provided through Durst Professional Services, the new workflow software gives users access to key functions in production such as color management and RIP. Expansion modules are integrated with the printing system to create a production process “from pixel to output”.
The new Alpha 190 / 330 Series 5 with SuperMultipass™ provides 30% better performance than comparable systems. This next generation of high performance printing systems integrate new technologies in the printheads, inks, drying units, and in the interaction of software. The Alpha Series 5 can also have a patented SwiftJet Pretreatment System positioned upstream of the Alpha printer. Digital pretreatment is particularly valuable for short-run and fast-turnaround jobs.
For the Alpha Series 5, Durst offers environmentally friendly water-, acid- and reactive-based ink systems. Its Advanced Digital Pigment is the world’s first ink system that enables a one-step process with soft touch and brilliant colors. Universally used in textile applications, it also has excellent light fastness and wet rub fastness and can be used on all types of fabric. In addition, the ink family includes Durst Disperse HD, which is a first choice for polyester applications and also regularly used in home textiles, apparel, fashion, flags, banners, outdoor signage and other POP applications; and Durst Reactive HD where common applications are home textiles, apparel and fashion. All these inks are Oekotex 100 and GOTS 5.0 compliant.
Martin Winkler, Durst Group’s Segment Manager, Textile Printing, said: “ITMA is another important platform to demonstrate our proven Alpha technology and advanced software. The fabrics, soft signage and textile markets support fast turnaround short runs and sustainability using digital technology. Our growing number of customers make savings in colouring inks and water consumption, as well as in production costs and delivery times. They are backed by world-class support from skilled consultants and integrators provided through Durst Professional Services, as well as comprehensive training in our Customer Experience Center at our head office in Brixen.”