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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.”
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”.
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.”
For more information, visit: www.durst-group.com/itma.
Hruby, a business founded in Berlin Kreuzberg back in 1919, celebrated its 100th anniversary in April 2019 and, under its current name of Hruby Werbetechnik GmbH, is one of the most versatile businesses in Berlin, employing 25 people. The strengths of the team, which is led by third-generation managing director Fritz Naumann, include individualized consulting, flexibility, and implementing challenging products. Fritz Naumann started out at Hruby as a vocational trainee, learning the business from scratch and assuming responsibility for the company in 2010.
In 2019, Hruby Werbetechnik GmbH expanded its operations by adding a Durst Rho 512R LED at a second location in Berlin and has been impressed by the quality and printing speed. The intention is to cover new products and larger formats as well as driving the company's philosophy of high customer satisfaction and diversity.
Kendu In-Store, a Basque visual communication solutions specialist for the retail sector, has, in recent years, driven growth and enjoyed continuous expansion. It has built on its marketing and design strategy cornerstones and its commitment to delivering excellence as standard.
Innovation has also played a vital role in helping it maintain its market leading position. As such, Kendu In-Store has been committed to ongoing investment in state-of-art technologies chosen to help retain its competitive advantage.
Key to this, especially in the highly demanding retail sector environment, is partnering with effective and responsive suppliers like Durst.
Kendu In-Store's business relationship with Durst began in 2012 with the installation of a Rho 320-HS. Since then it’s array of Durst solutions has continued to grow. Today, four Durst printers are installed in Hernani and a further two roll-to-roll solutions have been ordered for its new facilities in Miami.
The latest investment, a Durst P5 250 HS, was recently installed in the Hernani manufacturing plant. Alex Fernández, production director of Kendu-In-Store, comments: "The installation of the equipment was much faster and easier than I expected. Throughout the process we were able to count on total support from Durst's service engineers, from the physical installation to the training stage."
In fact, the operation transferred jobs to the new addition immediately and, after several weeks, the operators were reportedly very satisfied with the printer and the user-friendly interface. The latter has also become part of the new in-house development workflow software.
Kendu-In-Store chose the first fully equipped P5 250 HS inkjet printer in the Iberian Peninsula to offer its customers an attractive alternative to the photochemical print process. Complete with six colours, white and a heavy-duty roll unit, the P5 250 HS is being used as a hybrid system.
It offers visual quality similar to offset and all the advantages of digital inkjet including colour consistency throughout the run, repeatability and low operative costs, all at the highest productivity in its class. Thanks to all these features, the P5 technology is highly responsive and reduces time-to-market.
Digital inkjet also delivers a more ecological proposal than other print production technologies. According to Álvaro Cabrera, Kendu-In-Store CEO: "There is greater concern about environmental sustainability. This is leading many clients to question the way they produce applications and search for new alternatives... all, if it is possible, without reducing quality and maintaining reasonable prices.
"Point-of-Sale (POS) is no exception and, fortunately, the P5 will encourage many customers to take the plunge to digital inkjet production. Sustainability, profitability and quality are the key values for 'Kendu' and the P5 allows us to strengthen them."
As a market leader at both national and international level, Kendu-In-Store counts on inside information about global trends. Asked about this issue, Álvaro Cabrera comments: "Brands are looking to stand out by creating memorable and attractive environments that address the progress of e-commerce. Increasingly POS is where raising the brand image is becoming even more important than selling the product.
'In the immediate future physical retail will reduce presence but enhance impact. This is becoming more evident with leading brands opening flagship store and pop-up outlets. The result will be the reduction of 'traditional shops' worldwide and, simultaneously, brand owners will demand more striking and genuine ideas. Fortunately, digital printing offers a wide array of possibilities freeing up the imagination and supporting visual creativity."
As for the P5 250 HS Álvaro Cabrera says: "Our Inspirational staff are exploring spectacularly printed applications over a wide selection of media and, thanks to the new system, we can offer visual solutions that we couldn't have even imagined before."
Schopfloch, May 23, 2019. Surface design is playing an increasingly importance for interior fitting-, furniture-, flooring- and related industries, as the demand for individual and premium surfaces is steadily increasing. Innovative manufacturers and users of the industry have now reacted to this by launching the Digital Printing Association (DIPA).
Besides the HOMAG Group - the world’s leading provider of integrated solutions for production in woodworking industry and woodworking shops - the founding members of the new association are: MB Digitalprint GmbH & Co. KG, user and producer of digitally printed surfaces for furniture manufacturing and interior fitting, Li&Co AG, user and producer of digitally printed flooring, Durst Phototechnik AG, leading manufacturer of digital printing systems and Adler-Werk Lackfabrik Johann Berghofer GmbH & Co KG, leading Austrian paint supplier, offering primers and topcoats for digitally printed surfaces.
The main goal of DIPA is to make digital printing as an innovative process available to manufacturers of the above-mentioned industries. Ali Özyilmaz, Managing Director of MB Digitalprint: “We want to show users the many possibilities digital printing is offering today and provide them the necessary knowledge.”
The new association unifies experts of all process steps of industrial surface design by using digital printing with companies that already use this technology successfully. The technology partners want to provide access to digital printing to companies that deal with surface design.
Philipp Henry, responsible person for digital printing in the Business Unit Surface Processing at HOMAG: “Regardless of the printing process DIPA considers the process of individual surface design holistically. Thereby DIPA is the right contact person for all matters relating to digital printing“
In the long term it is planned to transfer DIPA into a registered association. It is intended to be open to all interested companies as a non-profit organization – subject to all preliminary legal reviews.
On July 11, 2019, the DIPA will host a symposium in Brixen/South Tirol (I), where interested parties can learn more about the successful use of digital printing. Further information about DIPA is also available at www.dipa-surface.com.