Durst’s versatile, nimble and unique e-commerce solution will continue to revolutionize our business
Bathurst Signs is a regional business and generates 60% of its business outside the Australia city where it is based, including to Sydney just over 220 kilometers to the south east. Durst software will ensure turnover grows by at least 25% in the next 18 months alone.
“Durst’s SmartShop solution has – and will continue – to revolutionize our business,” said owner David Berry. “It’s done everything and more. In the next two years the profits generated through our website will more than give us a return on investment. A wider benefit is customer loyalty; the software is enabling us to become virtually indispensable to our clients, who also rely on us for training and other resources.”
Bathurst Signs employs 12 people and has a turnover of AU$1.3 million. Its traditional sign-making business largely covered government departments and other regulated industries such as forestry and rail. In the old days, every job order needed at least some form of change.
“Change became so exhausting that we didn’t want to provide many of the services,” said David Berry. The software from Durst Professional Services has simplified order-making, with the addition of a fast-expanding online shop business where the public can also order custom-made signs and other products directly through the website.
Bathurst Signs’ extensive online libraries are accessible by logging onto the website and which has a powerful search function, developed by Durst Professional Services. For example, over 5,000 different bits of artwork for state rail alone can be searched and found almost instantaneously. Any designs can be tailored to individual requirements with a powerful tool, known as the smartEditor, provided by Durst Professional Services in large-format printing. Creator software is used for personalising anything from banners, wallpapering, signs, billboards and posters, as well as flexible packaging. Bathurst Signs has set up 15 sub-shops as a portal for larger customers.
“This is versatile, nimble and unique software,” said David Berry. “The time it takes to process orders now has been reduced from many days, sometimes weeks, down to just a couple of hours. The customer is in total control and uses smartEditor to create the final job, while we are left to print and dispatch in very quick time. I have never seen anything so sophisticated that gives the average person the ability to design with such powerful software.
“Personalization can be done to the nth degree – the options for our customers are limitless and cover endless applications. For instance, banners, wallpapering applications, stickers, posters and billboards, as well as packaging consumer goods such as lunchboxes and wine boxes.”
David Berry concluded: “It’s been a learning experience, but the support from Durst has been incredible and the staff are always extremely professional. Durst has been a true partner. It is a company that is constantly investing and improving the software solutions, making improvements on a virtual daily basis.”
From pixel to output, Durst to show digital way forward in corrugated packaging and display printing at CCE
Brixen, Italy – 27.02.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital and production technologies, will be using the Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (CCE) at the Munich Trade Center Fair, Germany, from 12-14 March, to showcase latest developments in corrugated packaging and display printing. Software, sustainability and award-winning Durst Water Technology will all come under the microscope on its stand, Hall B6, Stand 570, where senior team members will be inviting printers and converters to discuss key pain points with conventional processes. More details are available from: https://www.durst-group.com/en/cce2019
Customer evolving requirements was a key reason behind the decision for a new roadmap for Durst’s Professional Services Division (DPS). Durst Print Workflow Software Suite for industrial production covers everything from file preparation, color, quality control, variable data printing and interfaces to other other information and automation systems.
Brand owners are also helping to drive through change with their requirements to target specific areas whether they relate to regions, stores or individual products. They also want to differentiate themselves from competitors, retain and grow dwindling brand loyalty and have greater engagement with customers. Therefore, packaging is playing an increasingly important role in acquiring consumers “at the shelf” when a final decision is made.
Wolfram Verwuester, Durst’s Segment Manager, Corrugated Packaging and Display Printing, said: “We continue to expand our services and Water Technology to the corrugated sector, including single-page capabilities with odorless printed products in high print quality, both in appearance and feel on corrugated cardboards. We know only too well that customers are typically looking for a solution from one source covering hardware, software and service. It’s from pixel to output – Durst has the answer.
“The opportunity to use big data and to connect closely with your existing clients and potential customers is exponentially higher with a digital mindset, workflow and printing machine in place. The future in corrugated packaging and display printing is digital. It may still be relatively new, but it’s like the sound of thundering hooves in the distance rushing in.”
Durst SPC with control center
Durst Delta WT 250
Wolfram Verwüster, Global Sales Director, Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing, Durst Group
In-house digital printing is the future for Lillestoff: "We produce on our own.This brings us closer to our customers".
Lillestoff, one of Germany's most successful international fabric retailers, is a future-oriented company that relies on Durst's innovative, high-performance Alpha 190 digital textile printer. This printer is suitable for printing on a wide variety of fabric types and provides the company with more efficient production, reduced storage capacities and considerably faster delivery times.
"Digital printing is our future. From small runs to industrial volumes, we now produce 90% of our fabrics ourselves, in the highest quality and with vibrant colors. Thanks to the Alpha 190 printer, we can now respond much faster to customer needs, be more independent, more flexible and really print only what we need”. Daniele Gencalp, owner, Lillestoff GmbH
From a small sewing café to an internationally recognized fabric supplier, the Lillestoff GmbH, founded in 2010, specializes in the sale of fabrics with special, Scandinavian designs for the fashion market. Lillestoff now employs 28 people, plus10 exclusive designers from all over the world, and delivers to 28 different countries and operates from premises covering over 2,000 square meters.
"Lillestoff’s designs are special and they inspire our customers,” says Daniele Gencalp. “That made us grow very fast in the last years. Lillestoff's customers include big companies and retailers, but also many loyal DIY customers.”
Until recently, the fabrics had been printed in a factory in Turkey. "With the constantly growing order volume the production cycle simply took too long and became more and more unreliable. Long delivery times, poor quality, incomplete orders and too much waste - we couldn't serve our customers in a professional way anymore," says Daniele Gencalp.
There was only one solution for Lillestoff - to do the printing themselves. After doing their own research, the Gencalps visited the Fespa trade fair in 2017. "We were immediately fascinated by the Durst Alpha 190 printer but had no experience at all in dealing with printing.”
For Martin Winkler, Head of Durst Textile Printing, and his team, that was no problem. Durst provided Lillestoff with several employees to ensure successful installation and commissioning. "The support was great", says Daniele Gencalp. "Together with all the designers, we and of course our two new printers were trained.”
Example Lillestoff design
Durst Alpha 190 at Lillestoff
In autumn 2018, the first self-produced fabrics rolled off the press. "The best decision for Lillestoff. There are no more limits to our production.”
The Gencalps were rewarded with considerably lower production and storage costs after only a short time. "The Alpha190 printer is the ideal solution for us and brings us closer to our customers. Soon we will give up two storage rooms, an important cost reduction! In less than two years we want to reduce our storage space by one third," says Daniele Gencalp. "The investment in the Alpha 190 printer will pay off within only one year if business remains the same. This is important for our company from.”
In addition to many financial advantages, Lillestoff was also able to approach new markets. "We are now also printing for other dealers. This new business area is so successful that we will soon hire another employee to manage it.”
In the meantime, well over 1,000 metres of top-quality fabric per day roll from the Durst Alpha 190 printer at Lillestoff. In addition to the usual fashion fabrics such as modal and jersey, the Gencalps also try new applications, such as printing on denim. Further product developments will follow in the course of the year, so that customers can be curious!
Durst appoints David Gobert as Managing Director in France
Brixen, Italy - 26.02.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has appointed David Gobert as the new Managing Director of the subsidiary Durst Image Technology France SAS.
David Gobert takes from Antonio Castaño, who leaves the company by mutual agreement after five years at the helm. David Gobert has spent more than 20 years in B2B product and systems distribution and most recently served as Vice President Sales for precision measuring equipment specialist Mitutoyo. In that role he was responsible for the strategic and sales orientation of the company in France and north Africa. Before that, David Gobert, who holds a master's degree in polytechnics, worked in sales functions for several engineering and mechatronics companies. A passionate cyclist and mountaineer, David Gobert takes starts with Durst in March.
"We are pleased to announce that David Gobert will be the new Managing Director of our subsidiary in France," says Christoph Gamper, CEO and Co-Owner of the Durst Group. "David is a seasoned professional and comes from Mitutoyo France, a world leader in high quality control and instrumentation. I am very confident that David has the passion, the will and the means to take Durst France to the next level and lead to sustainable growth."
Very successful Beta-Test of the Tau 330 RSC at The Label Makers, UK – David Webster
Printeos Group drives digitisation with Tau 330 RSC
Brixen, Italy - 15.02.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced that Printeos Group has invested in a Durst Tau 330 RSC inkjet single-pass press to drive digitisation.
The European specialist in adhesive label production chose the system to transform production at Adhesivos del Segura, a company in Murcia, south-east Spain, it acquired three years ago. Founded in 1986, Adhesivos del Segura has enjoyed year-on-year growth mirroring the recent expansion of Murcia's food industry. Today, it employs 154 people and works with leading brands in the food, cosmetics, industry and wellness sectors.
Digital printing will play a key role in Printeos Group's medium and long-term strategy for the label market, which is why Adhesivos del Segura was chosen to spearhead growth in Spain. Carlos Coll, Printeos Group Label Division Manager, explained the first step after acquisition was to begin the digitalization process. A survey was conducted and 15 options were evaluated. “Immediately we realized the inkjet technology was the most suitable option because of its productive capacity and lower operating costs,” he said.
The Durst Tau 330 RSC was picked because it supported the operation’s industrial, high volume approach. Coll added: “Our first objective was to reach the capacity to digitalize at least 10% of Adhesivos del Segura production in the first year. To achieve that goal, we needed high productivity systems. In addition, the demanding markets we work in require a heightened level of quality, and today not all inkjet solutions are able to offer that. Durst’s Tau RSC systems stayed ahead of the competitors’ proposals and were the only ones that could meet both requirements simultaneously.”
Carlos Espinosa, who is responsible for the prepress department and is head of the digital project, confirmed installation has gone well: “The 'start-up stage' was fast and simple and the machine is already working at double shift,” he said. “The transitions of colour and the lights and shadows management are amazing. The machine also offers vibrant colours that our customers really love.”
All orders under 2,000 meters are now assigned to the Durst Tau, but when the Jumbo Option is added allowing the use of 4,000 meter rolls, maximum order size will be increased considerably.
Coll concludes: "The future is going to be more and more competitive.The label sector will continue to see between 4 % and 6 % growth.Printeos Group has ambitious objectives and we expect growth at respectable rates, but we know to get it we will have to do our best and be prepared to satisfy any new requirements demanded by customers in the future.”
Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “The positive growth that Printeos Group expects to enjoy supports our own bright outlook for the industry. We are delighted that after such a thorough market evaluation Printeous Group chose our Tau 330 RSC to spearhead its drive for success. Affordable digital label printing is now available to increasing numbers of converters and printers.”
Masserdotti Group disguises the cathedral of Ferrara
Over 1,000 square meters of digitally printed mesh net, more than 600 kg total weight, 5 days for printing and packaging, 1 day and a half for mounting at over 30 meters height, 4 years of guaranteed durability. These are the statistics of the huge artistic tarpaulin that covers the exterior of the Cathedral in Ferrara, which has undergone intense restoration work.
It is one of the largest installations in Europe with the extremely rare peculiarity of being totally free of any logos or advertising images. The realization is the work of Gruppo Masserdotti Spa, chosen by customers for its long and consolidated experience in the field of wrapping buildings.
The Brescia-based Group has worked in close collaboration with the artist and the graphic designers of Eliotecnica. It was important to ensure excellent printing performance and maximum durability in the outdoor environment. Made of flame-retardant class B1 PVC, micro-perforated and weighing 510 grams, the sheet, divided into four parts, was printed by Masserdotti Group using the Durst Rho 512R Plus roll-to-roll system and transported to Ferrara for completion. The installation at the cathedral turned out to be a sartorial and at the same time acrobatic operation. The roof was fixed to the top of the scaffolding, more than 30 meters above the ground, and then lowered to the ground.
A total of five days were needed to carry out this exceptional order, which saw the work of a specialized team of 10 people to enrich the prestigious portfolio of installations of this kind undertaken by Masserdotti Group, including the Doge's Palace in Venice (covering 5,000 square meters), the Ghirlandina Tower in Modena (4,350 square meters), the palace of San Sebastiano in Mantua (1,200 square meters) and the Cathedral of Noto (1,000 square meters).