Brixen, Italy, October 1st, 2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, and Color Concepts, an independent professional services provider for the digital wide format printing industry, have announced a partnership. Color Concepts has been appointed as premium partner for Durst Professional Services. It will provide color management support after Durst Workflow Software is installed. This service will be provided first within EMEA.
Durst Workflow Software is a browser-based software solution. It combines data preparations, color management, and output preparations to ensure production with optimal results in the shortest possible time. Color Concepts will provide color management support for customers to help raise their standards in print quality.
“Color management is an increasingly important tool for businesses, said Christian Casazza, Managing Director of Durst Professional Services GmbH. “With Color Concepts, we have gained a strong application expert and partner in this field for our large format workflow solution. This enables us to continue achieving the best possible result for our customers.”
Marco Roos, CEO of Color Concepts, said: “We are delighted to have signed a partnership with DPS. This cooperation confirms the further professionalization in the large format printing industry and clearly shows the growing demand for high-end professional services and workflow optimization. Color Concepts is committed to supporting manufacturers in the large format printing industry by providing a broad range of software solutions, data enrichment and professional services.”
Selangor, Malaysia / Brixen, Italy – 18.09.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced that J&A Imaging Station Sdn Bhd in Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia has become the first customer in Asia to invest in a Rho 512R LED production printer. An important factor in the company’s second investment in Durst technology is because brands are increasing needing bigger retail displays to be printed five meters wide.
J&A Imaging, which bought a Durst P10 320R machine six years ago, made a strategic decision early on to concentrate on the large format market, with a particular focus on soft signage. Both production printers have been incredible and the new investment made sound financial sense, according to Jason Chor, owner of J&A Imaging. “All of the previously outsourced work between 3 and 5 meters has been brought in-house now,” he said. “We are saving considerable amounts by printing in-house. The red colours on the Durst 512R LED in particular are an unbelievable quality. The wider benefits are new opportunities for extra international contracts and partnerships with other companies in other countries.”
J&A Imaging, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is a high-end printer working with retail brands demanding the highest standards. “We wanted to improve our service even further and show dedicated commitment to our own customer base who need high productivity and photo-quality printing,” said Mr Chor. “We are dealing in high-end printing for brands such as Gucci, Shiseido, Coach, Chanel and Maxis Telecommunication Company in Malaysia, and the trust our customers place on us is second to none. We have complete confidence in Durst. It has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and we get excellent feedback and commitment from the friendly staff. While I am in business, I am sure I will always want to be a customer.”
Tomio Kiyose, Durst Group’s Managing Director, South East Asia, said: “This investment marks a significant milestone for J&A Imaging, which was also the first company in our region to invest in the P10 320R six years ago. It is another example of how growing numbers of companies demanding the very best quality, increasingly rely on Durst to provide technology to match their exacting requirements.”
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. Employing more than 700 people across the world, its printing systems have integrated modular software solutions, analytics software and optional expansion with prepress and webshop solutions under the motto “Pixel to Output”.
An example of a retail display from J&A Imaging
Brixen, Italy, 03.09.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will be in Hall 8, Stand 300, at FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, from 24 to 26 September. The Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing segment in conjunction with Durst Professional Services (DPS) will present the comprehensive Software Ecosystem with the Workflow and Smart Shop Solutions. At the Durst booth, visitors have opportunities to learn about the integrated "Pixel to Output" concept, from data input to the final product, and to have demonstrations of the processes. Durst will also be offering in-depth discussions on the topics at a workshop on 24 September from 13.00 where customer and integration projects will be presented in addition to a detailed product launch. Workshop participation numbers are limited, so email Barbara.Strugger@durst-group.com to reserve a place.
Durst will deliver all large format printing systems with the new production software solution Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. This turns the printer into a production unit from day one. For the integration of e-commerce, Durst also offers a scalable solution with the Durst Smart Shop. All Durst software can be extended modularly and managed via a web-based user interface.
Durst Professional Services GmbH offers its customers comprehensive consulting, training and integration services for the new Durst software solutions in order to fully exploit the potential of process automation and digitization.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Brixen, Italy / Munich, Germany - 16.05.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has won a European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for its P5 350 printing system for large format specialists. Launched at FESPA in Munich, Germany, (14-17 May) and based on the P5 technology platform, the Durst P5 350 triumphed in the EDP Flatbed/Hybrid Printer < 250 sqm/h category.
The EDP Technical Committee’s citation said particularly noticeable are the further developments in reel loading and material handling of this production printer that runs at speeds up to 120 sqm/h. It also complimented Durst’s foresight for meeting topical needs in the market and Durst Analytics preemptive diagnostics and advanced software – all demonstrated by Durst Professional Services at FESPA.
“The multiroll option is using compact and robust design,” said the report. “The Durst P5 offers patented quick printhead change, fast media reel loading by two positions for single and dual rolls and foldable roll tables. It also offers automatic detection of media wide and thickness, an intelligent multiboard infeed for up to six boards simultaneously. The P5 core values are productivity, print quality, versatility and efficiency.”
Andrea Riccardi, Head of Product Management who accepted the EDP award at FESPA on behalf of Durst Group, said: “FESPA 2019 has been an extremely important showcase for us to demonstrate the world-class capabilities of our P5 technology platform as well as our modular software solutions, Durst Workflow, Durst Analytics and Durst Smart Shop that provide customers with an automated production unit from pixel to output. This latest award for our P5 technology mirrors the fantastic feedback we have been getting at FESPA. Visitors to our stand have been hugely impressed by this outstanding technology. We’re delighted.”
At FESPA, Durst unveiled the P5 350 and P5 210 new printing systems and also presented the P5 250 HS printing system, unveiled in 2018 and now further developed.
For more information, visit: www.durst-group.com/p5.
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