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Dr. Stefan Kappaun, Durst Group’s new Textile Printing Segment Manager, who has responsibility for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories
Industrielle Textildruckmaschinen mit digitaler Technologie
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
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.
Brixen, Italien – 8. November 2019 - Durst, Hersteller von zukunftsweisenden Digitaldruck- und Produktionstechnologien, feierte am 8. November sein 10-jähriges am Standort Kufstein, Österreich. Ende 2009 begann hier die Durst mit einem Team von Spezialisten mit der Entwicklung von industriellen Textildruckmaschinen auf Basis der digitalen Inkjet-Technologie. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt wurden Heimtextilien, Bekleidungen und andere Textilwaren im traditionellen Siebdruckverfahren produziert, was aber durch den Wandel in der Gesellschaft nicht mehr zeitgemäß war und den Anforderungen des Marktes nicht genügte. Die großen Textilhersteller forderten nach schnelleren Produktionsverfahren, die sich auch bei kleineren Druckvolumen wie beispielsweise wechselnden Kollektionen und Individualisierungen rechneten und ohne große Vorlaufzeit sich unmittelbar produzieren ließen. Die Antwort lieferte Durst mit der digitalen Drucktechnologie und heute werden ca. 10% aller Textilwaren weltweit mit diesem Verfahren produziert. Die Wachstumskurve zeigt weiter konstant nach oben, da neben der Schnelligkeit und der Qualität auch das Thema Nachhaltigkeit für die digitalen Drucksysteme spricht. Denn Durst entwickelte neben den Druckmaschinen auch wasserbasierte Tinten für die unterschiedlichen Textilmaterialien, um schadstoff- und geruchsfreie sowie hautverträgliche Textilwaren zu ermöglichen.
„Wir haben uns damals für den Standort Kufstein entschieden, da in dem Bezirk sich über die Jahre ein Textil-Cluster gebildet hatte und qualifiziertes Personal zur Verfügung stand“, blickt Christoph Gamper, CEO der Durst Group auf die Gründung zurück. „Heute produzieren unsere Textildruckmaschinen Millionen von Laufmetern von digital bedruckten Textilien in Asien, Europa und USA. Wir sind sehr stolz auf die Leistungen unseres Entwicklungsteam in Kufstein, denn sie haben die Grundlagen für diesen Erfolg geliefert und sind auch für die künftigen Innovationen für die Textilindustrie mitverantwortlich.“
Am Entwicklungs-Standort Kufstein arbeiten heute mehr als 10 Mitarbeiter an den Durst Alpha Drucksystemen und entwickeln diese kontinuierlich weiter. Zu den Schwerpunkten gehören die Weiterentwicklung der Druckkopf-, Warenführung- und Trocknungstechnologien. In Zusammenarbeit mit den Innovationszentren in Brixen und Lienz, die Grundlagenforschung im Bereich Wassertinten betreiben, erfolgen in Kufstein die Tests für die Auswahl und Qualitätsverbesserung der unterschiedlichen Tintensysteme. Nach erfolgreichen Ergebnissen und Freigabe der Entwicklungen in Kufstein, fließen diese in die Fertigung der Druckmaschinen am Durst Hauptstandort in Brixen, Südtirol/Italien mit ein.
Brixen, Italien – 07. November 2019 - Durst, Hersteller von zukunftsweisenden Digitaldruck- und Produktionstechnologien, ernennt mit Marcel Dietrich einen neuen Geschäftsführer für seine Niederlassung in Ratingen, Deutschland. Marcel Dietrich folgt in dieser Position auf Andreas Unterhofer, der als Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung neue Aufgaben innerhalb der Durst Group übernehmen wird.
Marcel Dietrich ist seit über 20 Jahren im Digitaldruck-Sektor tätig und bekleidete führende Positionen u.a. bei Xerox und EFI. Seit 2018 ist der gelernte IT-Systemkaufmann und Betriebswirt bei der Durst für den Vertrieb des LFP-Portfolios in Deutschland verantwortlich. In seiner erweiterten Doppelfunktion als Geschäftsführer und Vertriebsdirektor, wird Marcel Dietrich die „Pixel to Output“-Strategie in seiner Region ausrollen. Diese beinhaltet ein Gesamtportfolio bestehend aus Digitaldrucksystemen, Tinte, Service und Software als integrales Element für optimierte Produktionsprozesse. Besonders die Software-Lösungen Durst Workflow und Durst Smart-Shop stehen hier im Mittelpunkt, um die Kundenkommunikation und die Produktionseffizienz zu steigern und attraktive Angebote zu entwickeln.
„Wir wollen die Kundenzufriedenheit in Deutschland mit umfassenden Serviceleistungen weiter steigern“ sagt Marcel Dietrich. „Mit der „Pixel to Output“-Strategie verfolgen wir deshalb den Ansatz, alles aus einer Hand anzubieten und die Kunden nicht mit einem Patchwork aus Optionen und Drittlösungen alleine zu lassen. Gerade die neue P5 Druckmaschinen-Generation, mit integrierten Softwarelösungen und präventiven Serviceleistungen eröffnet uns neue Möglichlichkeiten und das nicht nur im Highend-Segment, sondern vor allem im mittleren Marktsegment, wo die Effizienz und der ROI eine gewichtige Rolle in der Investitionsbereitschaft spielen.“
Brixen, Italy / Dallas, USA, 21.10.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will use its booth #7816 at PRINTING United in Dallas, Texas, from 23-25 October 2019 as the launchpad for the new Rho 2500 Series as well as showing the award-winning Durst P5 350 printer in North America for the first time.
An evolution of the Rho 1300 Series, the newly-designed Rho 2500 is a modular, versatile industrial production printer available in three different versions with upgrades possible at any time. All are equipped with Durst Workflow Print new production software and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. The machine will be running alongside the Durst P5 350, which will also be making its debut at the inaugural PRINTING United show. The Durst P5 350 – launched at FESPA – won the European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for Flatbed/Hybrid Printer < 250 sqm/h at the same time in May.
The Rho 2500’s new 8pl printheads with variodrop printing technology enable higher resolution of 1000x800dpi, finer printing quality and excellent sharpness with productivity up to 1,200sqm/h. Other possibilities are for volume production, high speed and a Smart 4 printing mode for the six-color version. Starting with six head rows for the S model, the next level for the Rho 2500 M comprises eight head rows and the Rho 2500 L has 10 head rows. All can have white. Other options include a stacker for ¾ or full automation, a dual track printing mode, a safe ink refill identification system and camera control on the outside of the printer while operating the monitor screen.
Tim Saur, Managing Director of Durst North America, said: “Order volumes this year have been exceptionally strong, so we are looking forward to continuing the momentum by having live systems running at PRINTING United. The P5 is an outstanding new technology platform while the launch of the Rho 2500 industrial production printer provides a modular system that can be upgraded at any time. All of our machines benefit from the comprehensive Durst software solutions to maximize the potential of process automation and digitization.”
Christian Harder, Durst’s Global Sales Director, Large Format Printing, said: “PRINTING United gives us another perfect platform to showcase our world-class production, software, and service capabilities. North America is an extremely important market for us and has an abundant growth potential. The show’s objective - to focus on the opportunities that convergence presents - resonates with our own business philosophy. We are really looking forward to the exhibition.”
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.”
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