South Tyrolean entrepreneurs meet at Durst Group headquarters in Brixen
Brixen, Italy - 15.04.2019 – Durst has opened a futuristic new headquarters and Customer Experience Center in Brixen, northern Italy, that represents a watershed in its transformation into a highly integrated process service provider.
Customers, employees and business partners were among 1,000 guests who attended the inauguration ceremony for the state-of-the-art building. Speakers were CEO and Co-Owner Christoph Gamper, Owner Harald Oberrauch, Owner Christof Oberrauch, Mayor of Brixen Peter Brunner, Dean of Brixen Albert Pixner, Regional Council of South Tyrol representative Philipp Achammer, and Patrik Pedó and Juri Pobitzer from architects Monovolume.
In future, Durst will invite more of its international customers to the Customer Experience Center in the 5,700 square meter headquarters that embodies the transformation into a highly specialized, high-tech business. The integrated concept has been incorporated into the the architecture of the building as it connects a new administrative block with production facilities.
The iconic design for a company building with a tower was first presented more than 50 years ago, but never realized. Architects Monovolume pursued the original concept and designed a flat, floating ‘wing’ with a six-storey tower. The powder-coated metal façade has 850 multi-colored, luminous window elevations arranged in pixel-like fashion. The pixelated facade of Durst’s new headquarters is also a pointer to the company’s areas of business, as 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.
Mr Gamper has led Durst’s transition and introduced a new management structure and a new business philosophy: passion for technologies and markets, innovation as the driver, and active collaboration and participation in every area.
“This is a very proud day in the long history of Durst,” Mr Gamper told guests. “We do not fear the future. We are here to shape the future. We have the best employees, the best customers and the best technology. Driven by the mantra of innovation, Durst offers complete solutions from pixel to output. Here at our headquarters in the south Tyrol is where things come full circle with the mountain habitat and the aim of focusing not just on the machines but also on the people behind them.”
He added: “Here it is not a question of appearance but of essence, of conveying the idea to the outside world, of creating a protected space for innovation, of bringingg together very special people who have devoted themselves to a vision: to create something new, to inspire, and to always ask the next question.”
Christoph Gamper - CEO & Co-Owner Durst Group
Durst HQ Campus
Durst HQ Customer Experience Center
Durst HQ Entrance
Durst HQ Facade
Durst HQ Front
Durst HQ Garden
Durst HQ Interieur
Brixen, Italy – April 11, 2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the world’s second-largest printing press manufacturer, signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before “Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH” can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks. Business operations should then commence by the end of May and a Managing Director will be appointed. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH will have its registered office in Würzburg 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.
“It was a short path from letter of intent to official signature because the negotiations had already been conducted in a spirit of genuine cooperation,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. “We want to work efficiently and purposefully towards a common goal – tapping the huge potential that digital production lines offer for the packaging industry.”
“Koenig & Bauer Durst will combine different key technology areas and market expertise to perfect effect,” says Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG. “I am convinced that the joint venture will benefit from the spirit embodied by both companies and that something really special is emerging here. The packaging industry is looking for new, more efficient production opportunities and Koenig & Bauer Durst will supply the necessary digital solution.
From left to right:Stefan Kappaun, EVP Inks & Fluids, Durst GroupChristopher Kessler, General Counsel, Koenig & Bauer AGChristoph Gamper, CEO & Co-Owner, Durst GroupChristian Gatterer, CFO, Durst GroupJochen Sproll, Project Manager Corporate Development, Koenig & Bauer AGClaus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO, Koenig & Bauer AGHarald Oberrauch, Owner Durst Group
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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
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."
Brixen, Italy - 18.01.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has launched the Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press that will bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of converters.
Specifically targeted at small and medium converters in the mid-tier market, the budget-priced new model – prices start from €350,000 – will be field upgradable to the full Durst Tau RSC high-speed press at full 8 colours and 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min).
In line with Durst’s “Configure Your Digital Future” theme, the press is available in 330mm and 244mm print widths, offering 4 colors or 4 colors and white option in full-speed mode. The Tau RSC E benefits from Durst’s state-of-the-art RSC technology. Its native resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi combined with its smallest drop size of 2 pl provides photo-like quality.
Production capabity of 1,020 m² / hour is achievable with a printing speed of 52 m/min at full color including White. High pigmented inks reduce ink consumption by up to 20% per sq meter, optimising running costs to the lowest possible level.
All options from the Tau 330 RSC can be fitted to the new model, which include the chill roller, variable data printing or the external jumbo winders. The new machine runs at 52 linear m/min and can have up to 8 color stations (CMYK-W-OVG). Fast, efficient, powerful and easy-to-use preppress Durst Workflow Label software is also offered.
Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “During the development of the Dust Tau 330 RSC E, a special focus was dedicated to the upgradeability and flexibility of the press. This is an important addition to the Durst Tau RSC family of variable, versatile, adjustable and configurable machine systems. Affordable digital label printing is now available to increasing numbers of converters and printers. We’re incredibly excited at the new opportunities that the new and budget priced press model will open up for increasing numbers of converters. Digital UV Inkjet label printing is definitely here.”
Around 550 South Tyrolean entrepreneurs and company representatives met on January 14 at the Durst Group headquarters in Brixen for the traditional New Year's reception. The hosts, Harald Oberrauch and Christoph Gamper, opened with the fascinating history of Durst and provided an outlook on the future of the printing industry. This was followed by greetings from President Federico Giudiceandrea, conveyed by his deputy, as Mr. Giudiceandra was unfortunately unable to attend in person due to an accident. His lecture highlighted the challenge of entrepreneurship and was underlined with one or two remarks, for example on the subject of Europe, that generated applause. Afterwards, South Tyrol's Manager of the Year, Ulrich Zuenelli from Loacker AG, was brought on stage and honored. Finally, Karl Pichler was honored for his life's work as an entrepreneur.
It was a great honor for the Durst Group to be able to host the 15th New Year's Reception of the South Tyrolean entrepreneurs - the tradition was founded by Christoph Oberrauch, who until recently played an active and significant role in shaping the Durst Group and the entrepreneurs' association.
Brixen, Italy - 15.01.2019 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is expanding its high-revenue Large Format Printing (LFP) segment with a new leadership. Previously, the segment was divided into the areas of web-fed printing in Brixen and flatbed printing at the Lienz production site. With the introduction of the P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems, the historically grown structure will be dissolved in favor of better efficiency in the daily dealings with Durst customers and the business unit will be controlled from the Durst headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy.
The new dual leadership will be formed by experienced Durst managers Christian Harder and Andrea Riccardi.Both employees have been with the company for over 20 years and have helped shape the evolutionary stages of Durst inkjet technology in all its facets. As the new Global Sales Director, Christian Harder has cross - segment know - how and has been responsible for successful worldwide sales management for Ceramics Printing in recent years.Prior to that, he was responsible for sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the LFP segment.Andrea Riccardi, as the new Head of Product Management, worked for many years in direct sales in the important LFP market Italy and since the end of 2016 has been responsible for the product portfolio in LFP web printing and the further development in Soft Signage / Fabrics Printing.
"The reorganization in the LFP segment brings together the building blocks we set in 2017 with the introduction of the P5 technology platform, the expansion of the Lienz and Brixen customer centers and the new headquarter in Brixen," says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. "The new dual leadership has my fullest confidence and the best prerequisites for further developing the segment and consolidating our position as market leader. By concentrating the management function in the Group, we are also paving the way for optimal networking and integration with the relevant areas in development, software and services. The Lienz location will also benefit from the cross-segment technology transfer."
Brixen, Italy - 21.12.2018 - Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has entered into a 50 / 50 joint venture with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for folding carton and cartonboard corrugated industry.
As technology leader in inkjet printing, Durst bundles this expertise with the market presence and excellent mechanical engineering of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which, with more than 5, 700 employees, is one of the world's major suppliers of packaging and banknote printing.
In future, fully automated production lines will be developed in the joint venture and distributed worldwide.The digital transformation is also in the packaging industry, as the ever - changing requirements can no longer be met with conventional production technologies.Unlike in the graphics industry, an inkjet press alone is not enough, but there is a need to integrate different peripheral systems into a fully automatic production line.The new partner company will be based in Germany and will also manage the service and ink business in close cooperation with the global network of both companies.
“Durst and Koenig & Bauer is really a 'perfect match' because combining our strengths will drive digitalization in the packaging industry, "said Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Group. "Both companies are similar in their culture and strategic direction, and both are technology leaders in their fields. With the partnership, we are even more strongly positioning ourselves as a high-end systems supplier to the industry."
Christoph Gamper, CEO Durst Group
Claus Bolza -Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, said: "We look forward to the joint innovations and further development of future-oriented digital printing solutions for folding carton and corrugated board printing, which offer our customers added value. For folding carton printing, the modular concept of the VariJET enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with off-set printing and inline finishing options. Durst is the ideal partner for these goals because of its existing know-how and experience with inkjet and its high-quality solutions."
Brixen, Italy, December 5, 2018 - as informed in the press ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH, a leading industrial printing software company and partner of Durst Phototechnik AG for color management solutions specifically designed for the ceramic market has been acquired by Ricoh Company, Ltd.to strengthen their growing industrial printing business.
This acquisition will not change the business relationship with Durst and Thomas Kirschner, Co-founder and CEO of ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH reconfirms the strong cooperation and exclusive distribution agreement with Durst Phototechnik AG for the ceramic market remains in force and we will continue our successful technical discussions and further joint developments of this complete solution together with Durst Phototechnik AG, a pioneer and technology leader in ceramics and other market segments.
As a result of the cooperation with Durst Phototechnik AG, which has already lasted for two years numerous functions and work processes have been optimized and specifically developed for the needs and conditions in ceramic tile production, to meet the specific requirements in tile decoration even better and allows an easy and efficient use of the professional color management tools.
Durst presented with great success the ColorGATE CMS Durst Edition, the first true ceramic color management solution, demonstrating actual results of several very satisfied customers at their booth at the Tecnargilla 2018 exhibition, the most important machinery show in the ceramic market and created a tremendous interest in this unique and innovative solution.
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SGIA Products of the year 2018
Brixen, Italy - 22/10/2018 - Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has won two Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The accolades for the Delta WT 250 and Rhotex 325 have been announced after Durst successfully demonstrated large-format and software capabilities, including the P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS machine.
Durst’s Delta WT 250, which captured the RTR/ Hybrid/Flatbed new technology or inkset category, is the flagship for a new generation of printers producing superb litho quality with odorless ink. Durst Water Technology is highly suited for a range of Corrugated Packaging and Display applications. Durst WT inks are completely free or hazardous labeling and comply with the strictest health and safety requirements. The Durst Delta corrugated multi-pass systems are designed for 24/7 operation and have various levels of automation allowing unmanned production.
Winning an SGIA Product of the Year award for the second-year running was the Durst Rhotex 325 in the Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile category. This dual purpose, eco-friendly printing system combines direct-to-textile with dye-sublimation transfer printing technology in a 3.2metre platform, all with 24/7, high production output reliability. This is achieved by incorporating Durst Water Technology printhead technology, producing an exceptional print using water-based dispersion inks. Depending on the application and fabric, this printing system can easily alternate between paper transfer and direct printing on polyester-based materials.
Highlights over the three days at SGIA Expo 2018 included Durst unveiling the successful Rho 512R production machine with new LED UV curing technology, which offers additional production features and application possibilities, Benefits of the Rho 512R LED include higher adhesion and less odor, but still retaining the same high performance and reliability of a standard configuration.
Durst Professional Services (DPS) GmbH, which will provide customers with consulting and integration services, software development, contract management and trainings in the future, was also formally unveiled at the show. The highlight of the DPS presentation was the comprehensive MAPS (Multi Application Platform & Solutions) software suite. This depicts a complete process landscape and offers end-to-end solutions as well as individual submodules for integration into existing production environments.
Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Group, said: “Winning the awards underpins our commitment to excellence, particularly as we continue to further develop world-class systems, software capabilities and a service-oriented infrastructure in the United States and across the world. With Durst Professional Services, we're taking another step forward and providing comprehensive solutions for customers’ respective processes and production environments. Every customer is unique and has a different focus. A real benefit of our MAPS architecture is the ability to offer software solutions that can be quickly and easily integrated into existing processes.”
Durst Rhotex 325
Brixen, Italy - 18/10/2018 - Durst, a leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will be showcasing its large-format capabilities and new developments on Booth 1548 at SGIA Expo (October 18-20) in Las Vegas – and especially the new P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS. The flatbed printing system impresses with industrial productivity and print quality comparable to consistent litho that sets new standards in this segment, both technologically and in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
In roll-to-roll wide format printing, Durst presents the successful Rho 512R production machine with new LED UV curing technology. The new LED ink developed by Durst benefits from higher adhesion and less odor. In terms of performance and reliability, the Rho 512R LED is in no way inferior to its standard configuration and also offers additional production features.
Another premiere at SGIA is the new Durst Professional Services (DPS) GmbH, which will provide customers with consulting and integration services, software development, contract management and trainings in the future. The highlight of the DPS presentation at the SGIA is the comprehensive MAPS (Multi Application Platform & Solutions) software suite, which depicts a complete process landscape and offers end-to-end solutions as well as individual submodules for integration into existing production environments.
„This year, we have selected SGIA Expo as the central trade show to showcase our innovations in large-format printing,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Group. „Our printing capabilities are undisputed worldwide, and with Durst US, we have a highly successful and service-oriented infrastructure in the United States to help our customers with their production needs. With Durst Professional Services, we're taking that one step further and providing comprehensive solutions for their respective processes and production environments.”
„Every customer is different and has a different focus. With our MAPS architecture, we offer software solutions that can be quickly and easily integrated into existing processes - from the individual module to the entire ERP solution - depending on your choice and requirement. Whether to achieve optimal workflow efficiency or for the adaptation of new business processes, with DPS our customers receive the necessary advice and solutions from a single source. I am very proud of this development and I am pleased to introduce Durst Professional Services to the public at SGIA and to hear from customers.”
Durst Multi Application Platform & Solutions
Durst Rho 512R LED
Durst Group CEO Christoph Gamper
Brixen, Italy – 24/09/2018 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced the world’s first true digital glaze system in a major breakthrough for ceramic printing that will open up new creative horizons for customers in a growth market.
The revolutionary first single-pass true digital glaze technology is a dream come true for Durst, which has worked consistently in close partnership with customers to develop unique tiles in matt or gloss in an uninterrupted process on fine structures for more than seven years. These include textiles, leather, wood and many unusual designs – completely digitally, highly integrated and independent of batch size.
Durst has long been recognised as a pioneer in the digital decoration of ceramic tiles since developing a digital single-pass printer for pigment inks in 2003, under the name Gamma. Among the unique features advantages of its systems are the total shading with each tile having a different décor, like in nature, the ability to decorate the tiles entirely without having white edges, the top quality of high definition printing and a process that made decorations natural, so avoiding the artefact effect.
The process has continuously evolved and Durst has now announced the single-pass true full-digital glaze printing for commercial industrial tile production. Its machine, the Gamma DG 4.0, uses proprietary Durst Rockjet™ ultra-large drop size printheads and economically-efficient Durst FREE D technology. On its stand 155 in Hall D1 the Tecnargilla show in Rimini, Italy, from 24-28 September 2018, Durst has demonstrated the next evolutionary stage: the new Gamma 208 XD 5.0 printer that is able to process super-wide tiles and slabs with a maximum width of 200cm (unfired).
Durst true digital glaze printing technology provides full coverage, with structure, or even partial prior to digital printing, as well as with ceramic effect materials after digital printing. This development also includes the introduction of color management software for fast color matching for new and repeating jobs, specifically designed for ceramic inks and production conditions. The Colorgate CMS Durst Edition, which works with all Durst and non-Durst printers, has been designed and optimized for requirements and conditions in ceramics. These include small and non-linear colour space of ceramic inks, flat and structured surfaces and inconsistent process conditions.
Durst is heavily investing and working to assure full interconnectivity of all Gamma printers and peripherals with the Industry 4.0 Stand – the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Advances also come through other software such as Durst Analytics, which provides real-time industry standard printer data and instructions exchange with central factory supervision from Durst’s headquarters in Brixen, Italy
Christoph Gamper, Durst Group CEO, said: “Digital glaze represents a quantum leap for digital ceramic printing. We are extremely proud of the result. Durst has been shaping industrial digital printing in the ceramics sector for decades. Now, for the first time, our holistic system allows matt and glossy glazes to be printed in an uninterrupted process quickly and reliably on fine structures and unusual designs – completely digitally, highly integrated and independent of batch size. Not as a superficial effect, but as a real, tangible function that makes the difference.”
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Segment Manager, Durst Ceramics Printing, said: “When digital technology entered the world of ceramic printing, the industry changed. Durst full digital glazing is an unprecedented technology and works with glazes having very similar characteristics to the traditonal ones currently in use. It is considered an even bigger revolution than digital decoration. Gamma DG creates flat and structured glazed surfaces in a variety of styles digitally, efficiently and inexpensively.”
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