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Durst and Standfast & Barracks have announced plans for a Centre of Excellence in the UK at the fabric printing company’s UK headquarters in Lancashire.
Durst to show live daily demonstrations of Alpha Greentex P inks on Alpha Series 330 flagship at ShanghaiTex
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Durst's new reactive ink system Alpha Ink R HD fulfills strict GOTS 5.0 guidelines for sustainable textile production
Video impression from the ACIMIT/Bangladesh delegation visit in July 2017
Digital Home Textiles Portfolio with Pigment Application by Probo
Durst is expanding its textile printing portfolio with Technijet
Digital pointer: “Digital gives unlimited opportunities and colour variations,” says Stephen Thomas (right) with Martin Winkler
Brixen, Italy – 06/09/2018 - Digital production now accounts for more than half the business revenues at Standfast & Barracks with customers being encouraged be part of the new wave of innovation provided through Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies.
Less than three years since a devastating flood closed the factory for more than four months, Standfast & Barracks continues to cement its partnership with Durst. It expects 60% of turnover to be from digital production by the start of next year. The cutting-edge technology is also helping to drive export growth that by the end of 2018 will represent 20% of sales, of which half are to the USA.
Standfast & Barracks produces more than 150,000 yards of printed fabric per month. And until five years ago, this was all done by conventional printing. Turnover at £15.4 million is now back at the same levels prior to the flooding, with sales success largely down to digital print production advances. The UK fabric printing company has two Durst Alpha 190 systems, which are part of of a new generation of super high-performance multi-pass printers with the One-Step Greentex P ink.
Standfast & Barracks has now trademarked its innovative direct-to-fabric Greentex pigment printed collection, Ecofast™, which is sustainable and has highest lightfastness in its class. Using the system that allows printing on almost any type of surface, Standfast & Barracks plans to formally launch the new Ecofast™ line at Heimtextil in January 2019. Durst’s technology will enable the company to open up market opportunities in areas such as contract and apparel, including outdoor and roller-blinds.
Standfast & Barracks, with a heritage stretching back almost 100 years, employs 200 people and is one of the most versatile and distinctive printers in the world. It is part of the British luxury furnishings group Walter Greenbank Plc and has an international reputation for a commitment to quality, innovation and advanced technologies.
A perfect example is the Durst Alpha is the Alpha 190, part of the Alpha Series that features different configurations and print widths for industrial printing of fashion garment and apparel, home textiles and upholstery. Durst developed the One-Step Greentex P ink especially for the Alpha Series. The environmentally friendly pigment and the reactive and dispersion inks are based on Durst Water Technology.
Stephen Thomas, Managing Director of Standfast & Barracks, said: “Our order books are definitely growing and we are actively encouraging our customers to do more digital printing, pointing out the many benefits. Our investment in Durst’s digital technology continues to trigger new waves of innovation. Digital gives unlimited opportunities and colour variations with the ability to develop new application and products and continue to develop our business – all with the support of Durst. Digital is by far our biggest growth area. It’s the future.”
Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Durst Textile Printing, said: “Standfast & Barracks is an exceptional example of how innovative companies are pushing the barriers by continue to invest in new digital technologies. We take great pride by working in partnership with our customers to help them to bigger and better things. And we look forward to continuing to work closely with Stephen and his great team to further help them grow opportunities that are virtually unlimited with digital.”
Digital driver: stunning results such as this are being produced on the Durst Alpha 190 systems
Brixen, Italy - 05/07/2018 - Durst, an inkjet pioneer and manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has helped Gabel Group to transform its retail business and open up more export trade in a partnership approach. A major household linen producer and retailer based in the heart of Italy's textile area, Gabel has invested in Durst's Alpha 330 super high-performance multi-pass printer with the One-Step Greentex P ink.
Gabel Group is achieving industrial scale digital production with its Durst Alpha 330 printer at its headquarters near Milan and is now looking to invest in a second system to meet the evolving customer requirements of ever-shorter print runs and specialist customization for its business as it continues to diversify and expand into new markets.
"The face of retail is changing," said Michele Moltrasio, Chairman and President of Gabel Group. "Today many of the orders involve printing hundreds of metres instead of thousands of metres as in the past, but numbers of orders are going up hugely. Retail shops want different designs and colours every two to three weeks because they want to continue developing new ideas and new collections. As we continue to expand our export market, which we anticipate will double within a year to around 20% of our business, digital will become even more important because virtually every European country has different specifications for its linen requirements. The Durst Alpha 330 is a perfect fit for us.
"We chose Durst because it is the best possible supplier and best quality for digital," said Mr Moltrasio. "It has been meeting and exceeding expectations and we are hoping to invest in a second Alpha Series system again soon. More and more applications are becoming possible with digital, which now makes up 10% of our turnover, but I expect that figure to rise to around 30% of our business within five years. We're printed 400,000 metres in our first full year alone with the Durst, which, with the customization opportunities, has opened up new markets including for exports."
Gabel Group has three factories, is a €60m turnover business and employs 400 people, of whom half work in its 40 retail shops across Italy and the rest in the production plants and offices. The company also has its products in more than a thousand retail outlets across the world. Digitally-produced linen collections now being sold include High Definition, Planet Teen and Trudi.
The Alpha 330 uses the Durst One-Step Greentex P ink, which was developed especially for the Alpha Series of printers. The environmentally friendly pigment inks are based on Durst Water Technology. Materials such as cottons, polyesters and polycottons do not require pre- and post-treatment with this ink, so the whole process is accelerated and simplified, and is nearly a "dry" process.
Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Durst Textile Printing, said: "As a manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies for industrial applications, Durst is playing a significant role across so many segments. We see textile printing as a really important growth opportunity for companies such as Gabel to invest in future systems that will increase their market share and business opportunities. Cost transparency and predictability are crucial - the Alpha Series really helps customers grow their business. Gabel is a perfect example of how a respected company through a partnership with Durst is pushing the barriers and innovation in textiles by investing in new technologies."
Fabio Gromo, Michele Moltrasio
Gabel Digital Collection Retail Store
Durst Alpha 330
Brixen, Italu – 09/01/2018 – , manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, and Standfast & Barracks have announced plans for a Centre of Excellence in the UK at the fabric printing company’s UK headquarters in Lancashire.
Little more than two years after a devastating flood that closed the factory for more than four months, Standfast & Barracks has cemented its partnership with Durst with an investment in its new print and ink technology. The fabric printing company has installed two Alpha 190 systems, part of a new generation of super high-performance multi-pass printers with the One-Step Pigment Ink Greentex P.
These, together with the creation of a Centre of Excellence, will continue to drive digital textile growth for Standfast & Barracks, which has already returned to similar business levels since before the flood.
Details of the Centre of Excellence were being unveiled in the run-up to Heimtextil in Frankfurt Messe, Germany, from 9-12 January where Durst and Standfast & Barracks both have an important presence. Heimtextil, which is held in Frankfurt am Main, is the world’s biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles.
On its stand at Heimtextil, [G50, Hall 4.1], most of Standfast & Barracks displays were printed on the Durst Alpha 190. The seven new collections being shown are Traditional Archive, Archive Florals, 30s inspired Wholesale, Modern Sherwood, Novelty Brights, Luxury Velvet and Contempary Florals named “Applethwaite Garden”.
During Heimtextil, Durst will be giving a keynote presentation at the WTiN conference on 10 January at 15.30. It is entitled “Successful Digital Business Models and Opportunities with the new Durst Alpha Series and the Greentex P Pigment Ink”.
Standfast & Barracks, a well-established Lancaster-based fabric printing company, is part of the British luxury furnishings group Walter Greenbank PLC. With a heritage approaching almost 100 years, Standfast & Barracks has an international reputation for its commitment to quality and innovation and for using advanced technologies.
A perfect example is the Durst Alpha is the Alpha 190, part of the Alpha Series that features different configurations and print widths for industrial printing of fashion garment and apparel, home textiles and upholstery. Durst developed the One-Step Pigment (Alpha Ink P) especially for the Alpha Series. The environmentally friendly pigment and the reactive and dispersion inks are based on the Durst Water Technology.
Stephen Thomas, Managing Director of Standfast & Barracks, said: “Our investment in Durst’s digital technology has transformed the market dynamics for our business and helped trigger a new wave of innovation. Most of our collections on display at Heimtextil were printed using Durst technology – it’s brilliant.”
Mr Thomas added: “The initial trials for the pigment inks have been extremely successful and we are looking forward to driving forward this planned Centre of Excellence. Digital is by far our biggest growth area. Thanks to the huge advances in our digital fabric printing capabilities with Durst, we are now expanding into further industrial production for our premium quality products. Digital gives us unlimited opportunities and colour variations. This is another huge step forward for our business.”
Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Durst Textile Printing, said: “Standfast & Barracks is incredibly proud of its rich heritage and, through Durst’s digital technology, it is showing the company is capable of even bigger and better things. It is a perfect example of how a respected company is pushing the barriers and innovation in textiles by investing in new technologies.”
Stephen Thomas, Managing Director of Standfast & Barracks and Martin Winkler, Segment Manager of Durst Textile Printing strong>
Brixen, Italy – 22/11/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, will be showcasing the Alpha Series new generation of super high-performance multi-pass printers with the One-Step Pigment Ink Greentex P on Booth W5B50 at ShanghaiTex 2017 in the Shanghai International Expo Centre from 27-30 November.
Live daily demonstrations of Durst’s Alpha Greentex P inks on its flagship Alpha 330 textile printer, which are already used by customers across the world, will be held at ShanghaiTex. Household and decor products such as duvets, linen, table cloths, curtains and drapes, as well as advertising materials, can be printed in full width up to 330cm.
Durst developed the new One-Step Pigment Ink (Alpha Ink P) especially for the Alpha Series. Standard materials such as cotton and polyester do not require pre- and post-treatment with this ink, so the entire digital production process is accelerated and simplified. Alpha “Greentex P” pigment inks deliver brilliant, soft and durable results. The reactive and pigment ink systems Alpha Ink R / Alpha Ink P are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) 5.0-certified. All ink systems allow an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 compliant printing. The environmentally friendly pigment inks are based on the Durst Water Technology.
The Durst Alpha Series features different configurations and print widths for industrial printing of fashion garment and apparel, home textiles and upholstery. This efficient and economic digital textile production has step-less quality up to 1450 square metres an hour.
The Alpha series, which also includes the Alpha 190 multi-pass textile and Alpha 180 TR Industrial Dye Sublimation printers, also provides:
Durst is continuously investing in new technologies and looking for ways to improve its service quality and ShanghaiTex will be another important opportunity to show its major advances in textile production.
As one example, visitors to the show can learn about Durst’s augmented reality service tool in field-testing that provides an easy and efficient way to to support regional service technicians, as well a customer technicans where necessary, with the expertise of a service specialist. Through visualization in connection with AR functions, potential language barriers become a thing of the past.
Another talking point at ShanhaiTex will be Durst’s dedicated Textile Application Center at its headquarters in Brixen, Northern Italy. This is where customers can test their digital textile printers and optimize their printing processes. Experienced application experts support and advise customers on new inks, materials, chemicals and applications, as well as performing.
Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Durst Textile Printing, said: “Cost transparency and cost predictability for our customers are concerns for us that we remedy with individual inspection, maintenance and service packages. In addition to preventive services, under the slogan “Capacity Building”, we offer customer training that conveyes deeper knowledge of optimal maintenance, settings and usage of our printing systems.”
He added: “Textiles are an extremely important sector for Durst as we continue to grow and reach out further into new markets. ShanghaiTex is another perfect platform to demonstrate how our philosophy revolves around about developing a relationship in a partnership approach with our customers to grow business share. We always provide a thorough evaluation of requirements and never leave anything to chance.”
Brixen, Italy – 12/23/2016 – Durst, the manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, is unveiling its extensive Alpha Series portfolio with multi-pass inkjet printing systems for the digital production of home textiles and fashion at Heimtextil 2017 in Hall 6 at Stand C16.
Depending on what they are used for, Alpha printing systems offer printing widths from 190 to 330 cm and can be configured with up to 8 colors and 64 Alpha-S printheads. With a native resolution of 600 dpi and printing speeds of up to 620 lm/h, they boast 24/7 industrial-scale production capacities, and can be used directly and with tremendous flexibility. The various samples and applications produced by Probo and on display at the trade fair stand will show visitors exactly what these systems can do. In February 2016, the Dutch web-to-print supplier installed a high-performance Alpha 330 inkjet printing in its machine park in Dokkum in order to be able to offer home textiles and accessories alongside its existing soft signage portfolio. The great thing is that clients are able to order their printed items – from yard goods to large volumes – directly in the Probo online website. Orders received by 4:30 p.m. can even be shipped the next day.
This efficiency is due not just to the performance of the Alpha Series and digital workflow, but also to the Greentex pigment ink developed by Durst that require no pre- or post-treatment when used with standard materials such as cotton or polyester. This makes the production processes much shorter and considerably more cost-effective regardless of the size of the print run.
The Durst Textile Printing team at the trade fair stand will provide information about these and other options for the Alpha Series such as intelligent feeder systems that adapt automatically to the various textile materials and roll circumferences, and will also be on hand to arrange individual appointments. To arrange an appointment, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Brixen, Italy/Carnforth, England - 08.22.2016 - Durst, the industrial inkjet specialist, and the English company Technijet Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial high-pressure cleaning systems, have founded a joint venture on the development of peripheral solutions for digital textile production. Technijet is known in the textile sector primarily for its ROTOVAC washing system which removes lint and dust from printing substrates. The common conceptual design of the patented Swiftjet pre-treatment system is the basis of the joint venture. The system was presented at ITMA 2015 in Milan by Durst as a feasibility study. Swiftjet is a spraying and drying unit which is connected upstream of the actual printing machine and, depending on the desired printing result, takes over the chemical pre-treatment of the textile thread. Technijet's long-term experience with high-pressure jets comes in useful when ensuring the exact application of the composition on the material surface. Since the introduction of the Alpha Series at ITMA 2015, Durst has continuously striven to optimize the economic efficiency and environmental safety of inkjet print production. For example, by introducing the soft pigment ink system (Alpha P), which can be printed on standard material like cotton and polyester without additional binders and wet processes. Alpha P is convincing with its soft grip and color brilliance and at the same time, it reduces water and energy consumption in production. With the market introduction of the Swiftjet Solution, flexibility is further increased, since pre-treatment can be added upstream depending on material and need. Previously independent processes can thus be consolidated and automized which also contributes to an environmentally friendly production. The Swiftjet pre-treatment system is adapted for the Durst Alpha Series high-performance inkjet printer and can process print widths of up to 330 cm. Durst will also offer the pre-treatment system as a standalone solution for existing third party technologies.
"In all market segments, our highest aim is to replace 'old' technologies with new, disruptive systems", says Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG. "This isn't just about switching from 'analog' to 'digital' - it's a redefinition of the production processes. In this redefinition, economic efficiency and environmental criteria are not mutually exclusive, but complementary. With our printing systems and the new pre-treatment technology we can significantly reduce our ecological footprint, particularly in textile printing.
"Since ITMA 2015, we have continued on our chosen path and have maximized the potential of inkjet technology", says Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Textile Printing, Durst Phototechnik AG. "With the Alpha Series, we're providing productivity, the soft pigment ink system adds flexibility and Swiftjet offers, the process optimization for increasing economic efficiency in textile printing. In many textile markets the additional ecological benefit provided by our technologies is not just a side effect anymore but it is a central requirement for complying with new regulatory and environmental requirements and to live up to new social awareness."
Technijet - process optimisation with Swiftjet
The Alpha Series is designed to solve the current challenges of the industrial textile finishing sector: It features a sustainable and eco-friendly print technology and is designed for economic productivity and efficient processes, it minimizes warehousing by just-in-time production and produces top print quality with unlimited color and design complexity.
The Alpha Series combines new process technologies to control the interactions of print heads, ink system, textile material, fabric type, pre-treatment and finishing, thereby making them reproducible with the best performance.
The new Alpha Series features different configurations and print widths for the digital printing of fashion garment and apparel, home textiles and upholstery. The Alpha 330 is Durst ́s flagship for the industrial production of home textiles; with a maximum printing width of 330 cm, households and decor products such as duvets, linen, table cloths, curtains and drapes, as well as advertising materials such as flags and banners can be printed in their full width.
Depending on the number of print heads, the production output can vary: fully configured with 64 print heads the Alpha 330 produces up to 460 running meters per hour and the Alpha 190 up to 620 running meters per hour.
Magnetic Linear ActuatorThe print carriage, engineered by Durst, is equipped with magnetic linear actuation to achieve the highest precision print results. The carriage and print bridge form the basis for this precise, flawless, sharp-edged output, with 2 micro-meter tolerances.
With the new Alpha 190, Durst offers, especially for the fashion sector, various configurations in the entry and exit units to print on super-elastic knit fabrics. The fabric management allows very fast changes of the feeding roll.
This system is designed for non-stop production and easily produces 200 m2/h. The Alpha 180 TR features a maximum print width of 185 cm and is equipped with the latest Quadro S print heads for sublimation disperse inks.
Durst offers a specially formulated Dye Sublimation Ink System: water-based, odor-free, skin-friendly and free of any volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
This printing system is classified for all current transfer papers at maximum quality. It creates brilliant colors, sharp images and produces an impressive abrasion-resistant and water-proof result.Durst also offers an optional “Direct Printing Kit” for the Alpha 180 TR, for fabrics needing deep color penetration like flags and banners.
The changeover between transfer paper and direct fabric printing takes only a few minutes, and can be easily performed by a single operator.
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