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„The online shop needed to entail concentrated expert knowledge and offer customers fair prices. Durst was a professional partner who accompanied us on this journey in a goal-oriented, reliable and competent manner.
Ursula Hage, Managing Director, Verpackungsberatung Hage GmbH & Co. KG
In 1998 Ursula Hage and her husband started their own business. Having advanced from a small two-man business to an internationally operating packaging manufacturer, Verpackungsberatung Hage GmbH & CO.KG now has almost 30 employees and an annual turnover of over €5 million. In 2011 the company began to switch to digital production and invested in plotter technology and later also in digital flatbed printers. The company supplies to a wide range of industries: furniture industry, medical and laboratory technology, tool technology, automotive industry and the food industry. The digital production facility that belongs to the company (Albfactory) specializes in packaging and displays made of cardboard and corrugated board.
"Many years ago, we were aware that digitalisation brings with it a change of times and so we had the vision of an online shop for corrugated board packaging already in 2016. Thanks to our plotter technology, we already had access to a software on which Durst had an online shop based. So with the help of Durst our online shop quickly became a hit."
In 2019, Mrs. Hage and her husband decided to further upgrade and modernize the online shop with the new Durst Smart Shop solution to offer their customers even more flexibility and creativity in product design. The Boxitut, the new online shop, went live in March 2020.
Ursula Hage explains: "The entire menu and navigation of the Boxitut is new, you can get to the product and the order menu faster from all points. The online shop is even more user-friendly, the entire graphics have been improved and users get more inspiration through product suggestions. This makes the customer approach much more direct and thanks to Durst's enhanced Smart Editor, the whole process is much smoother and faster."
"In addition, customers are excited about the fact that the punch contours can be downloaded to create complete designs via the marketing department or with their own software and upload the file again during the ordering process. Furthermore, the 3D preview is an important, improved feature, which is especially crucial for the approval of the product. Another new feature is that we can define millimetre sizes during the packaging design process."
The order data is transmitted online to the production department and processed there in a purely digital form. The well-equipped production facility, which also includes a Durst Delta 250 WT Multi-Pass UV printer using odorless ink, which is highly suited for a range of corrugated packaging, guarantees customers short delivery times and lean cost structures.
"Thanks to the upgraded online shop, we will definitely tap into new markets. More and more companies, especially young start-ups, are looking to do business over the Internet, and that’s currently increasing due to Corona and minimized contact. Our digital production has given us a great advantage," says Ms. Hage. "The data generated in the online shop can be send to production without checking - the core element of the software was crucial here."
"We can highly recommend the company Durst and their service. Our contact people are competent, always available and have supported us professionally with the digital implementation step by step. The Boxitut is highly praised by our customers."
With the Durst Rho 512R LED, Mediapoint has added another Durst press to its production site and was able to increase productivity by up to 14 times. Not only the productivity played a decisive role, but also the higher quality, the sustainability of the printer and the inks, the possibility to expand their portfolio and the return of investment: "With Durst you are getting a machine that will last longer than anything else on the market." says Jamie Xuereb, Co-Founder, Mediapoint.
It all began in 1954 with a small printing shop for business stationery, before Etiquetas Macho specialized in label printing. Today the family business is run by the third generation, led by Juan Macho. As production costs for digitally printed labels are falling and the market is increasingly demanding short runs, he is convinced that the future of Grupo Macho will lie in digital printing. Therefore, the company invested in a Tau 330 RSC, the fastest digital printing solution with inkjet technology available today. It offers Etiquetas Macho, in addition to its high print quality and Heptachromia plus White, the advantage of a hybrid production line with a flexo unit.
Brixen, Italy / Tallinn, Estonia – 16.07.2020: Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint OÜ. The new single-pass UV inkjet label press, which was announced at Labelexpo Brussels last year, was installed at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia, in July 2020.
LabelPrint OÜ became a Durst Tau 330 customer already 5 years ago. Since then, they actively developed digital print services to its client base and a trustful relation has been built between Durst and LabelPrint OÜ during the past years. Therefore it was a logical step that Durst approached LabelPrint OÜ as the first-choice beta test candidate. After initial trials in late 2019, Sten Sarap, owner of LabelPrint OÜ, committed to be the beta test site for the new and revolutionary RSCi press. This was postponed for three months due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The new Tau RSCi features print widths of 330, 420 or 508mm (13, 16.5 or 20 ins) and a higher printing speed of up to 100 linear m/min. New features for the RSC portfolio include a high opacity white print mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a high speed white mode that allows high speed printing at 80 lin. m/min of all colors, including white.
“This new press will mainly be used to transfer longer run flexo jobs onto a digital platform,” said Mr. Sarap. “It is too early to make big statements. However, we are very confident that this new press with its revolutionary print quality and high printing speed will help us to reduce production cost and improve lead times. And thanks to its amazing print quality it will help to innovate our business and make us more competitive.”
He added: “As a company that provides high quality sticker and print labels, the new Tau RSCi label press will be crucial in our mission to offer the shortest possible deadlines and competitive prices to meet customers’ individual requirements and needs.”
LabelPrint OÜs customer base includes beverage manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as sectors. Formed almost 20 years ago, the company also has a sales office and warehouse at Tartu in the south of Estonia.
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Flexible Packaging, said: “We’re delighted to announce LabelPrint OÜ as the beta test site and wish them ongoing success. Labels continues to be a significant growth business for Durst, not least because increasing numbers of converters are recognizing the benefits of transferring more volume from flexo to our digital platform. The introduction of the Tau RSCi has generated a large amount of interest in the marketplace since it was launched in September.”
Eye Spy Signs strengthens its position as industry leader with installation of Durst Rho 163 TS printer.
Eye Spy Signs started out in a suburban home garage in Hobart (Tasmania – Australia) back in 1994 eking out an existence as a dedicated Real Estate sign provider. In 1996 the Company bought the Government’s Main Roads sign workshop at tender and all of a sudden became heavily involved in road sign manufacture for the State of Tasmania.
For the next 20 years, our road signs were made using conventional methods – screen printing or cut vinyl – both high in labour content and inherently inefficient. In the meantime, the development of digital printing processes – and in particular ink technology (in conjunction with 3M) was progressing at a quick pace.
In March 2017, Eye Spy took delivery of a Durst Rho 163 TS and all of a sudden, another world opened up. It quickly re-affirmed our position as industry leader. As well as conventional roll-to-roll printing, it offered many side benefits including the ability to print flat substrates. For example, we very frequently print jobs direct to corflute requiring no over laminate. These days we put many different types of substrates through the machine – it is so versatile.
Year on year, our turnover has increased whilst our labour levels have decreased.
Running costs are surprisingly low and the reliability of the machine is nothing short of incredible - we have experienced machine availability exceeding 99% since it was commissioned. When needed, support from Durst has been outstanding and the fact that we are in different hemispheres/time zones has made little difference.
John Howard B.Eng (Hons), Managing Director, EYE SPY SIGNS P/L says: "In summary the acquisition of the machine is the best business decision that EYE SPY has ever made. It was not cheap, but what do you expect to pay if you are buying the best in the world?"
Tasmania’s Road Signs are printed with the traffic sign printer from Durst
We didn’t just buy a machine, we bought a whole system involving software, analytical tools and calculation tools, so we are very happy that we don’t need any additional software
Rondo’s digital transformation for its corrugated packaging business has been driven by brands who have opened their minds to the new wave of opportunities from sustainable production where flexibility and time to market are crucial driving factors.
Digital corrugated production is now going up by 25-30% a year for Austria-based Rondo St Ruprecht an der Raab, one of six plants in Europe for the family-owned Rondo Ganahl Group. The company specializes in corrugated board production using flexo, offset and digital technologies. It has never looked back since making a leap of faith two years ago and becoming one of the world’s first users of the Durst SPC 130 water-based technology.
Managing all data through the Durst workflow with its sophisticated color management, analytical tools and variable data creation, has made a strong and positive difference – all provided through Durst Professional Services.
Robert Posch, Operations Manager at Rondo St Ruprecht an der Raab, said: “We didn’t just buy a machine, we bought a whole system involving software, analytical tools and., calculation tools, so we are very happy that we don’t need any additional software. The brand Lindt & Sprüngli, as an example, has extremely dark and powerful red colours, as well as brown. With the powerful Color management features, we have been able to reproduce them accurately and we have matched their demands.”
Mr Posch added: “We are looking forward to working with Koenig & Bauer and Durst together because we see huge future potential with the software and what we hope will be the perfect printing machine. With experience of big industry, both Durst and Koenig & Bauer are excellent, robust engineering companies with world-class expertise. Certainly, we have had a very positive impression of the SPC 130 machine and from the staff right from the start.”
Karl Pucher has been the Managing Director at for Rondo St Ruprecht an der Raab for the last eight years. “We had been talking about getting into digital printing for a long time and for Rondo it was something new,” he said. “We had to change a lot of processes and took a lot of risk. We have made a lot of improvements in the processes. Sales are now racing ahead every month. Customers are making repeat orders, which is very important, so we are very happy that we took this decision. Our corrugated business is going up by around 20 to 30% every year and we see that this is a fast-growing business for the next years and soon we plan to go for a full three-shift operation. The share of digital printing was at first around 5 to 10% of our overall business, but we expect this to double within the next couple of years.
“It’s a known fact that brand owners were in love with the offset printing because of the quality, but since we have had digital printing we have transferred lot of offset business to digital because of shorter lead times, initiation costs and there is no difference in quality between offset and digital for many applications. Quality is extremely important for the brand owners, but it is not the topic anymore.
About 90% of the Rondo digital printing business is for the food industry. Brand owners have many more products compared to a few years ago and shorter lead times to market. “Lindt & Sprüngli is one example where we used to plan months ahead for Christmas, Easter and summer editions and needed to keep high levels of stock,” said Mr Pucher. “Now with digital technology we can be extremely flexible. Lindt & Sprüngli can create a new order that we can produce digitally and have in the shops within weeks.”
Mr Pucher added: “Digital printing is also providing answers for the global debate on the use of plastic packaging, which obviously extends to food and safety. Using the new food safety compliant inks in primary and secondary packaging means we can create corrugated board packaging to be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. The SPC 130 with its water-based technology from Durst is providing the solutions that we need to delivery to the food industry.”
Madrid, Spain – 12.06.2020: Etiquetas Rospil has taken the next step on its digital transformation by capturing new markets with an investment in a Tau 330 RSC E from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies. Increasing numbers of its own customers are explicitly demanding that their labels are produced on the single-pass inkjet press.
Madrid-based Etiquetas Rospil has enjoyed unstoppable growth due to its strong customer focus and commitment to innovation. It became one of the first companies in Spain in 2013 to invest in digital ink-jet technology with Durst’s Tau 330/200 solutions, which produced more than 10 million linear meters. Etiquetas Rospil has now become the first company in Iberia to install the Durst Tau 330 RSC E. It improves versatility and provides faster order turnarounds to ease pressure on delivery requirements. Replacing the Tau 330, the machine also allows considerable ink consumption savings per linear meter.
Jorge Pérez, Deputy Manager of Etiquetas Rospil, which is celebrating its 45th birthday, also highlights the consistency of the color and brightness of the orders produced on the Tau Solutions. “Each year there are an increasing number of customers who demand explicitly that their labels are produced with Durst Tau technology,” he said. “It’s been unstoppable growth. Also, we are clear that the future of the sector is digital. That is why we decided to take a new step.
“We have full confidence in Durst. Our experience with them has been second to none. There is nothing comparable in terms of quality and reliability and, now with the new Tau 330 RSC E, neither in productivity. Furthermore, the technical assistance offered by Durst Ibérica is fully personalized.”
The Tau 330 RSC E combines best-in-class print quality with an economic investment and is fully upgradeable to an 8-color label press to provide increased capacity when production requirements increase. Etiquetas Rospil’s model is equipped with four colors plus white.
Mr Pérez said: “We know the future is digital and we will make new progress in the coming years. This is another advantage of the the Durst Tau 330 RSC E – it allows upgrades of productivity up to 80 linear meters a minute and add process colors to match our requirements. However, for now we are very happy with the current investment. In addition, we are already taking concrete steps in the Industry 4.0 transformation. This is the challenge we have to face in the coming years and by joining forces with a partner such as Durst in this transformation, we are encouraged to make further progress.”
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Flexible Packaging, said: “Etiquetas Rospil’s growth is a perfect example of how innovative and forward-thinking companies recognize the all-round benefits of our technology. We’re delighted to hear that its customers increasingly demand that their orders are produced on the technology. Our Tau RSC platform sets the base for industrial inkjet printing in the label industry. It offers a total package to all our customers in terms of high quality, the best possible service and resulting production reliability, as well as important cost-savings.”
“Thanks to the fantastic quality from the RSC green ink, we won a new contract – and that food brand is now one of our biggest customers”
Multi-award-winning company The Label Makers has expanded into higher-end markets and turned a major food brand prospect into one of its biggest accounts, thanks to the Durst Tau RSC platform and software capabilities.
“It’s unbelievable photographic quality,” said David Webster, Managing Director at the company known as Labmak. “The print quality meant that we could look for more sophisticated work, particularly as we found it far easier to hit everybody’s brand color. As one example, we were approached by a prospective customer who asked if we could reproduce its fluorescent green logo. Thanks to the fantastic quality from the RSC green ink, we were able to do this and won the new contract. Now that food brand is now one of biggest customers.”
Recently Labmak won two major awards for a complicated illustrated label embellished and printed on to bottles of spiced and dark rum for Manchester-based brand Diablesse. One was for ‘Label of The Year’ at the UK Packaging Awards and the other was the ‘Special Effect in Labels and Packaging’ in the Digital Printer Awards. “The depth and vibrancy of the inks printed on the Durst Tau 330 RSC was crucial and I can’t think we’d have ever won without it,” said Mr. Webster. “Who would ever have thought we’d be printing rum labels digitally. What more can I say!
“Customer requirements are now changing constantly. In this market label delivery dates now typically get changed hourly, not even on a daily basis, so we have to have flexibility of printing on either machine or even transferring work from flexo. Durst Workflow Label software enables us to manipulate files press side, so jobs can be tweaked immediately by press operators without sending the file back to the studio, which could easily take up to 20 minutes. Any changes are now done in five minutes – it’s a major time-saver. And it’s a gamechanger.”
Labmak, a family-owned company, was formed in 1963. Starting with letterpress, it moved into litho and flexo printing – and now increasingly uses digital. It has a reputation as a pioneer and supplies some of the UK’s leading brands covering markets such as food, beverages, personal care, petro chemical and decorative coatings. “Whereas a decade ago, we would be running jobs regularly of 100,000 labels a time, customers started making increasing numbers of order but in smaller batches, perhaps 10,000 labels a time,” said Mr. Webster.
Labmak became the beta test site for the Durst RSC platform three years ago, working in partnership with Durst. It currently has two Durst Tau 330 RSC single-pass UV inkjet presses, with industrial scale production possible at up to 80 linear meters/min.
“The future of label printing is here – and it’s digital inkjet production,” said Mr. Webster. “We now have supermarket chains requesting that the jobs be printed inkjet rather than flexo because of the vibrancy of the colors, the screen effect of the inks and the perfect print registration. Our Tau RSC investments give us the opportunity to take on more clients and better service our existing customers. Previously we were mainly using the Durst Tau presses for the personal care markets. Now, with the new capabilities, we are producing everything from food labels through to high quality wines and spirits.”
Brixen, Italy - 14.05.2020 – An investment in a Durst Tau 330 RSC E single-pass digital inkjet label press is a strategic move by Megalabel benefiting from a direct service structure, parts and support in Brazil provided by Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technology.
Owner Marcio Romano says cost-effective, industrial scale production at very high quality and speed will fill the gap between flexo and short-run digital production. “We closed a deal in practically three days,” said Mr. Romano. “Knowing that we can count on a service structure, parts and support here in Brazil is an important differential. It gives us the confidence to bet on a technology that will certainly bring us a unique competitive advantage.”
The arrival of Durst technology at Sao Paulo-based Megalabel has a strategic role. Now, the company will be able to produce in high quality and at an extremely affordable cost for longer runs of labels using digital technology. “Durst Tau 330 RSC E puts us in a different position in the market, as we are reference in terms of production technology,” said Mr. Romano. “In our premises, we have the three options available today for printing: flexography, digital printing for short runs, and Durst digital printing at an industrial level of very high quality.”
Among the highlights of the Tau 330 RSC E, Mr. Romano reinforces high print resolution and speed. In addition, for him, the agility in service and the security of reaching negotiations was only possible thanks to the presence of Durst's structure directly in the country.
When Megalabel was founded 12 years ago, Mr. Romano, had a very clear focus in mind: offer very high quality to produce labels in short runs for the market. Today, the company has a consolidated name in the segment, producing short and large production runs. “For this, we invested in flexographic technology and also in digital printing", explains Mr. Romano. However, the other digital technology in use at Megalabel was “high cost” when larger volumes on an industrial scale were needed. “It was to cover this gap between flexography and digital printing in short runs that we invested in the technology of the Durst Tau 330 RSC E,” said Mr. Romano.
With support for widths up to 330 mm, the Tau 330 RSC E prints at 52 linear meters and with the optional speed upgrade up to 80 linear meters/min. This corresponds to a production capacity of 1,485 square meters/hour at a print resolution of 1200×1200 dpi. It can produce in up to 8 colors (CMYK, plus White, Violet, Orange and Green), thus covering almost 95% of Pantone colors at a lower cost.
Helmuth Munter, Label & Flexible Packaging Segment Manager for Durst Group, said: “The Durst Tau RSC E brings affordable, industrial scale digital production to increasing numbers of forward-thinking companies such as Megalabel. The fact that we have dedicated teams in Brazil offering direct service, parts and support locally is clearly going to be an increasingly important factor in decision-making going forward as we continue to build our business in South America and further afield.”
After years of market research, Michelangelo decided to invest in a Durst P5 350. The options for roll to roll and direct board printing, the variety of substrates that can be printed on and the sustainability of the inks played a decisive role. In addition, Durst's Web-to-Print solution Smart Shop offers Michelangelo the opportunity to become a global player.
“We are excited to increase our service to our customers and working with Durst,” says Miho Takahashi, Vice President, Michelangelo Co., Ltd. “By partnering with Durst and investing in web-to-print we get a solution from Pixel To Output by Durst. And besides increasing our services, we want to expand our market from a local Japanese to a connected global player.”
Durst was able to resume partial operations at the beginning of April, as the printing systems for the label and packaging industry were classified as systemically important. Now the Italian government has launched phase 2 to resume public life.
As an export-oriented company, Durst - starting immediately and in compliance with all necessary safety regulations - can start up production. On May 4 at the latest, the majority of the Durst’ler can be reached again at the headquarters in Brixen and the Customer Experience Center is then available again for customer appointments, machine demonstrations and acceptance tests.
Of course, Durst does not expect an immediate return to "normality", which is why concepts for virtual presentations and webcasts have been developed in the past few weeks and are now being implemented in a timely manner for interaction with the stakeholders.
Durst will provide information on the respective offers and measures on the website www.durst-group.com and on social channels. Of course, international customers can also contact the global Durst branches for individual inquiries and priorities.
We will support these meetings as best we can with the technical possibilities in the Durst headquarters and Customer Experience Center. We are really looking forward to phase 2 and the opportunity to take the next step into normality with new interaction options.