Standfast & Barracks Enhances Digital Textile Business By Creating Centre of Excellence With Durst
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.
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>
Sales offices consolidated to form a larger branch office in Singapore
Brixen, Italy – 14/12/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has been represented by sales partners in Southeast Asia for more than two decades and has had a presence there since 2006 in the shape of Durst Image Technology Asia Pte. Ltd., via a branch office in Singapore. The catalyst for founding the branch was the need to servicing the successful Lambda and Theta photo lab systems, followed by the marketing of the Rho Series digital large format printers. However, increasing segmentation and portfolio expansion toward industrial production technologies prompted Durst to establish Durst Industrial Services Pte. Ltd. in 2013, which also leverages Singapore as a hub to serve the entire Asia-Pacific region in its industry sectors – chief among which is the digital ceramic tile decoration – where Durst leads the global field in the market and technology sectors. Merging the two offices to form a central branch office helps establish a presence commensurate with the growth potential of the region. This change will also see the team of Mr. Kong Hian Low, former Managing Director of Durst Image Technology Asia Pte. Ltd. and a photo industry veteran, transferred to Durst Industrial Services Pte. Ltd., headed by Managing Director Rafael Royo. Rafael, from Valencia/Spain, has been working for Durst for four years, which have seen him successfully expand ceramics printing and label printing segments in the region. The qualified ceramic engineer has already – professionally speaking – successfully cut his teeth establishing and managing subsidiaries in Southeast Asia for leading technology companies.
“As our internationalization progresses, the Southeast Asian market will become a key pillar of our business,” says Christoph Gamper, Durst Group CEO. “Success depends, of course, on having the right people, and with that in mind, I would like to thank Mr. Kong Hian Low for his many years of service. In Singapore, he witnessed and was actively involved in transforming Durst from a photo technology provider to an industrial printing machines manufacturer. It’s now time to pass on the baton – step forward Rafael Royo, who has played a key role in recent years in helping expand our installation base in the region for Gamma ceramic printing systems. He is now tasked with representing Durst’s entire product range, including large format printing, label printing, ceramics printing and textile printing, and helping set up a 24/7 service and support structure.”
The new branch, Durst Industrial Services Pte. Ltd. will be headquartered in:
8 Boon Lay Way #09-15 TradeHub 21 Singapore 609964 T. +65 65 15 44 36
Cerâmica Portobello Expands Partnership with Durst
Brazil’s largest tile manufacturer is producing successfully using 15 Durst Gamma ceramic printing systems
Brixen, Italy – 11/12/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, installed the 14th and 15th Gamma ceramic printing system at the largest Brazilian tile manufacturer, Grupo Portobello S/A, in October 2017. The company has counted on the reliability and performance of the Gamma series since 2011 and is continually investing in the latest technology. Using the new Durst Gamma 108 XD 4.0, equipped with the Durst DM print head technology, Portobello will now be able to produce special floor tiles with high ink coverage and use the equally new Gamma 148 XD for large rectangular tiles at 90x90, 100x100 and 120x120 cm. The close partnership between Portobello and Durst is the result of both companies striving for absolute quality. Portobello’s tiles are characterized by the highest printing quality, fine details in the print image and brilliant colors. Durst Gamma printing systems are not only used for the premium lines, but also for mass producing the sub-brand “Pointer”. After all, banding-free results and color stability are also some of the competitive advantages of this brand. In 2015, Portobello achieved a production volume of over 30 million square meters and could rely on the high uptime and 24/7 availability of the Gamma XD printing systems. Service and maintenance play an important role with these production figures. Here, too, Portobello is able to benefit from the low cost and reduced effort. In the meantime, Portobello achieves total sales of over BRL 1 billion (approximately USD 320 million) per year and employs 2,600 people.
Durst to show live daily demonstrations of Alpha Greentex P inks on Alpha Series 330 flagship at ShanghaiTex
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:
An efficient and economic digital textile production
Cost-covering personalization and printing of small print runs
Sustainable and eco-friendly print technology
New process solutions for an optimized interaction of print heads, ink system, textile material, fabric type
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.”
Ceramika Paradyż has been using Durst Gamma for decoration since 2007
By investing in the current Gamma XD series, Ceramika Paradyż now has 3 generations of ceramic printers working in production
Brixen, Italy - 10/10/2017 – Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technology, has installed the seventh ceramic printing in succession at Ceramika Paradyż. Already back in 2007, Ceramika Paradyż invested in a Durst Gamma 60 and was thus the first Polish tile manufacturer to add digital decoration to its product range. Introduced as a differentiation feature, digitization in fact turned into a growth motor for the Paradyż Group which today is one of the leading tile manufacturers in the Polish ceramic market. Over the last 10 years, the company has constantly expanded its production facilities, investing among others in the Gamma 75 KD generation, Pictocer and now also in the Gamma XD series. Today there are altogether 7 Durst ceramic printing systems working in the company's production facilities, with the first Gamma 60 still being used to decorate wall tiles.
"For more than ten years now we have been convinced by the Durst Gamma printing systems, which give us the necessary printing quality when used for tile decoration, as well as being sturdy and reliable for absolute economic efficiency", says Przemysław Kaczmarski. "The current investment in the Gamma XD series lets us expand our portfolio once again, using effect inks for a broader range of decorative designs as well as significantly improving the production process."
Ceramika Paradyż was particularly impressed by the outstanding printing quality of the Gamma XD series, which is necessary for making demanding ceramic products, including for example large-sized tiles or when printing images instead of the usual stone or wood effects. The printer's intuitive user interface makes it quick and easy for Ceramika Paradyż to convert graphic formats, thus considerably reducing the preparation periods for new projects. Furthermore, it is possible to simulate the printing quality of preceding models when developing new products so that the same design can be produced on different production lines.
Durst offers a separate packaging workflow system for the Delta Series. The comprehensive solution covers all processes from data management and print data preparation to output on the printer and reporting. Access to the software is browser-based and can also be managed from mobile devices without any additional installations.
The Durst Workflow system can be extended at any time with a range of modules for variable data printing, ink consumption calculation, high-speed RIP, grid charts & color book compilation, operating several printers at the same time and much more. The Durst Concerto communication server permits the integration of external MIS/ERP systems as well as web-to-print portals.
In the process chain, the Durst Workflow-Packaging ensures:
The job data and information is managed on a speciﬁc basis.
The job status can be viewed at all times for user groups.
Interfaces are deﬁned between customer support, media designers, media technologists and controlling.
The print data with all relaevant information is ready for production right after preﬂight mode.
Informative Reports for customer communication are provided
The print data is displayed clearly and in a modern manner in the browser window.
The standard correction of the ﬁle can be done direct in the browser window without any extra software applications.
Automated tasks can be applied to multiple jobs in batch mode
An Adobe Illustrator plug-in is available for simple data preparation as well as extentions in special applications.
The variable data printing (texts, numbering, images and bar codes) can be carried out directly via the browser or via Adobe Illustrator.
Ink cost calculations can be made right from the ﬁrst minute.
True-color measurement values are available for special colors based on the different medias. (∆E76/∆E00).
Ink consumption can be optimized through different proﬁles (Economy, Standard or Best Match).
Control and plotting data for later production processes can be easy created and transferred.
All process steps are documented and can be retrieved and repeated at any time.