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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.
Brixen, Italy - April 27, 2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is now producing “community masks” in its demo center at the Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy. The masks are produced in the first step for employees of Durst Group and sister company Alupress and afterwards the production capacity will also be available for other companies. The know-how for the production of the “community masks” will be made available to interested print service providers worldwide through its branches.
"At the beginning of April, our printing technologies for the label and packaging industry were classified as systemically relevant and we were able to go back into partial operation," said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of Durst Group. "Now we will also use our textile printing and processing systems, which are located in the demo center for customer demonstrations, for the production of "community masks". In line with our "pixel-to-output" strategy, production takes place digitally and fully automatically: in a web shop with a specially programmed editor, the masks can be individualized with graphics, images, texts, and our workflow software then sends the designed file directly to the printing machine and then the printed material is processed by a cutting system. The announcement of our initiative on social media alone has generated great demand and print service providers worldwide are adapting our concept and thus Durst technology for their productions."
The "community masks" produced by Durst have a filter membrane that has a high filtration efficiency and at the same time is characterized by very good air permeability. The "community masks" have a 3-layer structure, the polyester fleece textile materials are comfortable to wear and washable, the filter membrane can be disinfected with alcohol and reused. Durst explicitly points out that this is not a protective equipment in accordance with VO (E) 2016/425 or a medical device in accordance with Directive 93/42 / EEC.
Durst has many years of experience with filter systems, as these take on a type of "cleaning function" in the printing press to filter out microparticles in the ink supply systems so that the print heads do not become clogged and are always ready for use. The filter membrane selected by Durst Development for the "community masks" was subjected to a detailed effectiveness test in the Durst laboratories and Durst will also have the measured values verified by an independent institute.
“VergissMeinNicht” (www.vergissmeinnicht.bz.it), a social cooperative in Bruneck giving young cross-border workers and people with disabilities a place in the world of work, will be partnering Durst for processing and assembling the masks. Under the motto appreciation and added value, the specialized sewing service finalizes the “community masks” in a protected environment. It also focuses on sustainability for packaging.
The community masks can be obtained from end customers in South Tyrol via the company Kunst & Dünger Solutions (maskenmacherei.online) - personalized and up to a print run of 300 pieces. For larger quantities or inquiries about pixel-to-output software and hardware solutions for production, please contact: email@example.com.
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After extensive research into best-in-class technologies, Spoonflower invested in a Durst Alpha with Dual-Roll option digital production printer. Running a strong e-commerce-based business, Spoonflower places high value on sustainability, as well as demands for speed, high quality and fast turnaround times.
Brixen, Italy / Waregem, Belgium – 02.04.2020 – After a comprehensive investigation of the label market, Label Products has invested in a Tau 330 RSC E inkjet press from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Wifac to continue organic expansion. “With our spread of markets and a strong commercial presence in Belgium, the Netherlands and France we are going to benefit from that growth,” says Matthias Dhondt, Production Manager at the company based in Waregem, Belgium. “Our investment in the Tau 330 RSC E plays a key role.”
The deal with Durst and Wifac, its distribution and service partner across BENELUX, is a complete package, said Matthias Dhondt who, together with Stephan and Maarten Dhondt, forms the future of Label Products. “The Durst Tau 330 RSC E immediately caught our attention, but we needed to undertake a thorough investigation of the market,” he said. “We visited companies in Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Italy and other countries. We analyzed the operation of the various heads, the quality of the work, the speed of the machines, the price of ink and substrates.
“At the end we opted for the Tau 330 RSC E because of its impressive print quality and productivity and have never looked back. It’s a complete package. Ultimately, it’s about the total cost of ownership. At first, we wondered whether we would have enough volume on the press, but that hasn’t been a problem. More and more variable and tailor-made labels are being provided for various customers. So, a digital press is better than flexo printing.”
Another important factor for choosing Durst was the support and service provided through Wifac. “You can’t afford downtime and we have two service technicians on standby,” said Mr. Dhondt. But since the installation in the middle of 2019, not once have we needed to use them. The relatively simple operation of the press is another positive element for the business, particularly when skilled operators are hard to find due to skill shortages. We are a real family business with an open mind to helping our employees. In our finishing department, we were able to provide one employee with the chance to work as an operator on the Durst Tau 330 RSC E. She seized that opportunity with both hands.”
Continuing controlled growth is the aim for Label Products this year, as well as certifying itself for the British Retail Consortium. The BRC’s Standard for Food covers hygiene and safety requirements for food processing companies supplying the retail sector. From special clothing and hygiene regulations to visitor registration, the BRC works well throughout the whole company. “We have a focus on food sectors, but don’t lose sight of other markets,” Mr. Dhondt. “The strength of BRC is that this approach takes Label Products to a much higher level of quality.”
The family-owned company employing 36 people, which was founded by Pieter and Marc Dhondt in 1986, produces labels and tags on four flexo and digital production machines. Originally started as an offset print business, it has expanded into new areas, including label markets.
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Package Printing, said: “Our Tau RSC platform is setting new benchmarks in growing numbers of markets for companies such as Label Products. We offer a total package to all our customers in terms of high quality, the best possible service and resulting production reliability. Across BENELUX, this is with our partner Wifac. It’s a win-win combination.”