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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 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.
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In the end of February 2019, the first Durst P5 250 HS UV printer has been presented to customers at Arial in St. Petersburg during an Open House event. The Durst customer Arial, an advertising and production company, works with the P5 UV printer since September 2018 and has already ordered another P5 printer from the same type. One machine is installed and the 2nd one will be installed by end of May. Another P5 250 HS was installed in Moscow as well.
Arial produces a wide range of POS materials, posters, backlits, banners and PVC grids, various contact paper products as well as textile goods (soft signage, flags), etc. 80% of manufacturing range falls to interior goods (mainly corrugated cardboard), which makes high printing quality a key factor for any purchase decision. The P5 250 HS fulfills this important customer expectation.
“We wanted to be ahead of the curve,” Olga Bolgar, the Chief Operating Officer of Arial advertising and production company, explains the reasons behind the purchase, “Generally, we work with advertising agencies and they are very sensitive to technological innovations that may improve product quality and order processing speed. When we found out about the development of the Durst P5 platform, it became clear to us that this device would be launched in Russia. And as we wanted to be at the top of the list, we immediately ordered a P5 machine”.
Kirill Karelsky, the Chief Commercial Officer of Arial advertising and production company, told how he, on a trial basis, had printed some regular business cards with the Durst P5 250 HS and the print result “has exceeded all expectations”.
Bathurst Signs is a regional business and generates 60% of its business outside the Australia city where it is based, including to Sydney just over 220 kilometers to the south east. Durst software will ensure turnover grows by at least 25% in the next 18 months alone.
“Durst’s SmartShop solution has – and will continue – to revolutionize our business,” said owner David Berry. “It’s done everything and more. In the next two years the profits generated through our website will more than give us a return on investment. A wider benefit is customer loyalty; the software is enabling us to become virtually indispensable to our clients, who also rely on us for training and other resources.”
Bathurst Signs employs 12 people and has a turnover of AU$1.3 million. Its traditional sign-making business largely covered government departments and other regulated industries such as forestry and rail. In the old days, every job order needed at least some form of change.
“Change became so exhausting that we didn’t want to provide many of the services,” said David Berry. The software from Durst Professional Services has simplified order-making, with the addition of a fast-expanding online shop business where the public can also order custom-made signs and other products directly through the website.
Bathurst Signs’ extensive online libraries are accessible by logging onto the website and which has a powerful search function, developed by Durst Professional Services. For example, over 5,000 different bits of artwork for state rail alone can be searched and found almost instantaneously. Any designs can be tailored to individual requirements with a powerful tool, known as the smartEditor, provided by Durst Professional Services in large-format printing. Creator software is used for personalising anything from banners, wallpapering, signs, billboards and posters, as well as flexible packaging. Bathurst Signs has set up 15 sub-shops as a portal for larger customers.
“This is versatile, nimble and unique software,” said David Berry. “The time it takes to process orders now has been reduced from many days, sometimes weeks, down to just a couple of hours. The customer is in total control and uses smartEditor to create the final job, while we are left to print and dispatch in very quick time. I have never seen anything so sophisticated that gives the average person the ability to design with such powerful software.
“Personalization can be done to the nth degree – the options for our customers are limitless and cover endless applications. For instance, banners, wallpapering applications, stickers, posters and billboards, as well as packaging consumer goods such as lunchboxes and wine boxes.”
David Berry concluded: “It’s been a learning experience, but the support from Durst has been incredible and the staff are always extremely professional. Durst has been a true partner. It is a company that is constantly investing and improving the software solutions, making improvements on a virtual daily basis.”
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 WT 250
Wolfram Verwüster, Global Sales Director, Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing, Durst Group
Lillestoff, one of Germany's most successful international fabric retailers, is a future-oriented company that relies on Durst's innovative, high-performance Alpha 190 digital textile printer. This printer is suitable for printing on a wide variety of fabric types and provides the company with more efficient production, reduced storage capacities and considerably faster delivery times.
"Digital printing is our future. From small runs to industrial volumes, we now produce 90% of our fabrics ourselves, in the highest quality and with vibrant colors. Thanks to the Alpha 190 printer, we can now respond much faster to customer needs, be more independent, more flexible and really print only what we need”. Daniele Gencalp, owner, Lillestoff GmbH
From a small sewing café to an internationally recognized fabric supplier, the Lillestoff GmbH, founded in 2010, specializes in the sale of fabrics with special, Scandinavian designs for the fashion market. Lillestoff now employs 28 people, plus10 exclusive designers from all over the world, and delivers to 28 different countries and operates from premises covering over 2,000 square meters.
"Lillestoff’s designs are special and they inspire our customers,” says Daniele Gencalp. “That made us grow very fast in the last years. Lillestoff's customers include big companies and retailers, but also many loyal DIY customers.”
Until recently, the fabrics had been printed in a factory in Turkey. "With the constantly growing order volume the production cycle simply took too long and became more and more unreliable. Long delivery times, poor quality, incomplete orders and too much waste - we couldn't serve our customers in a professional way anymore," says Daniele Gencalp.
There was only one solution for Lillestoff - to do the printing themselves. After doing their own research, the Gencalps visited the Fespa trade fair in 2017. "We were immediately fascinated by the Durst Alpha 190 printer but had no experience at all in dealing with printing.”
For Martin Winkler, Head of Durst Textile Printing, and his team, that was no problem. Durst provided Lillestoff with several employees to ensure successful installation and commissioning. "The support was great", says Daniele Gencalp. "Together with all the designers, we and of course our two new printers were trained.”
Example Lillestoff design
Durst Alpha 190 at Lillestoff
In autumn 2018, the first self-produced fabrics rolled off the press. "The best decision for Lillestoff. There are no more limits to our production.”
The Gencalps were rewarded with considerably lower production and storage costs after only a short time. "The Alpha190 printer is the ideal solution for us and brings us closer to our customers. Soon we will give up two storage rooms, an important cost reduction! In less than two years we want to reduce our storage space by one third," says Daniele Gencalp. "The investment in the Alpha 190 printer will pay off within only one year if business remains the same. This is important for our company from.”
In addition to many financial advantages, Lillestoff was also able to approach new markets. "We are now also printing for other dealers. This new business area is so successful that we will soon hire another employee to manage it.”
In the meantime, well over 1,000 metres of top-quality fabric per day roll from the Durst Alpha 190 printer at Lillestoff. In addition to the usual fashion fabrics such as modal and jersey, the Gencalps also try new applications, such as printing on denim. Further product developments will follow in the course of the year, so that customers can be curious!
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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."