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Brixen, Italy – 15/01/2021 – A world-famous painting reworked by celebrated Spanish photographer and artist José Manuel Ballester and printed by Durst is the star attraction at a special exhibition. For the first time, a modified Guernica - originally painted by artist Pablo Picasso - has been printed full-size using advanced digital printing and production technologies from Durst.
Mr. Ballester has achieved international recognition for his special art of interpreting famous paintings by eliminating humans and animals. Guernica is a 1937 oil painting on canvas recognized as one of the best-known works of Picasso, who died in 1973. It is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.
Mr. Ballester’s work, “Around Guernica, 2009/2020”, is an emptied version of Picasso’s painting that conveys an updated look at the historical event and human tragedy. It is now a centerpiece at the exhibition, “2020/03/15 José Manuel Ballester”, in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, showing Bilbao city during the lockdown. The exhibition, which also includes a selection of large-format photographs that reflect Bilbao’s deserted streets and spaces, is open until 21 February 2021.
With "Around Guernica", Ballester adds a new artwork to the project that began more than 10 years ago, when he decided to investigate the architectural and natural spaces that surround the stories of some of the most important works in history, such as "The Meninas" or "The Garden of Earthly Delights". During the lockdown last spring, the artist received special permission to move around the deserted city of Bilbao and capture incredible landscapes and images never seen before.
These images were the first step of a project in collaboration with Estudios Durero and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which culminated in a photographic exhibition, publication of a book, and the first reproduction and exhibition of "Around Guernica" to the public. In this way, Ballester adds an artwork to the Hidden Spaces project, which includes some of the transcendental and universal themes for the human being. Along with his proposal "May 3, 2008", "Around Guernica, 2009/2020" addresses the nonsense of human violence and wars, but on this occasion, Ballester maintains a "living" element: the flower that was already shown in the original painting, and it symbolizes hope, also for these difficult times that we have had to live.
In this context, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao approached long-standing Durst customer Estudios Durero, a company that “imagines, creates and develops new forms of graphic production”, to print the reworked Picasso on a unique, hand-woven linen material with special white coating supplied by the museum, especially for the assignment. It had a total dimension of 3.5 x 7.8 meters.
Estudios Durero and Mr. Ballester spent a day in the Customer Experience Center at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, Italy, with the goal to print the Picasso Guernica interpretation on a Durst Rho 512 six-color machine. And they only had one chance – the available material was sufficient for only one print run, which meant no test print on the final material was possible.
"It has been a true honor for us and for Durst to develop this special project together with José Manuel Ballester and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao," said the owner of Estudios Durero, Ander Soriano. “No other company could have done it. In Picasso's original work and in Ballester's reinterpretation, the painting only uses a very wide range of grays and a very high resolution in all its shades, so the print quality must be exceptionally high to offer a true value to its reproduction. And that would have been impossible without the Durst Rho 512 6 C ”.
With reference to Durst, Mr. Ballester said: “In order to launch this project, in this context, we have had many collaborators. Having the best technology to make this possible was a privilege.”
Rafael Carbonell, Managing Director, Durst Iberica, said: “Estudios Durero has been a loyal customer and it was a real honor for Durst to support the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in this special project. When you are printing only black, gray, and white the quality needs to be exceptionally high to give arts its true value.”
Christian Harder, Durst Group’s Head of Graphics, said: “In conjunction with Durst Iberica, we were extremely proud and delighted to welcome Mr. Ballester and Mr. Soriano to our global headquarters where they were able to witness first hand our world-class facilities and technology. The unique linen materials were specially prepared for this art print. In reality that meant one chance, no test printing. And the results speak for themselves. The visitors to the museum exhibition have been amazed at the outstanding print quality.”
Brixen, Italy – 11.12.2020 – Two European Digital Press Association Awards have been awarded to Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies. They were for its Rho 2500 in the Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer > 250 sqm/h category and the other for Durst Workflow (Best Workflow Technology).
The awards are more recognition of Durst’s innovation as it continues its journey to become a complete solutions provider in line with its “Pixel to Output” strategy. Recent announcements have included the P5 350 High Speed printer, together with Durst “Automat”, and expansion of Workflow, Analytics, automation and ink solutions for printers. The award-winning Durst Workflow is also available for non-Durst printers.
The EDP Technical Committee referenced the increasing importance of software and workflow. It said: “Important is not only the device or software itself, but also the impact of the product on people and users.”
“These awards are another strong reference point and third-party endorsement to what we have achieved through our mission to innovate,” said Manfred Glantschnig, Head of Product Management for Durst Professional Services. “Durst Workflow is part of our world-class software. In an integrated world, we continue to help our customers through complete solutions from hardware, software, inks and collaborations.”
Andrea Riccardi, Durst Group’s Head of Product Management, Graphics Segment, said: “We are proud to have been recognized by the EDP with these awards. We been steadily building our offerings in line with end-to-end thinking for 360-degree business solutions aimed at the Smart Factory concept to streamline production and processes. The Durst Rho 2500 achieved this recognition as a high productivity printer that can be upgraded depending on the volume production capacity required.”
Brixen, Italy – 09.12.2020 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has unveiled a raft of innovations as it continues its journey to become a complete solutions provider in line with its “Pixel to Output” strategy. Central is the P5 350 High Speed printer – together with the Durst “Automat” ™ a new full automation system, enhanced Durst software, a full LED ink portfolio and partnerships.
Launched in a virtual event, “Firework of Innovations”, the P5 350 HS is the newest family member from the P5 technology platform with Durst Automat, the fully automated inline solution that makes production processes far more versatile and efficient for customers. The Durst Workflow is now available for non-Durst printers, following the announcement of a partnership with PrintFactory, which superior API software enables an easy management of mixed print environments. In line with its strategy, Durst has expanded its offer with Workflow, Analytics, automation and ink solutions for printers to deliver complete solutions from Pixel to Output.
The new Durst P5 350 HS can print at over 600 sqm per hour, which is twice the speed of the Durst P5 350 standard model, thus being the most productive hybrid printer in the market. Additionally, thanks to the same unique features that made the P5 350 successful, such as the multiroll and the multitrack 6 option, the new model retains the level of high versatility. It can be configured with up to nine color channels including light colors and white, and varnish for special multilayer printing applications such as “Day&Night”, “In&Out”, and up to 12 layers hapt-printing.
The high versatility is maintained also in combination with Durst Automat, the new fully automated board feeding and stacking system, which can manage up to two lanes, also with different board sizes up to 3.5 m width (137.8 inch) and 2.2 m (86.6 inch) length and has a loading capacity of 90 cm (35.5 inch).
Thanks to its sliding registration tables, a comfortable access to the roll tool enables a fast material change operated by only one single operator.
Installations of the Durst P5 350 HS – combined with Durst Automat – will start from the end of Q1 in 2021. Durst Workflow is a browser-based data management handling system that includes pre-press functionalisity as well as the ripping. The proven workflow for PDF toolbox, color management and rip engine ensures highest quality and ink cost optimization.
At the Firework of Innovations event, Durst also announced the introduction of the new POP Flexible LED Ink. This has impressive color gamut, unmatched combination of flexibility, stackability and adhesion. It is a best-in-class hybrid ink suitable for a wide variety of roll-to-roll and board media. Another future-proof ink that can be loaded into Durst’s full portfolio of LED printers.
Durst has been steadily building its workflow offerings in line with its end-to-end thinking for 360-degree business solutions aimed at the Smart Factory concept to streamline production and processes. Durst Smart Shop, Workflow, Analytics, Lift ERP – and now Durst Automat – are all pushing the boundaries of automation and innovation. All are backed by consultancy and seamless integration provided through Durst Professional Services.
Christian Harder, Durst Group’s Global Sales Director, Graphics Segment, said: “The launch of our latest family Durst P5 member, the P5 350 HS, is an important statement of our firm commitment to continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the large format market. It’s among a raft of innovations that we have unveiled to the market as part of our Pixel to Output strategy. Customers are demanding all-in-one solutions, which we provide as we move towards becoming a complete solution provider. In an integrated world, printers need to change as well. And we’ll help them on that journey through hardware, software, inks and collaborations.”
Christoph Gamper, Durst Group CEO and Co-Owner, said: “We’re looking forward to the future. I am confident that in 2021 the economy will recover and, in some fields, be even stronger than before. So we will continue what we do best: innovating with passion. In 2019, we launched the P5 platform and we now have more than 100 systems around the globe. This is a great achievement, so a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our customers, partners and our great Durst team members across the world.”
PrintFactory announces a key partnership with Durst, which will now be using the PrintFactory API to provide customers in mixed print environments with superior workflow software.
Durst has a reputation for being the unrivaled technology leader in digital large format printing. Quality and reliability are its cornerstones. With the Pixel to Output strategy, Durst expanded its offer with software solutions for printers to deliver complete solutions from Pixel to Output.
PrintFactory’s color management technology and high-speed, XML-centric RIP will be pivotal in ensuring an even wider audience can take advantage of those Durst characteristics.
PrintFactory’s RIP-based software connects multi-manufacturer environments seamlessly. The suite of workflow software supports over 2,000 printers and cutters, and delivers an Editor, Calibrator, and premium Layout tool alongside the API-integrated RIP.
Erik Strik, CEO of Aurelon (the team behind PrintFactory): “This is a great partnership for us as it confirms our focus on color quality is the right direction.” With PrintFactory’s VISU color engine as a part of the workflow, Durst operators can be confident of not only reducing the time spent achieving color consistency, but also in reducing ink and media costs.
Michael Deflorian, Business Development Manager Durst Professional Services: “We’ve been looking for workflow-based software that has a robust, scalable API and allows Durst Workflow users to drive printers of other manufacturers with the same software – it’s not just about having a smooth workflow, it’s about finding affordable software and hardware that can support a growing business. Our customers choose Durst for the long-term. Software that we recommend has to deliver on a promise of quality and reliability, and PrintFactory meets that criteria.”
The partnership between Durst and PrintFactory delivers a tight integration between the workflow products. This means more customers can choose Durst printers to work alongside their existing devices – there’s no need to manage print jobs via different systems. The Durst software ECO system digitizes the e-commerce, prepress and print process. All products offer a browser based interface for maximum flexibility and an interface to share data with other software solutions.
In general, PrintFactory software is delivered via a network of distributors, worldwide: it delivers on increased productivity, guarantees lower ink costs with no detriment to print quality, improves margins thanks to reduced waste media, and ensures consistent color, time after time. The company’s partnerships with device manufacturers bodes well for not only standard markets, but also for industrial scale operations.
Brixen, Italy - 10/21/2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, announced today that Durst and Vanguard won a combined seven (7) 2020 Product of the Year awards. The most in the history of the company, and a reflection of the new combined Durst Group organization product depth and reach.
“The PRINTING United Awards together with our acquisition of Vanguard and our investment in LiftERP further confirm the Durst Group as a powerhouse in the US Graphics Industry”, said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “We look forward to offering the new expanded portfolio worldwide in 2021 and further expanding our leading position in the global LFP market.”
The following products won 2020 Product of the Year:
Tim Saur, President of Durst North America stated, “As a Durst Group we essentially won in every price segment available to print providers in the market.” He continued, “Through the talent of our incredible engineering group in Europe, and the design capability of the entire Vanguard team in Atlanta, it is no surprise to me we won so many product awards.”
PRINTING United Alliance brings together companies from all over the world in the specialty imaging and print industry. This annual competition showcases the highest quality machines and most innovative advances within the wide format color printing industry.
Brixen, Italy - 10/8/2020 - Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is responding to the COVID pandemic with another initiative. As early as April, during the lockdown, Durst had started the production of community masks as a first preventive measure, now Durst is stepping up its efforts and presenting an innovative solution for reducing the viral load in indoor environments, the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.
The new normality that shapes our private and professional life is determined by masks, distance rules and disinfectants. This situation will not change in the short or medium term. Even if there will be a vaccine against COVID-19, new types of viruses and mutations will most likely occur. Therefore, over the last few months, Durst has put its expertise in the laboratories, in production, in UV technology, in flow simulations and in the safety guidelines together, to bring a piece of quality of life back to the new normality, with the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.
In the Durst Labs, the main transmission paths and descent rates of droplets and aerosols that transport virus-containing liquid particles were analyzed, as well as the effectiveness of countermeasures with continuous air exchange and UV irradiation. The solution: Durst UVC-R combines both air exchange and UV irradiation in one system, effectively reducing infectious aerosols, viruses and germs in indoor environments. Through an antiviral membrane, the room air is led into a closed system and irradiated with UV-C light.
The disinfected air is continuously released back into the room through an air outlet.
Special features of the Durst UVC-R
"We checked the efficiency of the UV-C sources in our laboratories and analyzed the ideal exposure time and volumetric flow". says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “An external laboratory for medical technology and disinfectants in Germany is currently in the process of verifying our results. At the same time, the efficiency of the Durst UVC-R is tested in real mode with "pseudoviruses" or so-called bacteriophages.
Efficiency Durst UVC-R
The Durst UVC-R’s center disinfection zone measures 4 x 4 x 2.5 meters. However, Durst points out that no specific statements about square meters or volume size can be given as a general answer in terms of efficiency, as the efficiency depends on many factors such as temperature, air flows in the room, ceiling height, number of people, etc.
Therfore Durst gives the following example for the efficiency: 4 people sit at a table and are surrounded by a volume of 8 m3. Each person inhales and exhales about 0.5 m3 of air per hour, a total of 2 m3. Durst UVC-R disinfects 12.5 times this volume or 25 m3 in 15 minutes and 50 times the breathing volume of 4 people or 100 m3 in one hour.
If the UVC-R is placed in a larger room, a constant mixing of the room air around the disinfection center is taking place, which means that by the permanent release of purified air the viral load is reduced even outside the central zone.
"We see in Durst UVC-R not only a preventive measure to reduce the viral loads," Christoph Gamper. “Together with the South Tyrolean industrial designer Christian Zanzotti we have developed portfolio, that can harmoniously be integrated into many interior concepts. Furthermore, the anti-viral coated membrane can be personalized with our digital printing systems."
Durst offers the 1st series of the UVC-R as a Limited Edition for pre-order on www.durst-group.com/uvcr. Within the next weeks the entire UVC-R portfolio will be available in a webshop. Start of delivery of the 1st series is planned for early December. The UVC-R systems can be viewed at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, South Tyrol/Italy. To make an appointment, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brixen, Italy - 10/01/2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is strengthening its position in the US Graphics Industry with the acquisition of a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia/USA.
Vanguard Digital is a leading manufacturer of printing systems for the signage, decoration, corporate, industrial and packaging sectors. With the acquisition, Durst adds new printer classes to its large format portfolio, while Vanguard now has a global distribution and service network and technical resources to continue developing robust solutions.
"Vanguard Digital Printing Systems is a rapidly growing and very successful company in a customer segment in which we are currently not active," said Tim Saur, President of Durst North America. "Through the combination of high-quality products, a strong management team and absolute customer orientation, both companies are a perfect match."
As part of the agreement, the new company will operate as Vanguard Durst Digital Printing Systems with effect from October 1, 2020. David Cich remains CEO while Jim Peterson continues to serve as Vice President of Sales.
“It is with great humbleness and excitement that Vanguard Digital will now be a part of the world class industry leading Durst Group,” said David Cich, CEO of Vanguard Digital Printing Systems. “Becoming part of the Durst Group Family, provides Vanguard Digital the opportunity to expand its portfolio of innovative market leading UV Printers to the entire world."
"Vanguard's printing systems have rightly achieved rapid growth and high customer acceptance in the North American market," said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “Despite the global pandemic, we are positioning ourselves for the long term and are determined to invest in the large-format graphics market. In addition, with our technical expertise, Vanguard will continue to ensure that its products and services are industry-leading and a wider customer base will understand what it is like to be part of the Durst family."
Brixen, Italy – 28.09.2020 – Durst will be celebrating a 100th installation milestone at a customer site for its market-proven and highly successful Tau RSC technology platform only two years after a successful market launch.
In the coming weeks, a major label converter in Europe will have the honour of becoming the 100th customer of a Durst Tau 330 RSC UV inkjet single-pass label press. The machine will soon be providing high quality label production with unmatched productivity and uptime levels.
Huge interest was created when Durst originally unveiled the Tau 330 RSC at Labelexpo 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Visitors and competitors were surprised by what Durst’s RSC technology promised in terms of print quality and productivity performance, with 1200x1200 dpi resolution and 80 linear meters printing speed at full color.
Nine months later and after a successful beta-test of this new and groundbreaking printing technology, Durst started delivery of the first Tau 330 RSC presses. Since then, increasing numbers of small, medium and large-sized label converter have opted for the new benchmark platform in UV inkjet, a Durst Tau 330 RSC, the more economical Tau 330 RSC E or the new Tau RSCi.
Since the middle of this year, Durst has continued installations with the first Tau RSCi 330 / 420 / 510 label presses, which form the latest press portfolio expansion of Durst’s Tau RSC platform.
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Label & Flexible Packaging, said: “Introduced two years ago, the Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E set a new benchmark in label printing. Now with 100 installations around the world we feel honored by the trust and confidence in Durst of our satisfied Tau RSC users. We are confident – and continuous positive customer feedback backs this - that our updated Tau RSC platform will continue to set the benchmark for the future of industrial digital inkjet printing in the label and packaging industry.”
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire – 07.09.2020: Colorscan Imaging Products Ltd has taken a significant step forward with expansion within the labels market after investing in a Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press and software from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies.
Installed in early August this year, Keith Forster, Owner and Managing Director of family-owned Colorscan, said: “Our business mainly provides printed products to the brewing industry. Obviously our business took a hit during lockdown, but our label printing business actually increased during this period. We have bought the machine at the right time. We certainly see a huge scope for expansion in the labels side of our business.
“We were always planning to upgrade our machines before the coronavirus pandemic because technology moves on. We did due diligence with seven suppliers involving substantial amounts of research and testing. Durst came out unequivocally as the best production printer with both high productivity and excellent print quality (1200x1200dpi highest resolution).
“There is nothing comparable in terms of quality and reliability. The Durst Tau 330 RSC E replaces two machines and dramatically increases our capacity running significantly faster than the two machines it replaces. This means our operating costs have been reduced significantly plus the machine also allows considerable ink consumption savings per linear metre. It’s also important to have the right workflow – and that was another reason to choose Durst.”
Based in 40,000 sq ft premises in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Colorscan has been a manufacturer and supplier to the brewery trade for over 25 years. It provides pump clips, keg badges and lenses, pump clip fixings as well as allergen advice and safety information on labels and tags for food packaging and wine / beer bottles. Speciality sectors within labels include metallic, clear, gloss, matt and PET liners.
Peter Bray, Managing Director of Durst UK & Ireland, said: “Affordable digital label printing is now a reality for Colorscan with its investment in the Durst Tau 330 RSC E technology. It joins many other companies that benefit from a total package in terms of high quality, the best possible service and resulting production reliability, as well as important cost-savings. We’re delighted that this will help them take a big step forward in labels.”
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.”
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.”
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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