Durst Invests In Digital Textile Printing
BRIXEN, Italy - April 6, 2011 - Durst, the leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing
equipment, is presenting its new Textile Business Unit at the FESPA trade show in Hamburg (May
24-27). This new division of the company, headed by Christoph Gamper, is working on the next
generation of digital printing technologies for textiles.
The Durst Textile Team, based at the company's development facility in Kufstein, Austria, has been entrusted with the task of designing the high-performance textile machine and coordinating Durst's proprietary Quadro printhead technology with the relevant textile specifications. In parallel with this, specialists at the Research Center in Lienz, Austria, are testing high-grade inks for textile printing based on dispersion, reactive and acid inks. The aim of this project, entitled KAPPA, is to have a powerful digital textile printer with a printing speed well in excess of 500 m2/hr and with excellent printing quality ready for presentation at the ITMA 2011 trade show in Barcelona.
As Christoph Gamper, Segment Manager Textile at Durst Phototechnik AG, explains: "With the KAPPA project, we will be moving digital textile technology a significant step forward. Although Digital Textile has made a name for itself in the fields of design sampling and soft signage, it still plays a comparatively minor role in the global textile supply chain. The benefits of digital printing technology are well known right across the market but, lacking effective solutions, Digital Textile is simply not perceived as a genuine alternative to or as a supplement to traditional finishing processes. Particularly with the European textile sector in mind, Digital Textile offers the opportunity of responding swiftly to customers' changing requirements and achieving diversification and an edge over the Asian-based mass producers. We are confident that a new era for textile printing will be ushered in at ITMA 2011."
Durst is regarded as a pioneer in the field of photographic technology and has launched a host of innovations on the market in the course of its 80-year history. In 1994 the company developed the Durst Lambda, the world's first laser-based output device for the high-resolution digital printing of images on photosensitive roll materials. More than 1,000 Lambda units have already been installed and are used for image reproduction in connection with large-format advertisements, surveying, satellite data collection and medical engineering. Since 2001, Durst has been developing large-format ink-jet-based printers and has a reputation as being second to none in terms of printing quality and performance. In 2005 Durst adapted inkjet technology to suit industrial applications in the fields of ceramics, glass, laminates and floor slabs, with the result that now even rigid materials can be printed digitally with an unlimited range of colors and with high resolution.
In 2010 Durst brought out the Rhotex 320, a dye sublimation textile printer which sets new standards of quality in the industrial soft signage segment.According to Durst CEO Dr. Richard Piock, "We have played a pivotal role in the adaptation of digital printing technologies in different sectors of business and industry and our investment in the Digital Textile segment is a logical consequence of our development as a company. We are engineers but with a commercial dimension. Our customers expect from us high-end technical systems which will ensure them a clear return on investment. With the KAPPA project we will be offering our customers all of this at ITMA 2011 and we will be demonstrating our competency in the Digital Textile sector."
For the past 30 or so years, digitization has been making massive inroads in the textile industry, while over the past decade there have been increased efforts to introduce digital printing technologies in the traditional bastion of textile finishing. In an age of rapidly changing fashions, shrinking budgets and declining orders, the market calls for total flexibility. In order to meet this requirement and at the same time remain competitive, vendors need to operate as versatile service providers, allowing their clientele complete freedom as regards design and choice of colors and producing and delivering from one to one thousand meters of material on request.Digital Textile offers outstanding printing quality and straightforward reproducibility. With the right technology in place, the textile printer benefits from the reduction in resources required and from greater customer satisfaction while at the same time opening up exciting new market opportunities. Although Digital Textile will not oust conventional methods, it will doubtless increase significantly the present market share of 1% of every meter produced.
A first Preview on Durst Project KAPPA is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=148iRiABLUs
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