KUFSTEIN, Austria — February 12, 2022 — On February 12, 2022, Peter Zimmer, the visionary pioneer of modern textile printing technology, passed away in Kufstein, Austria. He died only a few days after celebrating his 98th birthday with family and friends.
Peter Zimmer dedicated more than 70 years of his life to developing new and revolutionary ideas for textile printing, thereby majorly altering production methods and machinery in the printing sector
He set of his career in his parents’ company in Kufstein, where his family had relocated after having been expelled from Bohemia in the aftermath of the Second World War. In Kufstein, the family machinery business had to be rebuilt from zero. Zimmer joined the efforts after having spent time away at school, acting and in the mountains, which helped him to process and overcome the horrors of his time as a soldier.
Introduction to the market of sweeping technological advances, evidenced by numerous patents, helped the company to strive and prosper within a very short period. Rotary screen printing, the magnetic roll rod system, directly patterned galvanic screens, rotary screen carpet printing with widths of up to 5 meters and repeats of over 3 meters as well as the first digital carpet inkjet printer, the Chromotronic, are associated with the name of Peter Zimmer.
On top of being the gifted and dedicated technology developer Zimmer also earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and personable salesman and consultant. He is to this day remembered and admired especially in the regions of the Middle East as well as Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
The last decade of his life, Zimmer immersed himself with great energy and devotion into developing a digital printing/dyeing system for fiber strands and sliver. This system enables the reproducible in process color creation by means of additive color. This technology is his legacy
No problem too hard, no mountain too high — the core of Peter Zimmer’s life!
Posted: March 2, 2022
Source: Zimmer Austria Inc.