Durst centralises two production sites in northern Italy

Advanced digital printing and production technology manufacturer Durst has brought its large format printing production sites together at the company’s headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy.

The segment had previously been split with web-fed printing manufacturing in Brixen, while flatbed printing technology was produced at the facility in Lienz, Austria.

Durst has also promoted two long term employees with over 20 years company experience to run the segment with Christian Harder taking on the role of global sales director and Andrea Riccardi stepping into the position of head of product management.

Durst says the original structure had grown organically over time but with the introduction of the P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems it opted to dissolve this structure in favour of a more centralised one that would bring efficiencies in the daily dealings with customers.

Durst Group chief executive officer Christoph Gamper says, “The reorganisation in the LFP segment brings together the building blocks we set in 2017 with the introduction of the P5 technology platform, the expansion of the Lienz and Brixen customer centres and the new headquarter in Brixen.

“The new dual leadership has my fullest confidence and the best prerequisites for further developing the segment and consolidating our position as market leader. By concentrating the management function in the Group, we are also paving the way for optimal networking and integration with the relevant areas in development, software and services. The Lienz location will also benefit from the cross-segment technology transfer.”

Durst says both Harder and Riccardi have helped shape the evolutionary stages of Durst inkjet technology in all its facets.

Harder was previously responsible for successful worldwide sales management for ceramics printing in recent years and prior to that he was responsible for sales in eastern Europe and Latin America in the LFP segment.

Riccardi has spent many years in direct sales in the LFP market in Italy and since the end of 2016 has been responsible for the product portfolio in LFP web printing and the further development in Soft Signage/Fabrics Printing.

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