Durst extends COVID-19 production halt on Italian govt advice

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing technology, has been forced to extend its production shutdown until April 3 following further crackdowns on the COVID-19 pandemic by Italian authorities.

Spare parts and ink continue to be available through the company’s extensive subsidiary network, including Durst Oceania, which is based in Melbourne and is continuing to operate.

Durst CEO Christoph Gamper (pictured on the right with Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman) has provided an update on the latest information from his home in Italy.

“We are in a lockdown and the government yesterday stopped all non essential production so we have to keep the production closed until April the third,” Gamper said in a Durst podcast.

“This means we are in the home office and are trying to do whatever we can do to keep life normal but it is a difficult time right now.

“We will reopen as soon as we can and the essential services like spare parts and ink are guaranteed through our subsidiary structure so there is nothing else that we can do right now then to stay home and stay safe and wait until life goes back to normal.

“I wish you the same thing, please be safe out there and let’s hope all together that we can go through this difficult situation and meet each other all over the world as soon as possible.”

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