Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing technology, is partially resuming production at its Brixen headquarters in northern Italy with full production returning to its site in the Austrian city of Lienz after COVID-19 forced plant shutdowns.
Despite the closures, servicing and the provision of ink and other consumables had been maintained throughout the company’s vast network of global subsidiaries, including the Durst Oceania office in Melbourne, but now production will recommence, Durst CEO Christoph Gamper says.
“This Monday (6th April) we will restart production in Austria and restart part of the production in Italy. We do this to help our customers in packaging and labels which are defined as ‘mission critical’ and still have to produce. We do this to provide them with spare parts, inks and machinery,” Gamper said in a video address to customers.
“I want to be sure that all the employees which are back in the factory can produce in a safe way so we took all the measurements necessary to guarantee a very safe environment. We have masks, we have protection suits and everything is in place.
“I’m very proud of everyone who is back in production and I’m very proud of everyone who is still home and keeps others safe by staying home.
“I’m really really hoping that we are getting back to the real world sooner than later and to see you all all over the world again to have discussions about new projects and just do what we do best which is develop technology and have our passion for innovation.”
The company was forced to temporarily halt production in March as the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 continued with Italy one of the epicentres of the virus in Europe.
At the time, Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman said healthy stockpiles of ink, spare parts and other consumables were in existence around the world, including Australia, and that the shutdown would not hinder supply of these critical elements.
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