Durst restructures textile printing segment

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced a restructure of its industrial textile printing segment and appointed a member of its executive team to oversee strategic direction.

Dr Stefan Kappaun, a technical chemist and trained business economist, is the Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids and in this expanded role will also oversee the large format segment, including soft signage and fabrics.

Dr Kappaun is an expert in materials science and the development and marketing of ink systems for digital inkjet printing. He succeeds Martin Winkler, who will take on the role of Global Sales Manager Textile Printing.

“The digital textile printing market is fragmented in itself and we see different speeds and developments worldwide,” Dr Kappaun said.

“While new, non-industry service providers often already have digital know-how but less textile experience, the traditional manufacturers are masters of textile finishing, but not all analog processing steps can be transferred directly to digital textile printing.

“Durst has a comprehensive ecosystem to serve the different requirements and to support customers in the digital transformation.

“Our printing systems are designed for industrial productivity, but also offer profitability from the very first metre. The prerequisite for this is mastery of the pre-treatment and post-treatment steps as well as the digital workflow, in which Durst focuses on the consulting and training services in the new Customer Experience Center at the Durst headquarters in Brixen.”

The news was greeted positively by Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman.

“It’s great to see Stefan embrace another key role in the Durst family. Textiles is still such an important focus for Durst. To have the segment refocused will see instant benefit all our customers currently invested in the Alfa and Rhotex brands in Australia, and of course for new entrants too,” Ashman told Sprinter.

Durst says Dr Kappaun’s know-how is particularly important within industrial textile printing as different materials, pre and post treatments, large-scale process influences represent daily challenges in digital textile production, in contrast to other industries.

Digital textile printing is also one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies and is in high demand from advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers.

Durst says its Alpha Series offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy and software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing.

Durst’s Textile Printing Team under Winkler’s leadership will also be supplemented by the experienced service technician Martin Oberparleitner, as the new junior product manager textile printing. New sales and service structures are also being implemented in the core markets.

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