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Durst expands wide format production

Wednesday, 23 January 2019
By Wayne Robinson

Flatbed and reelfed both now in Brixen: Durst

Wide format print systems manufacturer Durst is consolidating its roll-fed and flatbed production into one expanded site, with a new leadership team.

Supplied in Australia and New Zealand by PES with Matt Ashman as the Durst manager, the company will now concentrate all manufacturing in Brixen, northern Italy, moving flatbed from its Austrian base into the Italian site.

Matt Ashman: Durst ANZ

With the introduction of its P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems the company decided to dissolve what it called ‘historically grown’ structures in favour of sole centre of manufacturing and business.

The business unit will have dual leadership, with experienced Durst managers Christian Harder and Andrea Riccardi. heading the operation. Both have been with the company for 20 years, and have helped shape the evolutionary stages of Durst inkjet technology in all its facets.

As the new global sales director, Christian Harder has cross-segment know-how and has been responsible for successful worldwide sales management for ceramics printing in recent years.

Andrea Riccardi, is the new head of product management, he previoulsy worked for many years in direct sales in the large format production (LFP) market, 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.

“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 centers and the new headquarter in Brixen,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. “The new dual leadership has my full confidence and the best prerequisites for further developing the segment and consolidating our position as market leader.

Dual leaders: Christian Harder (left) and Andrea Riccardi at Durst in Italy

“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.”

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