Durst sells Alpha 330 digital textile
Durst presented Alpha 330 digital
textile printer for pigment inks at ITMA
The company sold an industrial Durst Alpha
330 pigment machine to Brazilian company Döhler SA, using
pigment inks.The Brazilian market is growing for Durst when it
comes to digital textile printing, with the call for more
localised production to consumer markets. The broader South and
Central American markets are also growing in this context.
However, the US market is also a strong market for Durst at the
moment, with a particular interest in pigments as it is a dry
and green process.
The company also sold an Alpha 330 with
dual roll technology using reactive HD inks, to an industrial
printer in Pakistan, Gul Ahmed, one of the largest printers in
Pakistan, according to Martin Winkler, business unit
manager-Textile Printing, Durst Phototechnik.
Durst has also sold more machines to other
print houses in Brazil, Poland, India and Pakistan.
Durst has seen an increase of interest in
its Durst pigment inks. Winkler says that pigments now are so
advanced that you can't see a difference in terms of colour and
quality when compared with reactive inks.
Additionally, the new pigment technology
allows for new business models and new types of applications,
thus providing more possibilities for the digital textile
printing market. For example, a Durst customer based in Germany
is printing on stretch fabrics. The customer prints on polyester
inline, with its 'print, bake, ship; business model. "It is a
green and dry process as no water is used and less energy;' says
It is important to note that the uptake of
pigments is not wholly driven by the environment, Winkler adds:
“The environment will have an impact on people investing in
pigment in the long term, but business models are driving the