Durst opened a new HQ for its European subsidiary Vanquard Digital Printing Systems Corp.
The Vanguard Europe operation occupies three-quarters of the 5,300sqm ‘Kraftwerk’ facility, which is next door to the Durst Group HQ in Brixen, northern Italy.
The European operation has a staff of 10 and an installed base of over 25 machines across the continent. However, the company is determined to duplicate the success of the US parent. The US business sold one machine in its initial year seven-years ago and now makes 200.
“We have had an extremely strong start and organically grown the business thanks to a solid relationship between our core staff, distributors and resellers,” said Vanguard Europe head Fabian Sottsas.
“With unlimited passion at the forefront of global technology, we are working to grow business together with customers within entry- and mid-level markets.
“We are providing true digital flatbed and UV production printers from a company in the Durst Group that are designed in the US and assembled in Europe.”
Durst purchased Vanguard in 2002. Durst launched Vanguard’s wide-format printers to Europe last year at the Fespa in Amsterdam.
Kraftwerk, an Italian company, is home to a Durst incubator for start-ups and spin-offs. The facility was opened in September.
Kraftwerk, in addition to Vanguard Europe is home the Durst Academy training center, Adddam 3D/AM printing specialist, D3/AM start-up D3/AM, DMC (Durst Media Company), and DMC, DMC (Durst Media Company), which is a agency specializing in B2B Marcomms.