Durst has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with press manufacturer Koenig and Bauer for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for folding carton and cartonboard corrugated industry. The new partner company will be based in Germany and will also manage the service and ink business in close cooperation with the global network of both companies.
“Durst and Koenig and Bauer is really a 'perfect match' because combining our strengths will drive digitalisation in the packaging industry," said Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst. "Both companies are similar in their culture and strategic direction, and both are technology leaders in their fields. With the partnership, we are even more strongly positioning ourselves as a high-end systems supplier to the industry."
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig and Bauer, said: "We look forward to the joint innovations and further development of future-oriented digital printing solutions for folding carton and corrugated board printing, which offer our customers added value. For folding carton printing, the modular concept of the VariJet enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with offset printing and inline finishing options. Durst is the ideal partner for these goals because of its existing know-how and experience with inkjet and its high-quality solutions."