Durst Group, a manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, announces the opening of its Durst Kraftwerk facility. Located in Brixen, Italy, the 57,000-square-foot building will be the new home of the company’s in-house spinoffs and startups.
With Vanguard Europe, Kraftwerk is home to the European branch of the U.S. company Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, which Durst Group acquired in 2020. Vanguard manufactures for the European market at this location and also has its own customer center.
“Born out of the need to give our U.S. acquisition Vanguard Digital Systems a home in Europe, the idea for the Durst Kraftwerk was born,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “A powerhouse that brings together our spinoffs and startups and offers them a new home. In this way, we provide a creative environment where the companies can fully concentrate on their respective areas of expertise — without the burden of integration into an established structure.”
He continues, “We’ve already created 35 highly qualified jobs by the time of the opening. In the final expansion stage, more than 100 employees will be researching, developing, designing, optimizing, and teaching at the Kraftwerk — helping to shape tomorrow’s production processes and methods.”
Kraftwerk is also home to the Durst Academy, a training center for the group, with facilities for online and offline seminars and green-screen presentations to provide training for process technology, hardware, and software to customers and service partners.
“We aim to create a true innovation center for specialized service providers at the Durst Kraftwerk,” states Harald Oberrauch, owner of Technicon Holding.