Durst expands with Aleph acquisition

Durst has made another strategic acquisition with the takeover of fellow Italian textile and industrial printing specialist Aleph.

22 Sep 2023 | By PrintWeek Team

An Aleph textile printer with integrated drying system

Aleph is based in Como, at the heart of the Italian textile design industry, and its location was also an attractive factor for Brixen-headquartered Durst.

The firm was founded in 1999 as a specialist software business developing tools for the textile industry.

It subsequently moved into hardware, firstly with a winding and unwinding system, and then into water-based printing, culminating in the creation of its Laforte range of printers which print direct-to-fabric or direct-to-paper. The range spans devices targeted at low- to mid-volumes up to high speed models capable of printing 1,000-sqm/hr.

Aleph’s focus is on environmental and social sustainability, and it has concentrated on creating devices that require low consumption of resources including water and energy.

In the past, the company has collaborated and partnered with Mimaki.

Durst has acquired the business from Wise Equity, which took a stake in 2017, and Aleph’s three founders who remain with the company.

Durst CEO and co-owner Christoph Gamper said he was delighted to welcome Aleph into the Durst family of businesses. “Their expertise in sustainable, water-based applications, their software for high-end textiles, and their creative solutions for water-based poster printing align perfectly with our vision of pushing the boundaries of digital printing technology. Together, we will strengthen our market position, expand our product portfolio, and enhance value for our global customers,” he stated.

Around 60% of Aleph’s sales come from outside Italy, and the firm is active in more than 20 countries.

(Soruce: PrintWeek.com)

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