Durst and OMET announce KJet to be launched at drupa

Above: Matt Ashman from Durst Oceania celebrates the extension of the business partnership on the OMET stand at Labelexpo 2023 in Brussels with Claudio Piretta

Durst has announced the next stage of the relationship with OMET – the KJet – will be launched at drupa.

The launch of the KJet follows an announcement at Labelexpo in Brussels extending the hybrid development partnership between the two organisations beyond the XJet platform.

“The current XJet platform, which has been the leading hybrid solution in the market with multiple installations worldwide, will be further improved and expanded,” both companies said at the time.

Durst sales director for labels and packaging, Thomas Macina, revealed the KJet will be the next product to be launched from the OMET partnership.

“The combination of digital with flexo offers an innovative hybrid solution that maximises productivity and flexibility, enabling printers to select between flexo or digital printing, thereby optimising efficiency and reducing costs while meeting evolving market demands such as personalisation and just-in-time deliveries in a single-pass,” Macina said.

“We have been leading the inkjet label printing market for many years and we provide solutions for all label converters around the world, starting with entry level solutions up to industrial needs with 100 metres per minute and 510 millimetres wide,” Macina said.

“We have been observing a clear market trend towards end to end production and this is why we have reinforced our partnership with OMET. At drupa, you will see we are launching a new machine – the KJet – which is the perfect combination of a dual-servo cylinder based flexo unit combined with the robustness, efficiency and productivity of the Durst RSCi digital print engine. This provides a new experience to operators in terms of simplicity, minimal set-up time and low waste.

Above: Christoph Gamper

Durst Oceania managing director, Matt Ashman, said he is looking forward to showing Australian and New Zealand converters the latest developments from the hybrid strategy at drupa.

“To have this OMET Hybrid solution with a Durst RSCi as its digital core is really the perfect solution for the busy label converter as they benefit from all of the advantages of our digital expertise as well as OMET’s analogue expertise. On behalf of Durst Oceania, we are very proud to be selling this solution.”

“This is really beyond your standard label press,” said Christoph Gamper.

“It is customised to the needs of the converter and it is a perfect synergy. We see the alliance with OMET as the best of both worlds. There is no need to invent everything by ourselves. We are the digital experts – this is where we are coming from and this is where we are going,” he said.

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