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Durst opens subsidiary in Canada and acquires Rotoworx Systems

May 26, 2009

The wide format equipment manufacturer enters the narrow web industry with the Rotoworx acquisition.

Durst, a manufacturer of digital printing equipment for the wide format graphics, photographic and ceramic tile markets has established a subsidiary in Canada – Durst Canada Inc. – and has acquired the assets and ongoing business of Rotoworx Systems Inc., a provider of finishing systems for the narrow web label industry.

Rotoworx Systems was established as an independent company in 2008 after several years of pioneering technology related to semi-rotary diecutting. A range of systems have been installed.

According to Per Frost, vice president for strategic planning at Durst and the new CEO of Durst Canada, “The acquisition of Rotoworx is a key element in our multi-year strategy of developing new, innovative digital solutions for a broad range of industrial printing markets.”

Utilizing its patented ISO-tensioning technology, Rotoworx products offer a modular approach that can feature semi-rotary diecutting, rotary diecutting, flexographic varnishing and coating, lamination, booklet insertion, and more.

“We are excited about joining forces with the Durst organization,” says James Koehler, co-founder of Rotoworx Systems Inc., one of the inventors of the ISO-tensioning system and chief technology officer of Durst Canada Inc. “The Rotoworx products incorporate the latest technology available for finishing solutions, and our collaboration with Durst will allow us to bring these solutions to the market on a broad scale.”

Durst Canada is located in Dorval, a suburb of Montréal, QC, where the continued engineering and manufacturing of the Rotoworx products will take place. It is a subsidiary of Durst Phototechnik AG, a manufacturer of digital imaging systems for graphic, prepress, signage, commercial and retail display, packaging, industrial, and photographic applications. Headquarters is in Brixen, Italy.