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Durst produces ‘community masks’ at Brixen headquarters

Durst produces ‘community masks’ at Brixen headquarters

Durst has become the latest print sector manufacturer to use its expertise to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by producing ‘community masks’ at its demo centre at its Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy.

 The masks are being produced in the first instance for employees of the Durst Group and sister company Alupress, but afterwards, the production capacity will also be available for other companies. The know-how for the production of the ‘community masks’ will be made available to interested print service providers worldwide through its branches.

 Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of Durst Group, explained: “At the beginning of April, our printing technologies for the label and packaging industry were classified as systemically relevant and we were able to go back into partial operation. Now we will also use our textile printing and processing systems, which are located in the demo centre for customer demonstrations, for the production of ‘community masks’.

“In line with our ‘pixel-to-output’ strategy, production takes place digitally and fully automatically: in a webshop with a specially programmed editor, the masks can be individualised with graphics, images, texts, and our workflow software then sends the designed file directly to the printing machine, before cutting and finishing takes place. The announcement of our initiative on social media alone has generated great demand and now print service providers worldwide are adapting our concept and thus Durst technology for their productions.”

The ‘community masks’ produced by Durst have a filter membrane that has a high filtration efficiency and, at the same time is characterised by very good air permeability. The ‘community masks’, which feature a three-layer structure, are crafted from a polyester fleece textile that is comfortable to wear and is washable. Furthermore, the filter membrane can be disinfected with alcohol and reused.

Durst explicitly points out that this is not a protective equipment in accordance with VO (E) 2016/425 or a medical device in accordance with Directive 93/42 / EEC.

The company has many years of experience with filter systems, as these take on a type of ‘cleaning function’ in the printing press to filter out microparticles in the ink supply systems so that the printheads do not become clogged and are always ready for use. The filter membrane selected by Durst Development for the ‘community masks’ was subjected to a detailed effectiveness test in the Durst laboratories and Durst will also have the measured values verified by an independent institute.

“VergissMeinNicht” (www.vergissmeinnicht.bz.it), a social cooperative in Bruneck that is providing young cross-border workers and people with disabilities a place in the world of work, will be partnering with Durst for processing and assembling the masks. Under the motto appreciation and added value, the specialised sewing service finalises the ‘community masks’ in a protected environment. It also focuses on sustainability for packaging.

The community masks can be obtained from end customers in South Tyrol via the company Kunst & Dünger Solutions (http://www.maskenmacherei.online) – personalised and in a print run of up to 300 pieces.  For larger quantities or enquiries about pixel-to-output software and hardware solutions for production, contact: protection@durst-group.com

For further information on the Durst ‘community masks’ initiative visit:

www.durst-group.com/masks

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