Durst, manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, manufacturer of printing press, have appointed Robert Stabler as managing director of the new joint venture, Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH, effective 1 August 2019. The collaboration was officially established in early May following the clearance of antitrust regulations from the relevant authorities.
Business operations are now under way for joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. Koenig & Bauer Durst will have its registered office in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and will be operated closely by both parent companies’ global network. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130, including all associated services and the ink business as well as the development of the VariJET 106.
Robert Stabler, who grew up in the UK, has global experience in technology companies servicing the graphic arts and document management industries. Before joining Koenig & Bauer Durst, he was senior vice president with Xerox’s Continuous Feed Business, based in Rochester, New York, USA. Previous executive roles also included HP and Agfa.
“I am really excited to take on this new challenge in the folding carton and corrugated packaging markets. Both are ripe for digital transformation with run lengths declining in both segments and brands crying out for very good, cost effective, short-run and versioning solutions. We will add all the competencies of Durst and Koenig & Bauer to leverage the best solutions. Durst with its expertise in digital imaging, production systems, inks and software integration, Koenig & Bauer with all its mechanical knowledge, high duty cycle process, engineering, paper transport capabilities plus, of course, the great go-to-market expertise of both teams,” said Stabler.
Christoph Gamper, chief executive officer of the Durst Group said, “We welcome Robert Stabler who has an impressive track record, is an inspirational leader and is accomplished in proactively managing change management as well as substantial experience in developing new markets. The team we’ll create for the joint venture will supply the necessary solutions in markets where digital production lines offer huge opportunities for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries.”
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chief executive officer of Koenig & Bauer AG said, “This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us and we are confident being able to form a superb team led by Robert Stabler. Our distinct technologies and market expertise will be combined to offer state of the art products, optimized solutions for our customers including a flawless service and support.”