Durst opened the “Durst Kraftwerk” on September 2, located in the former DUKA building at Julius Durst St. 2, Brixen; the 5,300 sqm hall will be the new home of the company’s in-house spin-offs and start-ups.
“Born out of the need to give our U.S. acquisition Vanguard Digital Systems a home in Europe, the idea for the ‘Durst Kraftwerk’ was born,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO and Co-owner, Durst Group. “A powerhouse that brings together our spin-offs and start-ups and offers them a new home. In this way, we provide a creative environment where the companies can fully concentrate on their respective areas of expertise – without the burden of integration into an established structure. I am grateful and proud of the individual co-founders and their teams and convinced that top performance and business success will go hand in hand in the Durst Kraftwerk. In fact, we’ve already created 35 highly qualified jobs by the time of the opening – in the final expansion stage, more than 100 employees will be researching, developing, designing, optimising and teaching at the Kraftwerk – helping to shape tomorrow’s production processes and methods.”
With Vanguard Europe GmbH, Kraftwerk is home to the European branch of the U.S. company Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, which Durst Group acquired in 2020. The manufacturer of digital printing systems for signage, decor, corporate, industrial and packaging sectors, manufactures for the European market at this location and also has its own customer center.
Kraftwerk is also home to the Durst Academy, a modern training center for the group, with facilities for online & offline seminars and green-screen presentations to provide customised training for process technology, hardware & software to customers and service partners from around the world.