Durst acquires majority stake in U.S.-based Vanguard Digital Printing

OEM Durst (Brixen, Italy), a leading global manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is strengthening its position in the U.S. graphics industry with the acquisition of a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing Systems which has its headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Vanguard Digital is a leading manufacturer of printing systems for the signage, decoration, corporate, industrial and packaging sectors. With the acquisition, Durst adds new printer classes to its large-format portfolio, while Vanguard now has a global distribution and service network, as well as technical resources to continue developing its solutions.

Tim Saur.

“Vanguard Digital Printing Systems is a rapidly growing and very successful company in a customer segment in which we are currently not active,” said Tim Saur, President of Durst North America. “Through the combination of high-quality products, a strong management team and absolute customer orientation, both companies are a perfect match.” As part of the agreement, the new company will operate as Vanguard Durst Digital Printing Systems as of October 1, 2020. David Cich will remain CEO while Jim Peterson will continue to serve as Vice President of Sales.

“It’s with great humility and excitement that Vanguard Digital will now be a part of the world-class, industry-leading Durst Group,” said David Cich, CEO of Vanguard Digital Printing Systems. “Becoming part of the Durst Group Family provides Vanguard Digital with the opportunity to expand its portfolio of innovative, market-leading UV Printers to the entire world.”

Christoph Gamper.

“Vanguard’s printing systems have rightly achieved rapid growth and high customer acceptance in the North American market,” said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “Despite the global pandemic, we are positioning ourselves for the long term, and are determined to invest in the large-format graphics market. In addition, with our technical expertise, Vanguard will continue to ensure that its products and services are industry-leading – and a wider customer base will understand what it’s like to be part of the Durst family.”

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