Little more than two years after a devastating flood that closed the factory for more than four months, Standfast & Barracks has cemented its partnership with Durst with an investment in its new print and ink technology. The fabric printing company has installed two Alpha 190 systems, part of a new generation of super high performance multi pass printers with the One-Step Pigment Ink Greentex P.
These, together with the creation of a Centre of Excellence, will continue to drive digital textile growth for Standfast & Barracks, which has already returned to similar business levels since before the flood.
Standfast & Barracks, based in Lancaster, is part of the British luxury furnishings group Walter Greenbank plc.
Managing director Stephen Thomas said, ‘Our investment in Durst’s digital technology has transformed the market dynamics for our business and helped trigger a new wave of innovation.’
He added, ‘The initial trials for the pigment inks have been extremely successful and we are looking forward to driving forward this planned Centre of Excellence. Digital is by far our biggest growth area. Thanks to the huge advances in our digital fabric printing capabilities with Durst, we are now expanding into further industrial production for our premium quality products. Digital gives us unlimited opportunities and colour variations. This is another huge step forward for our business.’
Martin Winkler, segment manager Durst Textile Printing, said: ‘Standfast & Barracks is incredibly proud of its rich heritage and, through Durst’s digital technology, it is showing the company is capable of even bigger and better things. It is a perfect example of how a respected company is pushing the barriers and innovation in textiles by investing in new technologies.’