Durst Group has acquired sustainable digital solutions specialist Aleph, to further strengthen its position in sustainable and water-based technologies.

For Durst Group, the strategic move also serves as a bridge to Como, Italy, the centre of high-quality textile design and applications.

Founded in 2000 in Lurate Caccivio (Como), Aleph has grown from a software company and distributor of textile consumables to become, over the last 20 years, an independent manufacturer of innovative water-based digital printing machines.

In 2017, Wise Equity joined Aleph’s capital through the Wisequity IV fund. It collaborated with three entrepreneurs: Alessandro Manes, Roberto Manes and Roberto Temperini. This move supported the progressive process of internationalisation, with the aim of positioning itself in special applications both in the textile industry as well as in other related areas, such as billboard printing. Today, the company generates more than 60 per cent of its revenue abroad, in more than 20 countries.

Expanded product portfolio

Christoph Gamper, chief executive officer and co-owner of Durst Group, says, “We are delighted to welcome Aleph to the Durst family. Their expertise in sustainable applications, high-end textile software and creative solutions for water-based signage printing perfectly align with our vision of expanding the boundaries of digital printing technology. Together, we will strengthen our position in the market. Also, we will expand our product portfolio and improve value for our customers around the world.”

In recent years, markets for digital printing technologies with water-based ink applications have experienced rapid growth. Increased demand for environmentally friendly and customisable products has driven this growth. Durst Group says that, to meet this market trend, high-performance printing systems in combination with environmentally friendly ink systems are required as well as extensive process knowledge and integrated software solutions, which both companies seek to optimally combine through this fusion.

Alessandro Manes, chief executive officer of Aleph, says, “Collaborating with Durst Group marks an exciting new chapter for Aleph. Our shared passion for technological innovation, pursuit of excellence and commitment to true sustainability define this collaboration. Together, we have the opportunity to make significant advancements in the digital textiles, outdoor and indoor décor sectors.”

Valentina Franceschini, senior partner at Wise Equity, says, “We are very proud to have accompanied Aleph during these years of transformation, going from a distributor to a machinery manufacturer. Today, Aleph is a leading player in sustainable innovation. The company has achieved important objectives in terms of organisation, product variety and technological development. We feel confident that Durst is the ideal partner to continue the growth path.”

Leveraging synergies

The strategic acquisition aims to leverage synergies between the two companies by combining Durst Group’s global presence and extensive acquisition network with Aleph’s expertise in sustainable digital solutions, both in machines and software, for textiles and decoration. This aligns with Durst Group’s strategy to diversify its portfolio and meet the changing needs of its clients across various industries.

Matt Ashman, managing director of Durst Oceania, adds, “This is great news that extends and expands the Durst family. Aleph water-based technology and sustainability solutions aligns perfectly with Durst’s current and future professional values, aims and objectives. Very exciting times.”

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