Durst has restructured its label and flexible packaging segment.

Thomas Macina will take over as the new Durst global sales manager for label and flexible packaging. A native of South Tyrol, Macina most recently worked for HP Indigo as labels business manager EMEA. He replaces Helmut Munter, who retires at the end of the year.

Durst considers Macina a digital printing technology expert. He started with the company in February and will take on the global role in June.

Munter will provide advice and support to the new management team, which includes Martin Leitner as product manager. Cristoph Gamper, chief executive officer, says, “We made good use of the situation in the pandemic and arranged the succession for Helmuth Munter. He has been responsible for the label segment’s success story.

“All of us at the Durst Group thank Helmuth for his great dedication, excellent performance, and loyalty. What could be better than retiring at the zenith of one’s career? We wish Helmuth all the best in this new phase of his life.”

“At the same time, I would like to warmly welcome Thomas Macina to the Durst family. We are delighted to have gained a real market expert for the company, and someone who also has his roots in South Tyrol.

“The current situation has given us sufficient time to ensure a smooth transition. I am convinced that Thomas will continue to drive the Tau success story together with the entire label team.”

Label and flexible packaging grows

Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman welcomes Macina to the role and wishes Munter the best in his future endeavours.

Ashman says, “It’s such great news that Thomas has joined Durst – he has so much knowledge and experience of the label market globally.

“As the label market shows an unstoppable level of growth, Durst is committed to match that with innovation and investment. However, it always feels sad to say goodbye to such an amazing man as Helmuth.

“I have known Helmuth for many years and I have to pay tribute to such dedication. He has worked for Durst for over 40 years and is a true gentleman and Durst’ler.”

Pivotal in the growth of Durst’s label and flexible packaging segment, Munter helped develop it as an important business unit. Durst Tau RSC printing systems now have a market share of around 40 per cent of the UV inkjet market segment. They have more than 250 presses installed globally.

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