Durst has claimed its Fespa-launched Rhotex 320 inkjet wide-format printer has created a new market for the sector.

The company said the 3.2m-wide Rhotex 320 was the first machine for the industrial soft signage market.

It prints directly onto textiles at speeds of up to 70m2 per hour. It's available in six-colours and uses water-based dispersed dye inks. Applications include flags and banners.

According to Durst chief executive Richard Piock, soft signage is the fastest growing segment in the large-format market and the Rhotex 320 would capitalise on that. He also stressed the environmental benefits of the machine, adding that the inks are odour free and produce no VOCs.

"This is a totally new market," said Piock. "Fabrics are lighter and easier to install and mount. In addition, it saves on transport and mounting costs, while fabrics are also recyclable.

Durst demonstrated the machine at Fespa last week, which took place in Munich, Germany.

In addition to the Rhotex 320, Durst also unveiled the Rho 750 at the show, a modular printer available in three configurations: Basic, Presto and HS.

The product incorporates Durst's Quadro Array 30D printhead technology. The Rho 750 prints at 180m2 per hour, has six colours and 600dpi resolution.

Durst has also launched its special organic Sol-Gel UV ink for glass decoration.

The product is an organically pigmented ink and is free of VOCs. It is capable of UV curing and has the same printing properties as its point of sale inks.

According to Durst, Sol-Gel works by forming a chemical bond with the glass.