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Bobst has launched a new subsidiary dedicated purely to digital printing, and signalled its first move into the textile and label printing space.
Mouvent was formed in late May as joint venture between Bobst and inkjet technology developer Radex but was given its official launch at its Wetzikon, Switzerland site in July. Bobst holds 50.1% of the shares and the rest are held by Radex shareholders, which has now ceased to exist as a company.
At the conference, Mouvent, which will be headed up by Radex co-founder Piero Pierantozzi, announced its first three printers, one for textile printing and two UV inkjet machines for labels.
Bobst chief executive Jean-Pascal Bobst said the development is a “watershed moment” for the future of digital printing.
Bobst said: “Today is a very special day. Our transformation started in 2009 when we announced that we wanted to be a major player in the world of digital printing. We want to be a leading player in digital now with industrial solutions; these evolutions are now part of our life.”
The 1.8m-wide eight-colour Mouvent TX801 is a multi-pass textile printer, capable of speeds up to 100m/min on a wide variety of fabrics with a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi.
The two UV-inkjet label printers, the LB701-UV and LB702-UV, both single-pass machines, are 170mm-wide and 340mm-wide respectively, also printing at 100m/min and offering 1,200dpi resolution on paper, self-adhesive labels and flexible materials.
The TX801 is available immediately while the label printers will be given their official launch at Labelexpo, Brussels, taking place from 25 to 28 September.
Two more textile printers are slated for release, one will be 3.4m-wide and will be released by the end of this year and the other will be single-pass and is due out in 2018. Pierantozzi said the machines cover 80% of the job “from roll to production”. Price was not disclosed.