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Thiela takes the lead with Durst
Thursday, 24th July 2014

With many years of experience, Thiela Image in Midrand is widely regarded as one of the most respected high-quality digital print and photographic enterprises in South Africa.

From its quirky, colourful and stylish 10 000m2 head office, to its array of leading-edge digital printing technologies, this is a place where ‘firsts’ are the norm, not the exception.

No surprises then, when Kemtek showcased the Durst P10/320R industrial roll-to-roll wide-format UV inkjet printer at FESPA Africa recently, Thiela’s management team was quick to realise its genuine potential and snap it up! Enlisting the help of a local logistics firm, Kemtek hoisted the massive 6.5 ton unit on to a flatbed truck and transported it just a few hundred metres down the road from the expo site at Gallagher Convention Centre to its new home in Richards Drive. Even though it was a Saturday, the entire Thiela team were waiting at the premises to meet their new ‘baby’ and welcome it into its new home. As usual, Kemtek’s resident Durst specialist, Riaan De Koker, and sales executive, David Fenn, supervised the entire installation and in-house training with Thiela’s entire production team.

‘We’re extremely proud to own the all-new Durst inkjet printer,’ remarks a Thiela management representative. ‘Over the years, we’ve become renowned for pushing the boundaries in wide-format printing and finishing and, when we saw the P10/320R in action, we realised it’s the perfect technology to complement our current line-up and address specific wide-format printing needs. Having installed the Durst Lambda photographic printer some years ago, we are already familiar and delighted with Durst’s technology, industry know-how and international service standards, reinforced locally by the expert Kemtek team.’

With its proprietary Quadro Array P10 printhead technology and magnetic linear drive carriage system, the P10/320R raises the bar in terms of roll-to-roll wide-format printing. Utilising a six-colour gamut, plus white, the press produces fine art print quality that’s ideally suited for high visibility, backlit applications, as well as selected textiles and stretch media. It also has the ability to enhance productivity by printing side-by-side on two 1.6m rolls of media, with differing image data for each.

‘The versatility of the P10/320R really appeals to us, allowing us to explore various lucrative opportunities in outdoor and indoor signage, vinyl POS material, small- and medium-sized packaging and backlit applications for luxury goods and more,’ remarks Thiela’s representative. ‘And, with the ability to run at an optimum speed of 190m²/hour and still create a perfect, true colour print, it’s going to halve our production times and delivery lead times. That’s good news for us and our valued customers.’

With a client base that includes iconic brands such as Avis, Estee Lauder, Absa, South African Airways, Edcon and more, Thiela Image looks set to go from strength to strength.

‘A beautifully printed image speaks a thousand words and evokes an emotion in all of us, crossing all language barriers. For this reason, print will always have a bright future!’ concludes Thiela’s spokesperson.


Thiela’s sales and production staff, pictured here with Kemtek’s Riaan De Koker and David Fenn, are delighted with their new ‘star’ performer.



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