SWITZERLAND • The joint venture between the startup Radex and the larger company will become the digital printing competence centre and solutions provider of Bobst.
Comprised of 80 employees, Mouvent has been established as a centre of digital innovation and in the future it may develop printers for a wide variety of markets such as textiles, labels, corrugated board, flexible packaging, folding carton and more.
“We truly believe this is a watershed moment for the future of digital printing,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group. “Current industry trends – including high demand for digitalization, short runs, fast availability, promotion and versioning, personalized and seasonal products, and increasing sensitivity towards cost and environment – are driving demand for high quality and affordable digital printing machines.”
According to Bobst, as well as the digital printing presses, the new joint venture develops, engineers, tests, and industrializes digital printers based on the Mouvent Cluster. The company will also write the software around the printers, develop inks and coatings for various substrates. The first machine launched thus far is a digital printer for textiles, which prints with up to eight colours. Bobst promises there is a full product pipeline to follow.
The cluster design is the base building block for all systems, current and in development. “Our approach is to use a base cluster which is arranged in a modular, scalable matrix instead of having different print bars for different applications and different print width” explains Piero Pierantozzi, co-founder of Mouvent.
Mouvent welcomes visitors to their stand at A60 Hall 3 during Labelexpo 2017 for the launch of the new digital printing presses for the label industry.