Nottingham-based ArtSystems has become the UK & Ireland distributor for Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, part of the Durst Group, in an agreement that covers distribution, service, ink supply and sales support.

Vanguard offers wide-format printers – predominantly UV-curing flatbeds – for signage, decoration, business equipment, industry and packaging, and has been part of the Durst Group since October 2020. It has its headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA, and a European branch close to the Durst Group headquarters in Brixen, Italy. Its products were given their first European showing at Fespa in Berlin at the end of May.

ArtSystems will be working with selected resellers channel and providing a UK demonstration centre for resellers to bring their users to see and will support its resellers with dedicated sales, training, support and channel marketing teams.

‘This is a significant step forward as we continue to establish our presence in new markets,’ commented Peter Bray, managing director of Durst UK & Ireland, which will also act on behalf of Vanguard Europe in the UK. ‘We are delighted to have a partner with such a strong service and support background. ArtSystems has been established for many years and has an unrivalled knowledge within the markets in which they will distribute and service the Vanguard products.’

Mark Lambert, technical director of Art Systems, said, ‘Durst and Vanguard are highly respected within the wide-format printing industries. This agreement will have many benefits for all parties. Building successful reseller channels and supporting them with effective, reliable service drives our entire business. Our long experience in the field in which Vanguard operates has enabled us to build a highly motivated channel of reseller partners, which we feel certain will translate to a highly successful Vanguard channel.’