Vanguard Europe has opened its new headquarters in Brixen, Italy.

European staff are now based adjacent to the headquarters of Durst Group in Brixen in the 5300sqm ‘Kraftwerk’ premises, which was officially unveiled in September 2022. The company says it has set its sights on becoming a leader in the digital flatbed and UV production entry- and mid-level markets by replicating sales successes of its parent company in the US.

Target sectors include signage, decoration, corporate industrial and packaging. Since it was set up less than a year ago, more than 25 installations of digital flatbed systems have taken place across Europe. Latest products include the VR6D-HS and VK300D-HS UV flatbed machines covering the mid-and high-end performance range. These had their first European public showing at Fespa in May 2022.

Vanguard Europe is currently led by Fabian Sottsas, who has worked for the last 20 years with Durst, which acquired Vanguard Digital Printing Systems in October 2020. Alongside him is Yiannis Apostolidis, business development director.

Mr Sottsas said, ‘We have had an extremely strong start and organically grown the business thanks to a solid relationship between our core staff, distributors and resellers. With unlimited passion at the forefront of global technology, we are working to grow business together with customers within entry- and mid-level markets. We are providing true digital flatbed and UV production printers from a company in the Durst Group that are designed in the US and assembled in Europe.’

Mr Apostolidis said, ‘Formed seven years ago when only one printer was sold in the first 12 months, what a transformation it has been. Now Vanguard Digital Printing Systems is producing over 200 machines a year, and we are determined to replicate that success in Europe. We expect to make more announcements soon.’