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Wide format printer Vivad adds second 5-metre Durst 

“We’ve been experiencing considerable growth and we needed to increase our capacity to keep up with demand,” says Ewen Donaldson, MD of Melbourne wide format specialist Vivad, which installed its second Durst 5-metre printer in the first week of January.

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   Vivad's new Durst 512R LED printer in Melbourne

The new high-speed Durst 512R LED, the first of its kind in Australia, is up and running at Vivad’s 3,500 sqm facility at Campbellfield in Melbourne’s north, alongside a Bullmer 5 metre cutter that was installed in June 2018.

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        Ewen Donaldson, MD Vivad

“Business is going very well and and we’ve doubled our turnover in the last five years,” Donaldson told Wide Format Online.“This is our third 5-metre printer and our second 5-metre Durst. We’ve always had a good relationship with Durst and have always found their equipment very reliable.”

The Durst 512R uses LED cold cure technology for better power efficiency, and less VOC emissions. “The quality off this machine is outstanding,” says Donaldson. Last year we installed a 5-metre wide cutter to assist in our print finishing department to help keep up with growing demand, and this year we have again increased our print capacity.

“The new 512 is much faster with higher quality and, with the cold cure LED, it’s really the next generation of large format printer. We’re growing and going from strength to strength and we knew we needed to increase our capacity. We’ll be using the new Durst to print a wide range of products, a lot of vinyl, as well as backlit fabric, posters, exhibition graphics and point of sale graphics.

 “The quality of this machine means that you print high volume small format jobs along with large format jobs. We have been doing roll to roll printing for nearly 20 years now and so we already have a lot of demand from our existing client base.

“We do flatbed printing, dye sublimation printing and UV cure printing. Different ink-sets lend themselves to different applications and markets.” Vivad does all its printing and print finishing in-house.

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Matt Evans, Vivad's national sales manager

The company’s machinery line-up includes Australia’s first Bullmer 5-metre cutting table, the Durst 500R UV roll press, a Durst 512R LED,  a Durst Rhotex 325R Dye sublimation, a Vutek GS3250LX UV flatbed, two HP 360 Latex printers.

New national sales manager

Vivad has named Matt Evans as its new Sydney-based national sales manager as it seeks to expand its national presence.

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Matt Evans as national sales manager at Vivad,” Donaldson says. “Matt has always been a close colleague and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in our industry. As a well-respected stalwart of the industry, Matt shares Vivad's passion for large format with a focus on outstanding customer service and quality.”

Evans will be operating out of Sydney and working in the areas of business development and sales management, expanding Vivad’s presence in both New South Wales and nationally.

Vivad, established in 2000, now employs about 30 staff members.