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Swiss print start-up off to flying start

The investment in a Durst inkjet press has helped start-up business Label Center to hit the ground running.

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Label Center founder, Hossam Elgendy with Christian Salhofer and Patrick Salhofer of Jet Pack, Durst’s partner

The Swiss company invested in a Durst Tau 330 E single-pass digital inkjet press to support what it calls a “sustainable growth curve” in which employee numbers are estimated to triple by 2024.

Despite launching the business in November 2017, the company did not begin production until the installation of its Durst Tau in April 2018.

The company has now completed its first full year of production and has found the crucial factors to success to be flexibility, cost-efficiencies and fast production and decision-making.

Reflecting on the positive impact the installation has had on the business, founder Hossam Elgendy says: “We had no cash coming in, so it was imperative to start production as soon as the machine was installed.

“It is no exaggeration to say that without the Durst Tau we couldn’t have started the business like we did. Market demands are for small and medium runs requiring fast turnarounds at a competitive price, which can only be done digitally.

We look at the technical requirements and when all the criteria matches, it means that we can often do jobs for two-thirds of the usual price for customers

“We look at the technical requirements and when all the criteria matches, it means that we can often do jobs for two-thirds of the usual price for customers.”

Having completed a successful initial year, the company now receives enquiries from big print owners and brands directly, as well as sub-contract work from other conventional printing companies.

Elgendy adds: “We are a service provider, not just a printing company. What was really important for us was the trust. We have always had a feeling that Durst and Jetpack were also putting their heart and soul into this new venture as well.

“They believed in us. Here we have a happy, experienced team and fast decision-making. We are hoping to achieve CHF 1.5m (£1.19m) turnover this year, then I plan to take my first holiday.”

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