VUTEk FabriVu from CMYUK gives Colour Graphics a tenfold increase in print speed and the flexibility to support expansion

Steve and James Birch with their FabriVu from CMYUK which has allowed the company new flexibility, speed and range
Steve and James Birch with their FabriVu from CMYUK which has allowed the company new flexibility, speed and range

Colour Graphics was founded in 1980 by Steve Birch as a home-based curtain making business. Since then it has seen great transformation and is now a digital print operation with a yearly turnover of £1.5m. A family-run business, the company has always kept a close eye on the latest digital print technology and recently invested in a FabriVu 340 with Klieverik calendar, purchased from CMYUK. The 3.4m-wide FabriVu replaces an older Mtex 5032 Pro, and the company has seen immediate benefits in flexibility, speed and range.

 “The FabriVu has given us high speed, high quality and ease of use says James Birch, owner of Colour Graphics,  “We now print at ten times the speed of the Mtex, meaning we can print though a range of jobs onto backlit, blockout, stretch and standard display materials – all in the same day. In the last three years, we have seen the soft signage / dye sublimation sector double year-on-year and are expecting this to continue. The purchase from CMYUK will keep us at the top of our game.”

Printing at speeds of up to 500sqm/hr and a resolution of 2,400dpi, the FabriVu 340 digital fabric printer handles a variety of fabrics and paper, making it attractive for businesses of all sizes and highly competitive value for money. The Klieverik calendar can be used for dye-sublimation transfer printing (paper to textile) as well as for dye fixation of direct printed dispersed dyes or pigments. Both machines can be found on-site at CMYUK’s Demonstration Centre in Shrewsbury.

“It was great that our long-standing friends and customers, Colour Graphics, saw value in the Fabrivu.” says Wes Small, Senior Digital Sales Consultant at CMYUK, “They looked at the competition but the FabriVu is a unique product – it is the highest productivity machine in its field, at an affordable price. When you factor in the attractive ink price along with exceptional ink yield you have the lowest cost industrial dye-sub machine on the market, nothing can touch it. Colour Graphics has already seen a sizeable return on their investment, having won new contracts and receiving comments from existing customers on the amazing quality that they are now able to produce.”

 Colour Graphics now offers their own range of aluminium TFS profiles for building wallmount, freestanding and lightbox tension fabric frames in-house with rapid turnaround times. Thanks to the FabriVu, they have become a trusted and reliable one-stop shop for trade TFS fabric exhibition and display systems.

“We have been a CMYUK customer for over 15 years, since the purchase of our first Vutek QS 3.” concludes James, “We have always had great support backed up with sound knowledge from Robin and his team. We have watched them grow into the market leaders in the supply of print media and use most of their media range.”

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