Rob Pope, MD (R) with Matt Wilkinson, Studio Manager.
Contour Creative Display has purchased a Mimaki UJV55-320 UV LED roll-to-roll printer from CMYUK. The investment in supersized printing output in-house has been driven by the increasing demand for large single piece display graphics across a number of sectors serviced by the company including retail, exhibitions, construction, and education.
While the company has existing roll-fed equipment and a flatbed, any 3.2m roll-to-roll work was outsourced. Steadily increasing volumes at this size made sense to invest and bring this capability in-house.
The company was founded 20 years ago and while it specialises in retail, also services a varied customer base that includes corporate fitouts, exhibitions, construction, and education. While he has purchased a diverse range of inkjet printers throughout his career, this is the first time that Contour Creative Display director, Rob Pope, has invested in Mimaki technology.
“The price level was very interesting because there’s not a lot else out there. I thought if it was as good as people were saying, I’d go for it rather than hold out for a more expensive printer. Everything I asked for it to do at the demo it did, and really well,” says Rob.
The Mimaki UJV55-320 UV LED is a dedicated 3.2m wide roll to roll printer that offers high quality print at volume. It has a resolution of up to 1200dpi and offers twin roll simultaneous printing for enhanced throughput speeds and increased productivity.
Since installation, the printer has more than earned its keep. “Pre-COVID, the summer used to be quiet with everyone on holiday, but this year we’ve been really busy, and the printer has been working non-stop,” says Rob.
Rob initially met CMYUK at the Sign & Digital trade show in Birmingham, and after looking at a 1.6m wide Mimaki there, came up to CMYUK’s demonstration and training room in Shrewsbury.
“The demonstration was really good,” he says. “I’ve seen some really awful demos in the past, but this was very good and slick, and without any fuss they were outputting images that I knew we could sell. It also looked easy to maintain with far less trouble than other printers I had looked at.”
Rob is enjoying the numerous benefits the 3.2m Mimaki is bringing to his business. “It’s been really nice buying a new piece of kit again, and it’s been a while since we’ve done that. COVID delayed us a little bit on our new acquisitions but we’re firmly back on the road, and busier than ever.”
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