The Mimaki UJV55-320 machine delivers rapid-volume production of signs, banners, displays and exhibition graphics up to 3.2m-wide with twin-roll simultaneous printing. It was bought from CMYUK.
Chief operations director Shevy Kapoor said the new printer would replace two existing 3.2m-wide machines and was due to be installed in two weeks’ time.
“The old machines are slow and in need of lots of TLC. We liked the speed, reliability and colour management of the Mimaki. We’ve never done textiles before but this gear will let us start.”
A 270sqm banner on the old equipment would take 30 to 40 hours, he said. But the Mimaki could finish the job in around five hours.
“We looked at HP and Fuji equipment but it came down to price and the deal we got was better,” said Kapoor. The Mimaki UJV55-320 LED UV model cost around R1 121 879.
SPD Design & Print is a 38-staff business that makes about R69m turnover with 18,000sqm of floor space.
“We’d like the new purchase to boost productivity and take us into new markets, so in two years we’d expect to push our turnover to R86m or R103m.”
Other kit includes an HP Scitex 760, HP DesignJet, HP TurboJet, HP Latex, Mimaki JFX200, Xerox Versant and gear from Kongsberg, Kippax and Epson.
“Investing in the Mimaki will not only help us achieve a terrific quality of output and speed up productivity, it will open new market opportunities for us such as exhibitions.”
The UJV55-320 3.2m roll-to-roll UV printer was bought to increase productivity with banners, signage, event displays and building wraps for blue-chip clients.