A passion for linen
Established 20 years ago, the Appleton-based printed tablecloth specialist Harberson has grown from being a simple supplier into one that now offers the bespoke dye-sublimation printing of tablecloths and linen for the exhibition sector.
Harberson began when Eric Hargreaves set up Chemi-Clean, a company dedicated to supplying bed linen to the health and care sector, along with a laundering service. Since then, the company has responded to customers’ demand for branded linens and now provides a dynamic and creative printing service, whilst also retaining its original passion for linens. Eric has retired, but the business is still directed by his daughters, Lisa Webber and Caroline Richardson and son-in-law, Karl Richardson, who acts as print manager.
Karl explained: “In 2010 we became a limited company and wanted a new name that reflected all of the changes that were being made and chose the name ‘Harberson’because it is a combination of the directors’ surnames – Hargreaves, Webber and Richardson.
Having moved into new larger premises, Haberson also purchased a Mimaki TS34-1800A wide format dye-sublimation printer after seeing it in action at Sign & Digital UK and deciding that its 1.8 metre width made it the ideal machine for printing on to tablecloths.
Karl continued: “We received great advice from specialist reseller RA Smart, who supplied both the TS34 and a Transmatic heat press and have achieved great results on both, in terms of the print quality and productivity.”
Magnus Mighall, Managing Director of RA Smart, said: “Mimaki’s TS34-1800A is a competitively priced solution that is offered at a popular width and has powerful production capabilities and because it also uses aqueous ink to print on to polyester fabrics, it also provides a more environmentally friendly printing solution, which is perfect for Haberson’s table cloths!”
For further information about the products and services available at Harberson, visit www.harberson.co.uk or telephone 01925 262529.
Details of RA Smart’s product portfolio can be found at www.rasmart.co.uk or by telephoning 01625 576231.
Mimaki’s full product range can be found on exclusive UK & Irish distributor, Hybrid Services’ website www.hybridservices.co.uk or by telephoning 01270 501900.