An all round service
Projects & Print, a versatile print, display and sign company based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, has doubled its turnover in each of the four years it has been trading and now enjoys an annual turnover of more than £1 million.
The company was established by Managing Director Richard Barrett, who has in excess of 20 years experience in the display sector, and is supported by a loyal team that is managed by his right hand man, Chris Parker, who gained his in depth knowledge of substrates during the 10 years he spent at materials specialist Robert Horne.
A trade supplier to agencies and designers, Projects & Print provides a 24/7 nationwide service, installing an extensive range of exhibition graphics, display materials and signage to companies such as Network Rail, Samsung, Costa Coffee and the De Vere Hotel Group. It has recently invested in the first Agfa Anapurna M2500ihigh-speed hybrid UV-curable inkjet system, whichcombines six-colour printing and a print width of 2.5m and is ideal for the production of a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor sign and print applications.
Thanks to a re-engineered belt drive and shuttle beam, it features highly accurate dot positioning and delivers excellent image quality, which is further enhanced by the three-pass mode with gradient functionality.The white ink function creates new possibilities for printing onto transparent material for backlit applications, or for printing white as a spot colour, whilst the automatic board feeder ensures optimal productivity.
Explaining the rationale behind this equipment choice, Chris explained:
“We needed to increase the level of our UV direct to substrate output, so we went to FESPA looking for a dual RTR and flatbed high quality printer. We had three manufacturers in mind, but quickly whittled it down to Agfa, as we felt that its approach was more professional.”
Richard continued: “Agfa informed us that a new Anapurna M2500i hybrid printer was soon to be available and arranged to loan us an Anapurna M2500 in the interim. However, although we were very satisfied with that, the new M2500i, is much faster and the highly accurate dot positioning provides excellent image quality, which is further enhanced by the three-pass mode that eliminates banding.”
The company was also impressed with Agfa’s extended warranty package and full service agreement, particularly since it is continuing to expand and is currently looking for larger premises, as well as recruiting extra staff.
Commenting on the warranty package, Richard remarked: “Happily, Agfa was flexible regarding the finance package I required. I had experience at a previous company where the extended service agreement and warranty were not taken up and when a replacement printhead was required,it cost them dearly. Thus, I asked Agfa to build the service and warranty into the agreement for the duration of the contract.Its support has been second to none and it has been very helpful, which is a real bonus, especially for a company like ours that is expanding all the time. As far as we are concerned it was a buying decision that has served us very well indeed!”