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Bursting into colour

Bursting into colour

ARC-UK, the UK arm of the world’s biggest reprographics company, is on a mission to quadruple its turnover in the next two years and, in order to help drive growth in the retail sector, it has invested in further Océ Arizona wide-format technology from Canon.

The purchase of the Océ Arizona 460 GT comes as part of a £2 million investment in ARC UK following continued growth in its large format colour business, which has become very well established over the last six years.

The company’s Managing Director, John Snell explained: “This is the second Arizona we have installed in the last 18 months, following our earlier acquisition of a Arizona 480 XT and it will help us to further increase our production capacity as we continue to win new business and diversify our retail offering. Our escalation plans in the UK have already seen us increase our headcount from 26 to 100 in an 18 month period and expand into new 14,000ft2 premises in central London.”

He continued: “The capabilities of the Arizona technology are, in my mind, unsurpassed, particularly in the production of high quality display graphics, where customers are increasingly requesting decorative elements, such as white ink and varnishing. Also, having the roll-feed option on both machines greatly enhances their capability and enables us to be more versatile with media.”

ARC-UK has grown from being a £3 million business in early 2013 to a £10 million operation today, through both acquisition and organic growth. The company anticipates a similar increase again over the next two years.

John Snell added: “Previously, ARC has been well recognised internationally for producing monochrome technical documents for the AEC, financial and legal sectors, but now is the time to really show what we can do with colour. Established clients in the retail sector like to see new suppliers coming into the market with fresh ideas and that is what we are doing. A recent project saw our installation teams erecting a 23 x 10m wall, printed on an Arizona, overnight at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham; it was quite an eye catcher!”

He went on to say: “We did look at other machines for our display graphics work, however, I have been a fan of Arizona technology since I took delivery of my first machine more than five years ago, so it’s no surprise that I opted for a technology that to date, has never let me down. In fact, we are already considering further investments in Arizona technology in 2015!”

The Océ Arizona 460 GT,one of the award winning Océ Arizona range of wide format printers, -produces near-photographic image quality on both rigid and flexible media up to 1.25m x 2.5m. With six independent ink channels and Océ VariaDot imaging technology, it offers varnish capabilities with spot and flood gloss effects and white ink to print on coloured media at up to 32.8m² per hour.

John Snell concluded “As well as having robust and reliable equipment, it’s also important to work with a supplier that is able to offer unrivalled service and support, especially  during a period of rapid business growth and in Canon, we know that we have a partner that we can really trust!”


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