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Gate 7 harnesses Mimaki to exceed expectations

Gate 7 harnesses Mimaki to exceed expectations

Gateshead-based automotive component manufacturing specialist Gate 7, which also has offices in North Carolina and Pennsylvania,produces high quality decals and vehicle liveries for a roster of major clients, including JCB, Caterpillar, Kuhn and Volvo.

The company has developed efficient workflows that revolve around its suite of Mimaki digital printers to ensure that it can consistently meet the demands of its high profile clients. “We take a unique approach to business,” explained Managing Director, Kate Wickham. “We’ve worked hard to build good working relationships with our supply chain, and are constantly extending the scope of our capabilities.”

As Gate 7 continues to transition from screen to digital printing, it regularly turns to one of its most trusted regular suppliers,Mimaki reseller, Your Print Specialists,from which it purchased its first Mimaki JV33 printer.

Nowadays, the company runs a further five Mimaki printers, including the Mimaki UJF-7151plus flatbed LED UV, the high speed, roll fed JV400 SUV and the JV300 and CJV300 solvent machines and, inline with its policy to ensure that all three of its facilities are properly equipped, its American offices also field anequally impressive line up of Mimakidigital solutions,and now operate three Mimaki UJF-7151plus printers and eight JV300s. The latest Mimaki purchases have enabled Gate 7 to further widen the range of substrates it uses, to include polypropylene and membrane switch panels.

Operations Manager, George Heads listed some of the reasons why big brands opt for Gate 7. He said: “We rigorously test all of the elements that we use to produce a decal or membrane switch panel and subject the Mimaki inks to our in-house UV weather, substance and environmental testing. In addition, we offer a warranty that guarantees a five-year outdoor durability. Our challenge is to constantly meet and exceed our customers’ specifications.”


Gate 7 print

Kate Wickham added that the advent of digital printing technologies is helping to shape client’s demands.   She uses as an example the recent global rebrand Gate 7 has recently completed for agricultural supplier, Kuhn, which far exceeds the impact of its previous identity.

George Heads observed: “The addition of the orange and light black inks for the JV300 and CJV300 solvent printers enables us to include finer detail, more sophisticated tonal work and powerful corporate colours in our designs and is helping drive our plans for significant digital expansion in 2018.”

Future plans for the company include the installation of new finishing lines in order to eliminate the bottlenecks that have developed as a result of the Mimaki expansion.

Kate Wicham concluded: “Innovative decal design helps brands stand out and our graphics create visual impact for companies that operate in increasingly competitive markets and flexible systems, investment in R&D and strong supplier relationships ensure we’re unique in delivering this level of service and product.”

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