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Leading Edge relies on an Agfa Tauro to deliver growth plan

Leading Edge relies on an Agfa Tauro to deliver growth plan
 Yorkshire-based sign and graphics specialist, Leading Edge, has invested in an Agfa Tauro S 3.2m wide-format inkjet print engine. The new machine, installed in early March, has provided the company with additional capacity and better quality print at a greater speed together with significant energy-saving benefits too.

Leading Edge Signage & Graphics has been based near Wakefield since it was first established 15 years ago. It moved to its current larger site five years ago and has continued to grow. This year, it is forecast to hit c:£5m turnover, a growth of almost £2m in the past 12 months. The company provides signs and graphics for a broad base of customers, including large high street retailers and construction clients. It employs 42 staff including 12 fitting teams that travel across the UK, a fabrication department, graphic production, an internal design studio, plus sales and project managers and even has in-house laser cutting, powder coating and wet spraying facilities. It’s a business that offers a truly diverse service to its customers and it’s that level of flexibility that helped its growth to continue unabated over the recent pandemic period.

Matthew Evans, founder and Managing Director of Leading Edge, observed: “We have provided total signage and internal graphics/POS solution for a number of national high street retailer brands for many years. They prefer to have a total solution and that’s what we are geared up to offer. So, whether we are sending our installation team to up-spec lightboxes with LED technology, providing full external signage and internal POS material for individual branches, or bespoke solutions for a new shop, we can handle it all. I believe that because we are structured to provide flexible support for our clients, we were able to quickly adjust to supplying sneeze screens and Covid POS during the pandemic.”

The business has continued to invest, spending over £1 million in the past year to keep its capability at the requisite level to maintain the service that its customers have grown to expect. The new Agfa Tauro print engine was part of that investment.

Leading Edge’s Graphics Production Manager, Andrew Gallagher, explained: “The new Tauro comes with all the latest technology, such as UV LED lamps that reduce the machine’s heat and energy output, and an ability to print on both roll to roll and rigid materials. But most importantly, it delivers superior better print quality at a much higher speed and we are now planning to run the engine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All the print we used to place on two printers can now be done on the new Tauro and its output will further increase with the introduction of a night shift.”

Andrew confirmed that it was a natural choice to upgrade to another Agfa print engine. When asked about the Agfa USP, he confided that aside from producing quality machines, Agfa also offers a complete service, including the Asanti workflow software solution and a team of established and knowledgeable engineers that respond quickly to any issues. In addition, Agfa offers a financial support package that is designed to assist with any future upgrading of a machine, as well as allowing its customer to lease whilst purchasing over loan periods ranging from three to five years. Zero deposit options are also available,

Andrew concluded: “Our plan for the future is all about growth and diversity of product/service offering and we’d ideally like that to be aided by a second Tauro print engine at some stage, a decision which, as well as being positive news for Agfa, is also a ringing endorsement of the Tauro’s efficacy too!”

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