Reducing costs the Signtec way
First established in 1999, the company, which currently occupies a 2200 sq.ft workshop from which it produces a wide variety of sign and display solutions for a wide variety of prestigious clients across East Anglia, has built a reputation for service and enjoys a high customer retention rate. Indeed, a large proportion of its new business activity comes via referrals from existing customers. At the core of its success is an Agfa Anapurna printer that enables it to quickly and cost-effectively create output for both its commercial and trade customers.
When Signtec initially installed the Anapurna, it used OEM inks. Peter French, the company’s Projects Manager explained: “When we first bought the machine, we’d not even heard of alternative inks, so we gladly sent off our ink order and wrote a large cheque at the end of each month.”
However, as the use of alternative inks became more prevalent, Signtec decided that it would be pertinent to give them a trial. Accordingly, it invited Quality Print Services (QPS), the main UK distributor for specialist ink manufacturer Nazdar, to visit its premises and advise on the changeover process.
Chris Bailey, Managing Director at QPS, commented: “We started working with Signtec in March last year, when we converted the Anapurna printer across to Nazdar inks. It was a simple process – one of our fully-trained engineers cleaned out the OEM ink, flushed the printer through with Nazdar conversion fluid, refilled the machine with the Nazdar inks and re-profiled the RIP.”
Peter confirmed: “It really was as simple as that; the Agfa machine was up and running on Nazdar inks with no delay or interruption to production.”
Nazdar inks are often significantly less expensive than the original manufacturers’ ink, but provide the exact same colour and print performance. But more importantly, all Nazdar products are stringently tested internally and via beta sites prior to release and they also carry a warranty covering the entire ink train in the unlikely event that they are proven to have damaged an approved/compatible printer.
Following the conversion, Peter who has been seamlessly running his Anapurna on Nazdar UV inks ever since, was delighted to discover that they had, in his own words, ‘saved me a fortune!’
However, he does advise some caution when making the switch-over to alternative inks: He said: “There are certainly some good deals to be had in alternative inks, but there are also some real scare stories out there too. My experience has been absolutely positive and I can say without any doubt, I am a very happy Nazdar customer. But do buy ink from a supplier you know and one you can actually touch if you need to – not one that’s on another continent.”
He continued, “The Agfa Anapurna is a superb machine, backed by a renowned company and a very experienced technical team and we have been extremely pleased with our investment. However, in this financially tough environment, I have to continually look at ways of saving money and ink cost has been one of our primary concerns.”
He concludes, “I have been – and continue to be – grateful to Agfa for building such a reliable and robust machine and to Nazdar for its great ink, its superb engineering skills and its customer service and for enabling us to save buckets of cash!”
For further information visit: www.nazdar.com
For further information on QPS, please visit www.qualityprintservices.com
For further information on Signtec and its products and services, please visit www.signtec-ltd.com