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Banner Box scores a win/win with CMYUK

Banner Box scores a win/win with CMYUK

“We’d like to be the number one supplier of dye sublimation flags and sports clothing in the UK and if we can get close to that, then happy days,” declared Ryan Shelton, Director of Chesterfield-based Banner Box.

To help drive this ambition, the company has just installed a Mimaki TS55 -1800 sublimation transfer inkjet printer from CMYUK.

The TS55 1800 offers optional accessories to aid long-term continuous operation. These include a Mini Jumbo Roll Feed and a 10 kg Bulk Ink Supply upgrade, both of which reduce running costs due to shortened downtime. In addition, a second extended heater, when installed to the lower part of the standard heater, further speeds up ink drying, thus ensuring stable output for top digital printing speeds.

Ryan explained: “The Mimaki TS55-1800 is really good in terms of quality, speed and ease of use and, furthermore it provides us with the opportunity to add various functionality in the future to ensure long-term 24/7 operation at highly economical running costs.”

Banner Box purchased the new TS55-1800 to meet increased demand, adding to its printer line-up, which also includes an EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 and three other Mimaki printers, of which two are solvent and one dye-sub transfer.

For 50 percent of the time, the Mimaki TS55-1800 will be used for the company’s soft signage requirements, such as the production of high-end flags. For the rest of the time, it will be used to print sportswear.

Two years ago, Banner Box set-up a dedicated sportswear company, Young Guns Sports, which specialises in on-demand, fast turnaround production of dye sublimated, customised sportswear and accessories, for both recreational and professional teams.

Ryan continued: “It’s a division that we set-up to complement the Banner Box side of things. It’s owned by us, operated by us and run by us but under a different name. We staff it purely from the Banner Box side, so depending on where the influx of work is, our staff moves around accordingly.”

So far this satellite brand has quadrupled its output year-on-year and continues this momentum.

“It works seamlessly with the infrastructure that we already have available to us,” said Ryan. “We saw that there was an opportunity in the existing market to set-up an additional business and to enjoy a further revenue stream.”

Banner Box is looking to possibly replicate this satellite business model and is now closely investigating the revenue possibilities offered by the décor and interior sectors.

The company buys 95 percent of all its materials from CMYUK and is a dedicated user of PONGS digital textiles. It has also recently been introduced to Beaver Paper dye-sublimation media, as CMYUK has been appointed a strategic UK and Ireland distribution partner for this premium brand.

Banner Box has now entirely migrated to the use of Beaver Paper 25gsm ProTex Protection Tissue, a high yield protective tissue that is specifically manufactured for use with grand format, dye-sublimation and rotary heat calenders 3.2m wide.

Made from high-density, highly formed natural eucalyptus fibre, it offers highly robust barrier properties, while its formaldehyde-free formulation prevents yellowing of white synthetic textiles.

Ryan observed: “It’s a process waste material that we have to use and It delivers exactly what it promises. It is recyclable, and comes in at the right price and the correct width. We use it for every textile print we produce as its heat-resistance helps to prevent tear-outs, thus extending the life of the calendar belt, and the longer roll lengths push productivity further by reducing the amount of time needed to change the roll.”

 Banner Box signed up to CMYUK’s CSAF finance loyalty scheme some time ago. This is is a very simple purchasing solution that CMYUK has developed in conjunction with Sheppex, which offers highly competitive lending rates.

When customers switch some or all of their roll-to-roll consumable spend to CMYUK, the latter contributes a monthly amount directly into a customer’s finance agreement, thus reducing their monthly repayment.

In a year, Banner Box, has earned a substantial amount back via its materials spend and has used this against the purchase of its new Mimaki printer.

“It’s a great scheme with many advantages,” enthused Ryan. “This year, through our materials spend, we amassed a large pot of money that we were able to use against the purchase of the new printer. The more we spend with CMYUK, the bigger the pot. The new Beaver Paper protection media that we’re now using for our Monti calendar press also contributes to CSAF.”

The company is already using two to three 1,000m rolls of the ProTex Protection Tissue per month and looking at the expansion rate of its dye sublimation sports business and the continued growth of Banner Box itself, it seems this usage is only set to increase.

Ryan concluded: “We’ve got a great relationship with CMYUK because it offers so much, and after carefully assessing our potential materials spend, it made total sense for us to go down the CSAF route. It’s been a win/win situation ever since.

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