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Designs on sustainability

Designs on sustainability

Designs Signage Solutions is growing year on year, while at the same time, it is reducing its carbon footprint thanks to the significant investment it has made in the latest technological solutions from HP.

Founded 26 years ago by Rob Daysley, the Hull-based business, which is best known for its sports stadium signage and branding, also specialises in the production of vehicle graphics, commercial, retail and educational signage and high-end interior displays. Over the past decade it has developed a sustainability programme that includes sourcing electricity via on-site solar panels, running three electric vehicles, recycling all cardboard and plastic waste, and using more environmentally friendly printing technology.

Over nine years ago, Designs invested in its first HP Latex machine and this year it installed a new HP Latex R2000 Plus printer, a hybrid solution that is designed to offer high-quality printing on an extensive range of rigid and flexible substrates. In addition, the company also runs an HP Latex LX1500 3.2m-wide roll-to-roll system and two HP Latex 570 64″ roll-to-roll machines, together with other printing and finishing equipment. All the HP Latex printers were purchased from Designs Signage’s preferred supplier Papergraphics.

Designs Signage Solutions’ Managing Director, Rob Daysley explained that the company initially chose HP Latex technology for its green credentials: He said: “The water-based inks used on HP Latex printers are better for the environment, better for people, and better for disposal, which are all big pluses for us.

“Nowadays, people are more concerned about their impact on the planet and are consequently looking for more sustainable products and services, so this is something we’ve driven in our industry. It provides our company with a competitive edge while also benefiting the environment. We are working towards making our carbon footprint as small as possible.”

Many of the environmental gains the company has achieved thus far, come from HP Latex water-based odourless inks, which help sign and print businesses to run their operations in a sustainable way. This innovative ink technology addresses the full spectrum of environmental concerns, including everything from ink chemistry and indoor air quality – both for print production and display – to lifecycle considerations.

Rob Daysley added that the ecological benefits of HP Latex ‘do not in any way compromise performance, quality or price’.

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