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DM Signs upgrades its printing and finishing equipment

DM Signs upgrades its printing and finishing equipment
 Wigan-based DM Signs has invested in new printing and finishing equipment from CMYUK. The family-owned firm has upgraded from an older Mimaki flatbed to the latest Mimaki JFX 200-2513 EX model, and has also installed a Kongsberg Esko X-44 digital cutting table, both of which will further complement its existing Mimaki UCJV300-160 UV roll-to-roll printer.

In addition, this major upgrade in its hardware capacity and capability has also coincided with its relocation into larger premises. DM Signs has been established for over 40 years and its history is linked to that of many local icons, such as Wigan Athletic, Wigan Warriors, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, and even Wigan Casino back in its heyday. The current management team of Jamie Collins and Andy and Joyce Hudson purchased the business ten years ago and have grown it steadily through the addition of new products for both current and prospective clients.

A key focus for DM Signs is large format stadium signage including pitch-side advertising, executive offices, hospitality areas and exhibition spaces, but beyond its sports clients, the company also services a wide range of customers operating within the healthcare, education, automotive, retail and hospitality sectors, both in the north-west and nation-wide.

“Our clients come to us because we pretty much do everything,” explained Andy Hudson. “They trust us with their brand identities, and we work hard to offer exactly what they need, whether we manufacture in-house or work with our partners to provide everything from signage and vehicle graphics to branded workwear and corporate stationery.

He continued: “Companies such as SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest auto salvage dismantling and recycling company rely on us to ensure consistency of its brand on multiple applications at their locations across the UK. We also support its Green Parts scheme by producing warranty labels on destructible vinyl to ensure that customer claims are valid and, since using these labels, SYNETIQ has seen a marked reduction in fraudulent claims.”

The purchase of DM Signs’ new printing and finishing equipment from CMYUK corresponds with its move into its new 700 sq.m premises. This is the third time the company has relocated in a decade and stands as a testament to the confident start it is making on the next chapter of its history.

Andy confided: “The move was actually fuelled by Lockdown – we really only had two choices – either shut up shop and sit it out, or try to do what we could do to support our clients. We chose the latter route!”

With customers operating in key industries, DM Signs found it was inundated with the demand for COVID-19 safety screens and signage, and as well as winning numerous commissions from the NHS it also found itself supplying local businesses too.

This demand pushed it to its limits in terms of machine capacity and physical space. Andy remembered: “We had steadily been growing out of the unit we were in, but this tipped us over the edge and we realised that we also needed somewhere large enough for customer vehicles to be liveried as well as needing extra space for manufacturing and finishing.”

The relocation also provided DM Signs with the chance to review its existing production equipment. Jamie Collins, who is pictured above, confided: “We took the decision to upgrade our Mimaki JFX 200 to the JFX200 EX. We were very happy with the capabilities of the original flatbed but the upgraded version has given us extra speed that increases our production capacity.”

He added that the purchase of the Esko X-44 was an obvious choice, thanks to Esko’s excellent reputation and the fact that its cutting tables are very well designed, and easy to use. The company visited CMYUK in Shrewsbury for a COVID-compliant demo of the Esko X-44, where it was also persuaded that Esko’s i-cut software would help it to further streamline its workflow.

Following its installation, the Esko X-44, which has a working area of 2210 x 4800mm, has enabled DM Signs to maximise its in-house manufacturing capabilities and to expand its product range even further – it is now using the machine to help it to produce everything from sign trays to bespoke packaging.

Commenting on the company’s enhanced output Jamie said: “As businesses reopen, they will want to refresh their branding and signage and we want to help them do that in a more ethical way, so we’ll be using new more environmentally friendly materials, such as Kavalan, a PVC-free banner material that offers the same advantages as PVC banner, but which can be more easily recycled.”

Looking ahead, DM Signs is also planning to extend its bespoke packaging solutions and to improve its partnerships even further by providing its larger clients with their own microsites, thus enabling them to directly order their own branded products.

Andy concluded: “We’ll be using the advantages provided by our new equipment and location to help drive the efficiency of our workflow so that we can offer our clients faster turnaround times and even greater value for money.”

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