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Getting great value


Dance by Design opts for Mutoh ValueJet 1304 printer and Summa cutter from Stanford Marsh

Founded in 2009, Scarborough, UK-based Dance by Design is a supplier of bespoke costumes and theatre backdrops for a variety of businesses, including television companies, theatres and dance schools.

Mid last year, the lease on the company’s Summa D60 cutter was coming up for renewal, so Managing Director Dave Smith started to review the options available in the marketplace.

He explained: “I needed to replace the cutter quickly and, whilst searching around on the Internet for suitable suppliers, came across Stanford Marsh Group Graphics division (the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group), whose Account Manager, John Hatton advised that the Summa D120 cutter was our best option, but, upon discovering that Dance by Design had an interest in separate printing and cutting devices, John revealed that SMGG was offering a special promotion on the first five sales of Mutoh’s ValueJet 1304, combined with a package of free extras, including a take-up roller, a full set of original inks and RIPCentre software.

Dave continued: “Previously, we had outsourced some of our work to a specialist printer who used another brand of machine and   initially I was keen to stick with that manufacturer, but once John sent me printed samples from our own files that were produced on the Mutoh, I was so blown away with the quality, simplicity and value for money that the decision to go for the special offer was a bit of a ‘no-brainer.’”

The Mutoh printer, which was installed in September 2012 and is covered by a standard Mutoh warranty, uses the original Mutoh inks as Dave maintains that he has heard too many horror stories about third party alternatives. He opined: “For the sake of a couple of quid, it’s not worth the risk!”

In terms of the future, Dave is still considering upgrading to the wider Summa cutter and will perhaps also invest in a laminator further down the line, but in the meantime he is very happy with his purchase.   He concluded: “The Valuejet offers the versatility we need to accommodate the varied portfolio of services we offer and the special offer made it a great value purchase for the business.”

Mutoh printers are distributed in the UK by Colourgen.  SMGG is an authorised Colourgen reseller.


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