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Sign Architects invests in an Anapurna to fuel growth

Sign Architects invests in an Anapurna to fuel growth

Sign Architects has reported 100 percent growth each year since it was established four years ago and intends to continue the trend with help from an investment in a new printer from wide format system supplier i-Sub Digital.

Predominantly a signmaker specialising in 3D built-up letter signs for SMEs, but offering a wide variety of signage products, Sign Architects has plans to reach a broader range of customers in order to expand its business into the new decade.

“In order to do that we need the right kind of equipment: the right CNC machines and the right printers,” explained the company’s Managing Director, Yusuf Rab.

Furthermore, Yusuf and his team, who are based in Barking, Essex, have noticed a growing demand for flatbed printing.

Yusef continued: “Printing directly to substrates is the direction our customers are heading in. It’s the new big thing and accordingly, we saw a gap in the market that we could fill.”

Considering a flatbed replacement for an existing wide format printer to meet this demand, Yusuf Rab received a word-of-mouth recommendation for i-Sub Digital. As a specialist supplier of wide format print and finishing systems, i-Sub Digital is known for the long-term support it provides its customers.

Sign Architects headed to the Sign and Digital UK exhibition in Birmingham last April to meet i-Sub Digital and explore its range of Agfa Anapurna flatbed printers. Impressed by what he saw, Yusuf then went to i-Sub Digital’s showroom in Kettering for further research.

In June Sign Architects took delivery of an Agfa Anapurna H1650i LED, a hybrid UV LED inkjet printer with an integrated roll-to-roll system for the production of indoor and outdoor applications. It is the ideal solution for printing directly to aluminium composite and acrylic, and thus the perfect investment for the company.

The 1.6m wide-format hybrid Agfa Anapurna 1650i LED printer combines rigid board and roll-to-roll printing with a maximum media thickness of 45mm and a print width of 1650mm, making it a hugely versatile and productive solution for Sign Architects. Agfa Asanti RIP software drives the printer and delivers excellent colour control, functionality and workflow capabilities. Along with Agfa’s UV ink technology, the Asanti RIP software achieves an extremely low ink usage, reducing Sign Architects’ production costs dramatically.

Emma Plant, Sales Director at i-Sub, commented: ” Sign Architects was a typical customer which had invested in other wide format systems a number of years previously. Whilst such systems were at the forefront of technology at the time, issues relating to print quality, speed, reliability and ease of use become apparent as time and technology moved on. When new technologies, such as the Agfa Anapurna are developed, these issues are eliminated and this enables businesses to move into new areas and increase their profitability.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship and assisting Sign Architects with tits future requirements as the business grows.”

Yusef Rab reported: “Since its installation the Agfa Anapurna has been getting busier and busier. We – and our customers – love the vibrancy of the colours, the UV element and the speed of production. It offers a different service and also makes our jobs easier, as it removes the numerous vinyl application steps in the print room, which in turn improves our ability to produce jobs faster while also improving our profitability.

“In 2020 we will pursue different avenues of business with the aim of further increasing our growth and our new Agfa from i-Sub will help us achieve that.”

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