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Signbox makes a trend-bucking investment

Signbox makes a trend-bucking investment

With the UK experiencing the longest and most severe recession in the post-war era it’s unusual to hear of any company making a substantial capital investment.  So it’s welcome news that Signbox is making a statement of intent with a six-figure expenditure on a brand new Durst Omega 2 LED UV industrial inkjet.  Purchased from London-based Perfect Colours, the specialist distributor of large format print equipment, Signbox signed the contract for the new machine on the Perfect Colours stand at the recent FESPA 2013 exhibition, held at London’s ExCeL in June.

The Omega 2 represents the next generation large format print technology and marks a significant step forward from the Omega 1 that Signbox purchased two years ago.  The new model retains Omega 1’s capability to print at 1728 dpi fine art quality but also offers a wider colour gamut, such as grey, light magenta and light cyan.  The Omega 2 can print on virtually any material with the same superb print quality and offers a 65 percent power saving over conventional UV bulb technology.  Undoubtedly the key benefit of the new Omega is its ink drying method, which uses UV-LED technology to make it possible to print onto heat sensitive materials and colours.

Commenting on the company’s major investment, Mark Bartlett, Managing Director of Signbox, said: “Since we took delivery of the Omega 1 in July 2011 it has been in constant use, keeping up with the level of demand we now have for large format printing, especially digital wallpaper.  Our Environmental Graphics Division is fundamental to our future growth strategy and this investment in the new Omega 2 demonstrates that, despite an ongoing challenging economic climate, we are determined to stay at the forefront of the UK sign industry.

“And by taking advantage of the latest UV-LED curing technology we are now ideally placed to offer our clients a truly sustainable product meeting Green Guard ink certification.”

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