Signs & Labels Hereford Expands Portfolio With Mimaki JFX200-2513

Signs & Labels Hereford Ltd. (S&LH) has recently purchased a Mimaki JFX200-2513 as it looks to open up new market opportunities with the new machine’s ability to print onto an almost unlimited range of materials from mirrors to wood.

Founded in 1999, Signs & Labels Hereford has grown organically from small beginnings to become one of the leading suppliers of sign and display graphics in the Hereford area. Success has been built on hard work and a commitment to provide a quality service to clients, combined with a continued investment in the very latest digital print technology.

The company supplies a wide range of solutions for the sign and display market, including all types of signage and banners, pop-up displays as well as a full vehicle livery service – from design through to installation. Early in 2014, the company started the search for a new printer to boost its arsenal and help to expand S&LH’s offerings. Having reviewed all the options available in the market, John Hughes, director at S&LH settled on the latest addition to Mimaki’s family of LED UV flatbed printers, the JFX200-2513, which delivers unparalleled results.

Of particular interest were the LED lamps on the Mimaki machine which are not only cheaper to run than traditional UV lamps but also give off less heat – thereby reducing media warping on substrates such as Corex.

The Mimaki JFX200 is an affordable, high-performance flatbed LED UV printer with excellent build quality. It delivers a highly desirable combination of quality, speed and value and its flatbed format means that it is ideally suited to the production of rigid display boards, packaging and exhibition panels. Hughes confirms: “The Mimaki JFX200-2513 is an incredibly robust and flexible machine and enables us to print 8ft x 4ft sheets up to 50mm thick – at an entry-level price.”

“The new Mimaki printer has been invaluable as it reduces our production time significantly, negating the mounting of vinyl onto rigid substrates, and enables us to target new markets.”

Government grant

The price of the new Mimaki printer was reduced further with support from Hereford & Worcester Council. The Council awards a number of grants to local businesses to aid with expansion and S&LH managed to secure a £10,000 business development payment towards the machine’s cost.

The new Mimaki printer offers unlimited creative opportunities. It has the capability to print on to an incredibly wide range of substrates and – since the printer’s installation in October 2014 – the company has put the machine to good use. Hughes says: “The Mimaki printer has opened up many new opportunities for us as we’ve been able to print onto a much wider variety of materials, from mirrors through to metals, plastics and wood.”

“All of these first class signage and display solutions are being created and manufactured in our premises in Hereford and delivered to our customers in the local area.”

The expansion of S&LH’s product line is keeping the company very busy, but Hughes is not resting on his laurels. He concludes: “We will continue to grow the business by investing in the very latest equipment to ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements.”