Countryside Art buys Mimaki textile coater

Countryside Art, based in Lincolnshire in the UK, has installed a Mimaki TR300-1850C textile coating machine to optimise the performance of its cotton printing.

Lawrence Chapman, director of Countryside Art with the Mimaki TR300 coater.

The company was set up in 1975 by John and Margery Chapman along with a close family friend, Patrick Carnwath. Today it is run by the Chapman’s son Lawrence Chapman and his sister and sales director Kathy Brookes. The company includes in-house design, print and final manufacture.

Countryside Art produces a range of tea towels, bags, cushions, aprons and kitchen textiles, mostly through direct screen printing but with a growing digital print capability, currently satisfied by five Mimaki TX300-1800 wide format printers, running Mimaki water-based pigment inks. 

Lawrence Chapman commented: “We’re able to offer small minimum runs, short lead times, competitive pricing and superb quality.” He added: “We work with clients to turn their design ideas into reality across a multitude of products that represent our core ethos of delivering high quality, bespoke giftware with an expert, personal approach.”

Kathy Brookes adds: “Our large sewing unit is also fully equipped with all the latest technology including digital laser cutting. Then to further enhance your products we offer a wide range of attractive personalised packaging options which are designed and printed in-house.”

The Mimaki’s print direct to a variety of cotton base cloths that are all woven specially for the company to ensure the highest quality and an ethical and sustainable supply chain.

The new Mimaki TR300 has enabled Countryside Art to achieve higher colour yield and reduce its lead times, thanks to the improvements that printing to a pre-prepared fabric offers. Simple to use, the TR300 roll-to-roll unit applies a coating to the fabric to improve print results, and once inserted into the coater, the fabric passes through a padder, where it is saturated with the necessary chemicals before passing through squeeze rollers and a dryer, and finally being rewound onto a roll.

Chapman says: “We are now able to coat textiles as and when we need them.” He added: “The ability to enhance our colour yield has made a significant difference to colour matching, which for our corporate customers is especially critical.”

Magnus Mighall of dealers RA Smart points out: “From a technical perspective, it’s also possible to enhance the finished product with a range of treatments, be it pre or post print – aiding the wash and rub fastness and even adding fire retardant or waterproof coatings,” 

You can find more information on Countryside Art here, and on Mimaki’s product range from mimaki.com, or its UK distributor hybridservices.co.uk – though strangely there’s nothing on the TR300 itself.


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