One Sign and Digital turns to Agfa

One Sign & Digital, a printer and sign maker based in Gateshead, UK, invested in a new Agfa Anapurna 1650i LED Hybrid printer to replace an ageing flatbed. 

Chris Timmins, owner of One Sign and Digital based in Gateshead, with the Anapurna 1650i.

The new printer was installed last November. The Anapurna is a 1.6m wide printer that can be set up for printing to both rigid boards and roll-fed media. It uses CMYK plus white inks. Chris Timmins, who owns and runs One Sign and Digital, is confident the investment will pay for itself, saying: “Thanks to the Agfa, we are now able to look at new applications, such as day/night print displays, which opens up further revenue streams for us.”

Timmins says: “The Anapurna has already had a huge impact on our business because it is simply faster and more reliable than the machine we were using before, as well as outputting vastly superior quality graphics. Our previous machine produced an 8x4ft graphics board in 22 minutes. The Agfa can do this in 8 minutes! As a result, we are able to produce more work and our operators are more productive as they are no longer having to wait extended periods for printing to finish. This has already had a positive impact on our turnover and profitability,”

Timmins founded the company some ten years ago after his father sold his sign business, which was based in the same premises. He explained: “I was a graphic designer by trade so the company focused on design solutions and printing cards, letterheads, brochures and the like. As the company grew we invested in a variety of print equipment so that we could provide all our products and services in-house and so that we would have full control over projects from start to finish. We now have 25 staff and a well-established, growing printing operation.”

Timmins concludes: “Having the most modern, reliable and high quality machines means that our customers can turn to us for just about any printing requirement and we have the capability and capacity to meet their needs and their timings. We have a broad range of large format digital printers, covering the key technology areas of solvent, latex and UV. We also spend a lot of time researching and testing new media and materials to ensure we can fulfil as broad a range of customer requirement as possible. The recent purchase of the Agfa Anapurna has taken our offering to whole new level.”




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