Rocket boosts output with £600k spend

Jez Abbott
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Large-format digital production company Rocket Graphics has spent £600,000 on two new pieces of equipment and extended its printroom to boost production output.

The firm's Watford facility was expanded by almost a third – or 557sqm – to take the new 3.2m-wide EFI Vutek LX3 UV hybrid printer from CMYUK and a Zund G3 3.2m-wide cutting bed four weeks ago.

The kit will improve print quality and run up to 60% faster than an existing Vutek GS5000r, which will remain at the 50-staff, £7.3m-turnover business.

It also runs two 3.2m-wide Mtex dye-sub printers, five Mimakis including a UV LED-curing JV300 1.6m-wide machine as well as another Zund, a 2.2m-wide model.

Rocket sales director Antony Rider said: “The new Vutek is faster than the existing one - a job that took 15 hours can now take six hours. It also has higher resolution and better white.

“We hope this kit investment will give us steady sales growth. There's lots of kit out there we don't want; we focus on what we need to give us measured growth.”

Rocket can also give its clients enhanced white print options and uniform print quality up to five metres wide, thanks to its existing Vutek GS5000r and Mtex kit.

“Both of these were critical in helping us to deliver and install wall graphics measuring more than 3,000 metres in just 10 days recently for golf’s Ryder Cup,” said Rider.

Inside its extended plant, the Rocket Graphics team use the kit for vehicle wrapping, collating and pre-building modular graphic framing systems and lightboxes for shipping worldwide.

Rider added: “As deadlines shorten and client expectations climb, we need the staff, mechanical resources and technology to respond.”

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