Large-format trade printer Printvision has invested £1.5m in a new purpose-built factory and kitted it out with an EFI Vutek FabriVu 340 digital fabric printer and a Dyss digital cutter.
Installed in October, the 3.4m-wide FabriVu replaces an older D-Gen machine, and the Dyss X9-3230C digital cutter is the first of its size to be installed in the UK, according to distributor AG/CAD.
Currently operating office administration from its original premises, the Leicester-based firm will fully relocate to its new 1,300sqm home over the Christmas period, with the main motivation for the investment ascribed to an increase in demand, especially for flag printing.
Its machinery portfolio is already running at the new premises, which includes the £190,000 cutter, a Mimaki UJV55-320 UV printer and a Monti Antonio 901 Calendar heat transfer press.
Managing director Ash Patel said: “With the FabriVu, just the other week, we were able to carry out a large-scale job in a single day, which would have taken eight days on our old D-Gen. By updating and expanding our technology, we are able to keep up with fresh demands for bigger jobs and faster turnaround.”
Printing at speeds of up to 400sqm/hr and a maximum resolution of 2,400dpi, the FabriVu can handle a variety of fabrics and papers.
“We chose the Dyss cutter because we were getting more value for money,” added Patel.
“Others were trying to sell us extras on top, but many of those attractive features, such as the specialised tensioning roll feeder, came with the Dyss already.
“This is our first cutter, as we were outsourcing that work before, which opens a lot of doors for us in terms of the kinds of jobs we can do, and how much time and money we can save."
Expansion at Printvision is still ongoing, as Patel referred to plans for the company’s 25-strong team to be expanded to “30 to 35 people” next year. The firm currently turns over £2.5m, although Patel said he is targeting £4m by the end of 2019.