RHM makes signs for the stars with new Kongsberg cutter

By Rhys Handley, Tuesday 19 December 2017

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RHM Event Graphics has increased its capability to cater for high-profile events with the installation of a new Esko Kongsberg X44 digital cutter.

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RHM produced the displays for the UK premiere of Molly's Game

Having worked on events for the V&A Museum, Xbox, and Sony, the London firm had been cutting its wide-format jobs by hand due to the fact it didn’t have a cutter as large as its 3x2m Canon digital flatbed printer.

Installing the Kongsberg, supplied by CMYUK for just shy of £130,000, in October, RHM is now able to meet its customers’ requests in better time by feeding jobs through the cutter.

RHM owner Nigel Murchison said: “Not having a big enough cutter has limited the jobs we can do and the speed we can complete them at. The Kongsberg has opened up several new potential avenues of business for us.

“We are interested in looking now at point-of-sale, as well as expanding our current offering for customers – it has allowed us new opportunities to explore.”

Viewing the machine at CMYUK’s Shrewsbury showroom, RHM selected the Kongsberg for its roll-fed conveyor system, which is suitable for flexible media, and its 3KW router for rigid jobs. It is designed for ease of use in changing tools and media types, and its user interface.

Alternative machines were also considered, but Murchison said the Kongsberg was chosen because it “works well with our Canon and Mimaki portfolio”.

A high-profile job completed since the installation was the displays for the Leicester Square premiere of Hollywood movie Molly’s Game, starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain.

The centrepiece was a cut out large-scale poker chip which served as a backdrop at the end of the red carpet. After being printed and cut at RHM, it was lined with neon lights on location.

Planning for 2018, Murchison said there were plans afoot for the firm’s Canon flatbed to be replaced, as well as a more in-depth exploration of the new business opportunities opened up by the new Kongsberg.

Turning over £1.8m, RHM comprises a team of eight full-time staff and 10 freelancers working out of 840sqm premises in Barnet, North London. 

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