Macclesfield-based R A Smart has installed additional print hardware at Your Print Partner (YPP) who has added a Mimaki JFX200-2513 grand format flatbed and a Mimaki UJV-55 3.2m roll fed UV LED printer to its already established textile, dye sublimation and solvent printing business.


According to YPP managing director Stuart Maclaren (above right), the plan is to continue to diversify the company’s product and service offering to offer an extended product range to both end customers and print companies requiring a trade print service. "We're already very well known for our ability to print polyester textiles such as flags, airmesh banners and event signage, thanks to our bank of Mimaki dye sublimation and direct-to-textile printers, but we're consistently being asked for additional products and are keen to deliver,” he says.



Lincoln-based YPP is an all Mimaki house and alongside the new Mimaki flatbed and 3.2m roll fed LED UV units, the company sports three Mimaki JV5-320DS 3.2m dye sublimation printers, two Mimaki direct to textile machines, Mimaki solvent wide format hardware and a pair of Transmatic calendar presses used to fix the dye sublimation output. All are housed in a specially constructed print room which also features a sewing and make-up area, a new showroom, warehousing, despatch and offices.


Maclaren sees the move into direct to substrate printing as a key strategy in customer retention. "With the most recent investment, Your Print Partner has become a 'one stop shop' for printed graphics. Whatever the need; be it signage on foamboard, printed textile or rigid exhibition graphics - even high quality retail backlit work, we can produce it in-house, removing the need for customers to have to work with multiple suppliers."