Swansea based Bow Design is a small business, but its new Roland DG TrueVIS VG-640 has allowed it to take some of the UK's biggest companies as clients. 


As a direct result of the TrueVIS installation in February - supplied by printMAX - the company is now producing work for seven supermarket branches, including window graphics, point of sale, internal hanging signs, filling station graphics and more.


Matthew Anderson bought a Swansea based small sign company in September 2017 - rebranded as Bow Design - and decided to add to some additional printer power to the business almost straightaway.


"We had a 14-year-old Roland VersaCAMM SP-540 - which is still going strong - plus a laminator and a CNC router, but I wanted to go after large accounts,” says Anderson. “A contract with one of the UK's biggest retailers depended on upgrading our printing capacity.”


Mr. Anderson saw printers from a number of manufacturers in action but decided to stay with Roland, narrowing down the choice to a TrueVIS VG-640 wide-format inkjet printer/cutter after seeing it at a Creative Centre Experience Day at Roland DG UK's headquarters in Clevedon. 


"As an existing Roland user I know that Roland's service is second to none," he comments. "The TrueVIS VG-640's speed and quality are great and the RIP is almost identical to the VersaCAMM's so I knew it would be easy to use. You know what you're getting with Roland, and that's a quality machine."


The TrueVIS also prints and cuts stickers at an incredible rate, as Matthew Anderson discovered. 


"The week before the TrueVIS was installed I printed 100 stickers on our older machine in 39 minutes. A week later, on the new TrueVIS, I printed 100 stickers in nine minutes. We now have two operational Roland machines, running all day every day, and I've calculated production has increased by 72 per cent."


The next step for Bow Design is to open a showroom for potential customers and partners, inspired by Roland's Creative Centre. With media samples from Metamark, the company is using digital wall coverings, window graphics and other signage and display work to showcase the range of applications the company can offer.