Award-winning specialist Signs Now has installed a new Océ Arizona 1260 XT system after tasking Canon to provide the best way forward as part of a major upgrade to build business revenues.


Signs Now has four sites and a £3 million turnover, employing 35 staff. It covers the UK and EMEA with work that includes all kinds of signage for shop fronts, retail parks, schools and blue-chip companies.


After more than a decade using an Arizona 250 GT, Signs Now took the plunge to invest again to keep the company at the forefront of production. The deal for the new Arizona was confirmed at Sign & Digital UK, with the installation completed in May.


Signs Now manager Carlo Matarazzo says: “We did some in-depth research over six months. Whereas other vendors seemed to focus on speed, Canon took a consultative approach and really wanted to understand our business to help us grow. We haven’t looked back. The machine has been brilliant in terms of speed, quality and the add-on features.


”It’s still early days but we know already it has seriously reduced labour costs and we feel sure it will open up many new business opportunities going forward.”


Signs Now machine operator Will Fallon adds: “I absolutely love this machine – it’s a huge step forward. One of the real benefits for me is the automatic cleaning system, which means I don’t have to spend up to 90 minutes a day cleaning the machine and vacuuming.”


Signs Now has ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations for its environment management capabilities. Its health and safety system has been approved by CHAS, SAFE Contractor and Constructiononline. The company, a member of the BSGA – British Sign & Graphics Association and the International Sign Association, has also won various awards, which include the British Sign and Graphics Association Leisure Industry Award, Roll-out Programme, and Sign Business of the Year.