Scunthorpe based sign maker A Signs has invested in Agfa’s new Anapurna H1650i LED print engine to increase profitability through improved production efficiencies.
A Signs, established in 1998, produce a wide variety of signage, from external building signs, internal health and safety signs, vehicle wraps, exhibition display boards, and wall art for its broad client base. The owner, Shaun Fisher, was looking to invest in a new print engine to speed up production time and reduce costs enabling him take on more work and increase efficiencies.
The purchase of the Agfa printer came via the company’s relationship with Litho Supplies, who supply A Signs with printing inks and consumables. Mr Fisher was keen to buy a UV printer and Damian Newsham from Litho supplies invited him to a demonstration of the Anapurna at the Agfa showroom in Seacroft, Leeds. Mr Fisher subsequently reviewed a number of other options in the market and concluded that the Agfa Anapurna H1650i was the best fit to his needs. The 1650 machine was the perfect size for the space he had available and for the sheet sizes they use. As a hybrid it also offered the choice of roll to roll or flat bed with a really quick change over to each option.
“The machine was a sizeable investment for a business the size of A Signs but I have no regrets,” says Mr Fisher. “Producing signage on my older printer required a number of processes, but the Anapurna prints in one pass, including white, it comes complete with all the latest technology and I am delighted with both the speed and quality. I’m also impressed that while my output is up, the amount of ink usage has actually reduced, and the room doesn’t require the same level ventilation to be a pleasant place for us all to work.
“When your accountant validates that your profitability is up on a similar level of business to last year, it confirms that commercially I have made the right decision. It is a real USP for me compared to other sign companies in my locality.”
When asked if the Anapurna has allowed them to bring any new products to market, Mr Fischer stated that the new printer enabled the company to move into producing huge personalised wall papers for a number of commercial clients.
“The quality of print from the Anapurna allows me to produce very accurate ‘wall paper’ tiles, that can be easily lined up,” he says. “The 1.65m size is perfect, any larger and it would be difficult for one person to wallpaper/install and line up. Wall art adds a new product to the business, one that is really suited to our skillset with my past in decorating. It allows clients to be creative and have a full wall decorated with a photograph of their choice. I think it’ll be something that we will offer to consumers too as a mix of business that has up-front payment all helps with the cashflow!”