Lincolnshire signage, vehicle livery and print business Allen Signs has invested £90,000 in a new machine to help see through its vision for growth.
The Protek Unico TT digital cutter and router is the latest addition to the firm’s impressive print and production facility based at its premises in North Hykeham near Lincoln.
Manufactured in Italy, it is a print-finishing digital cutter and production router in one.
It is capable of powering its way through range of rigid materials including cardboard, plywood and even metal, as well engraving into plastics and metals.
Managing Director David Allen said: “When we decided to take the plunge and install the new printer we always knew it would only form part of the story and that the investment would only really pay off if we added a more up-to-date digital cutter.
“The Protek Unico TT has really impressed me as it can cut extremely clean edges on nearly every material we’ve thrown at it, even giving an almost flame polished edge to acrylics.
“It also has two knife bays and a camera meaning anything we print can be seamlessly contour cut or creased if necessary.
“As a business, we are committed to investing in new technology as well as the training and development of our staff so we can continue to improve the range and quality of our products and services.
“Our investment has already paid off as we’re now entering new markets and doing more exhibition and branding work which we hope to continue to build on. When clients approach us, we can now specify a wider range of materials and create more innovative and eye-catching designs.
“Previously there were certain jobs which we couldn’t compete on price-wise but now we’re able to be much more cost-effective.”
At the start of the year, the family-run business spent £100,000 on a new EFI H1625 LED flatbed printer which can print on almost any material and this latest investment is the second stage of a three-part plan.
As well as investing in new equipment, Allen Signs has also taken on more staff with the latest recruit being Michael Gray, to the install team.