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Thames Graphics is a business that has kept pace with the trends and developments of the large format print industry since the company was founded in 1984. At the start of the new millennium, the High Wycombe company was moving toward digital print. However, it was the acquisition of the business by husband and wife team Alex and Ivan that really drove the company through its most successful decade of growth.

Ben Grist, founder of Oakdene Designs, first came across Roland DG while at college and knew from that moment he wanted to own one of his own. An entrepreneur at heart, at the age of 17, Ben stared his first business, manufacturing high end chicken coops. He soon invested in a Roland DG GX-24, the predecessor to the GS-24 Desktop Cutter, allowing him to produce custom-made stickers for the coops. The desktop printer required a low initial investment and this, coupled with Ben’s prior knowledge of the machine from college, made the GX-24 the perfect choice for the newly launched business.

Wide format print and signage specialist Group101 has expanded its offer thanks to a recent investment in an MTEX 5032Pro direct-to-textile printer.

When Dublin-based Coverup wanted to upgrade its trusty Mimaki CJV30-130, the company went straight back to Mimaki and invested in the latest generation JV300 solvent printer. Now, as well as producing high-end graphics and print jobs, it’s been able to get its innovative, experimental hat on and devise a whole new way of producing canvas awnings.

When The KSP Group wanted to increase its large format flexibility, product range & services along with improving its market reaction time, the bespoke printer & finisher invested in a DYSS X7-1630C Digital Cutter from AG/CAD.

Manchester based Ainsley Signs have provided a dedicated sign service for over 50 years. The family run company boasts a variety of clients covering broad industry sectors. With a base of consistent and loyal customers, along with new business and contracts, Ainsley Signs faced the production bottleneck that is seen so often in the print business.

Leicester-based QQD Design and Print (QQD) recently purchased a Mimaki JV300-160 solvent printer from i-Sub Digital. The new 1.6m-wide machine was installed earlier this month and has since helped QQD to speed up the production of a wide range of display graphics.

London creative production house Screaming Colour is targeting business growth after becoming the latest company to choose an MIS system from Tharstern, the worldwide specialist in MIS for print, packaging and labelling industries.