PARKINS INTERIORS BUYS HP LATEX 360 PRINTER FROM SMGG FOR ‘PRINTS THAT STAND UP TO TODDLERS

Worcester, UK. Tuesday 11th November 2014. Somerset, UK-based Parkins Interiors was founded in 2010 by husband and wife team Chris and Rachael Parkins who have a keen sense of interior design and a passion for innovative and stylish products. The company now employs six people and has grown into one of the UK’s leading suppliers of wall stickers and accessories geared towards the domestic market.

Crafted to order from premium quality matt finish vinyl, the expansive range of products can be used to decorate any interior environment, with a particular niche in children’s bedroom décor; its wall stickers featuring trees and wildlife are available from Parkins Interiors own website (www.parkinsinteriors.com), alongside the online shop Not On The High Street and a selection of other online retailers.

Having originally created its output on a Canon machine, the company decided to upgrade to the HP Latex 360 from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) in August 2014 in order to boost its productivity and expand its offering.

Chris Parkins, co-founder of Parkins Interiors explains: “I found SMGG online whilst searching for a solution to our printing needs. Much of our work involves the creation of stickers for children’s rooms and therefore eco-solvent was out of the question due to the long gassing out process and the solvent elements of the ink.

“Similarly, aqueous printers were not up to the challenge as the prints were not durable and would not stand up to sticky fingers. We wanted a printer which could produce durable, scratch-resistant prints that would stand up to toddlers! We needed an alternative solution and SMGG came up with the amazing new HP Latex range.”

Parkins Interiors currently prints onto self-adhesive vinyl to produce wall stickers, while developing a mural and wallpaper range with a view to selling the products wholesale to other retailers. In addition, by running HP Latex inks the company can now take advantage of extra durability, media diversity and quality.

“What’s great is the print is suitable for outdoor applications – thereby affording our business greater opportunities in the future,” says Chris. “Furthermore, there is a huge range of suitable media for these inks and the print quality is far greater than the equivalent eco-solvent or solvent printers.”

Thanks to its green credentials, the HP Latex 360’s printed output can enter post-production without any lengthy out-gassing period and creates a healthier production environment.

On working with SMGG, Chris states: “SMGG have been great throughout the whole process. From the initial advice from Steve Guest, who wholeheartedly stood behind the product, to the demonstration of the equipment, through to installation and software demonstration. It was refreshing to encounter a sales representative with such enthusiasm for the product and this carried a lot of weight in our final decision to purchase.

“Plus, on an ongoing basis, the company is always happy to take my calls and offer suggestions. We eventually see ourselves purchasing a second HP Latex printer and have already invested in two further vinyl cutters from SMGG to keep up with demand.”

For more information on Parkins Interiors, please visit www.parkinsinteriors.com

 

Signs & Labels Hereford opens up new markets with Mimaki JFX200-2513 from SMGG

UK-based Signs & Labels Hereford Ltd. has recently purchased a Mimaki JFX200-2513 from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) in order to open up new markets thanks to its ability to print onto materials from mirrors to wood.

Founded in 1999, Signs & Labels Hereford has grown organically from small beginnings to become one of the leading suppliers of signs and displays within the Hereford area.  Success has been built on hard work and a commitment to provide a quality service to clients, combined with a continued investment in the very latest digital print technology.

The company supplies a wide range of solutions for the sign and display market, including all types of signage and banners, pop-up displays as well as a full vehicle livery service – from design through to installation.  Up until recently, Signs & Labels Hereford was producing all of its output on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format print and cut machine.

Earlier in 2014, the company started the search for a new printer to sit alongside the Roland machine and help to expand Signs & Labels Hereford’s offerings.  Having reviewed all the options available in the market, the company settled on the latest addition to Mimaki’s family of UV LED flatbed printers, the JFX200-2513, which delivers unparalleled results.

Of particular interest to Signs & Labels Hereford are the LED lamps on the Mimaki machine which are not only cheaper to run than traditional UV lamps but also give off less heat – thereby reducing media warping on substrates such as Corex.

Signs & Labels Hereford contacted Mimaki for a list of approved resellers and – having spoken to a number of them – settled on working with SMGG.  John Hughes, Director at Hereford Signs & Labels explains: “Steve Guest and the team from SMGG showed the most enthusiasm; not only were they extremely helpful on the phone, they also took the time to come out and visit our business on many occasions to do site surveys and establish a comprehensive understanding of our requirements.”

The Mimaki JFX200 is an affordable, high-performance flatbed UV LED printer with excellent build quality.  It delivers a highly desirable combination of quality, speed and value and its flatbed format means that it is ideally suited to the production of rigid display boards, packaging and exhibition panels.  John Hughes confirms: “The Mimaki JFX200-2513 is an incredibly robust and flexible machine and enables us to print 8ft x 4ft sheets up to 50mm thick – at an entry-level price.

“The new Mimaki printer has been invaluable as it reduces our production time significantly, negating the mounting of vinyl onto rigid substrates, and enables us to target new markets.”

Government grant

The price of the new Mimaki printer was reduced further when SMGG supported Signs & Labels Hereford in liaising with Hereford & Worcester Council.  The Council awards a number of grants to local businesses to aid with expansion and SMGG and Signs & Labels Hereford managed to secure a £10,000 business development payment towards the machine’s cost.

The new Mimaki printer offers unlimited creative opportunities.  It has the capability to print on to a wide range of substrates and – since the printer’s installation in October 2014 – the company has put the machine to good use.  John Hughes says: “The Mimaki printer has opened up many new opportunities for us as we’ve been able to print on a wider variety of materials, from mirrors through to metals, plastics and wood.

“All of these first class signage and display solutions are being created and manufactured in our premises in Hereford and delivered to our customers in the local area.”

The expansion of Signs & Labels Hereford’s product line is keeping the company very busy, but John Hughes is not resting on his laurels.  He concludes: “We will continue to grow the business by investing in the very latest equipment to ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements.  As a result of the company’s exceptional service, we will certainly look to work with SMGG to meet these needs.”

SMGG benefits from a nationwide field-based account management team and is able to send out its consultants to any business in the UK to explain the benefits of the Mimaki JFX200 printer.  The company can also arrange demonstrations of the printer and offers a number of flexible finance options* – such as deferred payment – from its own in-house finance company.

As a leading independent solutions provider for the wide format and 3D print sectors, Stanford Marsh offers solutions from Canon, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh and Stratasys amongst others, alongside the associated consumables and finishing devices.  The company, which employs around 100 staff, has its headquarters in Worcester and also has offices in Bristol, Derby, South Wales and Scotland.

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Signs & Labels Hereford opens up new markets with Mimaki JFX200-2513 from SMGG

Worcester, UK; Wednesday 7th January 2015: UK-based Signs & Labels Hereford Ltd. has recently purchased a new Mimaki JFX200-2513 from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) in order to open up new markets thanks to its ability to print onto materials from mirrors to wood.

Founded in 1999, Signs & Labels Hereford has grown organically from small beginnings to become one of the leading suppliers of signs and displays within the Hereford area. Success has been built on hard work and a commitment to provide a quality service to clients, combined with a continued investment in the very latest digital print technology.

The company supplies a wide range of solutions for the sign and display market, including all types of signage and banners, pop-up displays as well as a full vehicle livery service – from design through to installation. Up until recently, Signs & Labels Hereford was producing all of its output on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format print and cut machine.

Earlier in 2014, the company started the search for a new printer to sit alongside the Roland machine and help to expand Signs & Labels Hereford’s offerings. Having reviewed all the options available in the market, the company settled on the latest addition to Mimaki’s family of UV LED flatbed printers, the JFX200-2513, which delivers unparalleled results.

Of particular interest to Signs & Labels Hereford are the LED lamps on the Mimaki machine which are not only cheaper to run than traditional UV lamps but also give off less heat – thereby reducing media warping on substrates such as Corex.

Signs & Labels Hereford contacted Mimaki for a list of approved resellers and – having spoken to a number of them – settled on working with SMGG. John Hughes, Director at Hereford Signs & Labels explains: “Steve Guest and the team from SMGG showed the most enthusiasm; not only were they extremely helpful on the phone, they also took the time to come out and visit our business on many occasions to do site surveys and establish a comprehensive understanding of our requirements.”

The Mimaki JFX200 is an affordable, high-performance flatbed UV LED printer with excellent build quality. It delivers a highly desirable combination of quality, speed and value and its flatbed format means that it is ideally suited to the production of rigid display boards, packaging and exhibition panels. John Hughes confirms: “The Mimaki JFX200-2513 is an incredibly robust and flexible machine and enables us to print 8ft x 4ft sheets up to 50mm thick – at an entry-level price.

“The new Mimaki printer has been invaluable as it reduces our production time significantly, negating the mounting of vinyl onto rigid substrates, and enables us to target new markets.”

Government grant

The price of the new Mimaki printer was reduced further when SMGG supported Signs & Labels Hereford in liaising with Hereford & Worcester Council. The Council awards a number of grants to local businesses to aid with expansion and SMGG and Signs & Labels Hereford managed to secure a £10,000 business development payment towards the machine’s cost.

The new Mimaki printer offers unlimited creative opportunities. It has the capability to print on to a wide range of substrates and – since the printer’s installation in October 2014 – the company has put the machine to good use. John Hughes says: “The Mimaki printer has opened up many new opportunities for us as we’ve been able to print on a wider variety of materials, from mirrors through to metals, plastics and wood.

“All of these first class signage and display solutions are being created and manufactured in our premises in Hereford and delivered to our customers in the local area.”

The expansion of Signs & Labels Hereford’s product line is keeping the company very busy, but John Hughes is not resting on his laurels. He concludes: “We will continue to grow the business by investing in the very latest equipment to ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements. As a result of the company’s exceptional service, we will certainly look to work with SMGG to meet these needs.”

SMGG benefits from a nationwide field-based account management team and is able to send out its consultants to any business in the UK to explain the benefits of the Mimaki JFX200 printer. The company can also arrange demonstrations of the printer and offers a number of flexible finance options* – such as deferred payment – from its own in-house finance company.

As a leading independent solutions provider for the wide format and 3D print sectors, Stanford Marsh offers solutions from Canon, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh and Stratasys amongst others, alongside the associated consumables and finishing devices. The company, which employs around 100 staff, has its headquarters in Worcester and also has offices in Bristol, Derby, South Wales and Scotland.

SMGG INSTALLS EPSON SURECOLOR SC-S30600 WIDE FORMAT PRINTER AT FASTSIGNS CRAWLEY

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FASTSIGNS Crawley has been serving businesses in Crawley, Gatwick Airport, Reigate and the surrounding areas with solutions to meet all their sign and display needs since 1995.  With five in-house employees, the company has a particular expertise in vinyl graphics and is committed to providing local businesses with effective sign and graphic solutions – regardless of the size of the project.

At the beginning of 2012, FASTSIGNS Crawley started to look at wide format printing solutions to replace its aging solvent printer.  In order to get a solid overview of all the products available in the market, Raj Vithlani, director at FASTSIGNS Crawley, attended the Sign & Digital UK 2012 show.

At the event, he met with a number of businesses including Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG), the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group.  Founded in 1965, the Stanford Marsh Group has five offices throughout the UK and is headquartered in Worcester.  With an annual turnover of more than £10million, the company believes it is the only company in the UK that can provide in-house, manufacturer-led, service support, hardware and software sales of all the leading market brands.

After speaking with Steve Guest from Stanford Marsh during and after the show – and after much deliberation – FASTSIGNS Crawley opted for the Epson SureColor SC-S30600 wide format printer.  The 64-inch, 4-colour, indoor and outdoor signage printer is easy to use and has a low total cost of ownership and low environmental impact.

Raj explains, “We looked at a number of different printers whilst we were at the show, but the Epson SureColor SC-S30600 offered the best fit for our business requirements and was better value for money than the other solutions we looked at.”

The printer was installed in September 2012 by members of SMGG’s technical team and the process was seamless.  The old printer was collected by SMGG as the new one was delivered and there was no interruption in FASTSIGNS Crawley’s output production.

FASTSIGNS Crawley is running Epson original inks and is using Digital Factory RIP software. The RIP software enables the company to run any number of printers or cutters simultaneously, whilst keeping costs down and the workflow up.

On the selection of SMGG as the supplier of the printer, Raj comments, “Stanford Marsh was not actually on FASTSIGNS’ recommended supplier list at that time, but we liked what they could offer us and decided to purchase the solution through them.  We were very pleased with the installation process and would recommend the company to other businesses looking to upgrade their wide format print solutions.”

Steve Guest concludes, “We were delighted to supply Raj at FASTSIGNS Crawley.  The company’s brand and quality of service is well known within the print industry and we were happy to be able to meet and fulfil Raj’s requirements.  We look forward to a long-standing professional relationship with the business.”

VENTURE SIGNS & GRAPHICS BUYS EPSON SURECOLOR SC-S30600 FROM SMGG

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Lincoln-based Venture Signs & Graphics Ltd recently installed an Epson SureColor SC-S30600 printer to expand its print capabilities and bring more of its wide format print work in-house.  The company bought the printer from SMGG, the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group.

The SureColor SC-S30600 Printer was selected for its efficiency and reliability, alongside its excellent reputation for printing on vinyl media.  Venture Signs is primarily using the SureColor SC-S30600 for sign-making applications and vehicle graphics; the printer recently enabled Venture Signs to tackle a 50m hoarding print job with no difficulties whatsoever – something that would have been nigh-on impossible prior to the installation.

Another eye-catching project is the company’s use of the SureColor SC-S30600 to print vinyls for wrapping eight support vehicles and two exhibition units for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.  Venture Signs & Graphics was contracted to print and fit the required liveries and graphics to the various vehicles and units and was subsequently praised for the quality of its expert printing and application services; the fleet’s distinctive yellow livery with the charity’s branding is said to have helped the helicopter and supporting exhibition unit to attract a 30 per cent increase in visitors at the recent Waddington Air Show.

Designed to offer efficient and environmentally-friendly production at the lowest total cost of ownership, the SureColor SC-S30600 enables print businesses such as Venture Signs to cost-effectively expand their service offerings.  It can produce everything from posters, signs, banners, backlit panels and POS to vehicle wraps, interior decorations and exhibition displays.

With a wide range of roll media supported, users can reliably and cost-effectively print on vinyl, canvas, clear film, photographic paper and a range of popular banner substrates, at up to 64-inch (162.6cm) width.
By enabling Venture Signs to bring previously outsourced work in-house, the Epson machine gives the company greater control over the quality of the output it delivers to its customers.

On the selection of the SureColor SC-S30600, Keith Archer from Venture Signs explains, “We were looking for a printer to boost our production and the SureColor SC-S30600 was highly recommended by a number of people.  The Epson print heads were singled out as being particularly impressive.”

When purchasing the SureColor SC-S30600 wide format printer, Venture Signs also purchased an Easy Mount EM 1600 SH laminator and Wasatch RIP software.  They also benefitted from a free-of-charge Epson SureColor Academy training day which ensures that end users can get the very best results from their new printers.

The company selected SMGG as the supplier having seen a number of positive customer testimonials in the trade press, backed up by a number of personal recommendations.  Keith continues, “Our experience of working with SMGG has been very positive.  The company’s responsiveness made the purchase and installation a simple and hassle-free experience.”

SMGG’s Steve Guest adds, “As an independent supplier of one of the widest ranges of leading printers in the UK, we are always able to recommend the right solution for the right application.  Whilst our pricing is always competitive, it is never at the cost of good service and we pride ourselves in the unbiased consultancy services we are able to offer.”

THE CANVAS PRINT STUDIO INSTALLS EPSON SURECOLOR SC70600 TO EXPAND PRODUCT LINE AND SPEED UP DELIVERY

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The Canvas Print Studio – which was founded as a subsidiary of Interact Repro Services in 2009 by Rafal Sokol and brings its customers’ images and photos to life with the production of the highest quality canvases – has installed a new Epson SureColor SC70600 wide format printer.

The Canvas Print Studio creates stretched and rolled canvases, poster prints, giclee prints and Epson Digigraphie prints – all from the original pictures and artwork supplied by its range of customers including professional photographers, the general public and trade customers – primarily via the company’s website: www.thecanvasprintstudio.co.uk.

Quality and efficiency is at the core of everything The Canvas Print Studio does. In order to maintain the highest quality, longest-lasting output, the company uses branded canvas media, original inks and premium European pine stretcher bars with wooden wedges. The company also has an impressive, intuitive, on-line ordering system which enables customers to see exactly how their photos will be cropped and what size will work best.

When the company first started out with its Epson aqueous large format printers, the production process meant that each canvas had to be printed, dried and then varnished to achieve long-lasting quality. However, with the introduction of the new eco-solvent technology, Rafal Sokol realised he could speed up the production process whilst maintaining the very highest quality output.

He explains, “We started looking at the new ranges of eco-solvent printers on the market which would remove the need for time-consuming varnishing without compromising quality and thereby speed up the delivery time to customers. I contacted Steve Guest at Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) and met up with him at Sign & Digital UK 2013 to discuss the various options available in the marketplace.”

SMGG is a reseller of a wide gamut of printing hardware and the associated peripherals and was able to offer independent advice as to the best-fit solution for The Canvas Print Studio’s needs. After reviewing the various options available, Rafal Sokol decided upon the Epson SureColor SC70600.

The Epson SureColor SC70600 roll-to-roll printer can produce everything from exhibition displays, posters, banners, textiles, backlit panels and POS materials to vehicle wraps, wallpaper and labels. It is Epson’s first 64-inch (162.6cm) printer to support white and metallic ink simultaneously, enabling creative print makers, specialist sign makers and professional display printers to expand their service portfolios. The advanced ink formula means prints are lightfast for up to three years outdoors without lamination.

The printer was installed in May 2013. The delivery process was entertaining as the printer was carried through to The Print Studio’s premises in one piece – although it had to be turned on its side to get it through the door!

Rafal continues, “It was a bonus that the printer could be delivered in one piece as it meant we were very quickly able to get the printer up and running. We were printing test prints within an hour or so and the machine was fully operational within 4 hours, after media profiles were created.”

Since installation, the Epson SureColor SC70600 has enabled The Canvas Print Studio to expand its product line and speed up delivery to its customers. Rafal comments, “The printer enables us to offer new, highly creative end-products to our customers and the end result is truly unique output. Our customers are always coming up with new ideas and our ability to offer white and metallic inks opens up a raft of creative opportunities for all sorts of applications.”

Rafal Sokol is using Epson original inks in the printer. He says, “The eco-solvent inks from Epson are almost half the price of the aqueous inks we used in our old printer. Not only are they very cost-effective, they offer greater benefits due to the applications they open up and ultimately lead to greater profitability for our business. The output created by the inks is also much more stable.”

The working relationship with SMGG has also been a very positive experience for The Canvas Print Studio. “As eco-solvent technology was a whole new printing technique for us, we needed someone who we could rely on to be able to recommend and install the right product to meet our needs. We were reassured by SMGG that the Epson printer would do exactly what we needed it to do – and that has proven to be the case.”

Rafal concludes, “For The Canvas Print Studio, the Epson SureColor SC70600 has ensured that the next day delivery of quality, long lasting prints is now a reality.”

STANFORD MARSH WINS HP’S PRESTIGIOUS ‘MARKET SHARE CONTRIBUTION 2012′ AWARD

Stanford Marsh Group has been awarded HP’s prestigious “Market Share Contribution 2012″ Award. In simple terms, the company shipped more HP Designjet printers than any other UK vendor in 2012.

Stanford Marsh Group was established in 1965 to provide wide format printing equipment, technical support and wide format consumables to anyone with a wide format output need.

The HP award was presented to Stanford Marsh representatives on Friday 23rd November at the HP Designjet Channel Event. On receiving the award, Matthew Perkins, director of Stanford Marsh Group, comments, “We are delighted to have been presented – for the fourth year running – with an HP Channel Award in our specialised wide format area. It is testament as to how hard our staff work – from logistics and technical staff, through to the sales and support functions.

“Our relationship with HP is second to none and we enjoy a working relationship with HP that allows us to deliver the best value to our clients – regardless of their needs,” he concludes.

SMGG INSTALLS EPSON SURECOLOR SC-S30600 WIDE FORMAT PRINTER AT FASTSIGNS CRAWLEY

FASTSIGNS Crawley has been serving businesses in Crawley, Gatwick Airport, Reigate and the surrounding areas with solutions to meet all their sign and display needs since 1995. With five in-house employees, the company has a particular expertise in vinyl graphics and is committed to providing local businesses with effective sign and graphic solutions – regardless of the size of the project.

At the beginning of 2012, FASTSIGNS Crawley started to look at wide format printing solutions to replace its aging solvent printer. In order to get a solid overview of all the products available in the market, Raj Vithlani, director at FASTSIGNS Crawley, attended the Sign & Digital UK 2012 show.

At the event, he met with a number of businesses including Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG), the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group. Founded in 1965, the Stanford Marsh Group has five offices throughout the UK and is headquartered in Worcester. With an annual turnover of more than £10million, the company believes it is the only company in the UK that can provide in-house, manufacturer-led, service support, hardware and software sales of all the leading market brands.

After speaking with Steve Guest from Stanford Marsh during and after the show – and after much deliberation – FASTSIGNS Crawley opted for the Epson SureColor SC-S30600 wide format printer. The 64-inch, 4-colour, indoor and outdoor signage printer is easy to use and has a low total cost of ownership and low environmental impact.

Raj explains, “We looked at a number of different printers whilst we were at the show, but the Epson SureColor SC-S30600 offered the best fit for our business requirements and was better value for money than the other solutions we looked at.”

The printer was installed in September 2012 by members of SMGG’s technical team and the process was seamless. The old printer was collected by SMGG as the new one was delivered and there was no interruption in FASTSIGNS Crawley’s output production.

FASTSIGNS Crawley is running Epson original inks and is using Digital Factory RIP software. The RIP software enables the company to run any number of printers or cutters simultaneously, whilst keeping costs down and the workflow up.

On the selection of SMGG as the supplier of the printer, Raj comments, “Stanford Marsh was not actually on FASTSIGNS’ recommended supplier list at that time, but we liked what they could offer us and decided to purchase the solution through them. We were very pleased with the installation process and would recommend the company to other businesses looking to upgrade their wide format print solutions.”

Steve Guest concludes, “We were delighted to supply Raj at FASTSIGNS Crawley. The company’s brand and quality of service is well known within the print industry and we were happy to be able to meet and fulfil Raj’s requirements. We look forward to a long-standing professional relationship with the business.”

The Canvas Print Studio installs Epson SureColor SC70600 from SMGG to expand product line and speed up delivery

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Worcester, UK – The Canvas Print Studio was founded as a subsidiary of Interact Repro Services in 2009 by Rafal Sokol and brings its customers’ images and photos to life with the production of the highest quality canvases.

The Canvas Print Studio creates stretched and rolled canvases, poster prints, giclee prints and Epson Digigraphie prints – all from the original pictures and artwork supplied by its range of customers including professional photographers, the general public and trade customers – primarily via the company’s website -www.thecanvasprintstudio.co.uk.

Quality and efficiency is at the core of everything The Canvas Print Studio does. In order to maintain the highest quality, longest-lasting output, the company uses branded canvas media, original inks and premium European pine stretcher bars with wooden wedges. The company also has an impressive, intuitive, on-line ordering system which enables customers to see exactly how their photos will be cropped and what size will work best.

When the company first started out with its Epson aqueous large format printers, the production process meant that each canvas had to be printed, dried and then varnished to achieve long-lasting quality. However, with the introduction of the new eco-solvent technology, Rafal Sokol realised he could speed up the production process whilst maintaining the very highest quality output.

He explains, “We started looking at the new ranges of eco-solvent printers on the market which would remove the need for time-consuming varnishing without compromising quality and thereby speed up the delivery time to customers. I contacted Steve Guest at Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) and met up with him at Sign & Digital UK 2013 to discuss the various options available in the marketplace.”

SMGG is a reseller of a wide gamut of printing hardware and the associated peripherals and was able to offer independent advice as to the best-fit solution for The Canvas Print Studio’s needs. After reviewing the various options available, Rafal Sokol decided upon the Epson SureColor SC70600.

The Epson SureColor SC70600 roll-to-roll printer can produce everything from exhibition displays, posters, banners, textiles, backlit panels and POS materials to vehicle wraps, wallpaper and labels. It is Epson’s first 64-inch (162.6cm) printer to support white and metallic ink simultaneously, enabling creative print makers, specialist sign makers and professional display printers to expand their service portfolios. The advanced ink formula means prints are lightfast for up to three years outdoors without lamination.

The printer was installed in May 2013. The delivery process was entertaining as the printer was carried through to The Print Studio’s premises in one piece – although it had to be turned on its side to get it through the door!

Rafal continues, “It was a bonus that the printer could be delivered in one piece as it meant we were very quickly able to get the printer up and running. We were printing test prints within an hour or so and the machine was fully operational within 4 hours, after media profiles were created.”

Since installation, the Epson SureColor SC70600 has enabled The Canvas Print Studio to expand its product line and speed up delivery to its customers. Rafal comments, “The printer enables us to offer new, highly creative end-products to our customers and the end result is truly unique output. Our customers are always coming up with new ideas and our ability to offer white and metallic inks opens up a raft of creative opportunities for all sorts of applications.”

Rafal Sokol is using Epson original inks in the printer. He says, “The eco-solvent inks from Epson are almost half the price of the aqueous inks we used in our old printer. Not only are they very cost-effective, they offer greater benefits due to the applications they open up and ultimately lead to greater profitability for our business. The output created by the inks is also much more stable.”

The working relationship with SMGG has also been a very positive experience for The Canvas Print Studio. “As eco-solvent technology was a whole new printing technique for us, we needed someone who we could rely on to be able to recommend and install the right product to meet our needs. We were reassured by SMGG that the Epson printer would do exactly what we needed it to do – and that has proven to be the case.”

Rafal concludes, “For The Canvas Print Studio, the Epson SureColor SC70600 has ensured that the next day delivery of quality, long lasting prints is now a reality.”

Spotlight on Stanford Marsh… One of the industry’s best kept secrets?

Stanford Marsh Group was founded in 1965 to provide wide format printing equipment, technical support and consumables to anyone with a wide format output need.  The company has five offices throughout the UK and an annual turnover of over £13 million.  Headquartered in Worcester, the company employs 85 people and – since its inception – has built a very strong presence in the CAD and technical space.

In 2010, Stanford Marsh decided to deepen its strategic focus into the graphics industry.  As a result of this decision, the company has been heavily investing in the graphics space and created a new division – Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) – specifically focused on the graphics space.  Within the Stanford Marsh Group, SMGG has a dedicated sales force, service engineers and nationwide technical support coverage.

The company has an extremely broad solutions portfolio for both CAD and Graphics industries and is the only UK company that can provide in-house manufacturer-led service support, hardware and software sales of leading market brands including Canon, Epson, HP, Océ, Ricoh and Xerox.

As well as the CAD and Graphics industries, Stanford Marsh has also been targeting the relatively untapped 3D print sector with HP and Stratasys machines and this will become a greater focus over the next few years.

As an established, privately-owned company, Stanford Marsh Group is able to differentiate itself by offering compelling finance deals through its own in-house finance company and cash reserves.  This enables the company to facilitate customers wanting to invest in the most up-to-date wide format digital printing equipment.  As part of its offering, Stanford Marsh Group is also able to offer pre-owned, refurbished machines to its customers.

Jonathan Marsh, managing director of Stanford Marsh Group and son of the eponymous founder of the company, comments, “Unlike much of our competition, we control the end-to-end process – from financing the equipment – if needed – through to delivery, installation and on-going technical support.”

“This enables us to ensure our customer service and experience is second to none,” he continues.  “We are not reliant on third parties and are able to adapt our processes to meet our customers’ needs.  For example, we are able to provide flexible and individually tailored finance programmes – rather than a one-size-fits-all approach – and have the ability to offer 0% finance to customers.”

In recent years, the company has gone from strength to strength.  In November 2012, Stanford Marsh Group was awarded HP’s prestigious “Market Share Contribution 2012″ Award.  In simple terms, the company shipped more HP Designjet printers than any other UK vendor in 2012.  This was the fourth year running that the company has won an award and pays testament to the longstanding success of the business.

In January 2013, the company was also appointed as a wide format print ‘Accredited Partner’ by Canon (UK) Ltd.  This is currently the highest echelon within Canon’s reseller channel programme and recognises Stanford Marsh’s specialism within the wide format marketplace.

Epson also has good things to say about the company.  Dominic Gurney, Account Manager, Pro Graphics at Epson UK Limited, adds, “Epson’s Large Format Printing business unit has been working with Stanford Marsh Group for almost 2 years. They have been instrumental in helping to sell our SureColor range of outdoor signage printers in the UK.  They have a strong belief in offering the end user the best value deal with a focus on making large purchases more affordable to smaller businesses that are looking to expand.  With a range of finance packages available and their own team of engineers and software specialists on hand, they can provide support through the entire lifecycle of any product purchased.”

And it’s not just the manufacturers that sing the praises of Stanford Marsh.  Canon and HP distributor ArtSystems’ managing director, Steve Hawker adds, “SMGG have always displayed the most professional and passionate approach in all their business dealings, as a supplier we appreciate their honest and dynamic approach and we know from joint conversations with their customers that they display the same conviction in delivering the very best solutions and service possible for them.”

On its ability to offer unbiased, knowledgeable and balanced advice, Jonathan Marsh continues, “We have expert industry knowledge and the benefit of being a totally independent supplier.  We work closely with our customers to establish their print requirements and then use our expertise to supply the best-fit wide format solution that’s available within the marketplace.”

In terms of logistics, the company has its own dedicated fleet of delivery vehicles and drivers and strategically placed warehouses throughout the UK holding huge stocks of ink and consumables.  Again, this ensures that the company is able to deliver products and consumables to its customers in a timely manner and retain control – and guarantee high standards – relating to the entire delivery process.

The company is definitely on the up.  Jonathan Marsh comments, “We really are seeing dividends from our decision to further invest in the graphics space alongside our traditional CAD customers.  Between 2010 and the end of 2012, we grew our customer base by 55% through a combination of acquisitions and more focused marketing activities.”

In terms of the future, Stanford Marsh has seen a big interest in 3D printing from its graphics customers looking at ways of expanding their products and services.  “The 3D space will be a key growth area for Stanford Marsh.  We will soon launch a new dedicated website showcasing the 3D solutions we have on offer and will be creating a devoted team to target the 3D sector,” continues Marsh.

“2013 should be a very exciting year for Stanford Marsh Group.  We’re in great shape and look forward to making the very most of the opportunities that lie ahead of us.  It’s very much a case of ‘watch this space!” he concludes.