The Sapphire Graphics division has just splashed out almost £100,000 on a new Mimaki large format printer.
Sapphire is no stranger to large printers but the new one reproduces graphics at 1,440dpi which is virtually imperceptible to the human eye. In contrast to standard office printers, the Mimaki uses 2 sets of CMYK inks through 4 print heads which give it far greater depth of long-lasting colour. If you can keep up, it will operate at a staggering top speed of 60 sqm/h.
Large enough to print the biggest of curtain sides, Sapphire were keen to keep a eco-solvent based solution. Lee Leighton, Graphics Manager at Sapphire explains why. "UV printing is in vogue at the moment, with the ability to apply ink to virtually any substrate, but the quality is questionable. The finish is matt, easy to mark and just doesn't have the same protection our solvent ink/ lacquer system has."
Sapphire can produce every type of livery for commercial vehicles including printed colour curtains, printed decals for box vans, simple decal livery, traditional ink-signwritten livery, vehicle wraps and even warning/ information stickers.
In addition, they provide large format graphics for other applications such as promotional billboards, banners and posters.
Written by: Richard Owens
Published by: Don-Bur