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New industrial inkjet with fine art printing quality

Signbox have taken delivery of cutting edge print technology – manufactured by the Italian firm of Durst Phototechnik AG. This six figure investment paves the way for Signbox to produce signs and large format graphics at production levels in-house at our 1522 m² facility in Egham, Surrey and importantly will mean that we shall be highly competitive on price for a wide range of digitally printed media.

Durst says its Omega 1 machine - the first of its kind in the UK, 'defines a new quality standard for sign makers, graphic display companies, screen printers, photolabs and studios'.

The fine art printing quality of the Omega 1 is achieved by a resolution of up to 1728 dpi, greyscale printing technology and a large colour gamut, thanks to the optional process colour additions of orange and violet, grey, light magenta and light cyan. The precision transport of the printheads is by advanced magnetic linear drive, further ensuring consistently accurate printing.

The Omega 1 draws on Durst’s 10 years’ experience of both roll to roll and flatbed machines and will print onto the widest range of both rigid and flexible material without compromise to either. The machine will print onto Kappa, Forex, Acrylic, Dibond and wood up to a thickness of 5cm, as well as onto self adhesive foils, papers, PVC vinyls, PE foils or textiles.

Mark Bartlett, Managing Director of Signbox, comments, “Durst are a highly respected manufacturer of large format printing technology, and we are delighted to be the first UK customer for their new Omega 1 UV inkjet printer. Together with the substantial R & D investment we have made in Enlighten – our revolutionary new NFC smart poster system – the new print facility is clear evidence of our commitment to keeping at the forefront of the UK sign making industry."