Investing in the future

Flagmakers is part of the Specialised Canvas Group, which also includes Banner Box Print Solutions and Speciliased Canvas, located in our 25'000 square feet manufacturing facility in Chesterfield, just a two minute drive from junction 29a of the M1. As a group we we've always firmly believed in investing in our machinery to maintain our position at the forefront of our respective industries and more importantly to ensure we supply our customers with great value, outstanding quality products in a timely manner. In keeping with this, 2020 certainly has started with a bang with the recent installation of two new state-of-the-art machines that significantly enhance our capabilities and capacity.

3.2m G3 Zund Cutter

Investing in our second automated Zund cutter means we are planning for the future, today! By doubling our cutting capacity we’ve ensured we won’t incur any bottle necks at the cutting point in our production process when inevitable spikes in demand occur, a key benefit to our customers when it comes to proving you with a fast and reliable service on both printed and sewn flags. Additionally, by now using automated machines to cut over 95% of our printed flags, we’re getting a cleaner more consistent cut of our materials and it is marginal gains like this that stack up and provide our customers with a superior finish on our products.

Cutting Service

Finally, the installation of our second Zund has given us capacity beyond our currently necessity and ensures there is further room for growth, which is a very desirable position to be in, and means we can now offer a “cutting service” that is already proving extremely popular with businesses from a variety of industries. ✔ Printing & Graphics ✔ Automotive ✔ Clothing ✔ Defence ✔ Medical Check out a video of our automated Zund machine in action created by our sister company, Specialised Canvas.

MIMAKI TS55-1800

Our second significant investment in January saw us add the Mimaki TS55-1800 to our already impressive line up of print machines, future proofing our business by further increasing our capacity and capabilities and in turn ensuring we will continue to provide our customers with exceptional quality print and service. When we decided now was the right time to upgrade our print machinery, we considered a variety of machines, but the Mimaki TS55-1800 stood out from the crowd, scoring very highly on our two most sought after criteria;
  1. Quality

When making any product-based decision for our printed flags, print quality will always be at the heart of it. Having seen numerous different product demonstrations, the Mimaki TS55-1800 was an obvious choice to us thanks to its superior print quality at high speeds. Indeed, the newly introduced "MAPS" functionality, that provides gradation to printed pass boundaries to maintain stable print quality by reducing banding and uneven colour, seems to be real winner and we are delighted with the print quality that we are seeing.
  1. Capacity

Once we had ticked the quality box, we then wanted to ensure we were investing in a printer that would really give our capacity levels a substantial boost .Ensuring we are in a great position to meet the increasing demand for our products and give us the flexibility to accommodate that hard to plan for last minute order. The Mimaki TS55 -1800 more than achieves this with an impressive “standard print speed” of 50 sqm/h combined with some excellent new features, most notable a super large ink supply unit and mini jumbo roll unit, which allows you to print up to 2500m of paper without stopping – perfect for that overnight print run. After an exciting start to 2020 that has seen us significantly upgrade our business, we have put ourselves in a great position to support existing and new customers in the future by consistently delivering the highest of printed and sewn flags.

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