Quality and fast turnaround of products and services supplied by William Smith are key factors in their ongoing relationship with Dalesflex Signs & Graphics. The company was, therefore, the natural choice when Dalesflex needed to create eye-catching vehicle wraps to complement new branding for coach operator Bibby’s of Ingleton’s.
Dalesflex, based in Hawes, North Yorkshire, has been supplying vehicle graphics for Bibby’s of Ingleton for more than six years and had recommended a modernisation of image to Bibby’s. Previously coach graphics had been produced from cut vinyl but the new design and branding, which features shading and colour changing throughout, required a printed solution.
“Having worked with William Smith on a range of projects over many years and, in particular with printing onto 3M products, we contracted them to supply the new vehicle graphics for Bibby’s,” says Dalesflex Managing Director Andy Walls.
“With one of the side graphics spanning 10m long by 1500mm deep and no major indents to be covered, William Smith recommended 3M Scotchcal IJ40 for the job. In addition, their use of latex printing processes meant that we could achieve faster turnaround and install times,” explains Mr. Walls.
All the graphics were printed on a Mutoh ValueJet 1624 which was purchased in mid-2013 from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics. Targeted at the sign and display market, the Mutoh ValueJet 1624 printer appeals to both start-up and established businesses, and is suited to the production of long-term outdoor applications.
The first coach was shown at the European Coach & Bus Show at the NEC and during the first day of the show Dalesflex received a call from Bibby’s Managing Director asking them to get down to the show as soon as possible. “When we arrived, fearing the worst, to our relief he explained that he wanted us to see for ourselves the amazing impact the new graphics were making at the show,” comments a delighted Andy Walls
“We have worked on various projects with William Smith from vehicle wrap graphics to wayfinding signs. They always step up to the mark with a fast turnaround of both products and services. The quality of their products and service can be recommended to any sign company,” he concludes.
3M Scotchcal IJ40 Series polymeric calendered digital print film is suitable for fleet graphics, signs, display and window graphics and can be applied to flat glass, metal paint and rigid plastic. It comes in a choice of 10 colours and with up to 3 years warranty.
3M IJ40 is available ex-stock from William Smith and next day delivery is available on orders received before 6pm.