Uxbridge-based Display Signs is expanding its team to help manage the increase in orders coming through since investing in an HP FB700, an HP Latex 360 and a Summa F Series cutter from City and West End Solutions.
“We’re now looking for top notch, experienced people to join our sales, design and production teams and we’re also interested in taking on a graduate who’s at the start of their career,” said Alan Kelvey.
The expansion to Display Signs’ 25-strong workforce is needed to support the growth seen since it bought the Summa cutter and the Latex 360 this year and the FB700 two years ago.
“We asked CWE to work with us to create and supply a completely integrated system, including the PCs and Caldera RIP, that would work seamlessly together in our new print and cut facility,” added Alan.
“We’ve had a long standing relationship with CWE Solutions and have confidence in both their advice and after sales service. Now we have these printers integrated into our system we can use them to make just about any type of sign, banner or display.”
Display Signs was established in the mid-1970s by Alan and his wife Jane, and it has grown into one of the leading companies in the signage sector in West London. Their work ranges from retail schemes and construction signage to large format digital imaging for blue chip companies.
“We have historically used Seiko solvent printers but have introduced the UV and Latex printers as they offer greater flexibility and don’t require a gassing-off period, further reducing production time.
“With the FB700, printing direct to board with UV curable ink is a real plus, as Correx , foam PVC and composites are great for construction signage. With the UV printer we can also now print onto frosted films for windows without solvent-related softening, and even print in white.
“The HP Latex 360 is fast and the product can be taken off the machine and then either laminated or cut on the Summa straight away.”
Alan believes that the industry is picking up well after the recent recession. He said: “We consider the market stable enough for investment but only if the equipment will produce a return in either saved time or an increased product range.
“In business it is all about having the best production methods so you can give the customer a product at the right price and most importantly on time. Our new machines have increased our potential productivity to such a level that we now need more staff to help us meet client demand.
“Back in the day we had six signwriters all painting in a row, and an eight foot signboard would take about ten days and five coats of paint. We can now make a similar sign in about 45 minutes from start to finish.
“There are so many opportunities now and all kinds of roles to fill – I’d be happy to talk to anyone interested in joining our team.”