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Caked In Snow

Posted by Scott on 17 August 2011


First of all, apologies to our customers who we could not meet their deadlines. We managed to get some staff in during the worst of the weather but unfortunately mother nature stopped us from getting more. They said it was gonna be a long cold storm... and they were right. Here are some pics of the white stuff. The benefits of having a 4 wheel drive were plain to see, moving a two wheel drive wasn't an easy feat (see pic of Daryl)! Hopefully we don't get another event like this for some time. It's par for course for many cities around the world, but we are not geared up to cope with this in Christchurch. The fun wears off pretty quickly. I think the kids are the winners when it comes to snow!!!

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Another Dimension

Posted by Scott on 11 July 2011


There are so many ways to showcase your logo or design. This is an example of building signage produced using dimensional elements. You create a whole host of effects that two dimensional signage cannot show, such as highlighting and soft shadows created by the sun and/or artificial lighting. Digital profile cutting can be achieved in many ways. Laser cutting, routering and hot-knifing to name a few. We produce many dimensional products in-house. The installation of our Esko Kongsberg digital cutter has opened the door to a world of 3D products. These include letters and elements cut from thick plastics, to thick corrugated cards which can be assembled into shelves and boxes for promotional use.

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Visual Merchandising

Posted by Scott on 6 July 2011


Here's a look at what can be done with digital print and digital cutting for retail environments. These pics are from the Glassons Queenstown store. There's a range of media used here with the bulk of the props printed and cut out of recycled heavy card. To create eye-catching displays such as these, you need very clever creative people to concept the ideas and generate the graphics, from then on it's down to technical details that we take care of at prepress. Our high-end software rotates, shifts and squeezes as many props as it can on a sheet of material to get maximum bang for your buck. Not like the old days when every shape was treated as a box. It also makes sure that your images bleed outside the keyline, even if you've got no bleed to spare (very clever indeed!). But wait there's more... It's all world class stuff and it can be done pretty quickly too. We understand the demands of retail and we're geared up to provide a high level of service. Give us a call and see what your next project can be.

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Against The Clock

Posted by Scott on 16 June 2011


We hit the ground running with this one. The pressure was on to get this project completed on time. We had 3 days to turn it around. The job involved a lot of self adhesive vinyl, laminating, mounting, posters and some pretty big, double sided 3m x 3m banners and a couple of 15m x 2m. The team pulled together and we came through with the goods. A small hiccup saw a panel missed, but that was fixed by an early Saturday morning phone call and an emergency print completed and installed before opening time.

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Big, Bright And Can't Be Missed

Posted by Scott on 15 June 2011


We'll let the pictures do the talking on this one. Big wall, big mural. When Piko Wholefoods had their badly damaged Barbadoes street premises red stickered, they needed to find a new home. You'd be hard pushed to find a person who couldn't find them here. We printed this artwork a few years back for their old premises, but this version is simply stunning. It's printed with latex ink on self adhesive vinyl, laminated with gloss anti-grafitti film and mounted to aluminium composite panels. We also did the front fascia, street pole sign and lightbox.

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Greening Digital Printing

Posted by Scott on 15 June 2011

HP Scitex LX850 Latex ink Printer
We'd like to introduce a recent addition to our line-up. HP in recent years have been pushing more environmentally conscious large format digital printing solutions. One of their biggest drives has been latex ink printers. Surprise surprise, the picture above happens to be one. The environment is not exactly being kind to us at the moment here in Christchurch, but we are still looking to improve our stance towards it. The HP Scitex LX850 uses waterbased latex ink, yet the finished prints are comparable to mild and eco solvent as far as scratch reststance and durability goes. It's our second latex machine. Without boring you to death with details, we get high resolution prints (truly stunning), with brilliant colour, durable for indoor and outdoor use including vehicles and then add to that the fact it does a great job on fabrics which is enhanced by it's ability to image on material up to to 3.2 metres wide (that's billboard size!!!).

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Keeping The Grain

Posted by Scott on 2 June 2011


Here is a great printing job we supplied for the Nando's Riccarton restaurant, which demonstrates printing directly to timber. The concept was to allow the grain of the wood to show through and become part of the graphic. This is a fantastic example of the strength of direct printing, and also using printing with white ink. The window graphic is a clear adhesive film. We used white ink , but not as a flood fill because we wanted a degree of transparency for the colours.

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New Recycling Programmes

Posted by Scott on 1 June 2011

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We are pleased to announce new additions to our recycling systems. We are always looking to improve our impact on the environment and be more responsible in the way we operate. We have put in place two new systems which have had a huge impact on the quanity of waste we send to the landfill. We've been looking for a partner here in Christchurch for 3 years to recycle our PVC banner and Yupo offcuts. Thanks to Aarque Graphics and BJ Ball Papers, it's now possible. Any of the banners and posters we produce for you using Yupo or Starflex can be returned to us for recycling too. These two new additions add to our existing cardboard, paper, waste solvent and coreflute recycling.

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New Fabric Printer

Posted by Scott on 7 April 2011

Mutoh fabric printer        Out with the old and in with the new. We have retired our fleet (x2) of sublimation printers and replaced them with this brilliant machine. It's the latest release from Mutoh for soft signage printing. It has some great features that increase our diversity and quality. The first is wave technology. The machine has an unique way of laying down the ink to elimainate banding - stripes which appear on images due to media feed or ink bleeding problems. It does this by laying down the ink in a wave pattern. Another feature really like is that it's built for production runs and high quality printing. If you need hundreds of metres in a hurry, then no problem - we can deliver. Another feature really like is the ability to print directly to fabric. It's loaded with a dual ink to give us the best of both worlds. Why do we need dual ink?

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mFlag - Motion Flag range

Posted by Scott on 6 April 2011

mFlag Portable flag range   We've put together a great range of portable flag systems. We're on a mission to keep things simple and make your choices easy. Our new range of Motion Flags (mFlag) are completely interchangeable with their bases and mounts. This means you can own several models of flags and have a base for every occasion, ready to go. We dye-sublimate your flags onto high quality fabrics. All flag styles can be single or double sided. Double sided doesn't mean show through. A true double sided flag has an image reading correctly on both sides. We have the ability to print and sublimate both with or without paper. Using paper makes for detail, while going direct has outstanding show-through for single sided flags.

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