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Applelec opens 8000 square foot factory in Leeds


Applelec has vastly increased its production capabilities with the opening of an 8000 square foot factory in Leeds. The 2012 development has been a result of the company posting record sales in 2011 which proved to be the most successful year in Applelec’s history. With a growth in demand for Applelec’s LED Light Sheet product, the new Totem modular freestanding sign range and the luxury illuminated letters, more space was essential and a suitable premises was identified in the latter months of 2011. Ian Drinkwater, Applelec Managing Director states: “The new


Leeds factory provides us with the manufacturing space we have increasingly needed in recent months as demand for key products such as LED Light Sheet have continued alongside the range of products and sign manufacturing services we offer exclusively to the sign trade industry.“ The factory is now fully operational and staffed with 10 skilled


letter makers to offer an increased capacity for signage fabrication. Applelec’s automated return shaper, code name: Delilah, is located at the factory and is capable of forming returns of 20mm to 120mm used in the construction of built-up metal letters in seconds. The letter making machine is operated by a single member of staff reducing both the time and expense associated with the construction of built-up metal letters. A range of metals such as polished, brushed and de-scaled stainless steel or aluminium can be shaped by the machine.


Applelec’s newly appointed Business Development Manager,


Andy Armitage explains: “The capabilities of the letter making machine are exceptional and has to be seen to be believed. We welcome visits to our factories in Bradford and Leeds, where the machine can be seen in action.” The letter machine and traditionally skilled metal letter workers


provide a strong balance of capabilities at the new factory, which features a variety of metal working equipment. The facilities at


Following a highly successful year, Applelec has opened a new factory in Leeds providing additional manufacturing space


the factory are designed to deliver rapid turnaround on projects whilst the 8000 square foot floor space provides the required capacity for high volume roll outs and large scale projects. The Leeds factory opening will be complemented by the


development of Applelec’s Bradford manufacturing space which includes an expansion to the LED clean assembly facility and a new showroom. The clean room expansion provides a larger work space for the high volume of projects utilising LEDs now taking place at Applelec and ensures work takes place in a clean and dust free environment. For further information telephone Applelec on 01274 768343 or


visit www.applelecsign.co.uk


Colorific launches 100% satisfaction guarantee on Roland and Mimaki inks


In what is believed to be a market first, Colorific, a leading high quality, alternative ink supplier, has announced a 100% satisfaction guarantee on its alternative inks for Mimaki and Roland printers.


“This guarantee clearly demonstrates to our customers the


level of confidence we have in our cost-effective, alternative ink solutions,” comments Shaun Holdom, Business Manager for Colorific. “It should stand as the final piece in the jigsaw for those companies looking to take advantage of the cost savings of alternative inks, but wanting to remove any perceived risk factors.” Colorific offers credible alternative inks which enable end users


to realise significant savings and increase their profits. Colorific Inks have been fully tested in the field and successfully meet or exceed the performance and reliability standards expected within the industry. Colorific inks are fully supported with one of the most


comprehensive ink stream warranties available. When Colorific inks are used in the correct manner, the company categorically stands behind the reliability and performance of its inks. Shaun Holdom concludes, “It's a win-win situation for our


customers. If customers of Colorific’s Roland and Mimaki inks are not 100% satisfied, they’ll get their money back. It really is that simple.” For more information on Colorific inks visit www.colorificink.com


68 Sign Update ISSUE 135 MARCH/APRIL 2012


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