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n a bid to better serve existing and new customers, Chemical Consultants (CCI) recently completed a major expansion of its laboratories, manufacturing and production facilities. The state-of-the-art laboratory and manufacturing facilities enables CCI to increase the ability for additional research and development. In addition, due to customer growth CCI also recently added a new building to better serve production and warehousing needs. To match this expansion CCI has also increased its staff numbers. Daniel Boren, president of CCI, said:


“Weʼre excited that consistent growth over recent years is enabling us to expand capacity and service offerings.


Chemical Consultants expands facilities


The new laboratory


“The infrastructure improvements will allow us to meet the growing client demand for product development support, while adding efficiency gains to production and laboratory R&D.”


Papini launches new product guide


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apiniʼs new 2015/2016 Product Guide launches many new products including a new polo range. The 36 page brochure is now available for free and features 78 polo shirts along with Papiniʼs very popular hoodies, zipped hoodies,


childrenswear, sweatshirts and jackets. The UK


supplier runs its


reliable operation from West Yorkshire and you can only buy Papini products direct. The A4 product guide has been designed as the ultimate selling tool for you. It is spiral bound, with products grouped in colour collections with an array of marketing tools available to you.


A sign of the times: Roland DG and Sabur Digital R


oland DG has built upon its dealer relationship with Sabur Digital, with the digital textile and sublimation printing specialist adding more Roland DG machines to its portfolio.


The Barnsley-based company has added the VersaCAMM SP-i and VersaCAMM VS-i ranges of eco-solvent wide format printers, which form part of the highest-selling print and cut series in the world, to its range. Dean Sanger, managing director of Sabur Digital said: “We have had a great relationship with Roland over many years. We started by promoting and selling a range of Roland machines for the sublimation market from the SOLJET PRO 4 XF-640 and VersaArt RE-640 to


Sabur’s new showroom


the more recent VersaExpress RF-640, and we added the Texart RT-640 dye sublimation printer to the portfolio at the start of this year. “Now, with the addition of the


VersaCAMM SP-i and VersaCAMM VS-i print and cut ranges to our portfolio, we have a comprehensive offering to take to


market in the broader signage sector, an area we believe offers the company significant opportunities for growth.” To celebrate the expansion of the Roland DG product portfolio, Sabur has recently opened what Mr Sanger says is the largest Roland dealer showroom serving the north of the country. He added: “The 2,000sq ft showroom is fully equipped with and dedicated to demonstrating all that the Roland DG machines have to offer our customers. It is just minutes from the M62, M1 and the A1, so it is very convenient for businesses from right across the north to come in, receive a free demonstration and discuss with us the huge range of applications possible using Roland machines.”


The Schoolwear Association announces new chair T


he Schoolwear Associationʼs new chair is on a mission to show every child is worth the uniform they wear. The new chair has been unveiled as David Burgess, the former managing director of school uniform and sportswear company David Luke. Mr Burgess is now the firmʼs executive chairman, since passing the role to his daughter, Kathryn Shuttleworth. He is the fourth person to chair the trade body, set up in 2006 to give a voice to the industry and to campaign for high quality, school specific uniform from independent British manufacturers, suppliers and retailers.


Mr Burgess said: “I am absolutely passionate about this industry, and I am looking forward to stepping up to my role. “It is our role to be the voice for the


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schoolwear industry and to make sure everyone understands how our industry works, and how important it is that children have access to quality uniforms from businesses that are experts in the field. “This is fundamentally important for our childrenʼs education and wellbeing. We know from research that students who wear school specific uniform are better behaved and that a distinctive uniform creates a sense of belonging and improved learning. Almost all teachers and parents agree but we are still faced with competition from other stores offering cheap, inferior quality, generic uniform. “We expect this year to be a very busy one, with lots to do for our industry. We already have exciting plans in place to campaign, lobby, inform and educate everyone with an interest in the subject


David Burgess


about the importance of quality school uniform.”


Mr Burgess replaces Matthew Easter. The new vice chair is Christine Campbell, who is now retired, but has a wealth of schoolwear retail experience. She replaces Alex Gani.


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