Graphic display firm doubles capacity with half a million-pound investment

Leach, the Huddersfield-based graphic display company, has doubled the capacity of its factory after acquiring new Durst Rhotex 325 printer.

The £500,000 investment means Leach can now achieve a 500m² per hour print rate.

At 6.5m wide x 4.5m deep, this dye sublimation machine produces large format graphics up to three metres wide and of any roll length.

Capable of printing onto an array of materials using water-based ink, the printer will also widen the project briefs that Leach is able to satisfy.

With a suite of printers within the 30,000 sq m factory, Leach  noted that it can now manufacture both indoor and outdoor graphics, solutions ideal for both warmer and colder climates, reusable products, as well as graphics for technologically challenging shapes, structures and specifications.

James Lavin, Leach’s managing director, said: “As demand from the retail, exhibition and heritage sectors continues to rise, we are passionate about being able to help more clients, as quickly as we can, without any detriment to quality.

“The addition of this cutting-edge equipment means that we now have technology capable of satisfying virtually any print brief, regardless of budget, environmental agendas, lighting specification and material preferences.”

The printer procurement process began six months ago.

Lavin added: “We had to be certain of the run rate and quality, and the only way to truly verify this was to see the Durst Rhotex 325 – and its rivals – in action. We were not disappointed.

“This is a dual-purpose system which can alternate between direct-to-textile and transfer printing, meaning maximum flexibility for our busy team moving forwards. When the printer and sublimating technology arrived at our Huddersfield HQ, it took a full week to install and configure, but we were ready to accommodate the machine without any disruption.

“We’d also revised some of our wider factory layout in readiness and have achieved further operational efficiencies as a result – this is crucial as we prepare for additional growth.”

In April 2018, Leach was acquired by French-owned global manufacturing and services group Chargeurs.

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