Shift Graphics installs a Mimaki UJV 100-160 UV LED printer and Mimaki CG 130 AR Cutter

April 26, 2023
Mimaki investment has marked the beginning of this start-up’s plan for steady growth Mimaki investment has marked the beginning of this start-up’s plan for steady growth

Solihull-based Shift Graphics has invested in a Mimaki UJV 100-160 UV LED printer and Mimaki CG 130 AR cutting plotter from CMYUK. The new equipment has enabled this start-up to produce fast turnaround vinyl graphics in-house up to 1.6m wide for the exhibitions sector.

“The key issue regarding this investment was turnaround times particularly for vinyl and smaller graphics,” says Shift Graphics’ owner and M.D, Mike Clarke.

“I could have started my business without any production equipment, but then I’d be limiting my service offerings – becoming just another middleman. Exhibition builds can be incredibly frantic and stressful, so to be able to offer our customers that reassurance that we can and will react instantly to support them is huge and sets us apart.”

Mimaki reassurance

Mike, former Live Events Manager at Hollywood Monster, is a seasoned graphics display professional. He decided to invest in Mimaki equipment because of the balance it offers between quality, affordability, and reliability.

The Mimaki UJV100-160 is a 1.6m wide UV LED printer that offers a resolution of up to 1200dpi. It supports a wide variety of materials including textiles, vinyl, and banner.

Its dual-layer printing feature allows white ink to be used on transparent PET film, while clear ink can be printed to achieve a topcoat varnish effect.

This is a dedicated roll-to-roll UV LED curable printer that offers high quality, stability, and productivity due to a NCU (Nozzle Check Unit), NRS (Nozzle Recovery System), and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System4). A new DAS (Dot Adjustment System) has automated dot position and feed correction, further reducing operator workload.

“There are not many printers about at that price point with the quality of the UJV output. It’s a very easy printer to live with, simple to use, and not temperamental. All in all, it’s been a very smooth journey and if I have any hiccups, CMYUK is there at the end of the phone. They are a trusted and well-respected supplier that is the natural go-to for our industry,” says Mike.

He chose UV LED print technology for its instant drying abilities and quick turnaround times. “We print same day or next day. I’ll get a request to print something overnight that’ll be installed in an exhibition hall the next morning. Outputting UV means it’s consistent with the supersized 5m work out there. There’s no point me producing gloss graphics if other walls are going to be matt. It’s all about uniformity,” he says.

Adding in-house cutting

Mike was outsourcing all his cutting work but decided to also invest in Mimaki’s new CG 130 AR cutting plotter, which he feels complements his new printer perfectly.

This entry-level cutter offers improved cutting performance and compatibility with a wide range of materials, at an affordable price point. It features a cutting area of 1,370mm (53.9inches) and a cut pressure of 550g that expands the range of cuttable materials. In addition to a new line-up option for full carboard cutting, it’s suited to sign and displays, window graphics, packaging, stickers, labels, and decals.

Happy first birthday

Shift Graphics was founded last January and in this short time it has gathered momentum through its design, production, and exhibition project management.

“Our first year has been way more than I ever expected. I’ve picked up clients that I never imagined I would, and business has really exploded,” says Mike.

This month, he will be joined by two new collaborative partners that will help to support growth and take the business to the next level. “In the next 12-18 months, I’d like to get larger premises and install a hybrid printer. Shift Graphics is at the start of a journey that has a definite growth plan. I want to move forward steadily without massive loans or overheads. It’s all about building up the business stage by stage, and the Mimaki equipment from CMYUK has been a key ignition point.”

Share or Email this content
Graphic Display World

Email us your news, PR, case studies to [email protected]

Latest from Graphic Display World

Roland DG (UK) Ltd - VersaUV Double Your Profits
FESPA Global Expo 2023 Opens In... May 23, 2023 10:00 am
The Print Show 2023 Opens In... September 19, 2023 10:00 am 104
PRINTING United Expo 2023 Opens In... October 18, 2023 10:00 am 133
Sign & Digital UK 2024 Opens In... February 27, 2024 10:00 am 265
Your 300 x 300 Banner Here
drupa 2024 Opens In... May 28, 2024 10:00 am 356

The UK's coolest wide format printing trade press website specialising in providing punchy and concise up-to-the-minute news, views and industry opinions ...

Latest News

Gibson 3200 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer installation at Urban Print and Design in Southend

Gibson 3200 hybrid flatbe…

May 22, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Soyang Open House event demonstrates award-winning capabilities of Fujifilm’s 5m Acuity Ultra R2 roll-fed printer

Soyang Open House event d…

May 22, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Fiery at FESPA Global Print Expo: See the difference for large format and specialty printing

Fiery at FESPA Global Pri…

May 22, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Visitors set to gain new perspectives at FESPA Global Print Expo 2023 and Personalisation Experience

Visitors set to gain new …

May 19, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Kernow Coatings launch 8 new products for wide format printers: signage, display & interior decoration

Kernow Coatings launch 8 …

May 19, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Featured News

RadWraps, Phototex and ColourShield provide dementia-friendly graphics installations

RadWraps, Phototex and Co…

Aug 16, 2022 Rate: 0.00

SkinzWraps races ahead with Drytac for Gas Monkey Garage wall graphics project

SkinzWraps races ahead wi…

Aug 04, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Agfa-Gevaert to acquire Inca Digital Printers, taking a significant step in its digital printing business

Agfa-Gevaert to acquire I…

Apr 20, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Phototex is sustainable solution for wall decorations

Phototex is sustainable s…

Apr 19, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Type One Style gains versatility and economy with the VersaUV LEC2-330 printer

Type One Style gains vers…

Feb 23, 2022 Rate: 0.00


UFabrik used for Super Mario Bros promo wall and ceiling graphics

UFabrik used for Super Ma…

Apr 20, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Edinburgh designer brings unique look to John Mark wallpaper with HP Latex 2700W printer

Edinburgh designer brings…

Apr 11, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Print Station chooses environmental materials from CMYUK for vegan child-friendly restaurant in Royal Windsor

Print Station chooses env…

Mar 22, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Reaching new printing heights with the Roland IU-1000F UV-LED flatbed printer

Reaching new printing hei…

Feb 27, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Makroser Tekstil’s carpet production soars with a Mimaki TS300P-1800 sublimation transfer printer

Makroser Tekstil’s carpet…

Dec 20, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Your 1100 x 100 Banner Here