SOS supply Gibson GT-F3020 LED-UV flatbed printer for PDQ’s funfair signage

July 26, 2022

PDQ Printing Services of Morley, Leeds has installed a Gibson GT-F3020 LED-UV flatbed printer, supplied by SOS (Service Offset Supplies). Proprietor Alison Blyth says the new machine has primarily been purchased in order to meet a growing demand for the production of outdoor signs - especially for fairground clients - which the Gibson will print directly to Corex board.

“We were outsourcing this work, but the volumes became such that we saw the logic of bringing production in-house,” she says. “We underwent a major reorganisation and some structural changes to the building to accommodate the machine, but it’s already proving worthwhile, not just in meeting existing demand but in attracting new orders.”

“We knew we wanted to produce 10ft by 6ft sheets, whereas most flatbeds run 8ft by 4ft,” says Alison. “We approached some major suppliers for info, but were disappointed with the response. It was a huge contrast with SOS, who we have known for many years as our litho plate supplier. When we asked them if they sold flatbeds they immediately gave us a quote, some samples and all the information we needed. This helped us to be confident about the support we will get from them, which is important especially if you’re going for a new market.”

The Gibson machine has a maximum print area of 3.1m x 2m, Ricoh Gen6 print heads and uses LED-UV curing. The ink train runs on a magnetic linear motor for reduced friction and maintenance. “It’s fast, it’s accurate and it’s easy to use. We estimate we can produce as many as 200 boards every day.”

Alison Blyth has owned and run PDQ throughout its 30 year history. Its roots are in litho, and the company still runs a four colour SRA2 and a two colour B3 press, but also offers a full range of services including digital and wide format. “We do everything from labels and variable data through to high quality promotional work, and our customers are local, national and even international. We just got our first order from Latvia! Our new business is by word of mouth, we work hard and always focus on personal service.”

It’s a winning philosophy – PDQ has recently taken on new staff and has doubled output compared to pre-pandemic levels.

PDQ has longstanding connections to the funfair industry as a result of family connections, says Alison Blyth. “My father was an engineer with a passion for restoring antique fairground rides, most famously the ‘Moon Rocket’ which was revolutionary when first built in the 1930s and is now working at The Dingles Fairground Museum in Devon.”

Share or Email this content
Graphic Display World

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

Roland DG (UK) Ltd - VersaUV Double Your Profits
FESPA Global Expo 2023 Opens In... May 23, 2023 10:00 am 276
The Print Show 2022 Opens In... September 20, 2022 10:00 am 31
PRINTING United Expo 2022 Opens In... October 19, 2022 10:00 am 60
Sign & Digital UK 2023 Opens In... March 21, 2023 10:00 am 213
Your 300 x 300 Banner Here
drupa 2024 Opens In... May 28, 2024 10:00 am 647

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

Sustainability showcase for large format printing

Sustainability showcase f…

Aug 18, 2022 Rate: 0.00

New Kongsberg PCS online store simplifies and speeds up replacement of consumables

New Kongsberg PCS online …

Aug 18, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Hybrid Services to showcase new Mimaki print technology at The Print Show 2022

Hybrid Services to showca…

Aug 18, 2022 Rate: 0.00

PRINTING United Alliance names students selected for annual Scholarship Award Program for the 2022-23 academic year

PRINTING United Alliance …

Aug 18, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Sign & Digital UK back for 2023 with a new look

Sign & Digital UK bac…

Aug 17, 2022 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

Features/Applications

RadWraps, Phototex and ColourShield provide dementia-friendly graphics installations

RadWraps, Phototex and Co…

Aug 16, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Global Printing Enterprises brings ‘FRIENDS™ Experience’ to life with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150

Global Printing Enterpris…

Aug 09, 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

MacroArt’s collaboration with one of River Island’s key charity partners helps bring Newlife to the high street

MacroArt’s collaboration …

Aug 02, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Minoh gets creative with Drytac ReTac Textures Linen in eye-catching wall graphics project

Minoh gets creative with …

Jul 11, 2022 Rate: 0.00

Your 1100 x 100 Banner Here

SEARCH