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Printing company represents UK as part of international team

Multi-trillion Yen Japanese firm Canon has picked out a Gloucestershire business to be part of an international team of companies.

The Bigger Printing Company was chosen as the UK representative in the #Wallcovering Challenge print project, which was led by Canon and its Dutch-based Océ-Technologies business.

One large print format company was also chosen from America, Canada, Japan and Australia to work on the project which was then unveiled at the industry show SGIA EXPO 2018.

Each company produced one section of the art work for Océ-Technologies and Canon - with the aim that all five would line up perfectly live at the show in one wall display showing a consistent colour across all five drops.

The aim was to demonstrate "the unparalleled colour consistency provided by the Océ Colorado 1640". And 'yes', it worked.

David Bowen, operations manager at Bigger Printing, said: "This project proves just how special this machine is; the fact that five different companies, in five different countries, using different RIP software's, using different set-ups, working in different colour spaces, can all produce identical prints is unheard of.

"We were thrilled to be asked to be part of this international project back in August, and it's been so exciting it's been difficult to keep quiet about really.

"Having embraced the UVgel technology provided by the Océ Colorado 1640, we haven't looked back.

"The Colorado provides us with so many benefits including consistent colour on blisteringly quick prints, so to be asked to be the UK representation on this project was an incredibly easy decision."

Bigger Printing was one of the first in the UK to order and receive the Océ Colorado 1640 which incorporates the innovative UVgel print technology, and has been producing significant volumes of print on its Océ Colorado 1640 since November 2017.

In early September 2018, Canon visited Bigger Printing's headquarters in Cheltenham, and filmed the production team producing a section of the final design, as well as interviewing Bigger Printing managing director, Sebastian Stanley.

The print was then signed by Mr Bowen, to prove it really did come from Bigger Printing, and was then dispatched to the Las Vegas Convention Centre in America ahead of SGIA EXPO to be installed alongside the prints from America, Canada, Japan and Australia.

Ahead of the doors opening at SGIA, the five drops were checked an installed next to each other, with no colour shifts across the panels.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is described as the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies.

Interested in what The Bigger Printing Company can provide for your business? Find out more by visiting, emailing  or calling 01242 528868.

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