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VGL has always had a fascination for print innovation. It’s not just the push of a button, it’s far more complex and much more interesting.

Welcoming the HP Latex 570

Welcoming the HP Latex 570
At VGL, we're committed to investing in the very latest technology. We've recently added the Durst Rho 512R and the creative relief printer Acuity Select HS 5220 to our fleet of printers. This year, we're welcoming the new HP Latex 570.

Using water based latex inks, the HP Latex is the environmentally friendly choice. Producing vivid graphics comparable to hard-solvent inks, the Latex 570 produces scratch resistant graphics which last up to 5 years outdoors.

Ideal for close up viewing or expansive blocks of colour, the Latex 570 achieves up to 1200 dpi resolution. Producing smoother solids and brighter colours, the built in spectrophotometer allows for consistent colours time and time again.

Eliminated curing times means your graphics are printed completely cured, eliminating the 24 hour 'gassing' stage prior to lamination. Ideal for quick turnaround graphics, your graphics are printed and delivered quicker than ever before.

Introducing the Acuity Select HS 5220

Introducing the Acuity Select HS 5220
As part of our ongoing initiative to invest in the most innovative machinery available, VGL are proud to welcome the Acuity Select HS 5220 to our print plant. Introducing creative textured relief printing to our services, the Acuity is an exciting step forward in expanding our comprehensive print facilities.

Equipped with 12 individual ink heads, the flat bed printer uses environmentally friendly UV inks to produce incredibly fine and detailed prints. With 6 colour channels the Acuity prints on a super large flatbed. Capable of printing on substrates up to 2.5m x 3.05m and up to 50mm thick the HS 5220 prints CMYK plus white.

In addition, the Acuity boasts the unique ability to spot varnish. The Acuity has capabilities to build up layers of texture, this creative application of print is ideal for engaging and lifelike textured graphics.

The New Durst Rho 512R

The New Durst Rho 512R
At VGL we’re committed to continually investing in the latest print technology to ensure we offer you the highest quality and most advanced print solutions available on the market.

This month we’re proud to announce our newest addition to our printing plant - the Durst Rho 512R, located at our Reading factory. The latest development in UV printers, the 512R has a maximum roll width of 5 metres and with impressive printing speeds of up to 350 square metres per hour, plus with the capability to print 3 rolls at any one time, this machine allows us to work at full capacity, ensuring we deliver on time for all of your projects.

Using droplet sizes of 12 picoliters and with the ability to print light cyan and magenta, the Durst Rho 512R is finer than most machines on the market. This level of precision allows even the smallest detail to be captured in print. Printed onto a range of substrates from self-adhesive vinyls to roll to roll canvas, we use environmentally friendly inks allowing you to reduce your carbon footprint whilst choosing an economical print solution that suits any budget.

This addition to our printing capabilities is just part of our long term plan to continually invest in the most innovative new technologies. Representing an investment of over £500,000, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront in printed technology, so you can be assured we’ll always provide commercially valued print at a superior quality.

The next generation in flat bed printing

The Next Generation in Flat Bed Printing
We’re proud to announce the arrival of our latest addition to our flat bed printing capabilities. We’ve been working with manually operated and automated flat bed printing systems for over a decade but this latest innovation is a big step forward in what is possible with flat bed UV printing.

The new Inca Onset R40i uses 14pl ink droplets, smaller than it’s predecessor to achieve an unrivalled print resolution. Picture perfect flat bed prints are now available printed onto Wood, Foam boards, Card and more.

Couple this with the increased speed of the new R40i and we think there is plenty to be impressed by. Part of our commitment to our customers is that we can offer them a solution that works for them time and time again. This latest investment ensures that we not only consistently deliver commercial volumes of printed media on time but that it’s of superior print quality too.

Printing directly onto substrates up to 50mm in thickness and up to 1.6m x 3.1m in size allows us the flexibility to develop bespoke solutions for our clients for Cardboard engineered Point of Sale items through to ‘Fine Art’ quality prints onto more unusual substrates; woods or metals.

To find out more visit our Techonology page for the vital statistics or send us an enquiry if you’d like one of our team to give you a call.

Introducing Fabpixi®

Introducing Fabpixi®
Introducing Fabpixi, the fabulous picture switching service.

VGL has long been a flag-waver for fabric prints, hence our motto – ‘the future is fabric’. We’re already sold on the elegance of the systems and its energy saving credentials, but it also prints like a dream, creating stunning, colour-intense reproductions.

Fabric is a mainstay of our commercial interiors business, so we thought we’d go one step further: offering changeable fabric systems to a broad audience, making it affordable and above all, user friendly. It’s called Fabpixi and it’s all about great systems, exceptional prints and fabulous image libraries we created for Surface View.

At VGL we have an eye for the beautiful and the curious. In 2006 we launched Surface View, offering professional quality bespoke print direct to customers. Combining innovative print products with highly curated image collections from the big names in art, design and culture, Surface View transforms domestic and commercial interiors and is now a unique presence in the world of design and graphics.

Our fabulous new service, Fabpixi, is the logical progression, as it perfectly combines VGL’s fabric systems and Surface View’s eye for design. We’re convinced that fabric represents the future of interior print. By combining it with our smart print system, extensive image libraries and studio support, Fabpixi let’s you transform your space as much as you want, whenever you like.

To find out more, explore the new website and if you find something that inspires you, spread the word. Fabpixi. You won’t forget it.

The Future is Fabric

The Future is Fabric
At VGL we’ve always kept a keen eye on evolving technologies. New machines, processes and materials add a great deal of excitement to what we can do and, more importantly, what we can offer. Printing on fabric has been around for a while now, but let’s not get sidetracked by history… We are far more interested in the future.

Recent developments in digital textile printing have opened up a whole new range of possibilities. Fabric always looked like a product with bags of potential so, in 2005, we installed our first textile printer the DuPont® Artistri®. Since then we have learned a lot about the potential of fabric. The range of materials available, what works well, and what doesn’t. We’ve also learned how stunning large format fabric prints can be, and how easy they are to fix, hang and change.

We’ve always invested in the best machines, and that’s really important when it comes to fabric. Standard roll-to-roll machines simply do not work, the inks diminish the look and feel of the fabric. Our new, revolutionary machines use water-based inks, which effectively become part of the fabric. They’re odour-free, don’t harm the skin and are free of VOCs – that’s Volatile Organic Compounds to you and me. We’ve recently acquired the Rhotex 320. It prints on fabrics up to 3200mm wide, so the potential for truly eye-catching internal and external displays is staggering.

Versatile and vibrant, fabric printing offers great solutions. Blacks are black. Reds are red. Graphic displays achieve genuine impact, and we love the fact that they are environmentally sound, and not just because the inks are safe. Fabrics are 100% recyclable. They’re also lightweight and easy to handle, so distributing them is easier and more energy efficient, reducing your carbon footprint. The largest banners can be folded into small jiffy bags and sent anywhere. We can even supply frames, making it easier for retailers to change their own graphics in-store.

Soft Signage – it has a ring to it… We think it will take off in a big way. That’s why we’ve sourced the best materials and installed the best equipment, including some fantastic new sewing machines and our new Rhotex 320. It opens up a whole new range of possibilities because it’s fast, green and produces graphic displays that pack a genuine punch. The future is fabric.

The Craft of Digital

The Craft of Digital
In 1976, VGL started life as a family-run screen print company. Despite embracing the many technological breakthroughs of the last 35 years, it’s a process that remains close to our hearts – so much so that we still have an entire site dedicated to it.

We’re fortunate. The people we work with understand the importance of the skills required to produce great screen print. The size of the mesh, the squeegee angle, screen exposure and temperature – there are numerous variables to control. A common mistake in digital printing is to disregard the variables, in the hope that the technology will step in. It doesn’t work like that. There’s more to it than simply pushing a button.

We’ve always invested in technology at VGL and we have many different machines. Not because we collect them, but because each machine has a particular strength. If we’re producing duratrans we use the best available photo processor. Likewise, our textile prints are only ever produced on genuine fabric printers. In short, we cover the entire range of digital variables so our clients can depend on the real deal.

We look carefully at an image, consider what it is being printed on and what it’s being used for, and then we print it with the best available process. After all, digital is still a craft. It’s all about knowing how to prepare an image, how to select the right materials, and how to use the most appropriate machinery.

It’s a luxury we continue to invest in, and one that continues to benefit our clients.