The Big Display Company has purchased a new Agfa Avinci CX3200 dye sublimation printer, which the company says gives it triple the output speed of its predecessor.

The Agfa Avinci CX3200 3.2m roll-to-roll printer can print both directly to textiles and to transfer paper, and at a speed of up to 270sqm/hr. It also features the Agfa ‘thin ink layer’ technology for low ink consumption.

The Big Display Company had never purchased from Afga before. Marketing director Jack Murphy commented, ‘We are really pleased with the results from our first Agfa print engine. Our old dye sub machine needed replacing with repair bills growing each year, so our raw material supplier suggested we talk to Agfa.’

‘We knew what the business wanted, we’ve purchased many machines over the years, so I asked Agfa lots of technical questions and their replies came back immediately – I suppose it’s the benefit of dealing directly with the manufacturer. I had looked at other suppliers, ones that we are more familiar with, and there were cheaper machines available, but they were going to be more expensive to run. Agfa has a good reputation and the Avinci delivers what we need.’

According to Mr Murphy, the final tool in clinching the deal quickly with Agfa was its finance package, which allows customers to lease whilst purchasing the Agfa wide format equipment and software. He added, ‘Once the decision was made on the printer, the finance deal was a great solution for us and very quick to set up. The finance, coupled with the service offered by Agfa have been very impressive.’

The Big Display Company, based in Slough, is a family business, originally established in 1978 by Vince Murphy as Bullseye Awards and Garments. For many years it specialised in the production of trophies and awards; today, they still produce the iconic annual BBC Sports Personality Award. Over the years it has diversified into many other areas, from banners and rigid boards to fabric gazebos, flags and tablecloths. Today it employs 25 people and supplies customers across the UK. It now has an arsenal of printing systems and a Zund GS 3.2m cutter to complement the Avinci.