Archive for December, 2009

Christmas Closing Date

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Yes, Christmas is approaching … fast! And, like every other business, we have to close our doors so our staff can get some time to spend with their families. With Royal Mail and other couriers also not taking collections of parcels during this period, we will be closing from the 18th of December, and resuming as normal from the 4th of January.

All orders taken up until the 15th will still be processed and dispatched with our couriers; but all orders taken after the 15th of December are likely to be delivered in the New Year. If you are after digital orders (i.e. letterheads and compliment slips), we will still aim to dispatch orders that have been placed after the 15th – please check with us before ordering, however, especially if they are required for a deadline.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making 2009 another successful and enjoyable year for Print Empire; and we wish you and your families a very happy Christmas, and prosperous New Year. Look forward to working with you in 2010 !

Vehicle and Car Wrapping Service

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It’s incredible how far technology has come in such a short space of time.  Only 5 years ago you would have struggled to grasp the idea of having full colour graphics printed all over your car or van.  Best you could hope for was simple shapes and text cut-outs, being placed over your vehicle; with information such as company name, phone number – basic signwriting really.

As technology has progressed and new machines have entered the market, from the likes of Roland, HP, Mutoh, and Mimaki; it is now possible to print on large format vinyl using specialised eco-solvent inks.  You can literally take any design idea and concept, create it in a design suite, and within just a few hours that design can be plastered all over your vehicle.  Car Wrapping, Vehicle Wrapping, Vinyl Wraps – these are now the most sought after ways of getting your brand out there, cost-effectively.

Imagine, most people drive on average 1000 miles per month, sometimes up to 5000 miles if it’s a commercial vehicle – and with over 3000 other people seeing your vehicle each day, is it not worth investing in making your vehicle stand out – rather than driving a plain looking van, with no indication of what your business can offer.  Having full colour vinyl vehicle graphics, covering some or all of your vehicle is a cost-effective marketing/advertising exercise; you can show off your offers, services, contact details all over your vehicle….it also protects the paintwork underneath so it is in pristine condition when the vinyl wrap is removed in future.

There are many common questions we get asked when it comes to vehicle wrapping, and it is completely understandable as it is a fairly new and unexplored printing method.  We have noted below some of the most common FAQ’s with regards to vinyl vehicle wraps, to help clear a few things up…

1) Does the vinyl ruin the paintwork?

:: No.  In fact, it protects the paintwork underneath from rain and sun damage; when the vinyl is taken off and the car is rinsed, the finish is immaculate – perfect if the car needs to be returned to the dealer after its lease period or you want to sell the vehicle.

2) What is the cost of a full car wrap?  Is it expensive?

:: You can view the prices on the website; as an example, a full car wrap for an estate car is £855+VAT.  Yes, its not exactly cheap for a one-off payment, but if you think about it, that works out at only £25 per month (if you consider most wraps are left on a vehicle for 3 years)!  And over that 3 years, your car will be seen by thousands of other drivers who may be interested in the services/products that your Company provides.  It is basically one of the cheapest and most cost-effective marketing methods currently out there – you already drive your vehicle, so why not properly advertise your business with eye-catching designs.  You can view the vehicle wrapping page by going to this link on our website, and viewing the details/prices:  VEHICLE WRAPPING / CUSTOM CAR WRAPPING

3) How long will you need my car, and where do I drop it off?

:: Once we have approved the design ideas with you over email and phone, we will book in a date for you to drop the car off with us.  We usually need the car for 2 days maximum, unless it is a fleet of vehicles in which case we can give you an exact duration beforehand.  We can do you car wrapping / vehicle wrapping over weekends also if it is more convenient for you.  We will confirm details with you on booking – we have a secure warehouse in Bracknell (Berkshire) which we ask you to drop your vehicle off to; once completed, we give you a call to come collect…simple!

4) Can you do vehicle wrapping at my premises?

:: We would prefer you to drop your vehicle off with us, but if you need us to come to you that is not a problem, we can bring our equipment to you, although there will be additional costs to incur due to travel/time etc.  Also, your premises needs to have good lighting, and be clean to work in.

5) What does the car wrapping service involve?

:: Consultation with client on what they require … design concept created by us or the client … designs approved … print on to specialist vehicle vinyl … apply to the vehicle ensuring there are no creases or bubbles … client approves and signs off final work … vehicle is taken away by the client.

6) What print equipment do you use for the vinyl wraps?

:: We use a Roland SolJet, quite likely the best large format vinyl printing machine on the market. It uses vibrant and rich eco-solvent inks which won’t fade. We’ll soon be putting a video of the machine in action, but you can search it online too – it really is a very impressive piece of kit … with no compromises on print quality and speed!

7) Rather than printing on vinyl, can I have solid colour vinyls over my car?

:: This is something we do very often – clients who want a car wrap on a personal vehicle – with the new ‘matt black,’ ‘reflective gold,’ and ‘reflective silver mirror’ vinyls. We also offer about 80 other shades/colours you can choose from (i.e. have the car wrapped in red vinyl, and the centre section bonnet and hood wrapped in stealthy matt black). You can choose any combination of colour(s) and we can make your car stand out from the rest when you’re driving.

8; Is vehicle vinyl more expensive to buy than normal vinyl?

:: Many people are not aware of the differences between ‘vehicle grade cast vinyl’ and ‘calendered vinyl.’ Ordinary vinyl is usually about 100 microns thick, and is used for sign-writing on vehicles and mainly for making signs (i.e. sign boards, shop front boards etc). It is ideal for this use as the vinyl is used on flat surfaces and can be applied easily without any problems. On the the other hand, we all know that vehicles do not have many ‘flat surfaces’ – they’re made up of rivets, curves, and some flat areas. For this, we use special vehicle grade cast vinyl, which is only 50 microns thick, allowing us to place over curves without any creasing or bubbling. We are aware of some companies still using normal vinyl for car wrapping (as it is a lot cheaper and saves them money), so whatever company you decide to use make sure you ask what vinyl they use; we have colour swatches and vinyl in stock, so you can confirm for yourself that we only use vehicle vinyl … for the best results. Also, be aware that calendered vinyl only has 1-3 year life indoors (around 1 year on vehicles); and specialised vehicle vinyl has a 7-9 year outdoor life!

We hope the questions/answers above help with any of your own queries. You may have your own question on custom car wrapping, so please feel free to leave your comments/questions below for us to answer.

We will soon add more photo of car wrapping we have carried out, as well as videos on the process, so keep an eye out for those!

Many thanks,

The Print Empire Team

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Print Empire Blog – New

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Yes, we have finally decided to add a blog to our website.

With investments into new machinery, new systems, and more staff; we thought it’s best we now focus on investing time into the Internet too.

We thought it would be a nice idea to add all of our News and Upcoming Products to one area on our website, where clients such as yourself can be kept up-to-date on Print Empire.

Future blogs will include new products that are going to be launched, news on machinery we have bought, and anything else that we believe could be of benefit to our clients.

Take care; feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all.  You can also comment on our blogs, we’d love to hear your views!

The Print Empire team