Northern Flags Invests £1 million into New Production Facility and Launches FaberExposize in UK
Leeds based Fabric print specialist Northern Flags has relocated to Millshaw in Leeds, and invested over £1 million into new digital printers, creating the most modern facility of its kind in the UK. The move follows the reshoring of print production from Eastern Europe in 2016 and is creating six new jobs with the support of Leeds City Council’s Enterprise Department.
The investment sees the company expand beyond specialist Fabric production of Flags, Point of Sale and Sport and Event branding into a wide range of new products such as vinyl, display boards, stickers, free standing displays and signage. The move sees the company relocate from it’s old Matrix Court facility to a brand-new print manufacturing facility four times the size of their previous premises. The new facility has been fully refurbished for the company by Leeds based specialist contractor, Nexus.
Over the past few years, the company with the support of one of it’s largest investors FaberExposize, has expanded substantially away from its historic position as one of the UK’s leading Flag producers into arguably the UK’s fastest growing Wide Format Suppliers.
“We were fortunate that with FaberExposize’s support we could rapidly enter new markets using their international network of print factories to ensure that we then invested in the print machinery required for our expanded client base” said Iain Clasper-Cotte, MD. “Our reputation for excellence in print allowed us to rapidly expand our offering with both our existing customers and many new National and International Brands. As we reshaped the business the only limiting factor was the confusion caused by our name which implied we were just Northern and Just Flags. To counter this we soft launched the FaberExposize name which has been very well received and will now form the brand that we use to drive key account growth”.
The new state-of-the-art print hub will offer UV, Dye Sublimation and Latex wide format printing and can print on all materials up to 3.2M wide. It also offers extensive warehouse facilities enabling a dedicated pick and pack distribution service for major clients’ promotional campaigns.
Iain Clasper-Cotte, Managing Director also said “Since deciding to launch our UK production facility two years ago, our business has moved from strength to strength and we are now supplying our customers with a huge range of products and services we couldn’t previously offer. It was clear that the machines we invested in just 2 years ago could not support our expanding business. We are one of the first printers in Europe to invest in Agfa Graphics new Avinci Fabric printer along with a 3.2M wide Anapurna UV printer for Boards, Vinyl’s, Wallpapers, Dibond and Signage. We have also imported a specialist Zund cutting machine from Switzerland that will allow us to create free standing displays, signage and accurate cutting of fabric and boards.
The expanded company is still keen to hold on to its northern roots and is keen to continue and expand it’s work with local companies on their branding needs.