European award success for North-West company

An award winning Manchester-based company has achieved another accolade to add to its collection after being recognised in a Europe-wide competition for its vehicle livery work.

With bases in Trafford Park, Carlisle and Penrith, AstSigns has already established itself as a UK leading specialist in vehicle wrapping and vehicle graphics but is now building an international reputation after taking a prestigious FESPA Digital Print Award for its work providing new truck liveries for a UK-wide fleet.

FESPA, which promotes screen printing and digital imaging throughout Europe, covers 28 countries and in last year's awards no British firms were singled out by the judges making AstSigns' achievement this year even more significant.

The award represents a huge milestone for the company, who already hold the title of 2008 Sign Business of the Year in the UK, with the FESPA jury recognising the company's interesting and innovative application of digital printing in awarding AstSigns the runner- up spot in the vehicle category for its work in completing new liveries on over 1800 lorry cabs for its client.

Along with its vehicle graphics work AstSigns also specialises in all areas of sign making and graphics. With an ever-growing portfolio of local and national clients the company continues to expand and has opened new sites in Carlisle and most recently in Trafford Park, Manchester.

For further information on AstSigns call 01768 892292 or visit


Spandex extends popular ImagePerfect range of materials

Spandex, the pioneering one-stop supplier of complete and innovative solutions to the digital printing, sign-making and imaging industries worldwide, has extended its popular ImagePerfect range of signage materials by adding a selection of stunning new colours to its premium quality 5700P series. The enlarged portfolio meets the needs of customers who were looking for the ImagePerfect signage range to offer colours which were previously unavailable, but are now in demand. ImagePerfect Colour Swatch.

The expansion of the 5700P series, a high quality, 70µ, flexible, self-adhesive polymeric gloss vinyl, comprises an additional 14 colours, all of which are available from stock. As a result, the increased ImagePerfect 5700P series dramatically enhances the level of choice and flexibility for sign-makers and means that Spandex now offers 80 of the top selling colours in the EU.

The new ImagePerfect 5700P colours complement a successful range that has been designed to produce captivating results in many outdoor sign and display applications, such as vehicle liveries and container identification. As with the 66 existing products in the 5700P range, the new films are particularly suited to computer-controlled cutting equipment where better cutting and both fast and very easy weeding is achieved, thanks to a high quality, specially-engineered release liner combined with 25 years of solid manufacturing experience in this market. Furthermore, use of this durable liner ensures that the ImagePerfect 5700P range also benefits from extended product lay-flat and optimum release properties.

As a result, users benefit from greatly improved time and cost efficiencies which contribute to enhanced workflow and delivery times, as well as to increased profit margins.

In addition, improved longevity is afforded in product applications at temperatures from -30°C up to + 90°C, thanks to premium-grade polymers, which provide up to seven years of surface-wear. A strong and long-lasting bond is assured by use of a repositionable, solventbased adhesive, while a specially-selected plasticiser formula guarantees ease-of-handling without comprising durability or versatility.

Van showing the new ImagePerfect colour range with a vehicle livery.

The new ImagePerfect 5700P products, which are available in rolls and by the metre, are supplied in widths of 61cm and 122cm, or 38cm and 76cm perforated. The 80 colour options form part of Spandex’s growing ImagePerfect portfolio of sign-making and digital materials and include black, white, transparent, and black and white matt. ImagePerfect comprises an extensive collection of highperformance, wide format banners, vinyl, mesh, backlit, window films, semi-rigid specialities, overlaminates and flex materials, as well as specialist canvas and textile materials.

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