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Recommended Large Format Print Suppliers?


#1
Afternoon All,

Now I have picked up a number of really good print suppliers over the past 12 months (some suggested on this forum, so thanks for that!) but I seem to be lacking an affordable Large Format supplier. I have recently ordered some A0 large format posters for one of my customers, and ordered from a local printer which I have used for a long time and actually used to work for. Where possible I like to order local and keep it in the family so to speak.

Both myself and my customer are really happy with the print quality and the product as a whole, it's just that they are finding the cost a problem. Where possible I have to add a print management fee to cover meetings with the customer, doing the leg work with suppliers, submitting orders etc., but I will find myself having to forgo that unless I can find a cheaper large format supplier or cheaper technology to achieve the same result.

The spec and cost I have been ordering is as follows...

A0-sheet poster, printed full colour with UV inks on 200gsm Satin paper and Gloss Encapsulated.
Price: £43.00 Per Poster + Delivery @ £9.95 + VAT

These posters need to be fairly resistant, hence the UV inks and encapsulation as they are put into a non-watertight A-Frame on the roadside outside a hotel for 6-12months.

Does anyone know of a reliable print supplier (trade or otherwise) which specialises in large format printing or might be able to better what I am paying?

Any suggestions welcomed!

Kind regards, Emlyn :thumb:
 

Katedesign

Well-Known Member
#2
My 'cheapest' supplier is about the same price...

Have you tried someone who prints directly on to the substrate? That may work out cheaper.
 
#5
Thank you all for your useful replies.

I've got in touch with JamJar Print to enquire about their Water Resistant Poly Poster Matte Outdoor Posters and 3B Design & Print (mentioned your name Neil) to find out more about their Semi-Rigid Plastic Posters. I'll let you know if anything comes of it, in case anyone else is in the same boat.

Any other suggestions are welcome!

Kind regards, Emlyn :thumb:
 
#6
Hi,

I tend to post here about colour and try and be useful rather than tout for business - but what you're asking for isn't complicated. Give me a yell on 01702 232500. Using a synthetic, a polyester or polyprop, with or without a lam, you can make some money selling a great product onwards. By all means visit my site at Hudson Display Services Ltd | Hudson and/or facebook (/hudsondisplayservices) Have been making designers look good for 8 years now :) and am beginning to get the hang of it.

Regards,
Craig