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Football Club partners with Manchester sign-maker

Bury Football Club may not have won the FA Cup for more than a century but they have come up trumps by forming a branding partnership with Manchester-based GJ Plastics.

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Plastic fantastic: GJ Plastics have signed up with Bury FC

The acrylics manufacturer have moved into sign-making investing in new kit to give clients a comprehensive signage service. New buys include CNC routers, laser cutters, and a HP FB500 flatbed UV printer. Their latest purchase from City and West End Solutions was the Summa F1612 cutter.

Bury FC purchased all its new interior signage from GJ Plastics, as well as the Correx sign boards around the pitch at its Gigg Lane ground. Formed in 1885 the team have twice won the FA Cup by thumping margins before the First World War when they also clinched the top flight championship. Since then the fortunes of “the Shakers” have slumped but with the new partnership hope springs eternal as GJ Plastics have created signage for Middlesborough FC who currently play their football in the Championship.

Automatic tool recognition, combined with digital and mechanical depth control, ensures precision cutting on a wide variety of materials

GJ Plastics also recently designed and manufactured new signage for a hospice, and in-store signage for B&Q, Jewson, Asda, and Selfridges. The firm say they are very pleased with their new purchases which they feel gives them further possibilities.

“We received an excellent service from CWE during the purchase of the HP FB500 printer, so we naturally talked to them about our requirement for a flatbed cutting table,” says the sign firm’s Graham Croston. “From the first initial discussions they provided all the information we needed; the Summa was installed promptly and their training was top class.”

Summa’s F Series is capable of cutting rigid materials as well as roll stock. Automatic tool recognition, combined with digital and mechanical depth control, ensures precision cutting on a wide variety of materials. The base unit comes equipped with a swivel knife tool module and an optical camera recognition system for accurate contour cutting of printed flexible or rigid substrate materials.

The Summa F1612 works alongside the FB500 UV flatbed printer to speed up the manufacturing processes on roller banners, Correx and Foamex signs, and has allowed the company to add cardboard engineering to their already wide product range.

“We can now also manufacture our own cardboard packing boxes, which offers huge – and unexpected - advantages for us,” adds Croston. “We soon realised that the ability to tailor make each box to be the perfect fit for our huge range of products would mean we no longer have to keep thousands of different sized boxes in stock, making a massive space saving and giving us reduced manufacturing costs.”

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