In 2012, Elena Larina founded the company, Fancy Armor, and began its journey as a creative, pioneering business, selling customised travel gear. But in early April 2020, the coronavirus disrupted the well-established business, effectively putting a stop to the tourism industry. However, the pause lasted only three days, as Larina made an operative decision to reassign its capacities to the production of reusable textile masks, now that demand for the product is at an all-time high.
Italian company, Energiapura, a specialist manufacturer of functional sportswear, began producing masks in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Using Mimaki sublimation printers, the masks can be customised, allowing them to move away from their connotation with hospitals by transforming them into a fashion accessory. More than ‘just a mask’, it is a fully fledged facial protective device.
Co-founded by Marcin Krakowiak and Bartłomiej Jakóbowski in 2000, Polish printing company D-POS have gone from creating point of sale material to building a clientele base made up of interior designers, architects and collectors, with Mimaki playing a crucial role in enabling them to expand their range of surface applications as they continue to innovate.
When espoused entrepreneurs Michał and Ania Laskowski set upon a new venture to create a textile business serving the Polish craft community, a Mimaki direct-to-textile printer investment was ‘the only choice’ for CottonBee’s start-up requirements, transforming the company from a side hustle to an established business that goes from strength to strength.
Eindhoven based 3D printing company, Marketiger, focuses entirely on printing full-colour 3D objects, including figurines and maquettes and does this exclusively with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553. Founder, Maikel de Wit, sees Mimaki as a reliable partner that enables his company to face the future with confidence.
From its base in Nottinghamshire, UK, Managing Director, Ian Bradbeer explains how Badgemaster has become a market leader, with an enviable client list of blue-chip brands operating in the service, retail, hospitality and healthcare industries. With help from the Mimaki UJF MkII, they are now offering a unique service to companies thanks to its vision and commitment to quality and innovation.
Björn Blum, owner of German sign and display provider, Bildkraft, describes how their recent investment in the Mimaki UCJV300-160 UV inkjet printer has brought an increased and flawless intensity to their day and night illuminated displays – features that were previously thought impossible to achieve.
Shortcut Labs is a business steered in the era of “Internet of Things”, thanks to their innovative creation of the market’s first Smart Bluetooth Button. But in an effort to find an efficient and reliable printing solution, taking matters in-house was eventually made possible when Mimaki’s Swedish reseller, Signcom, introduced them to the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII.
When KUHN required a refresh for the visual identity on its machinery, it turned to long-standing partner and manufacturer of printed automotive components and liveries, UK-based Gate7. With its “digital suite” comprising multiple Mimaki wide format and direct to substrate printers, the company had previously provided screen-printed graphics to KUHN.
When PhD student and senior lecturer, Brent Hardy-Smith discovered the textile department’s new Mimaki UJF, he saw a great deal of potential. The University of Huddersfield takes a unique approach to how it promotes the benefits of digital printing to its undergraduates, and much of this is down to a chance encounter that PhD student […]