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Me & my: Mimaki UJF-3042FX

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By Barney Cox Friday, 19 April 2013


It doesn't take a master sleuth to deduce that Brunel Engraving isn't in fact a printing firm. And yet, in a heartening reversal of the much-reported trend of printers diversifying into other areas, Brunel has, by taking on a Mimaki UJF-3042FX last year, nicely demonstrated print's still critical and indeed growing role in many arenas.

Brunel was set up by engineer Martyn Wright in 1989 initially to process industrial products such as control panels, but, as manufacturing business declined, it branched into a range of products including nameplates, industri

al labels, corporate signage and trophies and corporate awards. Today the company, based in Clevedon, North Somerset, engraves and etches a wide range of materials and products, including plastics, metals and glass, and can handle both flat and 3D objects.

The latest evolution has been to embrace printing as a production process for the signs, labels, badges and trophies that make up the company’s workload. "These days company logos are being designed with drop shadows, halftones and other graphic elements that are difficult to reproduce by engraving," says Wright. "Customers are also asking for full-colour photographs, and there is simply no way that they can be reproduced by engraving."

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