Adelaide sign shop installs Australian first

Adelaide-based company Big Image Australia (Big Image) has finished a triplet of upgrades: moving to a new premises, unveiling a new customer portal, and the country's first installed MCT Gerber Cutting table.

The trade business has produced some of South Australia's most high-profle large-format printed graphics, from the footbridge overpass signage over the track at Adelaide’s V8 Supercar 500 event, to banners at the Adelaide Fringe festival, and major signage along the city’s Riverfront developments.

The 20-year-old company says its new investments represent a dramatic step forward.

The cutter is a potential 3-in-1 solution, a laser-router-knife digital die-cutter. Big Image has installed both the routing and digital die cutting modules, and are considering adding the laser option in future.

The MCT Gerber cutter offers expands Big Image’s finishing capability and boosts both efficiency and quality, cementing the company’s position as one of the country’s most significant players in the large format signage market.

It can now offer direct print and contour cut on foam pvc, aluminium composite, re-board, and kapa, while offering cut services on hard materials such as acrylic, and aluminium.

Big Image has also gained the ability to print/cut/crease three dimensional displays.

Addressing the crowd of about 70 customers and colleagues who gathered for the event, Carlo Capogreco, managing director, Big Image thanked his family and his staff for their passion, hard work and long hours to bring the MCT Gerber Cutter. He says that between the new table, redesigned website, and dedicated customer portal, SA businesses would not need to go interstate for their large format graphics.

“This is a family business, and as our customers, you are part of that family. The unveiling tonight of this amazing Gerber MCT cutter is not about us; it’s about you. And it’s just one more step to ensure we can continue to partner with you to achieve success.”

Capogreco says it’s doubly pleasing to be involved in this Australian first, and that “We genuinely believe that SA is a great place to do business and that what we offer her is on par with the best in Australia, and the world.”

The cutter expands the company's automated finishing capabilities, complementing its prepress, printing, laminating, mounting and installation, catering for the requirements of both its South Australian and national clientele.

The table will be used primarily to finish graphics from the company’s Fujifilm UVistar Pro8 eight-colour printer, Seiko ColorPainter H-104s and Roland Soljet Pro111 XJ-640.

Adrian Morris, product and market development manager, HVG, says, "They installed a 3.2m x 3.2m Gerber MCT Cutter and are very pleased with the performance and ease-of-use. The company were looking for a point of difference in the busy market. They found a finishing system which is high-speed, reliable, and accurate, but also giving them something that their customers would not have — application lattitide."

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