My name is Robin Martins, and I’m a director in one of the largest print supply companies in Scotland – Ashgrove Trading. We are one of the top companies in the Peterhead area and we’ve been in business for over 25 years, serving the print, architectural, oil and gas and sign manufacturing industries. When I was contacted by HP to see if I would like to be part of their distributor program, I said, “Of course” . We own four HP Latex large format printing machines, so I was very happy to see what the new technology is going to be able to do for us and how it is developing to help our business. The L26500 is all about achieving a better quality print finish. It has enabled us to be more profitable, because we can print banners faster, we can print murals bigger and better quality than before, and with enhanced clarity, because of the quality that these machines can achieve is superb versus other machines on the market. We received the machine in January, and since then, we’ve started working with the machine and we’ve been really impressed with its double-sided capability, the vibrant colours and richer blacks which enable us to produce better quality products than ever before. For us to achieve a double-sided banner, in the past we were printing two banners and we were then attaching those two banners together to form a double-sided banner. With this machine , we now have the ability to print double-sided banners without any extra work which is going to be very profitable for us, mainly because we’re going to be saving time and media costs. We were able to see not only the quality of the product that the Latex Technology can output, but also how reliable the equipment is. We had a large print job recently; we did work for the local football stadium. We were running the machine 24/7 for about two months and, believe it or not, the machine was running every single day and night of those two months without any downtime at all. We’ve been working with HP, I would say, for about 15 years now , and we believe in HP. What we like about the company is that they keep improving their products, the technology keeps changing, and HP is doing their part in helping us to achieve what our customers are demanding.
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