Planting Trees for The Woodland Trust

It was a grey and murky November morning when three members of the YPS team made their way to Hedley Hall Woods for a tree planting day organised by Premier Paper. The site just outside of Gateshead is part of the The Woodland Trust , a charity supported by Premier Paper through their Carbon Capture scheme.

The scheme operates under the Government’s Woodland Carbon Code, a voluntary standard for woodland creation projects in the UK. The independent certification to this standard provides assurance and clarity about the carbon benefits of these sustainably managed woodlands. It is calculated that 25m2 of native UK woodland will capture and store one tonne of CO2 and creating large areas of new native woodland, will, over time, remove hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

There was around 20 in the group and after instruction from The Woodland Trust guys, we were shown to the newly acquired area where the trees were to be planted. There was a mix of species of trees native to the UK including oak, ash and elm.

YPS Woodland Trust

The weather left a lot to be desired but it did not dampen the teams spirit with 1300 trees planted altogether. The sun decided to make an appearance as the last trees were being planted, ending the day on a high note.

YPS with Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No 294344) and in Scotland (No SC038885): To find out more go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.

The Mimaki Heatwave – scorching summer offers available now at YPS

Mimaki Summer Heatwave Offers at Your Print Specialists
The summer heralds the start of another season of offers from Mimaki and Hybrid Services. Using the glorious weather we have been having as a cue, the Mimaki Heatwave promises equally scorching savings across the range of solvent, UV LED and textile printers. As an authorised Mimaki reseller, Your Print Specialists are excited to offer the following discounts, trade in deals and free equipment options.

Mimaki Heatwave Solvent Printer Offers

There are deals across a wide range of Mimaki solvent machines this summer including the JV150 and JV300 print only models and integrated print and cut machines in the form of CJV150 and CJV300 series. Machines included in the Mimaki heatwave are limited to the 1.3 and 1.6m width machines.
Purchase a Mimaki JV150 or CJV150 and receive £2000 cash back making them both an attractive purchase for those starting up or expanding production.
Mimaki CJV150-130 summer promotion save £2000 at YPS


The Mimaki JV300 and CJV300 will be supplied with a free Mimaki LA-160 Laminator to create a dynamic workflow solution.

Trade in and save on UV LED printers

For those looking to upgrade or step in to direct to object printing, there are trade in discounts available. Trade in any solvent, latex or UV machine for savings of up to £6000 depending on machine purchased. For example, there’s £2000 off the popular Mimaki UJF-3042 FX, a fantastic starter machine and £3000 off it’s mkII counterpart.

UV LED roll to roll is also available with £4000 off the UCJV300-160 when you trade in a solvent, latex or uv printer a minimum 700mm in length.
Mimaki Heatwave UCJV300-160 at YPS
There’s also a whopping £6000 off the Mimaki UJV55-320 grand format printer plus a free 2nd year Gold Warranty.
Mimaki Heatwave UJV55-320 at YPS
Contact the YPS team for more information on the Mimaki range and to organise your demonstration.
Offers end 28th September 2018. Prices stated do not include VAT, delivery or installation, E&EO.

YPS technical training at Flexa Italia

As part of our ongoing commitment to offer our customers the best in terms of service, support and hardware, November saw the sales and service teams visit our newest supplier Flexa SRL. Based in Italy, Flexa are a manufacturer of finishing equipment for wide format digital print industry.

Four go on an Italian adventure

Your Print Specialists at Flexa
Our staff were invited by Flexa to take part in their first ever technical training sessions based at their factory in Colle Umberto in the Treviso province. Paul and Wayne from the Service team and Georgia and Lauren from Sales made the trip across. YPS were offered an in depth look at the range of hardware Flexa has to offer with the opportunity to learn, operate and experience the machinery.

Flexa Technical Training

YPS at Flexa Technical Training
Following an introduction to the company by owner Massimo, YPS began their training on the Easy Lite Lam & Sound Laminator. This was a great opportunity to get up close to an impressive piece of kit. A heat assisted laminator is an essential piece of kit for most printers and signmakers. The Easy Lite Lam & Sound offers many features to create the perfect lamination but it also has a host of benefits to aid the user as well as many safety features. Being easy to use yet industrial are elements that occur frequently within Flexa finishing equipment. Each machine is developed and made in the factory in Italy using parts manufactured locally where possible before being tested extensively. It is apparent with the quality and how user friendly each machine is, that Flexa care about their product and customer experience.
Easy Lite Lam and Sound laminator by Flexa
Day 2 saw us tackle the a range of Flexa cutting equipment. First up was the Flexa Extrim, a unique trimming machine with its cutting unit mounted on a linear recirculating ball bearing system. The circular blade cuts a range of materials and offers speed as well as accuracy with its ‘Accu View’ technology.
The Flexa Miura II Plus formed the basis of our afternoon training. The Miura II Plus is an XY cutter combining horizontal and vertical cutting for fast trimming of media. This machine has lots of intuitive measures to ensure an accurate cut including optical sensors for vertical alignment and an advanced cutting mark reader.
Your Print Specialists at Flexa technical Training
Flexa Miura II Plus at Flexa Italy-01
The training sessions were rounded off by a demonstration of the Apollo 155, a pvc and fabrics welder that uses impulse technology to permanently join the material together and the Flexadome UV doming system for creating 3d finishing for labels and other printed media.
Apollo and Flexadome at Flexa Italy-01
We had a fantastic time learning about all things Flexa and would like to thank the team at Flexa for their generosity and hospitality during our visit.

If you would like to discuss Flexa finishing equipment with the sales team, please get in touch here or on 0191 256 6889.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: PANTONE Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet Pantone Colour of the Year
Pantone Ultra Violet is the colour of the year 2018. Offering a mystical or spiritual quality, it is a galaxy away from 2017’s Colour of the Year, Greenery. Ultra Violet represents mindfulness and a refuge from today’s over stimulated world but it also offers hope, bringing together two shades, blue and red, that are diametrically opposed to create something new.

We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non conformity. Cultural icons such as Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix are synonymous with this shade pushing personal expression and influencing others to make their own unique mark on the world. An inspiring, other worldly colour that points us towards the stars. We can expect to see Ultra Violet make an appearance in fashion, beauty and home decor as the colour to stand out with.

Purple reign

For the first time, Pantone will release limited-edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Formula Guides and Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guides as collector’s items for designers. This will allow designers to incorporate Ultra Violet into their workflow easily. Pantone have also partnered with Saatchi Art the leading art gallery to create a collection of prints using the Ultra Violet shade. Created by a series of international designers and artists, this collection will allow art lovers to experience Ultra Violet on a daily basis. We find the Pantone Colour of the Year to be an inspired choice for 2018 and can’t wait to see what people achieve with this colour.

New partnership for YPS: Flexa Digital Finishing

Flexa Digital Print Finishing Equipment

Flexa Digital Finishing Equipment available at YPS

Your Print Specialists is pleased to announce a new partnership with Italian manufacturer of print finishing equipment, Flexa. Since 1993 Flexa have been finding solutions for the digital print industry and have created a product range of over 200 items, designed and manufactured entirely in Italy.

Quality and reliability are important factors for YPS, especially when looking to work with a new company. Working with Flexa allows YPS to maintain our high standards when offering print and finishing solutions to our existing and new customer base.
Flexa offer cutting edge technology and innovative products that are solid, reliable and easy to use. From entry level laminators to professional models, Flexa incorporate the same high level of design and innovation in every product.

Our mission is to satisfy the end users every day and offer solutions and products that meet the challenges of today’s high-tech printing market.

Flexa Website

Flexa Digital Print Finishing Equipment

Your Print Specialists will offer a wide range of Flexa digital print finishing equipment in the form of laminators, cutters, calenders and sign making equipment. Protect flexible and rigid media using lamination film, transfer ink to fabric using the wide format calender and cut media easily with the Flexa range. Flexa has a solution for each area of the wide format print industry.

Garry Brown, YPS MD had this to say about the new partnership;

“Working with Flexa will strengthen our position in the wide format sector offering a whole print finishing solution to our customers in the graphics, arts and textile markets. The whole team are excited to be working with Flexa and are looking forward to training and meeting the full Flexa team in Italy.”

If you would like any further information about Flexa digital print finishing equipment, please call the team on 0191 256 6889 or get in touch via the Contact Us form

View the Flexa range of digital print finishing equipment.

Your Print Specialists: Rebranded Identity

New Identity, Same Your Print Specialists

If you saw Your Print Specialists at Sign and Digital UK in March or follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you will see that we have a shiny new logo and a brand new identity for the company. We’re still the same company offering the same fantastic hardware, service and support that you’ve come to expect from YPS, we’ve just had a makeover!

YPS brand identity mood boards

A change is as good as a rest…

YPS met with Wayne Hilton of Hilton Media, a Northumberland based design consultancy to discuss how we can update our identity. Wayne spoke with us at length about what we wanted to achieve with creating a new YPS logo and brand. Digital print is a big part of YPS but did we know we also supply finishing equipment and litho/screen consumables? Hilton Media worked to bring these elements into the logo and created bespoke lettering that reinforces what YPS does.

We also wanted to convey the scope of what can be achieved if you invest in digital print hardware from YPS. We can help and advise on what will work best for your print idea or business and work with you to achieve the result required. The idea of Think It, Print It, Profit was born!

Ready to show the world…

Sign and Digital UK seemed the perfect opportunity to present our re-brand to the print community. Using the new YPS colour scheme, a bold design was created that supported the theme of our stand; Think It, Print It, Profit. As well as the slogan, illustrations of a light bulb, printer and cash register were used to reinforce this idea.

The focus on application continued throughout the stand using the colour scheme to create an ‘experience room.’ This area was dedicated to textile print with a bespoke sofa being the focal point.

YPS Textile with new identity

Printed samples showcasing the capabilities of the print hardware on display also featured the colour scheme and illustrations and helped to create a cohesive look.

Samples showcasing new YPS identity

The feedback following Sign and Digital UK was extremely positive and we’re excited to move forward as a company with this exciting new identity.

Sign and Digital 2017: YPS Review

Last week saw the beginning of another Sign and Digital UK exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. Now in it’s thirtieth year, the annual show is the leading event for signmaking, display solutions and digital print.

Your Print Specialists returned to exhibit at the show in its usual stand E2 with both a new look and a new theme to inspire the visiting crowds: Think it, Print it, Profit.

Hello Sign and Digital!

Sign and Digital was the perfect opportunity to showcase Your Print Specialists rebrand to the full. The look is a bold departure from the previous CMYK and grey inspired logo. We followed the new logo through to our stand design using a charcoal backdrop to make the logo stand out. Branded samples were also used to showcase the new look with an area of the stand set up as an ‘Experience room.’ Here you could view examples of textile print produced by the Mimaki hardware sold by YPS. This included cushions, fabric, flooring and our very own YPS sofa which drew lots of attention. Also on display were samples printed on the Mimaki UJF-3042 mkII, CFL Flatbed Cutter and JV150-130 solvent printer all of which were demonstrated by the team during the exhibition.

Think it, Print it, Profit?…

Your Print Specialists at Sign & Digital UK

“Anything that can go digital, will go digital”  Benny Landa

The theme of our stand was ‘Think it, Print it, Profit.’ We were keen to show visitors to the stand the many applications that are possible through digital print. From our backdrop to the samples on display, we wanted to inspire and excite Sign and Digital visitors to think about new revenue streams. This builds upon the previous years theme of Three Routes to Profitability. Using samples from Sign and Graphic, Industrial Print and Textile printed with the new logo and branding, we were able to create a cohesive range of items that could easily translate to profit for those looking to expand their product offering. It was our intention to create an engaging, eye catching stand that visitors to Sign and Digital would want to approach and be inspired by. Following the positive feedback from both visitor and exhibitors, we think we achieved just that.

Team YPS had a fantastic time at Sign and Digital UK 2017. Thanks to all that came and visited our stand and made it a great experience once again!

If you would like any information regarding the Mimaki hardware mentioned, please contact the team on 0191 2566889 or via the form here.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 - Greenery

 

A fresh start…Greenery is colour of the year 2017

2016 will no doubt be remembered for being the year that we lost a host of iconic figures, dreadful terrorist attacks, Donald Trump being elected president and the UK making the decision to leave the EU. So it seems only fitting that the Pantone Colour of the Year is Greenery; a revitalising shade, heralding in a fresh start and the new year.

Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.

Rejuvenate and Revitalise…

2016 saw Rose Quartz and Serenity named as joint colours of the year. A bold, almost controversial move for Pantone. For 2017 Pantone returns to tradition with one colour. Leaning towards the bolder end of the spectrum when compared to 2016’s choices, Greenery is all about starting afresh. The tangy colour is both neutral and calming yet full of hope and rejuvenation for the coming year. The colour has already been seen on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2017 from the likes of Balenciaga, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta. Green is symbolic with freshness, energy and innovation making it an excellent choice for graphic design applications and digital start ups too. We think its an inspired choice for 2017.

Pantone Greenery swatch

YPS customer story: Midton Acrylics

YPS customer Midton Acrylics raises money for charity with Mimaki Apple Watch

Following on from the Sign & Digital UK show in April, YPS were pleased to support Midton Acrylics with their purchase of 2 Mimaki UJF-3042HG UV LED printers.

Midton Acrylics are the industry leading manufacturers of cast acrylic, creating breathtaking awards, corporate gifts and bespoke products. The UJF-3042HG flatbed printers allows for printing direct to the substrate and offers unlimited possibilities for Midton Acrylics in their industry.

As part of a Sign and Digital UK show promotion organised by Hybrid, Mimaki’s UK and Ireland’s distributor and supported by YPS, an Apple Watch was given away with each purchase. Midton Acrylics, already notable for their charitable work (We loved Wig Wednesday for Clic Sargent!) decided to raffle the Apple Watch at a summer celebration last Saturday for their employees and families to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Urology Department.

Jenny Blackwell, Senior Customer Accounts Supervisor at Midton Acrylics said:

‘The raffle of the Apple Watch has raised £700 for Ronald McDonald House (Manchester) and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s Urology Department; causes close to Midton’s heart.
‘The raffle would not have been possible without the sales promotion by Hybrid and the support of YPS of the Apple Watch and we are extremely grateful for this.’

The money raised will be split equally between the two causes and presented on September 1st by Jenny, whose son is under the care of the Urology team at Manchester.

Your Print Specialists would like to say a big well done to Midton Acrylics for the amount raised!

YPS customer Midton Acrylics family fun day

Competition: Guess the object

Guess the Object!

Time to get your detective hat on for our competition – Guess the Object!

How to Take Part

Take a look at the following photos and make a guess as to what this object is via Twitter. (Clue: Its print related!) Follow @yps_digital, send us a direct message with your answer and we’ll draw a lucky winner!

YPS Guess the Object

Competition Prize

The winner will get £100 voucher to spend on our new media range from Decal Adhesive!

Decal Adhesive is a range of high quality and environmentally friendly printing materials. Your Print Specialists are excited and proud to be an authorised seller of such a quality range of media. We hope you love them as much as we do! Interested? Find out more information on how Decal can work for you on our Decal Media page or give the YPS team a call on 0191 256 6889.

The Small Print…

The competition will run from Friday 10th June until Sunday 31st July with the winner being drawn that day. YPS has the right to terminate the competition at any point before this time.

This is a Twitter based competition. To enter, a DM (Direct Message) must be sent to ‘@yps_digital’ with your answer. All correct answers will be entered into a draw and a winner chosen at random. If you would like to enter the competition via email, please send your email with ‘Twitter Competition’ in the subject line, include your answer and contact details to info[@]yourprintspecialists.co.uk

The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on Decal Adhesive Media at Your Print Specialists. The prize is non-transferable and must be used before 17th December 2016.

The winner will be contacted via Twitter. If the original method of entry was email, the winner will be contacted by this method and announced via twitter also.

Unfortunately our competition is only open to UK based entrants.