Work Experience Week at YPS

At YPS we are always keen to inspire and educate the next generation about the printing industry as a possible career path. We were delighted to host Lewis for a week of work experience at YPS which included customer visits, working to a brief and the design and printing of samples. Read all about Lewis’ week below:

Digital print work experience at Your Print Specialists

My work experience with the team at YPS was a real eye opener into the printing industry and how interesting and fulfilling it can be. From learning about screen stretching, to understanding software and how to work the digital print machines within the demo room.

My experience overall was very enjoyable, due to the very friendly team giving me detailed training on complex machines and asoftware, and helping me out at every opportunity when I may have got stuck. As the week developed, I became more confident using the machines by myself and completing tasks correctly. Also, my confidence with using the software was strengthened further when experimenting with different designs and ideas that I had come up with myself.

My view on the industry have definitely changed, as now I feel like it is an industry that in the future I would like to pursue a career in, as there are so many interesting components to it. With the endless possibilities now with the vast technology that is available I feel like the print industry is well and truly on the up, and something I would like to be part of. I also feel that YPS is the perfect place to complete work experience, due to trust being put into you regarding using machinery. Furthermore, the system within the team is very effective and it is clear to see why the company is so successful and is a very friendly and pleasant place to work.

The standout points for me was the feeling of satisfaction when being able to work the software and to print an item that you had been working on. I also liked the challenge of moving from the Roland TrueVIS VG2 printer and printing images to the Mimaki UJF-3042mkII where I was able to personalise different items which presented a different type of challenge. Another point I enjoyed was learning how to screen-stretch and learning the different stages of how to do it and what it would be used for.

One thing that I wish I had been able to do was learn more about the textile side to the business and how to print onto fabrics and other different materials, however I am certain that in the coming weeks I will be able to complete more work experience and be able to learn more about this to gain a better understanding.

Digital print work experience at Your Print Specialists

I want to say thank you to the team at YPS for welcoming me into the team and allowing me to come in and learn more about the company and the industry itself.

Your Print Specialists returns to Sign & Digital UK with a Textile Printing Demonstration and Upholstery Workshop featuring BBC’s Anthony Devine

Your Print Specialists (YPS) returns to Sign & Digital UK 2019 with a focus on digital textile printing and interior decor.

YPS is pleased to announce that Anthony Devine, Founder and Creative Director of Ministry of Upholstery and star of BBC’s Money for Nothing programme, will be bringing his pioneering upholstery school to YPS on Stand E2 at this year’s Sign and Digital UK exhibition. Devine will be holding live workshops throughout each day to demonstrate how accessible upholstery production can be, with printed fabrics produced using Mimaki digital textile print technology.
Ministry of Upholstery Anthony Devine

A champion for digitally printed textiles, Devine’s Ministry of Upholstery was formed in 2013 and is located in Manchester. The school features a large, well equipped workshop space and enables individuals to learn upholstery skills and create a bespoke piece of furniture featuring their own personalised fabric. “Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school and we’re pioneering a new way of learning, which is accessible, flexible and inclusive,” states Devine, who previously outsourced printing for several years before finally taking the plunge and purchasing a Mimaki TS300-1800 printer and heat transfer press through Mimaki Authorised Reseller Partner, YPS.

“We are delighted to host Anthony on our stand at Sign & Digital UK 2019,” says Georgia Brown, YPS Sales Director. “Making our customers aware of new technology, materials and the opportunities they create is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we can see this echoed in the ethos of Ministry of Upholstery. Anthony is a fantastic ambassador for embracing personalised digital textile print for the home décor market.”

Brown continues, “The potential within the textile home décor market is hugely exciting and is indicative of the emerging, progressive technology in digital print. Furniture, bedding and soft furnishings are just a small example of products driven by e-commerce, low manufacturing costs and the rise in the production of a wide choice of digitally printable, durable fabrics.”

At Sign & Digital UK, Devine will be showcasing the power of digital print from artwork creation to finished furniture. Using several of his TV designs, he will be demonstrating various upholstery processes and working on several projects to include a chair inspired by the Mona Lisa, the art of deep buttoning and more. On the YPS stand, he will be discussing how he took some of his most talked-about designs from idea to realisation and why digital print has always been – and continues to be – his preferred tool, when it comes to creating cutting edge design.

“Digital textile print is an exciting route to new business and profitability,” states Brown. “With the advent of digital textile innovations and improvements in technology, the market is changing rapidly. With the lower cost of production through affordable print technology, inks and a wider choice of fabrics, small companies can now cost effectively print on demand.”

“Digitally printed textiles are expected to grow three-fold globally in the next 5 years and the market sector is worth over $20 billion, of which an estimated 3-5% is currently digital,” she continues. “As a company, YPS is keen to support new and existing businesses looking to make the move into the digitally printed textile market and our stand at Sign & Digital UK reflects this,” concludes Brown.
Ministy of Upholstery digital textile printing for chairs

YPS Christmas Opening Hours

Your Print Specialists will close for the Christmas break on Friday 21st December at midday.

Please place any orders for delivery pre-Christmas by Wednesday 19th December. Any orders placed after Friday midday will be processed upon our return in January. The office will reopen on Friday 4th January at 8.30am.

For information on how to prepare your Mimaki, Roland DG or HP Latex printer for the Christmas break, please see our dedicated safe shutdown page.

Merry Christmas from YPS

Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 living coral
“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”

It’s that time of year again! The Pantone Colour for the year ahead has been announced as PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral.

Color enhances and influences the way we experience life. As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energizing and nourishing, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colors can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

Living Coral is a playful colour and a step away from 2018’s more mystical and spiritual Ultraviolet. The colour evokes a nurturing feeling and symbolises our need for optimism and joy. A bold choice that can be found in nature but also digitally across social media.

“With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

We can expect to see this colour appear in home decor and furninshings to create a warm and inviting space with a dramatic pop of colour. Playful and uninhibited, Living Coral invites experimentation but also suggests warmth and comfort. Therefore making the colour an appealing shade for fashion and beauty.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pantone Color of the Year announcement, special collections of Pantone Formula Guides and Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guides will be available for a limited time. Guides will feature commemorative Color of the Year covers, information on the 2019 selection and history of past Colors of the Year enclosed within the guide.

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

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.