Empine invests £30,000 in machinery upgrades

Darwen-based printing specialist Empine has invested £30,000 in new machinery which will expand its capabilities and increase capacity by 400 per cent.

The new wide-format printing machine increases the size that and of materials that the firm can work with as well as introducing new finishing effects.

The investment also includes the purchase of new cutting equipment to streamline the later stages of the production process.

Empine was founded in 2016 by Jacob Knowles, 24, and Anthony Taylor, 26. It has earned strong year on year growth, servicing customers across the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East.

This growth has been partly down to the company’s ability to produce and deliver wide-format printing such as banners, foam board and roller banners at prices that compete with national online printers, in similar or better lead times, with the addition of personal service.

Anthony Taylor (pictured) said: “We are extremely proud of our wide-format offering, hence the new investments. We have already seen our wide-format sales increase 300 per cent compared to the entirety of 2018.

This is a large commitment for a company of our size, but one that will allow us to compete with national industry leaders

"The new machine, as well as increasing capacity, will also allow us to add new effects to our products not currently offered by other local wide-format companies and will open new options for market diversification which we are extremely excited about.”

Jacob Knowles added: "This is a large commitment for a company of our size, but one that we know will allow us to compete not only locally but with the national leaders in the industry. The investment will see that we can continue to grow as fast as we are as well as lead to new jobs in the near future."

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