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Rennicks has key role as Minister opens new-look facility


High-tech sign-making equipment supplied by Rennicks UK played a starring role in the official opening of a new-look printing and graphics factory.

Rennicks has key role as Minister opens new-look facility


High-tech sign-making equipment supplied by Rennicks UK played a starring role in the official opening of a new-look printing and graphics factory.

Rennicks has key role as Minister opens new-look facility


Date: 16th September 2014

HIGH-TECH sign-making equipment supplied by Rennicks UK played a starring role in the official opening of a new-look printing and graphics factory.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was the guest of honour as Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) revealed the first phase of its road and rail signs facility in Kent.

The Forces charity is one of just four organisations in the country with the technology to produce the new style of tourism and heritage signs featuring iconic images of an area.

And that’s thanks to cutting-edge printer technology, along with Nikkalite® retroreflective sheeting, supplied by signage experts Rennicks.

Mr McLoughlin was treated to a guided tour of the RBLI’s factory in Aylesford, marking the completion of the first phase of a £350,000 modernisation programme.

He unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion in front of guests including Paul Clarke (Area Sales Manager) and David Skinner (Sales Director) of Rennicks UK as well as representatives from Network Rail and Kent Highways.

The factory is among a number of social enterprises run by the RBLI, producing income for the charity and employment to ex-Forces personnel and disabled people.

It’s new climate-controlled printing and graphics room features Rennicks’ Zephyr TS Wide Format UV Inkjet Printer, developed specifically for professional sign manufacturers.

The high-tech roll-to-roll machine provides a high quality, low cost and efficient digital printing solution, delivering outstanding gloss print at high speed.

It has been developed to print on to fully-compliant Nikkalite® microprismatic and glass bead retroreflective sheeting – a bright, clear and highly durable product which provides superior visibility even in poor conditions.

RBLI has seen orders increase by 35 per cent in just 12 months and has recruited an extra member of staff.

Mr McLoughlin said: “If you’re going to compete as a social enterprise, you have to invest and the way in which you’re working with big businesses is also good for developing a reputation.

“In future, people will come to you not because you’re a social enterprise but because you’ve built a reputation for providing first-class products and services to the market.”

RBLI chief executive Steve Sherry CMG OBE said: “Our investment is already paying dividends with improved quality, greater efficiencies and faster production.

“This modernisation programme has put us in a better position to provide our public sector and company clients with a competitive social value partner.”

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“If you’re going to compete as a social enterprise, you have to invest and the way in which you’re working with big businesses is also good for developing a reputation.

“In future, people will come to you not because you’re a social enterprise but because you’ve built a reputation for providing first-class products and services to the market.” Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

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