Showerwall has announced its investment in a brand new state-of-the-art digital printer that will allow it to increase manufacturing capabilities for its high-end acrylic panels range by 400%.
The new technology will enable the leading wall panelling brand to speed up its printing process, resulting in faster turnarounds for customers. The printer boasts two expansion tables, meaning that printing is possible on panels measuring up to 3 metres.
The existing durability of the panels will be further enhanced by the printer thanks to the use of new water-based inks that boast high adhesion and scratch resistance.
The printer investment is a nod to Showerwall's sustainability plans, with one key difference being the removal of UV inks from the process, which required additional safety equipment and ventilation. Other benefits include that airborne chemicals and odours are no longer released into the atmosphere, while employees will no longer be required to wear gloves during printing.
Steph Harris, product manager at Showerwall, said that the move to increase printing capacity would allow the business to match the rising demand for the Acrylic collection.
Harris explains: "By increasing our printing capacity, we can meet the rising demand for Acrylic. It was the right time to invest in this new technology, as we have seen significant double-digit year-on-year growth since the product launched in 2018. Reducing lead times will enable further growth, enhance customer service and help retailers and installers deliver dream bathrooms for their customers".
Showerwall's Acrylic collection boasts a range of bespoke designs, manufactured using a 4mm acrylic sheet that is rear-printed to create a glass-like polished finish. Trims aren't needed and the panels can be easily joined with Showerwall's acrylic panel sealant, which is available in 14 colours.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme-based business offers over 100 different panel options in total.