Mutoh Europe has appointed Graphtec GB as a UK distributor for its sign and display and UV LED printer range, allowing the latter to offer complete wide-format print-and-finish options for the first time.

Wrexham, North Wales-based Graphtec is a reseller of cutting, engraving, marking and print finishing equipment. The new partnership with Mutoh means that Graphtec will now deliver complete wide-format printing and finishing solutions and will provide comprehensive nationwide coverage for Mutoh.

Mitsuo Takatsu, managing director of Mutoh Europe, said, ‘Strong and effective distribution is vital for our continued success in the UK and we are delighted to have agreed this partnership with Graphtec GB. The breadth and quality of our products are at the very top level in this industry, and having a committed and hugely respected distributor like Graphtec GB representing us is fantastic news for the UK market. We are very confident that Graphtec’s extensive experience and unrivalled reputation for delivering high-quality wide-format cutting, finishing and software solutions will seamlessly integrate with our printing technology to make them a very formidable and comprehensive wide-format solutions provider for the UK.’

Phil Kneale, director of Graphtec, commented, ‘We are widely recognised across the UK as a top supplier to the wide-format graphics production and sign-making industry of everything except printers. We have been actively researching the market for the right printer partner and we are very happy to have agreed on this deal with Mutoh Europe. Mutoh is one of the most established and well-known suppliers of wide format printers, with a comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge, innovative machines and ink technologies’

Graphtec managing director Tom Kneale added, ‘We see this as a real dream partnership for both us and for Mutoh. The sheer quality of the Japan-made Mutoh printers is as good if not better than anything else on the market, and their ground-breaking ink technology is winning awards globally. The partnership completes the jigsaw for us and means that we are up there as one of the UK’s leading providers of complete wide-format print and production solutions for the printing, sign-making and visual communications industry.’