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Posted on 14th Jun 2013 @ 1:40 PM
“The Miller Weldmaster 112 Extreme reduces workload and increases accuracy”
Featuring on the Miller Weldmaster Stand at FESPA E74S
Hampshire Flag Company is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of flags, banners, bunting and event display products.
Having purchased a Miller Weldmaster 112 Extreme from Solent, Miller Weldmaster’s exclusive UK Distributor, Graham Wilkinson, Hampshire Flag's Managing Director, explains why the machine has made such a difference to the manufacturing and finishing process.
"The Miller Weldmaster 112 Extreme is brilliant for accuracy of cuts and welding and the quality of finishing it delivers is excellent.
"The time taken to finish a product has been dramatically reduced along with the reduction of labour and manpower.
"It's also been invaluable for instances where we've had to connect two banners to create one large banner," said Graham.
Hampshire Flag's projects frequently hit the headlines and the Miller Weldmaster often plays a significant behind the scenes role.
One such occasion is when HMS Ark Royal sailed into Portsmouth Harbour for the last time and a large scale Hampshire Flag banner was there to greet them.
The 22m x 1m PVC banner, produced in partnership with The Portsmouth News, was turned around in just three days and following production on a DuPont Chromaprint printer, the Miller Weldmaster was used to join and finish the banner.
Another high profile event in which Hampshire Flag played a key role, as did the Miller Weldmaster, was when people in the Portsmouth area were encouraged to join the bone marrow register in a bid to find a match for a four-month old who desperately needed a transplant.
The manufacturer produced a 12ft x 3ft PVC banner for free in just one day following The Portsmouth News' campaign to find a match for Jasmine Andrew. The banner was printed on a DuPont Chromaprint 22UV and finished on the Miller Weldmaster.
Hampshire Flag's products are often taken to far flung destinations and earlier this year it donated an array of flags and banners to The Coldest Journey - the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter whilst raising money for charity.
Two PVC banners made up part of the package, one of which was a mammoth 15m banner printed with The Coldest Journey logo, and the Miller Weldmaster was critical in the production of both banners.
The Miller Weldmaster was also instrumental when Hampshire Flag helped The Portsmouth News and the city's residents celebrate the return of HMS Liverpool from its seven month stint off the coast of Libya.
The Royal Navy Type 42 destroyer sailed into its Portsmouth base in November 2011 amidst cheers and waves from well-wishers and to the sight of a large scale 20m long banner produced in partnership with The Portsmouth News.
The banner said ‘Welcome home HMS Liverpool’ along with ‘The Crazy Red Chicken is back’ referring to the ship’s nickname.