Business inspection: Find your niche in the printiverse

Mimtec used to do virtually everything but print. The thermoforming specialist, based in Fareham, near Portsmouth, is just that, a specialist in the hyper-niche market of vacuum and pressure forming, twin-sheet moulding and acrylic fabrication for sectors as diverse as aerospace, science, transport and retail.

businsp-mark-waringWaring (above): “We jumped because we didn’t think anyone else would”

You name it; components for aircraft seats, parts for industrial enclosures, covers for medical kit, managing director Mark Waring is your man. And until recently the closest he came to printers were the screen guys whose pre-printed plastic sheets his team moulded into sleek, curvilinear 3D forms.

That was before Fujifilm unveiled its Uvijet KV this spring. The thermoforming UV-cured inkjet ink for light industrial applications is aimed at businesses that want shorter run lengths than are viable with screen printing, faster turnarounds and pin-sharp image quality. Mimtec saw an opening.

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