Showerwall invests in acrylic printing

Wall panelling brand Showerwall has invested in a new digital printer in a bid to increase manufacturing capacity for its range of acrylic panels by 400%.

The new technology is said to speed up the printing process for faster turnarounds for Showerwall customers. The printer has two expansion tables allowing printing on larger panels up to three metres. The durability of the panels will also be enhanced due to the use of new water-based inks with high adhesion and scratch resistance.

Steph Harris, product manager for Showerwall, comments: “The contemporary glass-like finish of our acrylic panels creates a stunning backdrop for showers, baths, and vanity units, whether it’s bold brights, soft pastels, or our collection of tile and wallpaper-inspired designs.

“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.”

The investment forms part of Showerwall’s sustainability commitments. The removal of UV inks, which required additional ventilation and safety equipment, means odour and airborne chemicals are no longer released into the atmosphere. Employees are also no longer required to wear gloves during the printing process.

Showerwall’s Acrylic collection is manufactured using a 4mm acrylic sheet that is rear printed to create a polished, glass-like finish.

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