Welcome to R A Smart
Based in the silk town of Macclesfield, R A Smart operates one of the country's largest textile printing facilities. With the capability to digitally or screen print on any fabric; we produce work for some of the biggest names in fashion and soft furnishing design.
In addition, we are the first port of call for companies seeking to produce their own printed textiles; supplying complete design, print and finishing systems to businesses of all sizes, as well as working with colleges & universities, where we actively support and encourage the next generation of designers.
Our jacquard weaving and screen manufacturing capabilities complete our unique full service commitment to the textile industry.
Your Print Partner is on a mission to bring wide-format print and display manufacture back to the UK, having announced the arrival of four new digital print machines at its HQ in Lincoln.
The new direct-to-textile machines are the latest big investment in production technology for the company, having spent £1.5 million already this year on its new manufacturing hub, and make YPP the UK's biggest display & signage Mimaki house.
Back in January, the company purchased a new Mimaki UJV55-320 LED-UV printer, new Mimaki JV5-320DS wide format machines and a Mimaki JFX200 LED-UV flatbed printer, which have now been joined by the four additional Mimaki 3.2m dye sub printers. The new machines are in action already, providing print for the company’s range of outdoor marketing products, such as flags, banners and pop-up displays, as well as its popular fabric exhibition stands. “Our core business is expanding rapidly and we wanted to ensure we could meet this exciting challenge quickly” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren.
Brett Platt, textile product manager for Mimaki's exclusive UK distributor Hybrid Services, confirmed that YPP now has the largest number of Mimaki printers in the display and signage sector in the UK. "We are delighted with the recent additional investment in Mimaki grand format printers made by Your Print Partner and the company's commitment to expanding manufacturing in the UK," said Platt.
The announcement was accompanied with the news that the company would be creating ten new jobs and was offering a number of new Digital Print Apprenticeships. Already this year eight new jobs have been created in the company’s growing sewing department, with all flags and fabric display products finished by hand by the skilled team of machinists.
Your Print Partner has been using R A Smart as its machine & consumables supplier since the company started business back in 2011 and has come a long way in the short space of time since then, now with over 16 machines and no sign of slowing down. At R A Smart, we’re proud to have them on board and look forward to what the future holds for what is now the largest Mimaki customer for signage machines in the UK.Read More
Falmouth university have recently expanded their textile digital print facility with the addition of the highly anticipated Mimaki Tx300P-1800. As a leading supplier for Mimaki digital textile printers R A Smart were very pleased to supply and install this system for one of our long-standing customers.Read More
Coinciding with its move to a new 21,000sq feet headquarters; Lincoln-based Your Print Partner (YPP) continues to expand with further investment in Mimaki grand format printers as it looks to offer an extended product range to both end customers and print companies requiring a trade print service.Read More
Macclesfield Rugby Union Club is competing in the 2015/16 season with the benefit of sponsorship from local textile print specialist and Mimaki reseller, R A Smart of Bollington, just outside Macclesfield.Read More
RA Smart (CAD & Machinery) are pleased to announce that Aleph SRI will be introducing a new Eco Range of Textile Digital Printers to the LaForte range of systems.Read More