Liverpool based PPL has invested in its second Agfa Jeti Mira 2.7 x 3.2 metre flatbed printer, doubling its capacity for wide format work. The company, which has grown as a multichannel service provider offering both above and below the line support, caters largely for commercial and international sporting events. It purchased the new printer to increase capacity during busy summer periods and to grow the commercial print side of the business.
PPL is an amalgamation in 1998 of Liverpool based ‘Creative Services’, formed in 1975 and PPL ‘Programme Publications Ltd’, established in 1946 in Epsom.
Both companies began and flourished supporting local sports events and today cater for some of the largest international sporting tournaments, offering these brands a complete one stop shop for their event management. PPL has held the R&A Golf account for The Open Championship for over 40 years and publishes for the Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Boards too. They not only design and print the prestigious programmes and daily score inserts for these events, but they manage on-site programme sales and event publication. The wide format printers enable PPL to print all display point of sale for the events in-house. On top of that, PPL has a fleet of portable Mimaki printers that provide an on-site printing service, enabling the company to be very reactive at an event too.
Lots of new channels have developed for the business over the years, grown largely through event work. PPL now haa a flourishing LED/LCD screens department and is renting and selling products to clients, from small to large outdoor LED units. The company manages the data and digital score boards at the tournaments, all point of sale including the design, print and installation of Dibond panels surrounding a course, the programme production and selling – even managing the social media feeds and professional drone footage of the events.
Nick said, ‘The machines have been flat out producing materials for our summer events. We would now like to keep that going with an increased level of commercial print or perhaps a new winter sporting client.’