Sustainability success for Seacourt
Oxford based printer, Seacourt, has extended into the wide format market with the addition of an HP Latex 365, creating a new branch to its business – Seacourt XL – while retaining its green credentials.
Seacourt, founded in 1946, is renowned for sustainable printing solutions. An exponent of ‘Planet Positive Printing', its stance on environmental concerns has always been central to its operations and purchasing decisions. This approach has resulted in numerous awards, year after year, including three Queen's awards for sustainable development, and – in 2017 – being recognised as Europe's most sustainable SME by the European Union.
This forward thinking company looked to the wide format print market to add another string to its bow last year. When considering which printer to opt for, the decision was a ‘no-brainer' for head of Seacourt XL, Paul Gardner. ‘When it came to the large format print options, there was no question in my mind that we were buying an HP Latex printer. At the time, there were no other machines that offered the same environmental credentials. The water based inks were exactly what we needed to complete our sustainable service offering,’ he said.
‘Our customer base has been built around our eco conscious thinking; it is at the heart of every decision we make. We are proud to be a net zero company – our factory runs on renewable technology, all our materials are recyclable/recycled, we offer zero waste to landfill – it is an intrinsic value which has had the dual benefit of continual growth in our market.’
This new addition has created the ‘XL’ segment of Seacourt's business, allowing the company to create ‘everything you can think of in the wide format market', according to Paul. So far, using the HP Latex 365, the team has created all manner of items for both external and internal applications including window graphics, posters, pop up banners, floor graphics, stickers and exhibition graphics.