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Banner Box prints flags for the Commonwealth Games

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Banner Box Print Solutions has printed all the flags required for this year’s Commonwealth Games, currently taking place in Birmingham.

Banner Box and sister company, Flagmakers, a hand sewn premium quality flag specialist, won the work through competitive tender.

The brief was to deliver every single flag required by the organisers throughout the games. This included flags of the 72 competing nations for the 25 venues in and around Birmingham, the protocol flags of the Commonwealth Federation and other sporting governing bodies, flags for the Athletes’ Parade opening ceremony, and finally, flags for the medals’ ceremonies. In all, this amounted to over 7000 flags, installed both indoors and out, depending on the venue. Part of the complexity of the project was to ensure that the finishing was suited to each site, and as such, four different variants were used across the whole job.

The flags were digitally printed using Banner Box’s stable of Mimaki and EFI printer technology, using Pongs Supreme Fabric Flag Material.

As a part of the Games’ tender process, Banner Box needed to demonstrate its commitment to responsible end of life disposal. Post games, many of the flags will be re-used at other international sporting events.

Flags that cannot be re-used will be collected and directed to the appropriate recycling streams as part of the company’s wider product lifecycle management system. All flags are made from polyester that can be recovered and reused in the manufacture of second life products.

Ryan Shelton, director, Banner Box Print Solutions, said: ‘Large sporting events are a fantastic shop window for our work. In our wider business we produce graphics for cultural events, retail, hospitality, and other sports branding. We have grown our business by using the Commonwealth Games as a steppingstone to compete and win other high profile jobs and new clients by demonstrating competence and a track record of delivery.’


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