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Driven by technology. Powered by hands-on experience. VGL is a family run screen and digital print company with a reputation for quality and innovation. VGL – print futures since 1976.
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    Textured Relief Printing
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    We welcome the Acuity Select HS 5220 to our print plant - a first in textured relief printing
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    Expanding our capabilities
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    VGL invests in the new state of the art Durst Rho 512R machine.
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    The fastest flat bed ever.
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    VGL install the latest in flatbed printing technology the Onset R40i.
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    Another new venture.
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    VGL launch Fabpixi® – the fabulous picture switching service. The future is fabric.
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    Investment in innovation
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    We install the new Rho P10 320R – thefirstintheUK–and a2nd Rhotex 320R, giving us unrivalled production.
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    Two great new machines
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    Installation of second Onset S20 – printing at a speed of 310 square metres an hour, and the Durst Rhotex 320 arrives – the first printer for the industrial soft signage sector.
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    VGL purchase a 2,230sqm factory
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    VGL's new factory takes total production space to over 6,000sqm, enabling investment in new Durst 500R - a superwide roll to roll UV printer.
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    VGL introduce the Inca Onset S20
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    Another step up in quality, the flat bed prints at industrial speeds with virtual photographic reproduction.
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    Digital now prints white
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    VGL Install the Durst Rho 160R and the Durst Rho 320R – both now print white - a great addition to our digital offer.
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    VGL launch Surface View
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    An exciting departure for VGL, we take beautiful bespoke digital printing online and direct to the interior design market.
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    Increased small format capacity
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    The addition of our second HP Indigo Multistream S2000 makes our small format offer a big contender.
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    Soft Signage comes to VGL
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    Seeing the potential in soft signage and textile production we install the Artistri, a Japanese machine for the production of photo realistic images onto textiles.
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    Largest photographic output in the world.
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    VGL introduces photographic production to it’s technologies with the arrival of the Lightjet 500XL.
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    Continual investment in technology
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    A busy time with the introduction of 3 roll to roll printers Frescos HiQ machines and Vutek 2360 8C Ultra Vu.
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    Installation of our first flat bed printer – Inca Eagle 44H
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    Used to great effect, it printed direct to plywood for the award winning signage for Sainsbury’s Market concept.
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    10,000 square metres and still the biggest wrap ever.
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    A massive undertaking; planned, printed and installed by VGL. The Edgar Davids Euro 2000 has set the benchmark for awe-inspiring graphics. It’s an award winner and still a record breaker.
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    VGL now operating from two production units.
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    Acquire and develop a new digital facitlity, the 25,000sq ft factory in Elgar Road.
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    More outdoor media milestones
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    The full train wrap for Guinness is another first for VGL.
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    Revolution in outdoor media
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    VGL produces UK’s first full wrap media bus, for TDI.
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    Walker’s Crisps 400+ vehicles
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    A combination of screen and digital technologies were combined to proof and produce a new identity for over 400 vehicles.
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    The start of bespoke digital printing.
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    The groundbreaking Xerox 8954 is put to good use creating full colour bespoke prints to produce a one off launch vehicle for Virgin Cola.
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    VGL are the first graphics company to receive quality recognition.
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    VGL are proud to be awarded BS5750 Pts I & II.
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    Welcome to Reading
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    VGL moves to Reading and the acquisition of a 16500 sq ft factory unites all aspects of their business
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    VGL introduce CAD/CAM beds
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    The arrival of CAD/CAM beds represented a new level of quality for producing lettering and logos.
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    Installation of revolutionary Spacematic®’
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    The Spacematic was the world’s first computer oprerated machine for producing pre-spaced letter sets - it was a revolution in signage
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    Success means a move to a 2500sq ft factory in Denmark Street Maidenhead.
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    Success means a move to a 2500sq ft factory in Denmark Street Maidenhead.
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    It all started in an attic above a sweet factory
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    Former apprentice letterpress compositor Ted Ayerst founded VGL (Jadecal Signs) having seen the potential of pre-spaced lettering for marking signs and vehicles
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  • Our Story
    VGL was the brainchild of Ted Ayerst, an apprentice letterpress compositor who, following a spell in marketing, became a production director for a print company. Seeing the potential of pre-spaced lettering for marking signs and vehicles, he set up Jadecal, the fore-runner of VGL in 1976.

    We soon built a reputation for excellence and we’ve been keeping a keen eye on technology ever since. In the early 1980s we introduced the UK’s first computer aided sign-cutting machine and, in the 1990s, we were at the forefront of digital print technology. Investing in innovation keeps our clients one step ahead of their competitors. It’s also helped us establish a worldwide reputation as one of the most pioneering forces in printing. We’re still a family run business today.