As part of a visit organised by ISA-UK, two of Edinburgh’s leading sign and graphics companies recently welcomed a delegation of more than 30 people from the Danish Sign and Print Association.
The Danish sign-makers were visiting Scotland to discuss new sign-making techniques, product trends and ways of overcoming issues that affect both the Danish and UK sign industries.
Claus Tvangsoe is a board member of the Danish Sign & Print Association and organised the visit with David Catanach, director of ISA-UK.
Claus and his colleagues first visited ISA-UK members Baillie Signs, an established Edinburgh-based sign company that manufactures and supplies all types of signs throughout Scotland and the UK. The purpose of the visit was to see how the company operates and find out about its workflow, equipment and manufacturing techniques. A question and answer session took place to enable sharing of information.
“We are always interested in what is happening in the global sign industry and in sharing information with our international colleagues, so every two years we visit foreign factories, suppliers or sign manufacturers,” explains Claus Tvangsoe. “We have seen everything from small companies where the traditional crafts are used to create individual signage solutions, to large sign and print manufacturers with large UV printers and state of the art control systems.
The second business that the delegation visited was the Evolve Group, a creative and manufacturing company. They were taken on a guided tour of the premises to see how a different type of sign company operates.
“We have learned that it is important to stand together in an industry that is developing rapidly, and that networking and international contacts are one of the ways to strengthen the sign and print industry in the future,” concludes Claus Tvangsoe.