Manchester, United Kingdom (11 March, 2011) – Leading wide format printer, The Image Group of Manchester, have this week extended their flat bed wide format print capacity with the purchase of the latest offering from Hewlett Packard, the FB500 UV printer.

The state of the art FB500 joins Image Group’s already impressive list of high quality print devices to service the expanding wide and super wide format print sector in the UK.

Offering unrivalled print quality, the FB500 offers crystal clear text at an incredible 4 point, with up to 1200 x 600 optimised dpi. Skin tones are more realistic than ever and a spot colour white ink means sub surface print on acrylics and polycarbonates is also more affordable than ever before.

Image Group Sales Manager, Dave Brunt, commented: “The acquisition of the FB500 is great news for our existing clients. Productivity has been boosted to the tune of an extra 1000sq.m of print per week, and in the world of digital print, we know a quick response and being able to say yes to the tightest deadline is more important than ever.”

The FB500 printer offers huge choices for the right combination of speed and quality. Speeds range from 20 m²/hr to 80 m²/hr depending on specific applications. The new machine can also print on materials that are extra thick; up to 6.4 cm in depth.

Easy printing of multiple sheets is quicker than ever before, with an automatic alignment bar and an onboard camera that helps to quickly position sheet fed media for retail and point of sale displays.

Dave Brunt continued: “We’re always looking for ways to improve what we do.

Like many businesses in the print industry, we’ve had to nip and tuck through that last few years. However, our plan for 2011 was to continue our journey to excellence, and we’ve seen a real upturn in the sector so it’s a great time to come back to the market with an improved offering.”

To find out more about The Image Group and the capabilities of the new FB500 UV printer, visit or telephone 0800 389 9898.

About The Image Group:

Based in Manchester, The Image Group have over 12 years of experience in the large format printing industry, and are a leading force in the field, supplying PVC banners, exhibition stands, window graphics, building advertising and much more to customers all over the UK.  They aim to provide their individually tailored top quality display and retail solutions quickly and pride themselves on their experience, creative thinking and flexible approach to every project.


The Image Group,

Barton Hall,

Hardy Street,



M30 7NB


Tel: 0800 389 9898