DRPG invests in Kongsberg X24 Edge technology from CMYUK

June 14, 2022
The installation of a digital cutting table is a natural progression for this flourishing in-house print department The installation of a digital cutting table is a natural progression for this flourishing in-house print department

DRPG has invested in a Kongsberg X24 Edge digital cutting table from CMYUK. It has been installed in the company’s in-house digital print department that has grown in prominence over the past decade.

“The unique thing about DRPG is that everything we produce is for our own events and campaigns. Ten years ago, the print department had just one member of staff and a relatively small printer. Now we have three digital printers (3.2 m roll-to-roll, 1.6m and a flatbed). The decision to invest in a Kongsberg was a natural progression for our production capabilities. We’ve now got all the tools in place that we want. It’s as simple as that,” says DRPG Head of Print, Lee Whitehouse.


DRPG is a global communications agency that was set-up in 1980 as a small video production house. In the last 40 years it has grown from a single person company into an organisation that has 410 staff based in seven key locations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the US.

The company offers a comprehensive roster of communications services. The scope of these internal corporate events is wide and varied ranging from a small conference in a single room to thousands of people in an exhibition space. It prides itself on producing all its services in-house, and in addition to the print department has several internal creative solutions services in-house including design teams, video, and digital teams.

Unsurprisingly, digital print is a key component of the overall creative output. “When visitors arrive at our events, very often they get their first impression of the event from the display graphics. An important aspect of our live events is how amazing they look, and from a visual point of view we are always being challenged creatively to design something unique with real impact,” he says.

The Kongsberg choice

Lee had been a long-term fan of the Kongsberg digital cutting table and was able to clearly see the benefits it would bring to the company and its clients. “It adds greater finesse to our display products, add efficiency to the department, and opens up a whole new world of creative solutions that will help our creative teams deliver even better solutions for our clients,” he says.

The purchase journey began with the company looking at a couple of digital cutting options, but it became apparent quite quickly after some deeper research that the Kongsberg was the machine of choice.

“It did everything we wanted it to do, and it was in the right price range. It was important for me to get Adam Pardoe, Production Director, on board who would then help me to justify the investment to the CEO. We both went along to CMYUK’s demonstration and training facility in Shrewsbury, and he was really impressed with the machine. From a graphics display viewpoint, he could see the difference between our existing in-house CNC machine and the Kongsberg. He immediately understood its potential,” says Lee.

The Kongsberg X24 Edge can handle any type of application for signage, display, and packaging with high production speeds, exceptional cutting quality, and is fully upgradable. DRPG invested in the model with the MultiCUT tool head that offers milling productivity, and a camera for accurate registration. Tools purchased include a creasing wheel that gives the company cut and fold capabilities, something it’s never been able to do before, and a Bevel Knife that allows it to work with more environmentally responsible materials.

“As a live events company, there’s a big push for sustainability. The Kongsberg allows us to use materials that we may have dabbled with in the past but hadn’t really got to grips with. The Bevel Knife for example, allows us to produce cardboard engineer displays that can be recycled rather than using materials that end-up in landfill. As a department within DRPG we really want to be able to make a difference – we are very conscious about our environmental footprint and want to use more sustainable materials to give our clients alternatives to PVC and Foamex and avoid landfill,” says Lee.

The Print Department was ready to launch a sustainability drive just prior to Lockdown, now post-pandemic, it is focussed on picking up where it left off.

This year, DRPG was honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. It aims to replace its materials portfolio with sustainable alternatives and is working closely with CMYUK, which has long been one of its major materials suppliers. The eco-responsible solutions it will bring to the variety of client projects, aligns closely to the company’s values, and its own goal of becoming a net zero agency by 2025.

Says Lee, “We’ve noticed that there has been a change of thinking and our clients are making a conscious effort to become far more eco-aware even if it costs that little bit more. Sustainability is not just about the materials, or the equipment used, it’s about the way you think. The Kongsberg has helped to improve our working processes because it is so fast and efficient, and allowing our own resources to be far better managed.”

Share or Email this content
Graphic Display World

Email us your news, PR, case studies to [email protected]

Latest from Graphic Display World

Roland DG (UK) Ltd - VersaUV Double Your Profits
FESPA Global Expo 2024 Opens In... March 19, 2024 10:00 am 173
The Print Show 2024 Opens In... September 17, 2024 10:00 am 355
PRINTING United Expo 2023 Opens In... October 18, 2023 10:00 am 20
Sign & Digital UK 2024 Opens In... February 27, 2024 10:00 am 152
Your 300 x 300 Banner Here
drupa 2024 Opens In... May 28, 2024 10:00 am 243

The UK's coolest wide format printing trade press website specialising in providing punchy and concise up-to-the-minute news, views and industry opinions ...

Latest News

Drytac expands product portfolio with ReTac Clear PET film

Drytac expands product po…

Sep 27, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Ticket shop now open: drupa 2024 expects visitors from all over the world

Ticket shop now open: dru…

Sep 27, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Impression Ltd invests in a Mimaki UJV55-320 UV LED 3.2m roll-to-roll printer from CMYUK

Impression Ltd invests in…

Sep 26, 2023 Rate: 0.00

ArtSystems extends wide-format print reach with FESPA UK Association membership

ArtSystems extends wide-f…

Sep 26, 2023 Rate: 0.00

SOS install a Xenons X-180 hybrid printer and Almeida cutter at PDS, Plymouth

SOS install a Xenons X-18…

Sep 26, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Featured News

Hollywood Monster provides graphics for City for Birmingham Festival ‘23

Hollywood Monster provide…

Aug 29, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Ostensible museum pieces

Ostensible museum pieces

Aug 29, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Roland DG enters the digitally printed wallpaper market with acquisition of UAB Dimense print (Lithuania) shares

Roland DG enters the digi…

Aug 01, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Ocean Outdoor brings SPACE INVADERS world playground to Europe

Ocean Outdoor brings SPAC…

Jul 19, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Consider liquid lamination for your substrates

Consider liquid laminatio…

Jul 17, 2023 Rate: 0.00


Roland DG showcased ‘50 Shades of Ginger’ colour index at Redhead Days Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands

Roland DG showcased ‘50 S…

Sep 01, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Signwaves sees demand rise for outdoor signs as Britain embraces alfresco dining

Signwaves sees demand ris…

Aug 30, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Hollywood Monster provides graphics for City for Birmingham Festival ‘23

Hollywood Monster provide…

Aug 29, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Minuteman Press Nashville uses HP Latex 360 printer to complete iconic building wrap

Minuteman Press Nashville…

Aug 17, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Kavalan and Print Station hit the right note for vegan eatery design

Kavalan and Print Station…

Aug 16, 2023 Rate: 0.00

Your 1100 x 100 Banner Here