Lichfield, UK - Burntwood-based Staffordshire Signs & Graphics is a keen HEXIS product advocate, having worked with the company’s versatile media range for many years. The company has recently relied on HEXIS’s innovative solutions for two prestigious vehicle wrapping projects: one involving an off-road rally car; the other focused on protecting a brand new Tesla Model S.
Family-owned Staffordshire Signs & Graphics was established in 1977 and designs, produces and installs a diverse range of bespoke signs and graphics for its client base across the UK. With a mission statement ‘to provide high quality product and first class services’, Staffordshire Signs & Graphics relies on HEXIS UK Ltd. to supply it with media for a wide range of applications.
In 2015, Staffordshire Signs & Graphics established an internal division – Staffordshire Wrapz – to focus on the booming vehicle graphics market.
Richard Keasey, Managing Director of Staffordshire Signs & Graphics, explains: “The vehicle wrapping and protection sector is booming and we are always looking to find the very latest products to offer to our automotive customers.
“Last September we attended a workshop at HEXIS UK Ltd.’s Lichfield-based premises for the launch of its revolutionary HEXIS Bodyfence vehicle paint protection film. Whilst we were there, we were also treated to a sneak preview of HEXIS Super Chrome film and we knew that both products were ideal for our customers. Having viewed the Super Chrome film at the HEXIS workshop, I bought the product there and then.”
Super Chrome rally car projec
Staffordshire Signs & Graphics has since put HEXIS Super Chrome film to good use wrapping an off-road Rakeway Ridgeback race car. Taking two years to build, the rally car has a supercharged Jaguar V8 XJR engine; blue HEXIS Super Chrome film was chosen to wrap the vehicle to make it stand out from the crowd even more.
The entire car was wrapped by Staffordshire Signs & Graphics and, at its first outing, the vehicle was swamped with onlookers – and potential customers – as it was so unique at the race meeting.
Richard Keasey comments: “The colour and product choice have been a real success in gaining people’s attention at the rallies we attend.”
Available in seven colours – blue, red, purple, green, titanium, silver and gold – Super Chrome 90µm high performance film has a high gloss surface finish with a mirror effect and has been specifically developed for stunning temporary vehicle wrapping applications. Courtesy of its high technical performance and conformability, Super Chrome can be used on the curved or textured surfaces (including weldings and rivets) of almost all types of vehicles.
Tesla Bodyfence projec
Staffordshire Signs & Graphics is also a keen user of HEXIS’s Bodyfence product and has recently used it to undertake a full wrap of a new Tesla car.
Richard Keasey explains: “We had an enquiry from a member of our local rally club who wanted to safeguard his brand new black Tesla Model S with a paint protection film. The HEXIS Bodyfence film was primarily chosen because of the approvals that HEXIS has achieved with previous Tesla projects.
“The HEXIS Bodyfence has enhanced the gloss finish of the car even more than the original paintwork, and – crucially – the paintwork is now protected from scratches and stone chips which is important when considering the vehicle’s fast acceleration.
“Bodyfence is a brilliant product; I love the material and its properties. The car looks truly stunning now it’s finished, and the prestigious project will really help us launch our new HEXIS Bodyfence paint protection film service to all our customers.”
Bodyfence is a 155µ ultra-clear, super-gloss surface finish, self-adhesive polyurethane film with advanced surface technology, specifically designed for the protection and enhancement of vehicle bodies. With outstanding impact and shock-proofing properties, it protects vehicle paint from chipping, scratches and minor dents, as well as insects, UV rays, car wash brushes and much more.
In terms of the future growth and diversification of his established business, Richard Keasey is very positive. He says: “HEXIS products have enabled us to explore new and exciting avenues of revenue for our business. The introduction of products such as HEXIS Bodyfence and Super Chrome has enabled us to pursue diversity in our business by adding stunning chrome wraps and protection of high end vehicles to our offerings, alongside our existing full colour digital print vehicle wrap applications.”
Scott Wilkins, Managing Director of HEXIS UK Ltd, concludes: “We’re delighted to be able to support the growth of businesses such as Staffordshire Signs & Graphics with the development of new products which enable them to diversify their offerings. We work closely with our customers and continually develop our product lines to ensure we can meet the ever-expanding opportunities presented by the vehicle wrapping sector.”