Originally signs were produced as part of an engineering company, but in 1993 husband and wife team Keith and Nora Hulin formed Western Sign Systems. The engineering background is still important in today's success and provides exceptional versatility, enabling the company to meet the different requirements of its growing number of trade customers.
Due to increase in demand for its products and services, the company expanded into an additional 10,000sq.ft. unit at its base in Westbury, Wiltshire, last year. The extra space allowed for a huge assembly area, which dramatically increased production capacity, while investment in two new Gerber Sabre CNC routers further boosted Western Sign Systems' already comprehensive manufacturing facilities. The fully kitted out sheet metal manufacturing and production area now includes a 3000M x 100 Ton CNC Press Brake, a 20 station CNC Turret Punch, and an Amada CNC Guillotine - 3000M X 6MM.
From its CNC machine shop, Western Sign Systems provides CNC turning, milling and routing services, as well as stainless steel, steel and aluminium welding for flat cut lettering, sign trays, light boxes. A powder coating facility equipped with a large oven and plenty of space for stacking and moving product trolleys in and out of the oven has capacity for handling powder coating projects large and small, in a wide range of colours.
Services include Braille and tactile signage to meets the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) legislation and the application of Braille straight to Spandex Slatz and Slim Slatz systems, and many other substrates.
Martin Clifford, Operations Manager, says: "One of the biggest advantages for us and our customers is that we can do everything in house. With our own powder coating, fabrication, routers and engineering background, we don’t need to subcontract out work, which gives us tight control over cost, turnaround and quality.
Western Sign Systems fabricates signs to individual customer requirements, and with in house finishing and additional space to hold large amounts of stock, the company is able to provide quick turnarounds to enable its customers to meet their customers' deadlines.
"We've got the skills and experience to take on bespoke work and extra flexibility from having access to additional machinery used on the engineering side," adds Martin.
Combined with the Spandex range, Western Sign Systems believes it has a solution for every sign application.
Martin continues: "Spandex products tend to be specified on corporate contracts we fulfil, but preferences in sign styling do change. The product that's really taken off over the last eight months or so is Spandex's Monoframe.
"We've had a big surge in enquiries about Monoframe, with most converting to orders. The Monoframe range has a slim profile with a curved fascia. They're aluminium and very durable, competitively priced, and are delivered ready to be erected, so installation is quick and easy."
Monoframe identity signs are ideal for exterior installations and help give an up-market feel to corporate offices, business facilities, science parks, and other sites.
Whether it's a Spandex Sign System or fully bespoke work, Western Sign Systems offers a vast range of sign options. To find out more, tel. 01373 858440 or go to www.westernsigns.co.uk