A growing Yorkshire business has announced a £500,000 investment in state-of-the-art machinery that will boost productivity and the overall quality of its products.
Operating from a purpose-built 7,500sq ft facility in Birstall, West Yorkshire, Banana Moon Clothing is a market leader in personalised clothing.
The newly installed Kornit Digital Direct to Garment equipment will enable Banana Moon to slash turnaround time for many of its customers and underpins the company’s ambitions for future growth.
The addition of the new machine has been made alongside several other smaller investments in new technology that will help drive productivity.
Banana Moon managing director Alex Grace said: “This is a pivotal moment in the 26-year history of our business and the largest single investment we’ve ever made in terms of our process development.
“The new equipment will produce an extremely high standard of print, while also enabling us to produce large quantities in a shorter space of time. The end result is a better service for our customers.”
The investment marks the latest step in Banana Moon’s evolution since its formation in 1993 by Paul and Jackie Grace.
In 1998, the company became one of the earliest creators of embroidered logo files and two years later were one of the first in the industry to establish a presence online. The website evolved into becoming a total online purchasing platform in 2005.
In 2009, the businesses moved into new premises in Birstall, before ‘knocking through’ into the unit next door three years later to support its rapid growth.
Today, Banana Moon Clothing produces more than 700,000 personalised products each year for individuals, businesses, clubs, teams, charities and other organisations, giving customers and colleagues the power to create what they want, the way they want it.