In 1983, the Group began its life as Image Data Systems. Founded by Roger Birkin and a colleague, the company began operating at the leading edge of bar coding technology, data printing, data management and database construction. Printing was in black only at this time.
In 1989, the company moved into colour printing with the establishment of Image Colour Print. In the early days Image Colour Print, in the main, created the colour backgrounds using lithographic technology for Image Data Systems to overprint digitally.
A new corporate structure was created in the early 1990s and imageData Group was formed.
In 1994 the company moved into a purpose-built site at Willerby, East Yorkshire, housing head office and administrative functions as well as the print factory. The new Group grew very quickly and developed an outstanding record for growth and profitability. In 2003 the company's growth and investment continued with the acquisition of GK Serigraphics, a large format screen and large format digital printing operation based in Leeds.
In 2004, the Group acquired Brighton-based company XPS, a specialist digital printing and data management company. From this point forwards, the IT solutions and data management side of the Company has gone from strength to strength.
A strategic review took place in 2005 and client focused account management teams were created. The Group became more targeted to meeting the needs of individual sectors and markets. Account management teams were set up to look after the specific needs of our retail, corporate, trade and public sector customers.
In 2006 the Brighton site was re-located to larger premises, big enough to house the new iGen 3 digital presses.
2007 saw the company make a substantial investment in opening a 68,000 square foot eco-friendly plant in Howden, East Yorkshire. This site houses a range of high-tech large and small format digital presses as well as pick, pack and fulfilment services.
As a pioneer in data driven print and imaging technology for over 30 years, imageData Group continues to provide print solutions and support services to customers throughout the UK and beyond.
From 2012 to 2015 the company invested over £5.5 million in installing printing equipment that uses the very latest technology.
In February 2013 the company took delivery of the latest iGen-150 digital press - the first company in the UK to install one. This press brings near litho quality to the digital arena, enabling low volume runs with exceptionally high quality outputs.
In March 2014 a Komori HUV GL540, B1 sheet-fed litho press was installed. Due to the technology used, this press is at the cutting edge of litho printing - fast, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Other substantial investments were also made in digital presses, including the world's first Inca Onset R40iUV large format digital printer and collating machinery.
In December 2015 an Inca Onset X3 large format flat-bed UV inkjet digital press was installed at the Howden site. The press prints at a staggering 900m2 / hour - 180 beds / hour and has a 25 zone vacuum table that eliminates the need for masking. It can print onto a variety of substraits in sizes up to 3.22m x 1.6m and 50mm thickness.
The company currently turns over £22 million and employs 232 staff across the Willerby, Howden and Brighton sites.
Most of the ink we use is made from vegetable-based oil, which is derived from renewable sources. The advantages of vegetable-based inks is that they are largely VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) free and solvents are not required for cleaning, reducing our VOC emissions further. Vegetable-based inks also have the added advantage of producing brighter colours and creating a healthier working environment for our printers. All of our finishes are water-based.
Our latest facility in Howden was designed specifically with the environment in mind. It has fully motion-activated lighting throughout. The building is heated using excess heat generated by the printing equipment (as is our Brighton site). It also has a wildlife pond and rainwater is collected from the roof and used for cleaning purposes
Accreditations & Memberships
imageData Group is proud to have achieved a number of International Standards Organisation accreditations (ISOs). These include:
Quality Management Standard
This standard means that we have a procedure in place to ensure that we can trace a job through production from the moment it is booked in right the way through to when it is delivered. Quality is checked at every stage of the process so you can be sure that when your job is finished it will be delivered to your exact standards and specifications.
We are fully and independently audited to ensure that we meet the set criteria for the standard in terms of: facilities, people, training, services, and Equipment
imageData Group has always been dedicated to minimising its impact on the environment. We have a commitment to continuous improvement as part of our Environmental Management Systems (EMS) - all accredited to ISO 14001.
We re-cycle over 95% of all materials used, and this rises to over 99% of paper and board. We frequently print onto re-cycled materials on behalf of our clients.
Information Security Management
We take the security of your information very seriously here at imageData Group. Our ISO accreditation means that you can have confidence that your data will be dealt with securely. We specialise in printing highly personalised information to stringent information security standards.
imageData Group is registered under the Data Protection Act. We have policies and procedures in place to enable us to provide a secure and confidential service for sensitive information.
Forestry Stewardship Council
Forest Stewardship Council®
We have Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification, meaning we make informed choices about the paper and board we buy. The wood used in our FSC® products is sustainably grown and can be traced back to its source.
imageData Group Limited is a producer and supplier of printed matter. For the purposes of REACH we are classified as a downstream user, however the products we supply are solely non-chemical products and do not release any substance under normal and foreseeable circumstances.
We are aware of REACH requirements for the materials we use in our print processes and we ensure that our suppliers conform to this regulation. We receive and retain Safety Data Sheets for all inks and other substances used to ensure our own COSHH risk management. Electronic copies of these data sheets can be provided on request to any of our clients.
We are pleased to be members of the Bondholder Scheme - a powerful network of 280+ businesses, working together to raise the profile of the Humber. The scheme's aims are to attract investment and people into the area and to create a thriving environment where businesses can prosper.