W.A.E. Group Limited was formed by the amalgamation of W.A Displays, Austin Signs and Emblem Signs in 2001.
Since its inception W.A.E Group has continued to embrace the latest developments in sign manufacture and large format digital print, regularly investing in the latest machinery to keep up to pace with the new technology, as well as maintaining traditional sign skills and techniques.
W.A.E Group has worked with and retained many clients over a number of years through good relationships and a prompt quality service.
Our many in house facilities mean we can closely monitor and control your signage and print through from design to installation nationwide. processes include initial design and planning, metal and acrylic fabrication, CNC routing, spray painting and stove enamelling, vinyl graphics as well as an extensive range of screen and digital print capabilities in latex, UV and solvent inks.
Whatever your sign and digital print requirements are W.A.E will have the knowledge, expertise and facilities to create, impactful, effective signs and graphics that will not only meet but exceed your expectations.
Our three floor 22,000 Sq ft Factory in Leeds consists of
At W.A.E. we have our own paint shop where stove enamel paint finishing takes place.
Our paint shop consists of two separate spray booths and a green air finishing plant oven that allows us to dry the painted signs or lettering much faster meaning the turnaround for your new signs are greatly improved.
Metal and Fabrication workshop
Our metal and fabrication workshop is where we guillotine, fold, wire up and assemble signs.
Over the years we have invested in a Carter VH-1010-6 hydraulic folding machine which allows us to fold sheet metal or composite panels up to 3.1m wide. We also have a Carter hydraulic CNC guillotine which allows us to cut sheet metal and composite panels down with a width of up to 3.2m. By investing in this equipment it means we can manufacture more in house. All wiring to signs that require illumination are also done in house.
CNC Routing room
By having our own CNC routing room in our factory it means we can create and cut intricate patterns and designs in materials such as acrylic, aluminium, foamex and timber sheets through the use of CAD and CAM. This machine is where all our letters are cut before they are taken to the metal and fabrication workshop.
The wood shop is where any cutting of timber takes place and where all signs are framed if they require a timber frame before being given to the fitting teams. The wood shop also consists of a Streibig Econom 520 6E which is a vertical wall panel saw allowing us to cut panels down to the correct size with ease.
Digital print department
At W.A.E. we have three separate rooms that contain digital printing equipment all which allow us to print on different materials and substrate heights allowing us to increase the range of products we can offer. Over the years we have invested heavily in this particular department. Our print department consists of three roll to roll printers the Longier Ru 3200 3.2m wide replacing in 2017 the Agfa Jeti 3324 a Hp latex inkjet L28500 and the Roland SOL Jet pro 4 xf640. We also have three flat bed printers; the Inca Spyder V the Agfa anapurna M2050 and the Longier Hunter FP-3750 LED These machines also allow us to print white giving more options for our customers.
The vinyl department allows us to cut and apply vinyl graphics to substrates. The vinyl department is made up of two Roland camm one pro plotters and one mimaki CG-160 FX. We also have a seal image 62 laminator allowing us to cover materials once printed in matt or gloss laminate to enhance the quality of the sign. There are also two cutting machines we have invested in one is the summa which is a flatbed cutting machine and a XY Matic roll cutter. By investing in these it means we no longer have to cut the graphics down by hand and they will be cut at a faster pace and more accurately.
Screen printing department
The screen printing department allows us to print on many different materials such as acrylic, glass, fabric and metal. it also allows us to print onto awkward shapes and sizes that the more advanced digital machines cannot handle, and gives a very good strong finish. In this department we have two screen printing beds.