Our Latest News

 

Latest News and Media Update

 

July 2017

Before and after....

 

Looking for a superb vehicle branding service?  Look no further.

Our print an graphics team regularly brand and wrap cars, vans, bikes and more with high quality vinyl graphics and visuals.  Call us now for more info or find us on Facebook

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Watch us on TV during Supercar Megabuild on the National Geographic channel HERE

July 2017

After months of secrecy we are proud to announce that our branding team was featured on the National Geographic TV channel in  'Superbike Megabuild' with Shane Lynch.  

Members of our team branded the exciting and super-fast Ducati racing bike, in conjunction with Motor Rapido Ducati and TV production company, Shine North,  which competed with the McLAren P1 to see which was faster....

 

Airing on National Geographic on Thursday 7th at 8 pm and again on Tuesday 11th at 10 pm

 

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June 2017

 

Let's throw something a little different into the mix...

It's not just cars, vans, lorries and trucks that we brand here at Key2 Group.  One of our latest applied vinyl vehicle livery projects was this beautifully branded concrete mixer!  

 

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April 2017

Planning an event?

Look at these beautiful floral displays - the bespoke acrylic holders were made by our team for an event company.  Get in touch if we can help with anything? Discover more on our BLOG

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January 2017

Martin McInnes becomes Production Director

We're delighted to announce that former Installations Manager, Martin McInnes, has been promoted to the position of Production Director.  Martin, 40, joined in 2004, originally as a sign maker, then managing the output of both signage and installations before his latest challenge taking over the reigns as head of production. "I'm delighted to confirm Martin's appointment as Production Director," said Managing Director, Mike Keating. "He has a wealth of experience and is a popular team member with both staff and clients alike."

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Happy New Year!  We are starting the New Year with lots of exciting NEW INVESTMENTS.  Take a look first at our game-changing new SMALL FORMAT digital printer, the Mimaki UJF3042MKII.  We are the FIRST UK COMPANY to install this!  And it's a real game-changer.  It not only prints on all sorts of surfaces and substrates - perfect for small items and promo goods, but it also prints TWO images together to create an exciting effect which allows the images to change, depending upon the lighting.  Take a look HERE

December 2016

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from us all.  Here are our holiday opening hours

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November 2016

Key2 Group is always keen to invest in new technology to keep it at the forefront of its game but the new and exciting machines we are about to take charge of will become game-changers in our industry.  We'll keep you updated, but, in the meantime, here's a sneak preview of some of our new 'toys'...

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November 2016

Watch this space, our print service and capabilities are about to get even faster, more streamlined and offer even more choice to our discerning customers.  Enter the new ROLLSROLLER... You can read all about this in our BLOG

 

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October 2016

Blow moulding isn't always for smaller items.  Check out these huge display domes which are destined to be joined into large, blow-moulded spheres and used for a forthcoming retail display project!

 

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September 2016

 

Read all about our work with The Southern Co-operative in this Autumn's edition of Food Chain Magazine

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July 2016.

 

 

We recently ran a competition in conjunction with Portsmouth Football Club, with whom we are 'Official Partners',  In a recent digital newsletter sent out to the club's huge database, we asked readers to let us know the month and year that Portsmouth Football Club became wholly owned by its fans.  The first 10 to identify correctly that this was April 2013 were:

Peter Hammond, Chris Percival, Keith Stewart, Keith Bingham, Ben Tew, Katie Thackray, Henry Biddlecombe, Bob Gale, Isabelle Savin de Larclause and Chris Whittle.

All 10 won an A3 sized acrylic wall print of the iconic 'Ours' picture which was publicised when the club first became owned by the consortium of fans. Some of the lucky winners joined us at Key2 Group head office on one of the hottest days of the year so far to have their prizes presented by Pompey legend, and club ambassador, former goalkeeper Alan Knight.  Well done to all and a big thank you to Alan for his support.

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July 2016

We are pleased to announce that we now have not one, but two, Laser Cutter and Engravers.  The combined powers of our new investments - both RS1290 CO2 machines, each with a bed size of 1200 mm x 900mm - will make light work of a huge variety of projects requiring intricacy, precise cutting to high detail or specialist finishes.  By harnessing the huge potential of these twin laser cutters we are now able to half the time of projects and double the output.

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 June 2016

New team member

We now have a new Account Manager/Designer at Key2 Group.  Zana Piwko - originally from Poland, and a whiz at 3D Design - is now working with the team on a variety of retail projects  Zana, who lives in Portsmouth, graduated last year from the University of Portsmouth with a 2:2 in Interior Architecture and Design.  She is now using her skills in SketchUp and Illustrator to assist on store and shop-fitting support projects as well as marketing and point-of-sale display work.  Zana is enjoying her new challenge as part of the team and we are very lucky to have her.

 

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May 2016

See us in action

We are now on YouTube.  Subscribe to our new channel and check us out! 

 

 

May 2016

We've got the power...

 

Welcome to our latest Key2 fleet vehicle, our powerful new Ford Ranger - perfect for hard-to-reach off-road locations - which will be out and about on installs and deliveries soon.  Let us know if you spot our 'Power Ranger' and take a look at its new livery in our gallery on this page.

 

May 2016

 

Picture this...

 

We are now on Instagram - follow us HERE

 

May 2016

 

We are going up in the world!

 

Key2 Group has virtually doubled its floor space within the signs and graphics department by re-housing its print and signage team on a superb, newly installed mezzanine floor.  The impressive new floor now houses all our print and signage-making capabilities plus vinyl laying and assembly whilst the spacious ground floor is devoted to the CNC machines, laser cutter and engraving and shortly, our plastics division will also be setting up home there!  This will then free up the plastics premises as a much needed archiving and storage facility! Read all about this HERE

 

 

 

April 2016

 

Key2 Group industry press coverage

 

We are in Graphics Display World this month so click through to read all about our new investment

 

 

 

March 2016

 

Key2 Group, is pleased to announce that it has just become the UK’s first company to own the new AXYZ Trident 6010 CNC router.

 

 

 

This exceptional new machine, provided by AXYZ International, a leading manufacturer of CNC Routers, is the UK’s first high speed router - the only one which has an impressive output of 50 meters per minute.  All other CNC routers can only achieve around 25m per minute maximum.

 

“We chose this machine as we are already customers of AXYZ International and appreciate the versatility and scope of their machines, however this new Router is far quicker, cleaner and quieter than any previous generation routers, allowing us even greater accuracy and the option to now provide additional capabilities such as the cutting of metals like brass and aluminium.” said Managing Director Mike Keating

 

Key2 Group will now have the ability to venture further into the aluminium signage market as well as info a brand new field - that of cardboard technology:

 


“It’s really exciting to be able to further diversify as this new machine also offers us ability to score, crease and cut cardboard and other such materials, meaning that we can now create packaging too among other items,” he concluded.

 

 

 

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February 2016

 

Key2 Group joins the SDEA

 

Key2 Group is now a member of the Shopfitting and Display Equipment Association (SDEA).  Highly regarded and widely recognised, the SDEA is the benchmark for quality and reputable provision of all facets of retail display and associated equipment

 

Take a look at Key2 Group's directory entry here or visit the website for more on the SDEA 

 

 

 

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January 2016

 

Need for Speed

 

Take a look at the stunning Ducati racing team bike - all branding vinyls printed and installed by proud graphics sponsor, Key2 Group.  You can read all the latest news about Ducati racing and Ducati itself via Key2 Group's client Moto Rapido, a highly specialised Ducati-appointed dealership

 

 

 

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January 2016

 

COMING SOON

 

Back by popular demand, our versatile and economical CORREX range of dump bins and displayers

 

We go a long way to make our customers happy which is why we have re-instated our range of pre-scored, flat-packed Correx dump bins, counter stands and competition boxes.  They will be making their re-appearance later this Spring and pre-orders are being taken NOW!  We are also more than happy to handle new enquiries for any bespoke items that you may like.  Talk to us now on 08450 55 44 33 and get ahead of the inevitable rush for these lightweight and purse-friendly methods of POS

 

 

 

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December 2015 - Premier Retail Magazine

 

 

 

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December 2015 - Renovation and Refurb Magazine

 

 

 

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Be a Van Spotter

 

Look out for our new Mercedes Sprinter vans which have joined our fleet.  Finished in stunning silver with full Key2 branding, they are now out and about all over the South East and beyond.  Where have YOU seen us...?

 

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December 2015

 

A very Happy Christmas from all at Key2 Group

 

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Play Up Pompey!

 

Our relationship with our local football club, Portsmouth FC, has been further strengthened by our new status as Official Partner.  We have recently transformed the club and partners' lounge with eye-catching signage and graphics.  Look out for our pitch-side signage at Fratton Park and our big screen, animated advert at all home games

 

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July 2015

 

Happy Birthday Key2 Group!

 

 We are now celebrating 13 years at the forefront of plastic fabrication, acrylic display, signage, graphics and digital print.  As we move into our 14th exciting year we would like to say a BIG thank-you to all our wonderful team, our loyal customers, our suppliers and everyone else who has been on this journey with us so far.  Here's to the future!

 

 

 

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April 2015

 

Key2 Group welcomes new team members

 

Due to recent expansion, Key2 Group is pleased to welcome two new members to its sales team – Gary White and Dave Gregory.

 

Between them, Gary and Dave have over 30 years of experience in working in the signage, acrylics and graphics fields.

 

Gary (pictured seated) was formerly studio manager at Eberhardt Signs in Portsmouth for over 20 years before the Company ceased trading earlier this year.  He now joins Key2 Group as Client Account Manager, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the design, estimating and manufacture of signage and managing both local and national accounts.  

 

Dave (pictured standing)  is Key2 Group’s new Sales Manager and will be actively sourcing new business as well as advising existing clients and involving himself in project management.  He comes from a very relevant background in signage manufacture, client liaison and sales and was once also a professional photographer

 

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 March 2015

 

http://www.printweek.com/print-week/news/1150311/key2-invests-mimaki-jv300-160

 

Read All About It - we are in Print Week

 

 

 

Key2 Group invests in Mimaki JV300-160

 

By Jez Abbott, Wednesday 18 March 2015

A specialist in signage, acrylic display and digital print company has become one of the first UK companies to invest in the new Mimaki JV300-160 large-format digital printer.

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Graphics trainee Jodie Howard operates the new Mimaki

Key2 Group, based in Horndean, Hampshire, spent £30,000 on the new machine, which won over the team with its clarity and high speed.

“It zips through print of up to 1.6m wide, coping with over 100sqm/hr with resolution up to 1,440dpi,” said managing director Mike Keating.

The machine joins a Mimaki JV33 that prints up to 2.6m wide and an Agfa Anapurna 5050 flatbed machine for printing on substrates such foam boards and doors.

The new addition is used for advertising, retail and branding jobs for clients including Adidas, L’Oreal Group and the Southern Cooperative.

Keating said: “We already have lower-speed printers that offer stunning resolution and others that are able to print direct-to-substrate with UV-cured inks.

“But this new Mimaki printer will add to our machine bank and enable us to cover every aspect of a customer’s demands – high speed, width, economy and stunning photographic resolution.”

He added: “The stand-out feature is two sets of printheads: it can print twice as fast – up to 106m/hr, which is almost unbelievable – or it can print very, very high quality.

“It will allow us to go into new markets such as poster prints by lowering costs. In the past we focused on quality but now we can keep print quality high but do the job faster.”

Keating added: “Back in 2009 we were the first company in the UK with the then-new Roland Jetser.

“We already have other Mimaki machines and we also made headlines in 2013 with our £90,000 Agfa Anapurna UV printer which also prints white.

“This enabled us to forego buying in expensive screen printing and do everything in house ourselves. 

“Now, with a steady market climate beginning to take shape we have continued the trend of further investment.”

 

 

 

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February 2015

 

 

 

We are excited to announce that we are about to take charge of a brand new, next generation printer to join our machinery list.

 

The Mimaki JV300-160, a stunning, photo-quality large-format digital printer, is well equipped to fly through the most demanding of print runs as it can handle up to 1.6m in width at over 100 sqm per hour!

 

This latest technology features eight print heads, stunning clarity and exceptional resolution of up to 1,440dpi...perfect for the many advertising, retail and branding including banners, hoardings, signage, posters and display jobs that the team produces every day of the week.

 

  

 

December 2014

 

A Very Happy Christmas from all at Key2 Group

 

Please note our Christmas opening hours

 

 

 

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November 2014

 

 

 

We print wallpaper!

 

 

 

Looking for something truly individual? We can produce bespoke, custom-designed wallpaper for you from your own artwork. Email sales@key2uk.com or call 08450 554433 now for more details

 

  

November 2014

  

 

Make a Splash with Acrylic - an alternative to tiled splashbacks

 

 

 

Looking for something really special in a kitchen or bathroom?  Bored with the same old predictable choice of tiles?  For a stunning, bespoke impression, ask us about acrylic splashbacks.  Tough, durable and in an amazing choice of colours and effects....gloss, tints, neon, metallic, frosted and many more

 

 

 

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Enquire NOW on 08450 554433

 

 

 

November 2014

 

 

 

Chocolate heaven - Key2 Group offers Chocolate Fountain Surrounds

 

 

 

Party season is nearly upon us.  We make a variety of impressive acrylic or polypropylene chocolate fountain surrounds.  

 

What about an illuminated version for a real show-off centrepiece to your Christmas Party?

 

 

 

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Ring for more details on 08450 554433

 

 

 

 

 

October 2014

 

Key2 Group Introduces Blow Moulding

 

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'We're Forever Blowing Bubbles...'

 

We now offer a brand new precision service - Blow Moulding.  Using this precise technique we can offer stunning Spheres and Domes, Globes and Balls in a variety of materials.  Perfect for Christmas Display, POS, Bespoke display projects, events and exhibitions, take your pick from clear, tints, colours, opal, neon or metallic...the choice is yours!

 

 Sizes up to 800mm in diameter or 400mm high, these highly visual yet practical items are perfect to bring your display project to life.

 

 

 

Call us NOW on 08450 554433 

 

 

 

September 2014 

 

New range of info-sheets available

 

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August 2014

 

Happy Birthday Key2 Group - 12 years at the forefront of the industry

 

 

 

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Firmly established now as one of the leading manufacturers in the South East and Hampshire's largest all-inclusive provider of Acrylics, Signage, Graphics and Display, Key2 Group is at the forefront of the industry - a position it has maintained for many years.  With a solid track record in service and professionalism the company has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a multi-disciplined workforce and the ability to provide each and every one of its services from under one roof.

 

We encourage customers to come and see what we do here - no 'smoke and mirrors'.  We enjoy showing off our team and our processes so that you have confidence that we actually do what we say we do!

 

Send your enquiries to sales@key2uk.com or call us on 08450 554433

 

 

 

 

 

 

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