About Us

 

Roland DG (UK) Ltd is the UK and Irish marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan, a worldwide leader in the sign, graphic arts, commercial print, packaging, labelling, promotional gift, textile, engraving, milling and 3D modelling industries. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG is the world’s number one provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market.

Alongside wide-format printers, Roland DG also manufactures high-quality vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, milling machines and engravers. In the UK and Ireland, these products are sold through an extensive dealer network that provides expertise in the different markets we serve. At Roland DG (UK) Ltd we aim to be “the best, not the biggest” in what we do and are proud of the quality of products and services we provide our customers.

We are committed to offering the best after-care support in the industry through dedicated training at the Roland DG Academy and our RolandCare warranties. We aim to help our customers feel comfortable and confident when using Roland products, always be on hand to assist when a customer needs help and to continue to contribute to the growth and success of our customers’ businesses.

In December 2014, Roland DG (UK) celebrated their success at gaining the Silver level Investors In People (IIP) accreditation. This well-known award recognises Roland DG's commitment to training and supporting its staff, to make the company a wonderful place to work and a great company to deal with.

Investors in People - Bronze Accreditation

Our History

The origins of Roland DG stem from the music side of the business. The Roland Corporation was renowned for developing MIDI technology and for producing sophisticated digital music equipment including keyboard synthesizers, recording equipment and other related technologies.

Roland DG’s advanced plotting technology was originally used to record the sound waves for Roland Corporation’s line of music synthesizers. This precision plotting technology quickly garnered widespread acceptance during the CAD/CAM revolution of the 1980s and provided the basis for new generations of digital input and output technologies to follow.

Within a few short years, Roland DG began introducing a wide variety of groundbreaking products including vinyl cutters, thermal transfer printer/cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, 3D scanners and milling devices, and engravers. The products blazed new trails for entire industries and earned Roland DG a reputation for innovation, quality and reliability.

Reflecting this dedication to fulfil its customers’ requirements for high quality customer service as well as for consistent quality in manufacturing and distribution, Roland DG has earned ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications.

The mission statement for the Roland DG Corporation is “transforming imagination into reality”. In the years ahead, the company’s primary objective is to evolve the Roland DG organisation from what it is today - a manufacturer of high-performance computer peripherals - into a leading source for cutting-edge digital solutions that bring digital data to life.

You can find out more information about the Roland DG Corporation and its international businesses by visiting our corporate website: www.rolanddg.com

 
   

 

Timeline

2014

  • Roland launch the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 wide format printer. Delivering impressive print speeds and outstanding quality at an attractive price, it’s pure genius
  • Size matters according to the launch of Roland’s new flatbed VersaUV LEJ-640F printer. Capable of printing onto both rigid and flexible substrates up to 150mm (6”), it’s ideal for the production of high quality POS displays, packaging prototypes, outdoor and indoor signage
  • We wave goodbye to the Roland DG office in Hither Green and move to a state-of-the-art facility a short distance away in Windmill Road. The Creative Centre triples in size and is now home to some of the most inspiring, unusual and profitable applications achievable with Roland kit;
  • 2014 saw the passing of the 4,000 member mark on the Roland DG Forum, a place where graphic, engraving and 3D communities join together to chat, share, learn, profit and laugh
  • Now you can realise creativity like never before as Roland launch two monoFab 3D machines. The ARM-10 is an additive 3D printer ideal for quickly checking a design in the initial stage of prototyping or modelling a complex shape. The SRM-20 3D desktop milling machine makes it ideally suited for creating prototypes which require mechanical checks and confirmation of fit
  • Add value to your business through a wide range of profitable applications including apparel, signs, interior décor, fashion and original goods using Roland’s new dye sublimation Texart RT-640 printer

2013

  • The beast is unleashed. Roland launch their fastest printer ever, the SOLJET PRO4 XF-640. Featuring dual CMYK ECO-SOL MAX2 inks, this 64” wide powerhouse can print up to 102m²/hr
  • The reception at Roland DG’s headquarters near Bristol gets a make-over. Colourful, bright and welcoming, if you’ve not yet been to see us, now’s the time. We’ve got great coffee too!
  • Roland DG friends, customers and colleagues from around the world join us on our exhibition stand at two major shows – Sign UK, Birmingham and FESPA, London. The shows are a huge success with much interest around ‘the beast’
  • Add a little magic to your business with Roland’s new VersaUV LEF-20 flatbed UV printer. Print on any substrate up to 100mm deep and turn the ordinary into a highly profitable and personalised item. Roland Authorised Dealer printMAX sell the first LEF-20 in the world within two hours of launch
  • The Roland Academy goes from strength to strength as the ‘Introduction to Digital Print’ course is added to the line-up, popular for those new to wide format. A few months later a new ‘LEF-20 boot camp’ sees its first group through the door, and as demand grows two new dates are added for the start of 2014
  • The small and mighty DWX-4 dental milling machine launches. Ideal for the production of crowns and bridges in wax, PMMA and Zirconia. The DWX-4 appeals to dental businesses looking to enter the world of digital dental production
  • The world’s best-selling printer in the durable graphics market gets even better. Roland introduce the next VersaCAMM generation, the VS-i series printer/cutter. Available in three sizes: 64”, 54” and 30” models, and a choice of five ECO-SOL MAX2 ink configurations including a light black ink option. Roland Authorised dealer printMAX sell the first VS-i in the world on launch day.

2012

  • Roland launch their fastest 64” wide, next generation SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640 printer/cutter featuring new and improved ECO-SOL MAX 2 ink, which includes a new Light Black option. An order is placed within hours of launch and by the end of the year becomes a new Roland best-seller
  • Our Creative Centre doors open at the Roland head quarters near Bristol - an inspiring showcase of fun, classic and whacky applications achieved using the spectrum of Roland print, engraving and 3D products
  • The Roland Creative Awards, our first global competition is completed. 1100 entries from Roland customers are received from 123 countries spanning 14 regions. Scotland based ‘The Vinyl Cut’ are announced UK winners and attend a special 30th Anniversary event held in Japan to compete against other regional finalists. A Chinese 3D entry ‘Rapid Prototype of Tunnel Boring Machine’ is crowned worldwide winner
  • Built for high quality images printed at speed, Roland launch their 64” wide, four colour VersaArt RE-640 printer
  • The MPX-90M direct part marking device launches to help those in the medical profession track and track their surgical instruments
  • Dental laboratories embrace the digital age as Roland establishes itself in the dental industry with the launch of a guide for Dental Technicians
  • The Roland Academy launch the Better Business Boot-Camp, with focus initially on the VersaSTUDIO BN-20. They become an instant hit in the sign and graphics market.

2011

  • Invest so little, do so much - Roland launch its smallest ever integrated printer/cutter, the 20" wide VersaSTUDIO BN-20, which proves an instant success
  • Print something different, Roland launches the VersaUV LEF-12, its first flatbed UV-LED printer capable of printing on objects up to 100mm thick
  • Based on award-winning VersaUV ground-breaking technology, Roland introduce its first wide format hybrid printer, the VersaUV LEJ-640 with its ability to print on substrates up to 13mm thick
  • 'Hello' - Roland launch its free on-line forum, a place where Roland customers and those in relevant industries can chat, learn, profit and laugh
  • In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Roland launch the Creative Awards competition, designed to reward Roland customers around the globe
  • After the success of the first dental machine in 2010, Roland launch an faster, feature-packed DWX-50 milling machine
  • Guaranteed to inject inspiration and creativity into your life, Roland launch the iModela. A machine suited to the craft, hobby and jewellery markets

2010

  • Roland announce its largest, most powerful cutter to date, the GX-640
  • VersaUV makes the headlines again, first with the new 54" LEC-540 and next by winning the prestigious Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation
  • Roland's most powerful and versatile VersaCAMM VS printer/cutter series ever, the VS series, 30", 42", 54" and 64" printer/cutters become instant best sellers
  • DWX-30 debuts as Roland's first dental milling machine
  • Roland's third generation, new diamond headed MPX-90 impact engraver launches
  • The truly versatile EGX-30A engraver launches, delivering the fastest production speeds in its class

2009

  • Roland ECO-SOL MAX ink in Metallic Silver awarded prestigious “DPI Product of the Year 2009”
  • Launch of i series printers for both AdvancedJet and VersaCAMMs. Launch of the VersaUV LEC-330 the faster, more efficient version of the award winning machine.
  • The launch of the SolJet Pro III XC540MT the world’s first metallic inkjet printer. It has the speed and versatility of a high speed production printer, including integrated print and cut, plus the added versatility and high profit potential of metallic and white ink.

2008

Launch of LEC-300 world’s first integrated UV Print&Cut machine.


2007

Release of the VersaCAMM 540 and 300 series. Also the MPX-80 impact engraver.


2006

The Advanced Jet AJ-1000, a new 104"-wide grand format inkjet printer and the new SolJet Pro III V XC-540 Printer/Cutter, the ultimate production system were released. The new STIKA, the SV-15, SV-12 and SV-8 portable vinyl cutters were also introduced, together with a new CAMM-1 PRO professional vinyl cutter series; the GX-500, GX-400 and GX-300, and a new MODELA PRO II, the MDX-540 benchtop milling machine. During this year, the company continued to be retained as the sign and outdoor printing supplier for MotoGP racing


2005

V Technology was introduced with a new line of high-performance SolJet™ featuring VersaWorks: the SC-545EX printer/cutter, the SJ-645EX and SJ-745EX printers, and the SJ-1045 grand format printer. A new 30-inch VersaCAMM featuring VersaWorks was also released, together with the industry’s first white eco-solvent ink. Eco-Sol Max™ entered the market as well, representing a significant step forward in ink technology. 2005 also marked the introduction of the MDX-40 low-cost subtractive rapid prototyping system, the JWX-10 jewellery model maker and the CAMM-1 Servo GX-24, the company’s fastest and most precise desktop vinyl cutter to date.


2004

Roland entered the grand format printing market with the 104”-wide SolJet™ SJ-1000EX. The company also introduced a new 54” VersaCAMM, the SP-540V, featuring VersaWorks RIP software, the LPX-1200 reverse modelling solution, the MPX-60 photo impact printer and the RX-50 spiral axis engraver.


2003

The introduction of the VersaCAMM™ SP-300, the industry’s lowest-priced integrated printer/cutter and the Eco-Sol ink – a revolutionary mild solvent ink for VersaCAMM and SolJet™ inkjets.


2002

Roland introduced the SolJet™ PRO II Series, an entirely new family of five high-performance inkjet printers and printer/cutters.


2001

Five innovative products came onto the market: the SolJet™, the world’s lowest-priced solvent printer/cutter; the ColorCAMM™PC-12, the world’s first roll-fed desktop printer/cutter; the LPX-250 laser scanner, the industry’s lowest-priced laser scanner to combine plane and rotary scanning; state-of-the-art CX PRO vinyl cutters; and the EGX series of engravers, the most cost-effective computerised engravers available in desktop and benchtop models.


2000

Three groundbreaking new products were released: the world’s first photo-impact printer with the MPX-50; the world’s first eight-colour, wide format inkjet printer with variable droplet technology with the Hi-Fi JET PRO; and MDX Series desktop and benchtop milling machines for in-house rapid prototyping.


1998

The world's first wide format inkjet printer to use pigment ink - The Hi-Fi JET™ was introduced.


1997

Roland’s ColorCAMM™ PRO family of wide format thermal transfer printer/cutters entered the market along with the PIX-3, the world’s first touch probe 3D scanner.


1996

The launch of the world's first wide format inkjet printer/cutter with the CAMMJET and the world’s first plotter to offer engraving, pen plotting and vinyl cutting with the CS-20.


1995

The world's first print/cut device for vinyl with the ColorCAMM PNC-5000 was launched.


1993

The introduction of the low-cost PNC-900 vinyl cutter.


1988

The launch of the world's first dual-purpose vinyl cutter and pen plotter with the CAMM-1.


1987

The company's first CAMM-2 engraver, the PNC-2000.


1986

The introduction of the world’s first desktop CNC mill with the PNC-3000.


1985

Roland DG moved its headquarters to Hamamatsu in the Shizuoka district and released the DPX-2000, an A-2 size plotter.


1983

The company changed its corporate name to Roland DG Corporation and released the first A-3 size plotter, the DXY-800.


1982

AMDEK marketed CMU-800 computer music and introduced the DXY-100, the company’s first pen plotter for the CAD/CAM market.


1981

AMDEK Corporation, an affiliate company of Roland Corporation, was founded in Osaka as a manufacturer of computerized music peripherals and as a distributor of assembled electronic music instrument parts.