"This tailoring usually involves the external appearance of the board," says Florian. "So the personalisation revolves around the graphic element. That's where the Roland printer does the work."
Lieuwe uses a unique method to make and decorate its boards: a wood core, surrounded by a transparent layer of epoxy through which the wood remains visible, and finally a layer of matt film onto which a design is reverse-printed.
"We need an ink that adheres really well because we print on the reverse of the film, then we stick the film to the board. So the ink also has to bond with the board. If this doesn't work, the film will eventually detach," explains Florian, a former engineering student.
"Manufacturers usually keep their processes secret. Even the manufacturer of the film wasn't open about this, but he did talk about his outstanding experience with Roland ECO-SOL MAX ink. So I ended up with the VersaSTUDIO BN-20, the eco-solvent printer from Roland DG."
As well as finding the perfect reliable, compact, high-resolution desktop printer, Lieuwe also discovered a strong relationship with Roland. Florian comments: "As a small business we were well supported by Roland. They take time for us and find a solution."
Lieuwe has a strong reputation in the Netherlands and beyond, exporting 50 per cent of its boards and working with Dutch professional kitesurfer Ruben Lenten and Dutch chocolate brand Tony's Chocolonely.
"We're growing really fast and we're looking for a way to organise this in a responsible way," says Florian.