Is Gerber stll solidly in the Sign Business?

TRiTONdesign

New Member
I'm looking for new equipment, I've had Gerber stuff for decades, but with Lectra buying Gerber And most Gerber videos online are 4-10 years old I'm nervous about investing in more Gerber. Are they still a player in the sign industry?
 

James Burke

Being a grandpa is more fun than working
I'm looking for new equipment, I've had Gerber stuff for decades, but with Lectra buying Gerber And most Gerber videos online are 4-10 years old I'm nervous about investing in more Gerber. Are they still a player in the sign industry?
Lectra is primarily involved with the textile industry, which makes it fairly obvious as to why they were interested in Gerber.

Here's a statement from their web page https://www.lectra.com/en/about-us/our-corporate-updates

Since many of the technologies they manufacture are related, and or are similar in basic construction, one would believe it only makes sense that they stay a center-stage player in the graphics / sign industries. But with that said, it remains to be seen as to which market segments of those industries they will ultimately focus upon. Since we live in a volatile world of M&As beholden to shareholder's interests, spin offs are always a possibility.

They mention being a significant focus in Industry 4.0 (IOT - Internet of things). Which essentially means more connectivity...an ecosystem I personally detest.

Being rather fresh into this merger, I wouldn't think they're going to do anything drastic for a good while. And I'd suspect they'll be treating the Gerber clientele with kid gloves.

I'd be interested in hearing from any recent Gerber customers as to what they are experiencing.





JB
 

Bobby H

New Member
If it gets anymore difficult or expensive to buy Gerber-brand roll vinyl in specific opaque or translucent colors they're not going to stay in that business much longer. So much sign work is just getting knee-jerk output via large format digital printers more and more, even if the stuff doesn't look as good or hold up as well as cut colored vinyl. I prefer using colored translucent vinyl on certain back-lit jobs, but suppliers are requiring some ridiculously large minimum orders to get a color (like buying a 50 yard roll). That just invites the project being spat out of a printer, even if the graphics are just a contour cut solid color. Some colored acrylic sheets can be difficult or expensive to buy, thus pushing the print thing more. It just sucks.
 

Jburns

New Member
I hope so. I keep buying their foils, and would think that is a good consumable business that is running for them!
 

netsol

New Member
Even if gerber abandons that infustry,
Foils will still be available from zero nine. Parts (often used) will still be around. The plotter doctor isn't going amywhere. Hopefully there will still be a good supply of punched vinyl

I have a smc 4 (since 1992)
3 edges
2 15" plotters
An oddessey
 

Scotchbrite

No comment
We're still using Gerber vinyl if that counts. I mean since it's technically made by 3M. But we haven't had any trouble getting what we need.

Anytime I need stickers printed on clear vinyl, I have a friend with an Edge that makes them. On a recent order he had to wait a while for some foils to come in, but he did get them.
 

Billct2

Active Member
Hope not. I've been using their products since 1980 and their plotters and the Edge are two of the best technologies this business ever saw.
 

Bill Modzel

New Member
I'm in northwestern MI and retired. I have an Edge 2 and a Gsx plotter plus over 50 foils that I'd love to find a home for. I was just going to make a hobby out of it using Craig's List but it just wasn't coming together.
 

Zendavor Signs

New Member
I'm looking for new equipment, I've had Gerber stuff for decades, but with Lectra buying Gerber And most Gerber videos online are 4-10 years old I'm nervous about investing in more Gerber. Are they still a player in the sign industry?
Depends on what you are looking for your new equipment to do. If you are happy with Gerber, I think you would be pretty safe to keep investing in them. We had Gerber equipment for many years, but it has been replaced with inkjet printers and wider plotters. I can't say I miss the 15" width. I don't really know what the appeal is of the Edge anymore. I guess if you're into little niche decals. There is just so many more options with an inkjet printer.
 

GB2

Old Member
Depends on what you are looking for your new equipment to do. If you are happy with Gerber, I think you would be pretty safe to keep investing in them. We had Gerber equipment for many years, but it has been replaced with inkjet printers and wider plotters. I can't say I miss the 15" width. I don't really know what the appeal is of the Edge anymore. I guess if you're into little niche decals. There is just so many more options with an inkjet printer.
No doubt there is constant change in the business, technology and equipment but a used Gerber Edge and plotter was the first equipment I ever bought to begin my sign company and I still have and would never part with it. Granted it has now taken it's place primarily as a specialty piece of equipment but it still excels at unique things like printing on Lexan, PVC, Convex, Clear and colored vinyls... printing White, Chrome Silver & Gold...very consistent spot colors...accurate, consistent, long run plotting...and more. Believe it or not, I still have some 4 color process 3' x 6' banners out there that I Edge printed over 15 years ago and they are only lightly faded but still hanging. I imagine a new Gerber Edge is probably a hard sell these days unless it fits that specialty need for you but I'm glad I have mine!
 
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