This week we were very happy to celebrate 35 years for Phoenix Teefactory, the company behind tshirts-uk.com and various international webs. We’ve been dominating the textile personalisation sector within Europe since 1981!
All the staff were delighted to meet up in our textile personalisation workshop, to spend the morning learning about the various techniques and methods our team uses. We always take advantage of any opportunities to improve and grow as a company, asking our collegues questions and explaining how we work, getting to know one-another and generally getting the gist of how your personalised clothing orders are created step by step. Which is exactly what this day allowed us to do! 😉
So, throughout the morning, our sales team, graphic designers, IT guys, social media and content gals, accountants and general admin team were asking our collegues in the workshop questions and explaining how we work, getting to know one-another and generally getting the gist of how your personalised clothing orders are created step by step. 😉
We learnt about each step of the process with the experts themselves:
As it’s our star technique we began with screen-printing: learning the tricks of the trade from Phoenix’s experts: how each screen and film is fitted together, which screens are used for which types of designs and garments, how every small detail is crucial when mounting the designs on the screens to avoid mistakes when printing and the cleaning and recycling process.
Step 2 in the process took us to our expert in textile inks who gave us a master class on colours, qualities, mixes and Pantone. The reality of the matter is that our team was able to see how much of a real traditional, artisanal process screen-printing remains to this day, despite the help of new technology in some areas.
The most impressive area of the workshop is undoubtedly our screen-printing “octopus” machines, duly named for the 8 arms of the beast which allows our collegues to work rapidly whilst maintaining high quality standards and allows us to offer you a quick turnaround time for your custom T-shirts.
We were also fortunate enough to see the new Kornit Avalanche machine up and running: the very latest in Direct To Garment digital printing. Not to mention seeing in action our collegues creating fantastic personalised garments using the other techniques we offer: sublimation, digital transfer, CAD-cut vinyl etc.
Lastly but certainly not least, we learnt about the importance of a well-stocked, well-organised warehouse by our resident Phoenix professional, Alex, who taught us how your custom clothing orders get processed once we’ve sent them through to our factory, from receiving the merchandise to the organisation and finally the handing-off to the delivery companies. It’s crucial that the running of the warehouse is managed smoothly in order to allow for fast and quality work.
And finally, after our training, it was time for a break to give our bosses, the founders of Phoenix Teefactory: Ángel Fernandez and Baltasar Collado, a little, well-earned surprise: personalised T-shirts for each as a momentum of their successful 35 years in the business, conmemorative printed mugs and the icing on the cake, or in this case cookies, personalised T-shirt-shaped biscuits with the names of all the team.
So, all in all, it was a great day spent getting to know one another better, team building, improving our work ethic and of course celebrating! Just taking a look at the photos you can see how much our team enjoyed the day and just how much we all like to pose! 😛
Here’s to celebrating many more anniversaries!
If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com
or call us on: 0203 695 2122