“In order to be a state-of-the-art custom car shop, we only use the best equipment,” said Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs. “The print quality of the JV400LX printer is outstanding.”
West Coast Customs (WCC) is a recognized brand name in the custom automotive industry with a successful eponymous television show and franchise locations worldwide. The team uses a variety of tools and equipment to ‘push the envelope’ in vehicle design and modifications. Earlier this year, the company turned to Mimaki to decorate the leather seats of a 2014 Corvette for Continental Tire. The seats were disassembled and taken to the Mimaki Los Angeles Technology Center where they were printed on a Mimaki JFX500-2131 UV flatbed printer, and printed with the Continental logo and a ‘tire mark’ down the center
The company recently installed a Mimaki JV400LX large format inkjet printer in its shop. This printer uses eco-friendly, water-based latex inks that are fast-drying for immediate handling or secondary processing. West Coast Customs uses it for everything from artwork for the walls of the shop to full vehicle wraps. “Vehicle wraps, graphics and artwork are very important to our branding and our business,” said Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs. “Having the Mimaki JV400LX printer aids in building the best custom cars on the planet.”
In early December 2014, West Coast Customs relocated its headquarters and workshop from Corona to a custom-designed, 60,000 square foot facility on West Empire Avenue in Burbank. To celebrate the grand opening, West Coast Customs held a VIP event dubbed Empire Takeover. To prepare for the event, West Coast Customs used the Mimaki JV400LX printer to create all the signage, floor graphics
Posters for the event. In the workshop lobby area were posters showing the evolution of West Coast Customs’ various locations,
Plus graphics for the coffee bar.
With graphics also produced on Mimaki equipment. Throughout the shop floor were signs and banners showcasing the different work areas – such as R&D, Tire Station and Wood Shop – printed on the JV400LX printer.