Savi Customs Found its Niche with Dye-Sublimated Production
Finding the right niche at the right time can really fire up your business. “Switching to dye-sublimated production doubled our business in four years,” said Savi Customs’ General Manager Jeremy DeBoer.
The burgeoning manufacturer, located in San Diego, Calif., began in 2003 as a uniform company. Through an opportunity with the National Hot Rod Association, Savi Customs quickly shifted focus to dye-sublimation decoration and manufacturing.
“It was the perfect niche at the right time, and we’ve had consistent growth ever since,” says DeBoer, who has been with the company since its start.
Today Savi Customs provides product to some of the biggest names in racing and athletics. In its new state-of-the-art 18,000 sq.ft. facility, Savi Customs installed a fleet of seven Roland Texart XT-640 high volume dye-sublimation printers, ensuring its production is more consistent and accurate than ever before. With confidence in their equipment and their staff, Savi Customs offers clients a turnaround time of 5 -10 working days after approval, even on large orders.
Producing the Finest Quality Apparel
Savi Customs serves many industries worldwide, including sportswear, movie and entertainment, racing, and promotional products. They produce sublimated crew shirts, polo shirts, jerseys, board shorts, and accessories. Many of Savi Customs’ products are private labeled. In fact, OEM athletic products, such as team sports apparel, are among their largest accounts.
Savi Customs stands behind its quality products, ensuring they look their best when leaving the facility, and that they hold up when active lifestyle clients take the products out into the field — sometimes quite literally.
“Unfortunately, we did not start out with Roland inkjets,” says DeBoer. “But we soon realized there were better options than the printers we had, and now we have worked our way up to seven XT-640s. After researching different brands and models, we were offered a two-month beta test of the Rolands. We found that the ease of use and print quality of the XT-640s more than met our needs.”
Savi Customs uses different ink configurations to create its range of colorful, dye-sublimated production. Several of its XT-640s run with four-color CMYK inks, and some with eight-color — either in CMYK+LcLmOrVi or CMYK+OrViFpFy. “The print quality we’re able to achieve with the DX7 heads is much better than what our previous printers could deliver, due to the dot size,” notes DeBoer.
As for what lies ahead, DeBoer says, “We like to think of ourselves as industry leaders. We live on the edge of what is new with sublimated product manufacturing. Currently we are five years into the automation of sublimated production, and we hope to head up how manufacturing is done in this industry.”