Published: 24/01/2017

Cromer based Structure-flex has been appointed as a Select Gold Partner for 3M to become one of only eight companies across the UK and Ireland, and the only one in Norfolk, to have achieved the status.


The coveted accreditation comes after Structure-flex has been printing and installing 3M Vehicle Wrap Films and other products for more than 20 years.  It was awarded the accreditation following a thorough audit of the processes, stock control, batch numbers, traceability and print equipment in place.


Andy Grand, Graphics Sales Manager at Structure-flex, said: “We are proud to have achieved 3M’s Select Gold Partner status and are proud that our high standards of workmanship have been recognised and rewarded.


“The accreditation gives our existing customers peace of mind and confidence in our vehicle wrapping services and will be a great asset when developing new relationships with global brands, an area in which we see potential growth.”


Launched in 2015, 3M Select is a global programme to qualify partners according to 15 criteria, which cover equipment and quality of work. It guarantees that all elements of a graphic (film, ink, adhesive and protective coating) will perform as intended over an extended period, whatever the weather brings.


Pen Webley, marketing team leader for 3M, said: “Structure-flex fully demonstrated during the audit process that they meet the criteria for 3M Select Gold Partner status, and we are delighted to welcome them onto the programme.


“Select Gold Partner status is based on globally harmonised criteria, so that brand owners can approach a 3M Select partner anywhere in the world with complete confidence. Structure-flex is particularly strong in the commercial vehicle market, but the Gold Partner status extends to all projects that they undertake.”


Structure-flex has a strong presence in the commercial vehicle industry offering full vehicle and cab wraps as well as lorry curtains and offers a fully bespoke wrapping service from design to print and fitting.


The criteria the company was assessed against included; adherence to a 3M Code of Content, execution of a Matched Component System (MCS) quality test, and submission to an annual audit by 3M personnel. 3M Select is supported by the MCS Warranty from 3M, which covers the whole graphic, not just the constituent parts, and is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive in the industry.


Structure-flex won a Queen’s Award for International Enterprise in 2013 for increasing its export sales by more than 250pc over the previous three years and includes Greene King, Irn-Bru, Pallex and Skinner’s Pet Foods amongst the brands it has produced.