Key benefits of in-house print finishing
In addition to our diverse printing capabilities, we also have all the necessary machinery and skills in-house to finish all of our projects ourselves. This is a huge commercial advantage as we do not rely on the contribution of any external third parties to get our work finished and dispatched to our clients. This affords us:
- Great flexibility
- Quality assurance
- Competitiveness on price
- The ability to meet tight timescales
Print finishing options available
What die cutting is:
Die cutting is the process used to cut out shapes from sheets of paper using a cutting die. The cutting die is made from plywood with the cutting template laser cut into it. Metal cutting rules are then bent to the same shape as the template and inserted into the plywood to create the cutting tool/die. This die is fitted to our machine and effectively stamps out the desired shape.
Benefits of die cutting:
We offer conventional die cutting, perforation, scoring and kiss cutting of any shape you require, with great accuracy and efficiency for large quantities. Popular products include: folders, packaging, stickers and any bespoke shapes you may wish to devise.
What foiling is:
The first part of the process is to create a metal foiling block from your design, which is then heated on one of our foiling machines, where the foil is transferred to the desired areas on the sheet. There are various foils we always have in stock, such as black gloss, silver, copper, gun metal grey, gold, clear and holographic. However, there are so many more colours and options to choose from in both gloss and matt options, so if you have something in mind we are highly likely to be able to achieve your desired result.
Benefits of foiling:
Foiling adds an attractive and elegant finish to make your product stand out and your brand more memorable. Popular products include: invitations, stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders, and any bespoke products you may wish to create.
What embossing is:
Embossing involves an embossing die, which is a metal plate with your design on it, being pressed against the surface of the sheet to leave a raised impression. Embossing can be used on its own or be coupled with printing and/or foiling.
Benefits of embossing :
Embossing adds dimension and luxury to ensure your product is visually prominent and unique. Popular products include: stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders and any bespoke products you may produce.
What debossing is:
Debossing involves a metal die, which is a plate with your design on it, being pressed against the front of the sheet to leave an indent. This can be used on its own or used in combination with printing and/or foiling.
Benefits of debossing :
Debossing adds a unique dimension and quality to your product. Popular products include: stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders and any bespoke products you choose to create.
What spot UV is:
Spot UV involves applying a varnish to a specific area of a design, such as a logo or part of an image. The varnish gives the area a shiny gloss appearance, while enriching the colour underneath. It adds a premium finish that has multi-sensory impact.
Benefits of spot UV:
Spot UV adds a quality, high visual impact result that will make your product stand out. Popular products include: stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders and any bespoke products you may have in mind.
Folding & Gluing
We can easily glue any packaging configuration you may require. This includes: inline straight, lock bottom or crash lock, 4 and 6 corner, double wall, reverse z fold, conical cartons (chip box style) and miniature cartons. We also glue pocket folders, multi-panel DVD cases and with 8 glue guns just about anything else you can conjure up.
Folding & Scoring
We have diverse folding and scoring capabilities with great accuracy. We always score projects that use 150gsm paper or thicker to minimise cracking.
The majority of our projects are printed with multiples on a single sheet, so having the capability to cut all work quickly and accurately is crucial. We have two guillotines to ensure all projects are cut and ready for dispatch in good time.
Drilling & Wiro Binding
We can drill up to four holes at high volume, neatly, quickly and with no charred paper. We offer wiro binding, with many colour options available.
We have a high capacity for collating work, which is necessary if your project is printed using litho as each page is printed in batches, unlike digital printing which can be printed collated.
Lamination is often used to protect your product and make it more hard wearing, as well as increasing rigidity, quality and providing a unique finish. Lamination comes in matt, gloss or soft touch finishes, that are very smooth. We revert to using anti-scuff lamination on solid colours such as black to ensure it is hard wearing. This machine can also produce magnets, which are ideal for promotions and increasing brand awareness.
Saddle stitching is the process of stapling booklets and brochures at high speed. We also have a small format kit allowing us to stitch booklets as small as 64x64mm. Our machine can also produce stepped pages, roll out pages, loop stitches, inline punching or drilling and work that is two-up on a sheet.
Perfect Binding (PUR)
Perfect binding is an alternative method to saddle stitching to bind booklets and brochures. This process roughens the edges of the inside pages and glues these to the outer cover. This is often used for thicker brochures and exudes quality.
For more information and imagery on each specific machine we operate to provide these finishing services, please refer to our plant list section.
Print Finishing – Technical Details
More technical details about Print Finishing are available here as a PDF.