FAQs

Established in 1981, we have a strong reputation for expert production of bespoke, FSC-accredited commercial printing and packaging.

Offering a wide range of finishers and embellishments to complement our printing, cutting, and gluing, we’re proud to manufacture here in the UK from our base in Yorkshire.    

Do you have a minimum order quantity?    

No. As with all printing, the unit cost falls with volume but the beauty of digital printing is that it’s possible to produce very short runs without the set-up costs associated with lithographic printing. 

Is your packaging eco-friendly?

Our packaging is primarily made from trees which are grown sustainably and is recyclable and biodegradable.   

As you are choosing an FSC-accredited supplier, you have the option to use the logo on any product using FSC-accredited boards and allows you to trace your packaging board back to forest it came from for ultimate piece of mind. 

We only use eco-friendly, vegetable-based printing inks and all our coatings are water based.

Is hot-foiled packaging able to be recycled?

Yes. The amount of foil that goes into the recycling process is extremely small and does not prevent it being recycled.

If I choose lamination is my packaging recyclable?

Normal lamination isn’t recyclable as it’s made from plastic but the eco-friendlier options available can be. We’re here to advise you.

What is a blister card?

A blister card is printed card that is sealed with a plastic blister using a heat-reacted coating. 

Are blister cards with heat seal coating recyclable?

Yes.  The water-based coating is water based so if the plastic blister is removed you can recycle the card that’s left as normal.

What the quickest carton type to pack?

A crash lock stye base is the quickest carton to pack but it does depend on your specific requirements. Our engineer will consider this when looking at options for you in the engineering phase.

Can I have more than one finish applied to my packaging?

Yes. We can apply more than one complement finish so you can have, for example, a deboss, foil, spot UV varnish and lamination all on the same packaging.   

What is a water-based coating and what does it do for me?

We apply a water-based coating on the majority of the packaging we make, and it’s designed to help prevent the ink from rubbing off. It forms an added protective layer for the ink and has the ability to be used in three finishes: matt, silk and gloss.

What are carton inks?

Carton inks are inks with increased resistance to rub. They have waxes added that make them more durable than regular inks.  Together with the coating they make up our rub-resistant system.

What is process printing and how does it work?

Process printing uses four colours – cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Printing at 300dpi (dots per inch) tricks your eye into thinking it is seeing a whole range of colours that are actually made up solely from these four.

What is a special colour?

A special colour is an ink which is made to a specific shade. This can either be to a Pantone colour or matched to a specific colour swatch. We can supply small samples of these – called ink drawdowns – to enable you to see the colour on the board before we go to press.

How do you get the print on the carton?

Once we have a cutter guide from the CAD sample it’s time to think about your artwork.  A graphic designer will translate your ideas for you. If you don’t currently work with one, we have a graphics studio who can advise or even taken on your project from your brief.

What is a cutter guide?

These are the engineer’s technical drawings from the CAD sample and is used to lay artwork on. It should be set up so that it can be printed as a proof with the guide lines showing but turned ‘off’ so they don’t appear on the finished pack. If you need help on any aspect of artworking, our graphics studio will be happy to help.

What’s the difference between digital and litho printing and how does it affect me?

Digital printing has much lower set-up costs but higher running costs meaning it’s more cost-effective at lower volumes. We only do digital printing in process colours, and we are limited to 500 microns in thickness.  We are happy to advise on what is best for your project.

What thickness of boards can you use?

We use a wide range of papers and boards, from 70gsm which is the weight of copier paper up to boards of over 800 microns which is thicker than we would normally use for cartons.  Most commonly, we use folding box board as they are specifically engineered to be used in packaging. We also use tough kraft boards and strong micro flute boards which can be printed on directly.

How do I know if I need liner or a fitment with my carton?

The best way to determine what you need is to let our engineer work up a sample based around your product.

What is the difference between a window and an aperture?

An aperture is where we just cut a hole; a window has film glued over the aperture.