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June 17, 2019 4:23 pm
As the ‘zero waste’ movement gains popularity, it seems we are becoming more aware of the affect we are having on the world around us. Every year in the UK we use 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard. Strong ethical values surround everything that we do at AB Print, which is why we have been committed to reducing the environmental impact of printing for over a decade. We are constantly adapting and improving our procedures as we believe we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect our planet.
Here we explain some of the ways we’ve been making our printing more eco-friendly!
By installing our very own wind turbine onsite, we have harnessed the power of wind to generate electricity. We’re proud to say that using this renewable energy source dramatically reduces our carbon footprint by offsetting our own energy use.
Recycling one tonne of paper saves an amazing 17 trees, 682 gallons of oil and 26,500 litres of water. Therefore we thought paper would be a good starting point. We have always used FSC Certified paper. This certification is given to paper and wood products that have been produced in an environmentally friendly way, from either well-managed woods or recycled materials. We give back by making sure that we recycle every single piece of waste paper that we can.
Alcohol free inks
The use of Isopropyl alcohol used in traditional printing methods has been known to release toxic and volatile substances into the air. By investing in new technology and moving entirely to alcohol free inks we have completely reduced our air pollution. But don’t worry, being environmentally conscious doesn’t mean we compromise on quality.
Raising our team’s awareness has been key in our efforts to reduce waste. We encourage our staff to implement innovative and practical energy saving ideas and we also ensure that we work with suppliers with the same strong ethics as our own.
If you would like to learn more about our environmental efforts, you’d like to talk to us about our products or you have suggestions on how we can go more green, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us on 01924 473481.
June 12, 2019 4:28 pm
What makes AB Print stand out from other printing companies in the North of England?
Our unique combination of services makes us a completely full service printer, meaning we can facilitate all of your printing needs under one roof. This includes an extensive range of specialist services and by taking these in-house there’s no mark-up. But, don’t think we’re jack of all trades, master of none! Our team of extremely skilled technicians use their attention to detail and expertise to produce the very best products for our clients. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what our customers have to say or keep reading to find out more about our specialist finishes that will inspire your next marketing campaign!
Glow in the Dark
Glow in the dark printing is a fun way to bring attention to your brand, but it also has some important uses in printing safety messages. Phosphorescent ink absorbs light as energy and releases it over a period of time.
Thermochromic inks are used to create heat sensitive postcards, posters, quiz items, food labels, and much more. The ink is coloured at room temperature making it opaque and hiding anything underneath. Customers are then encouraged to apply heat, causing the dye to become translucent, and revealing what was hidden.
Scratch n Sniff
Scratch n Sniff and scratch cards are a great interactive marketing technique. This technology has revolutionised marketing for fragranced products such as air fresheners and household cleaners. Loyalty cards, advent calendars, parking permits and greeting cards are other popular uses for scratch card technology.
Re-moist Gumming and Folding
Re-moist gumming is commonly used in envelopes, folded leaflets and direct mail response forms to seal part of the product together. The glue used is applied to a particular area and is activated by moistening. We also have the capabilities to fold paper materials such as leaflets, brochures and magazines with excellent precision, down to the last millimetre.
Spot UV is a varnish that coats a particular area of the product to enhance colours and draw attention. It’s great for emphasising logos, photos or headlines in brochures and on posters. Glitter can also be added to the varnish to create a sparkly effect! Spot UV is frequently used in cosmetic packaging, greetings cards, stationery and advent calendars, but there are many other applications.
Foil blocking is often used on tickets and certificates to reduce counterfeit items, as well as high-end stationery and marketing materials to give an elegant feel. With a wide range of colours and finishes to choose from, foil can be used to highlight any logo or graphic.
Embossing and Debossing
Embossing involves imprinting a graphic from the paper, whilst debossing is the opposite. Both are frequently combined with Foil Blocking for use in stationery and certificates, providing an air of professionalism.
See something you like? To discuss your next printing project with AB Print or to request samples of some of our finishes, give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here.…
June 5, 2019 8:57 am
We were very excited when we were approached by The Silk Boutique, a new online retailer that offers high quality 100% pure silk lingerie. What originally started out as a potential job to create and print some garment hang tags, quickly expanded to include Thank You cards, labels, boxes and, to top it all off, matching tissue paper to wrap the garments in!
However, we did not stop at just packaging! We wanted their brand to be really visible for their launch and so created a complete range of marketing materials. We designed new stationery, such as envelopes and embroidered t-shirts for the warehouse staff as a continuation of the brand.
The challenge for this project was to first agree a colour that the client had in mind and ensure that this was accurately printed across all the items. The next thing we looked at was to give the collateral an elegant look and feel to reflect the high quality products that The Silk Boutique offer. We accomplished this by introducing a rose gold foil to all items and a soft touch laminate where possible to give that ‘special’ feel.
Because all the printing, foiling, lamination and garment embroidery was able to be done in-house, we were able to control the production and ensure colour consistency and high quality required for the client who were over the moon!
“I am so glad I found AB Print Group. I was looking for a professional company that could help me with all the printing and design needs associated with setting up our new silk clothing brand and was immediately impressed with their enthusiasm and professionalism.
They guided me through the process of design, mock-ups and production, offering their expert advice and suggestions. This has resulted in a collection of packaging elements and corporate stationery that is both of a premium quality and looks beautiful.
We are proud to send out our luxury boxes to our clients and 100% happy with the service and aftercare we have received and highly recommend them.
We will not use anyone else!”
– Tiffany Hill (The Silk Boutique, Global Director of Design and Manufacturing)
Take a look at the final products ready for their official product launch on June 4th 2019 – www.thesilkboutique.com
To talk to AB Print about your upcoming print project give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here.
May 31, 2019 9:55 am
Exhibitions are great for networking and brand exposure. Throughout the year, many of our clients attend exhibitions across the country and often ask for our support with their marketing and exhibition materials.
One recent example of this was for our client ACS stainless, who attended the Made in Yorkshire exhibition in Elland Road, Leeds. For this exhibition, ACS stainless, who are a leading manufacturer of structural building components, asked our team to create them some Foamex signs for their exhibition stand.
Foamex signs are a popular signage choice as they standout and are a long-lasting alternative to posters. They are also lightweight which makes them ideal for transporting to exhibitions and events.
ACS used these Foamex signs as features on their stand to provide information to exhibition attendees about what they do, their structural building components and careers within ACS. We think they looked great and it sounds like the exhibition was a success!
There are many more exhibitions coming up in 2019 so if you need any exhibition stands or materials for your business, we have plenty of solutions for you to choose from. We create everything under one roof, from exhibition stands, banners, portable displays, signage and packaging, tailored just for you. Click here to see our full list of print solutions.
To speak to our team about our services or to find out more, feel free to call 01924 473481 or email us at email@example.com.…
May 20, 2019 12:55 pm
We are thrilled to welcome our newest member of AB Print – Neil Copson, who has joined us on the business development team! Neil joined us in February and has 25 years under his belt in the print industry.
Neil relocated to Yorkshire from Leicestershire after meeting a girl at a mutual friend’s wedding a few years ago. Since moving he’s been enjoying all the sights Yorkshire has to offer and as an avid squash fan, he has recently joined Wakefield Squash Club. He is the proud owner of two tortoises and used to have a handlebar moustache.
Neil joins our team at a very exciting time for AB Print. Towards the end of 2018 we invested in an extension to our mezzanine, giving us so much more space for new machinery. We have since added additional, high quality equipment such as the B2 Heidelberg cylinder Foiling Machine. The combination of these upgrades has resulted in faster turnaround times, increased efficiency, and the ability to do more jobs at any one time. The B2 Foiling Machine in particular allows us to provide an even higher quality product with better foil finishes at a cheaper cost.
We’ve really enjoyed having Neil on board so far and can’t wait to see what ideas he’ll bring to the table. To find out more about the work AB Print do, contact us on 01924 473 481 or visit our showcase page.
April 30, 2019 12:57 pm
It’s always exciting working at AB Print as we have the opportunity to produce print materials for clients from a variety of industries. Over the last few months, we have been delighted to welcome new clients to the AB Print Group, two of which are from a sporting background!
Trackrod Motor Club
Trackrod Motor Club, a leading motor club in the North of England, are the organisers behind the Trackrod Rally, Yorkshire Rally and Lookout Stages Rally. We recently worked together to produce their printed competitor safety manual and radio operators check sheets.
JSRA-The Jet Sport Racing Association of GB
Founded in 1995, the Jet Sport Racing Association are a professionally run organisation responsible for the growth and development of British Jet Ski Racing. We recently worked with JSRA to provide sponsor banners for the various venues for the 2019 season, as well as the trophy boards for each round of the event. Nearly 400 trophies were individually designed and manufactured for each class and round of the season.
We look forward to continuing our work with both organisations, providing a wide range of event signage and literature over the coming months and years!
To find out more about our printing services and how we can produce creative print for your business, whatever your industry, call our friendly team on 01924 473481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.…
April 29, 2019 11:16 am
Following recent growth and investment, we are currently looking for an experienced Account Manager to join the AB Print team!
With previous experience within an Account Management role, the ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills and attention to detail. The Account Manager will act as the main point of contact for a range of clients, managing their print projects from start to finish.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who wants to work in a fast-paced environment within a forward-thinking business, working with some of the UK’s biggest brands.
With the ability to carry out a variety of specialist printing services as well as conventional print, we have the facilities to produce outstanding print on any scale, all under one roof.
If you are interested in joining the team and want to find out more about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Alan Goodall, our Sales Director, on 01924 473 481 or email email@example.com.…
April 25, 2019 9:05 am
Spring has sprung, and summer is so close you can almost taste it. Whether you’re raising funds for charity, or simply spreading summer vibes – the popularity of summer fairs and festivals is unstoppable.
If you’re looking for summer event success, here’s our top tips for top notch fairs, fetes and festivals:
A summer fair is a great opportunity to support local business. Stalls selling local produce, such as food from restaurants and bakeries, will entice people to buy and help the local economy. Our printed menus and promotional flyers are an ideal way to promote what’s on offer.
Do your research into local bands, comperes, or whatever’s appropriate for the event you’re holding. Perhaps consider our raffle ticket booklets and reward certificates, when looking to incorporate games and fun activities into your event.
FOOD AND DRINK
When it comes to al fresco celebrations, there are so many mouth-watering ideas for summer refreshments. From a classic BBQ, to ice cream vans and homemade lemonade; the list is endless. Our flags and fabrics are the perfect finish for any festival refreshment stall.
Running a summer event is a big responsibility, and keeping people safe is paramount. Have clear signs telling people where the exits and entrances are, make sure that you have a lost child station, and ensure that there are no dangerous obstructions which could cause people to trip. Our glow in the dark printing is a great way to make sure that the fun can continue as the sun goes down.
So there you have it; our guide to having fun in the sun at your fairs and festivals this summer. At AB Print, your festivities are our priority. Whether you need leaflets, banners, or a complete package of products to cover your event from start to finish, we’ve got everything you could possibly need, at the highest possible quality.
Why not get in touch on 01924 473481 to see how we can make it a great success? We’re here to help.…
April 3, 2019 9:37 am
To have been providing print services for over 30 years means that we must have established a trustworthy reputation amongst our clients during this time. Over the years, we have always taken the necessary steps to ensure quality is at its highest.
As a result, we thought we would take the time to recap and remind ourselves of what makes us special:
Facilities and Equipment
Back in August of last year, we expanded our mezzanine area. This has allowed us to house new, cutting-edge machinery and equipment, such as the latest Heidelberg machine. It is with this continued investment that has allowed us to produce such high-quality products.
One of the main qualities we have as a print specialist, is that we can design and produce a wide range of merchandise and material. This is what has led to our mantra ‘All Your Printing Needs Under One Roof’. Many of our clients consider us as their personal printer, and that sits well with us. Just some of the services we offer include:
- Portable display / exhibition stand creation
- Business cards
- Flyers, brochures, leaflets
- Flag stands / festival merchandise
- Point of Sale / Point of Purchase displays
- Shelf talkers
- PVC casings
- Thermosensitive printed material
- Scratch and sniff printing
- Spot UV Finishing
Amongst many more.
Looking to the future:
Another aspect of what makes us different at AB Print is that we are always looking to the future. We recently announced the arrival of our brand new Web2Print service, which will increase our capabilities to streamline automation and ease of ordering.
We are always looking for ways to improve the service we provide to our clients. It is with that mindset that we have managed to remain consistent over the past few decades.
If you would like to learn more about AB Print, whether it is our team, print facilities, services, or new Web2Print functionality, then please get in touch with us on 01924 473481.…
March 25, 2019 11:19 am
We have recently started to roll out our new web2print system as we continue to expand our offering not only of manufactured products but also improved automation and ease of ordering.
We’ll cover more specifics in the coming months but for now here’s a brief outline.
Web2Print brings all the benefits in today’s connected world: exceptional value, precise logistics, improved quality and a high level of automation. Print or graphic assets that are easy to store, find and retrieve make ordering quick and simple every time – perfect for business cards, posters, postcards, brochures and social media images which only need to have certain elements or pages changed each time you order.
If you use any of the following our system could save you money and reduce complexity.
- Sales Proposals
- Product Sheets
- Direct Mail
- Digital Displays
- Social media imagery and messaging
Personalise your communications by making use of the database upload facility, and check the system for your current stock levels to know when you’re running low and need to re-order.
Our Web2Print service offers this and much more:
- Edit, approve and order your marketing materials online at a fraction of the cost of repeated trips to your designer using our flexible templated system.
- Manage your company brand consistency with templates that govern final output.
- Accessible anywhere 24/7 via with your own unique login on our cloud based system.
- Provides a virtual stationery store for all printed stock items.
- Digital or variable print on demand.
- Detailed usage reporting features to analyse spend and usage patterns.
- Unique editable controls over approval and ordering.
If you would like to know about how web2print can help you please contact your AB Print Group Account Manager directly or call the office on 01924 473481.