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Partnering with Burg-Wächter at MLA Expo 2019

Posted On October 25, 2019 By

MLA Expo is the largest locksmith exhibition in Europe, with its 2019 incarnation playing host to over one hundred exhibitors and a range of informative seminars and classes at the Telford International Centre. It’s a big event for everyone involved in the locksmithing and security industries, and so the team at AB Print were pleased to help out Burg-Wächter, Europe’s largest safe and post box manufacturer, with their exhibition stand earlier this month. Take a look below at the finished stand in all its glory! 

Burg Wachter

The display featured a range of materials, including Foamex on reverse-printed 5mm acrylic graphic panels and white backed 5 and 10mm acrylic panels featuring silver stand offs. We also provided Burg-Wächter with a range of eye-catching brochures and flyers for the event, as well as vinyls, signage and other promotional items. MLA Expo 2019 was the busiest and most successful yet, and we hope that plenty among its record attendance had the chance to drop by the Burg-Wächter stand to admire their (and our) handiwork.

Burg Wachter exhibition

Whether you’re gearing up for a big exhibition or looking for something a little more low-key, AB Print are here to help. Our suite of top-class printing machinery and range of expertise allow us to offer a variety of litho, screen and digital printing options, as well as standard and specialist print finishing services – all from under one roof. To find out more about , feel free to get in touch today by calling 01924 473481 or sending an email to enquiries@abprintgroup.com.

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Take a look at what we did for LivaNova!

Posted On October 21, 2019 By

We were recently contacted by the lovely team over at LivaNova to help them create a metal backed sign wrapped in vinyl for their stand at the International League of Epilepsy exhibition, which they attended earlier this month.

LivaNova are a worldwide leader in cardiovascular and neuromodulation solutions who are committed to improve the lives of patients around the world.

LivaNova exhibition stand

The stand’s main aim was to focus on the message of epilepsy being more than seizures and trying to encourage physicians to think about how they can change the odds for their patients. Rather than having a plain sign that people would just take a look at, they wanted a visually appealing and interactive stand that could help raise awareness.

LivaNova exhibition

LivaNova knew exactly what they wanted, but weren’t too sure about how to action it, which is where our expertise came in. Thanks to a mix of our experience and printing facilities, along with LivaNova’s creative ideas and certainty on the type of stand they wanted producing, the project was a raging success – not only did the client love it, but the public did too.

LivaNova

Here’s what Fliss Blades, LivaNova’s Marketing Manager had to say about it all: “The board worked really well!…Thanks again to AB Print for sorting this perfectly and so quickly, very much appreciated!”

If you’ve got an exhibition or event coming up in the near future and need any form of creative asset producing, don’t hesitate to contact our team at AB Print on 01924 473481.

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AB Print work with Wetherby High School

Posted On October 14, 2019 By

One of the many quality services offered by AB Print, personalised stationery is a great way of providing a personal touch and making a great first impression. AB Print were recently tasked with producing a collection of bespoke stationery for Wetherby High School in West Yorkshire. This stationery will be presented to prospective students visiting the school for an open evening, or to new starters on induction evenings. Each collection features a number of useful and eye-catching items, including:

  • Double-sided NeverTear synthetic paper rulers, printed in four colours and featuring the school’s house names, logos and mottos
  • Roll flat water bottles – reusable and collapsible with a sports cap and carabiner clip for easy drinking in all situations
  • Printed pens and accompanying pocket-sized A6 notepad

All of the stationery in this collection features a smart monochrome rendition of the Wetherby High School logo – take a look below:

wetherby high school

This project follows the successful supply of a range of personalised Wetherby High School leavers hoodies for departing Year 11 and Sixth Form students, and so the AB Print team have now had the pleasure of supplying items for both leavers and new arrivals! We wish everyone at the school the very best and are proud to have played a small part in its continued success.

AB Print offer digital, litho and screen printing services, alongside a comprehensive range of standard and specialist finishing options – all from under one roof. Our top-range equipment and versatile, expert team allow us to cater to your exact requirements, so whether you’re preparing for a one-off event or a sustained campaign, we’re here to help. To find out more, feel free to get in touch by calling 01924 473481 or emailing us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com.…

Halloween Print Ideas

Posted On September 27, 2019 By

The spooky season is very nearly upon us! For businesses, Halloween brings more than just trick or treaters, it brings a great opportunity to connect with your clients with some innovative and fun print marketing solutions.

Halloween

At AB Print, we offer a number of print services that are perfect for 31st October, and with our quick turnaround times, it’s not too late to do these now! Here are just a few of our spook-tacular ideas to provide you with inspiration:

Glow in the dark

Why not take a look at what we can do with our glow in the dark inks – perfect for illuminating eye-catching Halloween cards or postcards.  Alternatively, if you are hosting a Halloween event at a bar or nightclub, using glow in the dark ink on your promotional materials or wristbands will add a special touch.

Trick Or Treat

Add a ‘Trick or Treat’ twist to standard scratch cards and offer your clients Halloween promotions, discounts and incentives.

Halloween Networking

Thought about hosting a Halloween themed networking event? This would be a great opportunity to create an event with a twist, adding a little more fun for clients and prospects than the more traditional networking experience. For this event, you can print branded decorations, place cards and invitations with a spooky but memorable finish.

Mysterious Menus

Why not create Halloween themed menus for your restaurant? This is a great way to attract customers and promote your restaurant by making the most of a popular day. If you’re feeling extra creative, why not use scratch and sniff printing to reveal some tasty scents!

Whatever your business, Halloween is a fantastic opportunity to try something different and keep your customers engaged. If you have a print idea, speak to our team today on 01924 473481 or email us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com.

 

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Who’s the Boss?

Posted On September 27, 2019 By

We recently did some print work for Boss Consulting, a team of IT consultants that help companies implement new business management software. When we were initially approached by the company, they were looking for printing solutions for notepads and pens to distribute among employees, however this resulted in us producing a whole range of branded promotional goods! 

Boss consulting

Boss Consulting wanted a touch of luxury on their merchandise and so opted for an A5 imitation leather notepad, similar to a moleskine book, and classic ball point pens. We also provided power banks, to be used as portable chargers in case the team’s devices run low on battery. These were all printed with the company logo, making them a great addition to exhibition stands or to give as gifts to clients from sales teams. 

branded stationery  

As well as being a nice gesture, giving employees branded merchandise ensures branding is consistent across a business which provides a more professional look. This is why many businesses choose to use branded stationery, from business cards to diaries and ring binders.

With all our services under one roof, we can tailor your printed merchandise to however you wish, ensuring colour consistency throughout. We also provide a range of specialist finishes, including glow in the dark, heat sensitive printing, and scratch ‘n’ sniff printing to really make your brand stand out.

If you are looking to get branded stationery for your business, feel free to call our team today on 01924 473481 or email us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com.

 

 

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Creative Finishes for the Festive Period

Posted On September 19, 2019 By

Here at AB Print Group, we can print everything you could ever imagine, and what better time to get creative with your print advertising than the festive period?

There are many different ways in which you and your business could benefit from the services we provide and, in this blog, we’re going to talk through our favourite Christmassy effects that businesses up and down the UK should consider.

Glitter ink

glitter finish

When thinking about Christmas, one of the first things that comes to mind is all the tinsel and sparkly decorations that go around the tree. Well, why not make the most of the hype around all the glitter and send out some shimmering cards or calendars?

 

 

 

Fragranced inks

scratch and sniff

Nothing throws you back to good times more than a nostalgic smell, which evokes a whole range of emotional responses. There is no time of the year that produces more warm, loving smells than the Christmas period, whether that be roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, mulled wine or an open fire.

Get creative! This particular type of specialist print finish has sparked some fantastic ideas and there’s no reason yours can’t be amazing too.

 

 

Chill & reveal

chill and reveal

There isn’t a specialist print finish that is better suited to the winter months than the chill & reveal – the way it works speaks for itself. This effect can be added to certain areas of your print so that when the temperature drops, an area will be revealed.

It’s up to you what you reveal, it may be a festive greeting or an important message, whatever the idea, we think you’ll love it! 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to chat with one of our friendly team about how our different printing services will help you and your business stand out this Christmas, give us a call on 01924 473481.…

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here!

Posted On August 30, 2019 By

With a host of specialist print services, all under one roof, there’s not much we can’t print at AB Print! 
 
We’ve recently worked with our client Firebelly Stoves on some traditionally printed brochures, but were very excited when they approached us about something new! Firebelly Stoves design and manufacture contemporary wood burning, multi-fuel and gas stoves to keep your home warm. They asked us if we could make some branded wood-burning stove gloves to be used as a gift for new customers. 
 
We began by designing the gloves to the client’s requirements. Firebelly Stoves had asked for them to be mitten-style and choose a navy colour with the logo on the front. We used our Tajima embroidery machines to sew their logo on the outside piece of fabric, before adding the heat-protective layer and stitching together to create their bespoke wood-burning stove gloves.
 
Our Tajima machines can embroider designs with up to 9 colours, giving the finished product high-quality, professional look. It can also complete over 1000 stitches a minute. speeding up turnaround times significantly. At AB Print we can use embroidery on a variety of different products, such as t-shirts, fleeces, caps and aprons, in all sizes, fabrics and colours.  We can combine this with transfer printing to customise your merchandise further. 
 
Firebelly Stoves were very happy with their finished products and even took to their Instagram to show their followers. 
 
 
To chat with us about branded merchandise for your business, give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here. To see more examples of our recent work, and find out why you should be harnessing the power of branded clothing in your next marketing campaign, take a look at our blog post

AB Print work with Tastes of Thai!

Posted On August 26, 2019 By

Although it’s exciting, there are many things to consider when setting up any new business, such as branding and printed materials. Our team often work with shops and restaurants across Yorkshire to help with this, and recently we got the chance to work with a brand-new Thai takeaway!

Tastes of Thai, who are based in Pudsey and offer authentic Thai dishes, contacted us to help them produce their new marketing materials and signage to get their business up and running.

Tastes of Thai

This was an excellent project to showcase the range of printing our team can produce. We began focussing on the outdoor features which included creating alupanel outdoor signs showing their contact details to help promote the Tastes of Thai brand, before creating the window graphics to add that finishing touch to the outside of the property.

window graphic

large format print

Next, we helped with the inside décor by producing a large format digital printed indoor menu to display Tastes of Thai’s delicious dishes! Finally, we printed the logo to be placed on the reception desk to add a unique finish.

tastes of thai print

This is a great example of using different printing techniques to display a brand across a business to add a personalised feel. We wish Tastes of Thai all the best with their new business and look forward to working with them in the future!

To find out how AB Print could help you with your printing needs, contact our friendly team on 01924 473481, or email us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com. You can also find out more about our printing services here.…

AB Print Invest in Brand New UV-Lithographic Press!

Posted On August 19, 2019 By

We’re very excited to announce the addition of our newest machine! A Komori H-UV L Lithographic Press.  At AB Print we believe our ability to print everything in-house makes us stand out. This means we are committed to continually investing in the latest technology, enhancing our customer experience and creating even higher quality products.

Traditional lithography is a method of printing that has been around since the mid 20th Century. The process involves producing a plate with the image you would like to print on it and covering it in ink. The desired material for printing is then placed against the plate. Conventional inks dried as they were absorbed onto the material and then oxidised in the air, but often infra-red lamps or chemicals that were added to the ink were used to dry the printing quicker.

The Komori H-UV System uses an ultra-violet lamp to cure ink that is sensitive to UV. The same method, of using a plate and pressing this onto materials, still applies. However, the inks that use UV lithography are dried as soon as they come into contact with the UV lamp, meaning the print comes straight off the machine dry. This cuts down turnaround times for printing jobs considerably, but also preserves the colour and details of the design much better.

Choosing this particular model of lithographic highlights our continued efforts to offset our impact on the environment. The machine has an efficient power saving LED lamp that does not require time to heat up and can be turned off in an instant which has hugely reduced our energy consumption.

lithographic printsThe greatest advantage to this new piece of equipment is that we have the ability to print on a wide range of materials. Standard lithographic inks require a semi-permeable surface for the inks to sink in to. However, UV litho inks can adhere to different types of non-permeable surfaces. So far, we have had beautiful results with all kinds of plastics, including polypropylene up to 0.8cm thick. Take a look at some marvellous folders we’ve printed on polypropylene, and how we’ve combined plastic with paper to create a dramatic looking brochure.

lithographic printing lithographic printer 2 

For some advice on your printing needs, give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here.…

Easy Guide to Paper Sizes and Types

Posted On July 23, 2019 By

There are two vital parts to any print job! You must consider the quality of the paper and the print hand in hand for the best results. You may have invested time and money into the perfect poster, brochure or business card design, but printing these on the wrong size or weight of paper can ruin their effectiveness.  At AB Print we are always on hand to advise you on the most suitable paper for your task. However, we’ve put together this easy guide to paper sizes and types for those of you who want to know more!   

 

Size  

 

In the past, paper sizing conventions used to vary a lot depending on which country you were in. Nowadays, the ISO 216 A and B series have become the international standard. The A series is the one most commonly used and includes A4, which is used all over the world for ‘business’ printing. The formats run in decreasing size from size A0 to A10 and the area halves with each sheet.  


paper size
Weight 
  

 
The weight of paper can make a huge difference to quality. It is measured in grams per square metre (gsm). Generally speaking, the thicker the paper, the more durable it is as thin paper is likely to tear more easily. It is also worth considering that printing double-sided flyers on thin paper may mean any bright and bold patterns may be seen through the other side. Flyers, posters and leaflets tend to work best printed on paper around 130-170gsm, heavier than your traditional office paper.  Covers for brochures work best at a weight of 200-250gsm, and business cards typically start at 300gsm.  

 paper sizes for print

Finishes 

 

Coating your paper with different finishes is a great way of making your print marketing stand out. If your design contains few words and focuses on eye-catching visuals, we recommend a glossy finish. If you have more text that needs to be easily readable we recommend a matt finish.   

 

Special Print finishes for paper

 

For more advice on the best paper for your next print assignment give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here