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Scratch card printing More than just lottery cards

Scratch card printing

Screen printing is an extraordinarily versatile process not only in terms of the variety of substrates that can be printed on but also the types of inks that can be applied and latex – the material used to create the silver / metallic panels on promotional scratchcards – is a perfect example of this.

Applied using our Sias or SPS screen printing machines (which incorporate the necessary conventional drying units), latex ink delivers opaque coverage but is easy to remove using a coin or finger nail. It is usually produced in silver (known as a lottery finish) but we can also print in gold and a range of other colours.

It goes without saying that latex inks can be applied over other inks (there wouldn’t be much point otherwise!) but we can also overprint onto the latex for games and competitions.

Complete end-to-end print and finishing service

With a full range of print and finishing technologies under one roof, we can handle scratchcard jobs from start to finish, from full colour litho printing, through latex printing (we have the capacity to handle print runs of a million or more cards), to trimming, packing and secure despatch.

High security products and procedures

As scratch cards can often have very high value prizes, we have established procedures to ensure the highest security within our premises and complete peace of mind for our customers.

We can also advise on the design of artwork to maximise security. For instance, we would always recommend that artwork has a background tint under the area to be latexed as this helps eliminate the possibility of show through.

If printing digitally we will always use a matt lamination on the side to be latexed. This eliminates the ‘raised ink’ effect of toner inks which could otherwise be visible through the latex.

More than just lottery cards

Scratchcards are now familiar to us all and are widely used for special offers, in-store promotions, charity fundraising, gaming cards, direct mail, exhibition materials, door drops etc. but the ability to scratch off an opaque ink to reveal details beneath lends itself to a host of other applications including:

  • Greetings cards
  • Advent calendars
  • Parking permits
  • Travel cards
  • Season tickets
  • Loyalty programmes (e.g. Buy 12 for the price of 10)

Special printing and finishing - from spot varnish to scratch cards

Not only do we have a full range of litho, digital and screen printing equipment, but we also offer all the finishing services you’d expect of a one stop shop print group, and one or two more besides. And we do it all in-house, which allows us to retain control of quality, turn things around extra quick when need be, and keep your costs as low as possible.

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Printing services

Commercial stationery

Commercial stationery

Accuracy and quality are essential to creating that all important first impression. At AB you have the reassurance of print to the most exacting standards, ensuring colour consistent printing across your entire brand.

Brochures, leaflets, folders and flyers

Brochures, leaflets, folders and flyers

With an impressive range of digital, litho and screen printing technology all under one roof, we’re able to recommend the best solution from one-off presentation documents to 100,000 multi-page brochures.

Point of sale, exhibition and packaging

Point of sale, exhibition and packaging

With almost four decades’ experience in the production of point of sale, exhibition and packaging materials, we are ideally placed to meet your requirements in this specialist field.

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Litho printing

Litho printing

Whatever you’re looking for, from letterheads to catalogues, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, folders, posters, mailers cards and more, we have the plant, technical expertise and customer-focused attitude to help.

Digital printing

Digital printing

Major investment gives us the capability to print pretty much anything and everything digitally - leaflets, posters, brochures, folders, stickers, POS, window vinyls, signage, banners and more - giving us huge flexibility.

Screen printing

Screen printing

You name it, we’ve printed on it: paper, board, card, vinyl, plastics, metals, backlit film and more. And we back this up with a full range of in-house finishing services.

Finishing & specialist printing services

Finishing & specialist printing services

We can provide all the finishing services you’d expect of a one stop shop print group, and one or two more besides. As well as in-line sealing, creasing and perforating, we can trim, die cut, crease, stitch and fold.