Investment in Equipment and Talent at Imprint

7th May 2019

We are continuing to invest in our large format print division Imprint and we have recently spent £2.5 million on two new Inca Digital Onset x3 presses. We have also taken on new talent aligning investment to deliver against our client’s requirements.

Tony Mullarkey joins the Newcastle site as newly appointed Manufacturing Director along with Michael Sibley as 3D Designer and Rachel Garvin as New Business Manager. Arron Rutherford and Mick Fisher recently joined the London office. They bring a wealth of experience to the business from point of sale manufacturing, customer service and business development to 3D structural design.

The two new Inca Digital Onset x3 3.2m wide presses have been delivered to Imprint's main production site in Newcastle. The presses take substrates sized up to 3.22x1.6m at a maximum thickness of 50mm and includes a robotic arm for high productivity. It prints at what Inca has called a “blistering” speed of 900sqm/hour. Its 14 channels feature three sets of CMYK plus the choice of white or orange.

Mark Handford , Pureprint Group CEO commented “This newest installation means that Imprint have the market leading digital and screen printing technology at their site offering their customers the best quality with superb reliability and consistency on long runs and wide range of effects for innovative large format production.”

Dave Bullivant, Imprint Managing Director added “The new talent in our London office has helped us strengthen our face to face relationship with clients in the city and enables our Pureprint client base to also access these services. Tony Mullarkey in Newcastle  brings a wealth of knowledge around manufacturing and Sibley’s experience will help grow the 3D side of the business at Imprint and help us streamline the process of running 3D jobs through production.”

Imprint continues to grow since the acquisition by Pureprint Group in 2014 being driven by its marketing automation tool Additions, developed in house specifically for retailers to control and improve the efficiency of point of sale.

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Fluoro Inks – Giving Impact to your Print

22nd May 2019

Our digital printing department housing six HP Indigo presses are always busy working with HP on the newest developments in digital printing. HP ElectroInk Fluorescent Pink has gone down well with many customers including brands like Rapha who use this fabulous ink for their marketing materials.

Building on the success on the fluoro pink we have now launched three new fluoro inks on the B3 presses – green, orange and yellow giving your print a vibrancy and opening up the opportunities for creativity. Combine the fluoro inks with CMYK and the possibilities are huge for striking and unique colour options.

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Pureprint Chairman launches £26k London Marathon fundraiser for children’s hospice

4th February 2019

Pureprint Chairman Andy Nash who is also the former Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club is set to run the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Andy will join Sir Mo Farah and a cast of thousands of runners in the world-famous road race on Sunday, April 28. He hopes to raise £26,000 – £1,000 a mile – for the charity, which provides hospice care for hundreds of children and their families all over the South West.

Andy, who is also a former director of the English Cricket Board (ECB) declined the offer of a traditional retirement lunch and instead, asked former colleagues at the Taunton club to support his first ever marathon attempt. He kicked off his six months’ training by running the London Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 14 and returned to the Cooper Associates County Ground to officially launch his fundraising campaign.

Andy said: “It’s traditional for the club to mark the service given by a retiring senior officer but rather than add more inches to my waistline with a dinner, I thought I’d try to lose some instead by running the London Marathon for a great cause. Community relations are of the greatest importance to SCCC and the club has had a long association with CHSW, with many fundraising events by the club and players. It’s a privilege to have an opportunity to do my bit for a cause that does such terrific work in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall at their three hospices. I should like to thank Somerset County Cricket Club and Pureprint for their generous offer of supporting me in this quest.”

Eddie Farwell, founder and CEO of CHSW said “We’re delighted that Andy has chosen to support CHSW by undertaking this incredible challenge and are so grateful to Somerset County Cricket Club for their ongoing support of our charity. CHSW offers vital support to more than 500 families living in the South West – respite for the whole family; a sibling service for brothers and sisters; emergency support; end of life care; and a bereavement service for as long as it is needed.

“It costs around £10 million a year to run our three hospices in North Somerset, North Devon and Cornwall and without ordinary people like Andy offering to do extraordinary things to raise money for us, we just wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

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UK's Leading HP Indigo 12000 HD Press User

17th January 2019

We are installing a new HP Indigo 12000 digital press and upgrading an existing HP Indigo 10000 digital press making us the first printer in the UK with three HP Indigo B2 HD digital presses.

All three presses will be fitted with the high-resolution HD printing capability, which offers the finest print resolution from the HP print platform. In addition, HP have enhanced the colour management software on the new presses to further improve the consistency, repeatability and colour profiling. The HP Indigo 12000 presses print a sheet size up to 750 x 530mm and the HD technology doubles print resolution to achieve higher image smoothness by printing 1600 DPI with high LPI screen sets up to 290 LPI. The high definition imaging system uses an additional 12 laser beams to achieve the higher resolution.

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint Group, commented “Since the first HP 12000 press came in we have experienced higher levels of productivity and our customers looking for fine art and photographic quality have also been really impressed with the higher resolution that we are able to offer them. The three HP Indigo B2 digital presses all with the HD technology together with our three HP Indigo 7800 presses means our customers can now print variable content work to the highest quality in quantities from 1 to 1 million on the most demanding schedules. This is generating some great new business for us.”

UK&I Country Manager for HP Indigo, Peter Jolly commented: “The HP Indigo 12000 HD press has raised the bar for digital print. The quality of work Pureprint produce on their fleet is outstanding and we are delighted to see their continued expansion into digital.”

The installation of the new press and all the upgrade work is due to be completed by the end of January.

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The Plastic Revolution Making Way for Paper Trends and Innovations

7th January 2019

In this revolution against single use plastic, paper is being seen as the way forward as a sustainable replacement. The fact that paper can be recycled and not end up in landfill coupled with papers coming from regenerated sources through accreditations such FSC, paper seems the obvious alternative.

We have seen some really inspiring alternative product solutions and wanted to share some of these with you, in case you haven’t already seen these or considered them. These come from the simplest replacement of poly wraps with the comeback of the paper envelope and biodegradable plastic to the truly inspiring and innovative with the paper produced water bottle.

Many of our clients have chosen us as an environmentally conscious and sustainable print partner and due to this we are seeing many choices being made about the enclosing and mailing of products. One of our clients Neal’s Yard chose to remove plastic from its brochure mailings which used to be mailed in poly wrap single use plastic and now encloses its brochures in paper non window envelopes helped by the fact we have inkjet and digital printing facilities which mean personalised and bespoke envelope solutions can be provided.

L’oreal announced its launch of sustainable paper based bottles for new sustainable brand Seed Phytonutrients in April last year. The external shell is 100% paper-based and is recyclable and compostable.

Twosides reported last year on the Choose Water bottle, which has been developed by British scientist James Longcroft, which aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world’s oceans from plastic waste. The outer case is made from 100% recycled sustainably sourced paper pulp, while the waterproof inner lining is made from fully biodegradable and sustainable materials. The steel cap on the bottle will also rust and fully decompose within a year whereas plastic usually takes hundreds of years to break down.

Delipac is another leader in this field with a fully sustainable innovative packaging board designed for food and drink products. It provides barriers against moisture, grease, liquid, but without laminated plastics or polymers perfect for the coffee cup market.

These are surely massive breakthroughs however time will tell if the production costs can be brought into line to make them a mainstream solution for cost conscious manufacturers.

Now awareness isn’t purely with the more environmentally conscious companies and individuals but across the board on the damage single use plastic has on our environment. Innovative solutions are coming through and so a great step towards taking a responsible approach to plastic usage.

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Impressive Books Win Awards

29th November 2018

It’s been a great month for two of our customers winning awards at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2018.

Hurtwood Press held the shortlist for all three books in the Digitally Printed Book category so were destined for a win with either That Book!, Brian Clarke: The Art of Light or This Time It’s for Real and they scooped the prize for That Book! by Eszter and David which also secured Book of the Year. That Book! is a single, unique, totally bespoke and never-seen-before book – a memento of precious moments in time and a final output of creativity of Eszter & David, professional photographers based in Los Angeles who are getting a name for themselves in their field. Designed by Billie Temple graphic artist and designer.

Francis Atterbury, Managing Director of Hurtwood Press commented, “We were the only people nominated in the category so I was pretty confident that we would win! Eszter & David flew over from the US to come to the awards so it was a pleasure to celebrate with them.”

He continued, “Trust and reliability is at the heart of all the important relationships I have with suppliers and is why we have been working with Pureprint for over 20 years. I trust them to do a good job, I trust them to offer good advice and I trust them to back me up.”

The other winning customer was Extraordinary Editions who won Best British Book with a very extraordinary book The RAF Centenary Anthology which was digitally printed on our HP Indigo 12000 press and impressively bound at Ludlow Bookbinders. In association with the RAF Museum Extraordinary Editions produced this book commemorating a hundred years of service and sacrifice, courage and honour, whilst celebrating the spirit and values of the people who have contributed to the RAF story.

Martin Morgan of Extraordinary Editions kindly commented, “We were very proud to be invited to produce the anthology and want to thank the team at Pureprint for all their help on this intensely challenging project. If you want to win Best British Book it helps to go to the best British printers."

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Pureprint Prints for the 2018 Ryder Cup

12th November 2018

As print partner for the Ryder Cup we recently produced all of the printed collateral for the major event held at Le Golf National, Paris in September.

Will Marsh our Client Services Director said “It was a complex project with nearly 70,000 individual orders picked, packed and despatched from our fulfilment centre, each pack being scanned and tracked as 350,000 tickets were sent to addresses across Europe, USA and the rest of the world. Ticketing required integrating our workflow with the ticketing agency order processing system utilising our Purity Event Management software which gives full traceability and order matching”

Our GDPR compliance, ISO 27001 Information Security accredited workflows, Purity Event Management software and award winning print quality meant we were the print partner the Ryder Cup needed for another successful tournament.

As well as printing the 350,000 personalised tickets, the Players Guide, Media Information Booklet Media Photographers Guide and 45,000 copies of the Ryder Cup Programme were printed at our Uckfield production site. Menu cards, place cards, scorecards, lanyards, luggage tickets and vehicle decals were also part of the package. The Pureprint project management team also managed overnight draw sheet production in Paris, delivering to the course by 4.00am each morning.

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PrintWeek Awards 2018 Success

31st October 2018

On Monday 22nd October we were honoured to win Brochure Printer of the Year, Fine Art Printer of the Year and Point of Purchase Printer of the Year (for Imprint our large format print division) at the PrintWeek Awards 2018 held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

We were also highly commended in the Bespoke Magazine, Report and Accounts and Bespoke Digital categories. We want to say thank you to all involved in helping us win with the pieces of work we entered from our experts including sales, customer service, repro, print and finishing to our suppliers and of course the fabulous customers who choose us to produce their outstanding designs.

The judges commented…

Brochure Printer of the Year
If a picture paints a thousand words, then the highest-quality brochure must speak volumes - the production values on show here are among the highest in print, said the judges. Pureprint has emerged victorious in this hotly contested category thanks to, among other things, impressive use of tactile materials. Samples submitted included a Rug Company Handmade brochure with five special colours for the cover and buckram emboss for that tactile, premium feel so loved by judges who also felt their way around brochures for One & Only Urban Resorts and Filmworks Ealing.

Fine Art Printer of the Year
Aesthetics, beauty, perfection. As this category suggests, judges look for prints, books or catalogues demonstrating the highest levels of origination and print. Pureprint rose to the task. The Embassy of Brazil – The Art of Diplomacy involved several prototypes for a facsimile of a booklet from 1944. The end-result was a matt-laminated printed case outer and jacket with black Colorado cloth. “Sublime printing with incredible binding,” said the judges. Other samples included 450 copies of a Gagosian Gallery book celebrating artist Anselm Kiefer, and a 75th anniversary edition of Jonathan Kenworthy’s sketches. The latter typifies the unique print skills needed to carry off this award: the repro, print, paper and presentation were all special in their own right and successfully brought to life the elegant drawings within its pages.

Point-of-Purchase Printer of the Year (for Imprint our large format print division)
White Stuff was the right stuff for last year’s highly commended entrant. The Newcastle-headquartered printer created a ’Run Wild’ window campaign for the fashion chain of 120 shops. It centred on a layered horse and overlapping backdrops to give a 3D effect. With many elements, packing and delivery was kept simple, with every item logged online so each store could tap onto the site to see exactly what they would receive. Judges approved of this and projects for Peacocks, Kurt Geiger and Dune: “Excellent use of materials, CAD design, layering and depth.”

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Imprint Becomes FSC Certified

15th October 2018

We have recently undertaken certification to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for our large format print division Imprint, showing that all areas of the group comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.

FSC chain of custody certification verifies that at each stage of the manufacturing process products are handled correctly from forest to shelf ensuring against logging, forest degradation and deforestation in certified areas.

To add to this Imprint have also become a member of Sedex, the ethical supplier register that enables businesses to share information and map risk.

This allows members to manage and share with other members (50,000 members over 150 countries) their ethical and social performance and build trust with their suppliers, helping to protect people, the environment and business.

Imprint are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of point of sale, point of purchase and large format media and are moving in line with the group with our unique and long established environmental ethos.

We were the first FSC certified printer in the UK back in 2001. Dave Bullivant, Managing Director commented “As part of Pureprint Group who lead the way in environmentally conscious and sustainable printing we are on a journey to make the large format part of our business mirror our parent company.

Our customers have similar goals and concerns to the Pureprint core customer and environmental responsibility is high on their agenda.

We are striving to meet these customer needs and make the large format part of the business as sustainable and ethical as is possible.”

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Pureprint PrintWeek Awards Finalist

29th August 2018

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted in all 8 categories we have entered for this year’s PrintWeek Awards. Making us finalists in Luxury Packaging, Point of Purchase, Bespoke Magazine, Bespoke Digital, Brochure, Book, Report & Accounts and Fine Art Printer of the Year showing the high quality of the work we produce across such a diverse range of projects and sectors. We particularly want to thank our customers who each year provide us with more interesting and challenging projects which enable us to have such inspiring work to enter into these categories. The winners are announced in October so fingers crossed we have more good news to tell you. Find out about the awards we have won here

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Post Press Expansion at Pureprint

9th July 2018

We are adding ten additional post press processes to our in-house finishing capabilities at our site in Uckfield, East Sussex.

An MK 1050 YM1-11 B1 automatic platen hot stamping press will bring hot foiling, embossing, debossing, die cutting and perforating on B1 sheets in-house and a Herzog & Heyman M7 master mailer machine will expand the options for direct mail finishing including re-moistable gluing. A Sakurai SC102A2 UV spot coating machine will offer spot UV varnishing and there are further machines to expand folding, stitching, lamination, cutting, drilling and die making facilities. 

Mark Handford, Chief Executive of Pureprint commented “The creative printing and the direct mail markets like to use a wide range of finishing processes to increase impact and response rates so we have been keen to expand our in-house finishing skills for some time. This investment is an important step for us and we will be adding more specialist finishing equipment as part of our on-going investment programme.”

The latest equipment has been purchased from the administrator handling the closure of Barwell Print Finishers. Pureprint will also take on four former Barwell staff.

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Pureprint Helps Clients Reduce Carbon Impacts with Carbon Balanced Paper

15th June 2018

It is twenty five years since we became the first printing company in the UK to be certified to ISO 14001 in 1993 and sustainability continues to be at the heart of our business. We have now added a new service and we are offering clients a way to balance the carbon emissions of the paper they use in their printed communications with Carbon Balanced Paper.

Government targets have now been set to reduce UK carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 against 1990 baseline and many businesses and consumers are becoming more focused on reducing their carbon emissions to help reduce climate change.

“It is good to see our customers becoming more environmentally conscious. I am sure it is a combination of programmes like Blue Planet and the increasing evidence of climate change through weather events and natural disasters that is persuading more people to care about the environment” said Richard Owers, Director of Pureprint. “Carbon Balanced Paper is an easy way for our customers to reduce the carbon impacts of their printed communication. All our printing operations have been CarbonNeutral® for over 15 years and now by specifying Carbon Balanced Paper our customers have the opportunity to produce printed work with very low net carbon emissions.”

Balancing is delivered by World Land Trust, an international conservation charity, who offset carbon emissions through the purchase and preservation of high conservation value land.

Through protecting standing forests, under threat of clearance, carbon is locked in that would otherwise be released. These protected forests are then able to continue absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, referred to as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). This is now recognised as one of the most cost-effective and swiftest ways to arrest the rise in atmospheric CO2 and global warming effects. Additional to the carbon benefits is the flora and fauna this land preserves, including a number of species identified at risk of extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Sir David Attenborough, Patron of the World Land Trust says, “The money that is given to World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”

Our clients can now use the World Land Trust, Carbon Balanced Paper logo, as a mark of integrity on their printed communications. Furthermore, we can provide clients with World Land Trust certificates quantifying the CO2e balanced and land area preserved for every print job, which an organisation can use in its environmental reporting and marketing.

“I am delighted that Pureprint, one of the UK’s leading environmental printers, recognises the value and integrity this initiative delivers to their clients”, says Jonathan Tame, Managing Director of CarbonCO, the environmental consultancy who manage this initiative for the print and paper industry. “Pureprint understand the social and business benefits of taking their environmental responsibilities seriously and helping clients reduce their impacts. It is a simple and genuine solution to a very real problem”.

About Carbon Balanced Paper and CarbonCo

Since its launch in 2013 more than 2,000 organisations in the UK have now used Carbon Balanced Paper, balancing more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2e and protecting 14,500 acres of threatened habitat with World Land Trust. This is the equivalent to balancing the annual emissions of more than 41,000 cars.

CarbonCO is an environmental consultancy who manage the Carbon Balanced Paper and Publication initiatives on behalf of World Land Trust for the paper and print industry.

About our Contribution as a CarbonNeutral® company

Since 2007 Pureprint has purchased 28,236 tCO2e of verified carbon offsets, which is the equivalent to the carbon from 105,690,228 economy flight miles or 85,924,149 car miles.

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Pureprint in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

11th June 2018

Published on the 10th June, the ninth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Pureprint appears at 52 with international sales hitting £6.8 million in 2017 boosted by growth from the US and Europe and up 69.66% on the previous year.

The league table shows the resilience of Britain’s mid-market exporters. Despite the uncertainty created by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, their international sales have grown by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn, the highest growth rate since 2013. Together they employ 106,000 staff, having added 24,000 jobs over the period.

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint commented “Our international trade started with projects for our UK customers some years ago but in the last few years we have seen significant growth direct with companies based overseas. Our flexible and responsive approach to providing the best solutions combined with our award winning product quality is proving a winning combination in a number of different countries. We are definitely seeing continued growth from international markets this year.”

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Shortlistings at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2018

24th May 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in 4 categories at this year’s Print, Design and Marketing Awards. We have been shortlisted in Direct Mail and Short Run Printing for Sun Bingo VIP DM, Hardback Books for Lux Editions Mauritius and for Eye Magazine Issue 94 with 8,000 unique covers for the Magazine category.

The winners are announced next month so fingers crossed we have more good news to tell you.

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Pureprint First to Add High Defintion to HP Indigo 12000

29th March 2018

We are the first UK printer to add high-definition printing heads to an HP Indigo digital press. The installation, on one of our 6 HP digital presses at our Uckfield production site took place last week.

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint commented “Many of our customers are interested in high end print production where colour and quality are very important. Last year the judges for one of our award wins kindly described our digital print work as ‘perfection’ but the HP Indigo high definition print heads offer a further advance.  Luxury brands and the fine art publishing sector in particular will appreciate the new level of print detail that this investment brings and the results we have seen show that digital printing can match our top end HD litho FM screen work.”

The digital printing HD capability has been installed on our newest HP Indigo press, the 12000 B2 machine. The HD technology doubles print resolution and will achieve higher image smoothness which HP believe surpasses offset quality by printing 1600 DPI with high LPI screen sets up to 290 LPI. The high definition imaging system uses an additional 12 laser beams to achieve the higher resolution.

UK & Ireland Country Manager for HP Indigo/PWP Peter Jolly commented “The upgrade to the HD head is such a logical choice for Pureprint, a company synonymous with high quality and fine art printing. Thank you Mark and the team for taking the next step with HP Indigo technology.”

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