Our litho printing services offer consistently high quality and colour. We work with a variety of suitable papers and boards and provide precise finishing.
We will bring your print to life through our top of the range machines and experienced print minders. The experience of our team in the office offers innovative ideas to help improve costs and the perceived value of your print. Our litho presses are perfect for high end brochures, booklets, magazines or anything that requires a special colour or a larger print run. With the latest colour technology installed on our presses we have a low tolerance on colour variation.
We understand how tight deadlines can be and will always work with you to deliver without compromising quality. We don't just work locally and are despatching couriers throughout the UK and worldwide on a daily basis.
Litho Printing Explained
Offset printing, also called offset lithography, is a method of mass-production printing in which the images are transferred onto metal plates, plates are created for each image and each colour. The plate-making machine etches images and text into aluminium plates as microscopic dots. Once complete these plates are put into the litho press as a part of the set-up process. These are then transferred (offset) to rubber blankets or rollers and then to the print media. The print media, usually paper, does not come into direct contact with the metal plates.
Litho printing can use either the four colour process known as CMYK, Pantone colours or a combination of the two. For more information about colour, please see our colour guide
The main advantage of offset printing is its high and consistent image quality. The process can be used for most jobs, however the higher the number the more cost-effective it is as a process. We use in-sheet-fed offset printing where individual pages of paper are fed into the machine. The pages can be pre-cut to the final publication size or trimmed after printing.
We operate the newest Heidelberg Presses, which are with the highest print quality and speed. We use sustainably sourced paper and we work to high standards.
Advantages to Litho Printing
Our new technology affords quick make-ready times and allows us to begin printing in the quickest time.
Although plates have to be made, this is an automated process and set up on our litho presses only takes 5 minutes. This coupled with the fact that our presses run up to 15,000 sheets per hour respectively, you can rely on fast turnarounds.
Despite initial costs involved in creating the plates for the job at the outset, for print quantities from just a couple of hundred, litho printing is still more cost effective per printed item.
Economies of Scale - The higher the quantity, the lower the unit cost per printed item.
Use of Pantone® Colours
Litho printing benefits from the use of Pantone® colours in addition to the standard CMYK colour palette. When the perfect shade can not be made from CMYK a Pantone® colour is used instead, which gives a smooth consistent finish and is ideal for brand consistency.
Exceptional Print Quality
Whilst the print quality of digital has developed over recent years to the point where the difference between litho and digital is nearly indistinguishable for most jobs, the outcome for some jobs are still of better quality when litho printed.
With Inpress Control, which is hardware/software that reads the colour on every sheet as it runs and dynamically adjusts the colour levels automatically, this is a vast improvement to the manual process still required by older presses. This ensures that everything it prints is to an exacting standard and guarantees consistency in colour throughout the job and against later re-prints.
With biodegradable coating our work is completely rub resistant, has a high quality smooth surface and can be fully dry within 10 minutes of printing.
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