Month: March 2012

Price Match Plus 5% Discount

As a Merchandise Distributor we have access to the same UK Promotional Products Suppliers as every other UK Distributor.  However we also source a lot of our products and some larger orders direct from the far east, we have strong connections with many factories for popular items such as lanyards, wristbands and USB flash drives.

We will always get 3-5 separate quotes on each product you have requested, this is to secure you the best prices for your wholesale order.

If you have a cheaper quote than the one we have supplied, generally we will be able to price match and then discount by at least 5%

We have a huge supplier network and can usually find a better price for you. We offer a high quality sourcing service, and we are always aware that price may be a clients No1 Priority.

We may however decline to price match a quote, if we have concerns that we will not be able to supply a high enough level of quality on a product.

For instance: on flash drives we “can” supply upto 5 different grades of memory chip…

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What are Spot Colours and What is Process?

On our site we use the abbreviated:

  • 1 Col = 1 Spot Colour
  • 2 Col = 2 Spot Colours
  • 3 Col = 3 Spot Colours
  • 4 Col = 4 Spot Colours
  • Process = 4 Colour Process (or Digital Printing)

We use these mainly to save space on the screen.  But it goes without saying they might need some explaining.

When printing on promotional products the cost is usually based on how many colours you want to print.  This is because each colour is separately printed and the product has to go through the print process once for each different colour.

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How Does Screen Printing Work?

How Does Screen Printing Work?Silk screen printing is a process that dates back as far as the Song Dynasty in China (960-1279 AD). It is called silkscreening because in the 1960’s printers used silk as the ‘mesh’ which the ink came through before being transferred onto the material.

Silk screen printing has retained the name even though polyester is now primarily used instead of silk as the mesh screen. It is also known as screen printing or serigraphy. Screen printing is used for printing on various promotional products.

Some popular promotional items for screen printing are:

The process of silk screen printing consists of several steps…

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What is Camera Ready Artwork?

Although this term is a little old hat now sometimes artwork is still referred to being supplied as “camera ready”

This basically means that the artwork that is supplied is clean tidy and ready to be photographed for making either screens (screen printing) or plates (litho printing).

The artwork is photographed and then the film is exposed onto a tight mesh of emulsion using a very powerful light.

The parts of the film that are black expose onto the emulsion and break down the chemical leaving the mesh exposed so that ink can then be pushed through the holes that are left.

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Embossing is the precise process of creating a three dimensional design or image in a paper or ductile material. This is typically done with a prescribed combination of pressure and heat on the ductile; in printing, this process is done with a letterpress.

The term of “impressing” allows one to distinctly distinguish an image that it lowered into the surface of a specific material for the image to be raised out of the surface of a material; this is also known as embossing, but is regularly called “impressing.”

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Pad Printing MachinePad printing is a process that is an alternative to offset printing and other process which print on flat surfaces.

Pad printing is used to print on three dimensional surfaces, such as mugs, pens, and other promotional products or branded products that are used for advertising or to market a business.

Since flat printing or offset printing utilises a rigid plate these processes cannot accommodate bumpy, round, or otherwise difficult surfaces, and pad printing is used as the alternative to the traditional offset process to print promotional products.

Pad printing uses an indirect offset process. Pad printing can also be used along with functional materials including conductive inks, dyes, and other materials.

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Embroidery is an art or handicraft that consists of decorating types of fabric and other like materials with needles and threads. The art of Embroidery incorporates many other materials including metal strips, beads, pearls, quills, and sequins.

Embroidery is done to decorate fabrics and cloths, usually to make costumes or costume based items, though there are also many other types of embroidery that are used on regular worn clothes.

Embroidery has been used through the ages to decorate both clothing and cloth bags; basically all cloth-based surfaces can be decorated or enhanced with embroidery.

Promotional items such as embroidered polo shirts are very popular with this process.

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Diamond engraving refers to the process by which a diamond-tipped tool is used to engrave a metal object. Since diamond is the hardest and material most resistant to abrasion, expert engravers use it to provide brilliantly reflective lines. Also, the point of the engraver requires minimum to no upkeep and last for many years.

The most current application of this form of engraving is called diamond burnishing, which can be used in all hand or computer-operating tools that use rotating spindles.

Diamond burnishing removes the surface coating of the material and polishes the indent and includes glass, aluminum and acrylics to the list of potential materials for engraving this gives diamond engraving a good standing in the promotional products industry as one of the best engraving methods (Along with Laser engraving).

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