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There are lots of new and exciting things happening at CSD Print and we’d like to share them with you via our blog. If you have any comments or queries please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you

Have you tried the bubbles?

Bubble board is 100% recyclable

CSDPrint is always on the lookout for new products and services to offer our clients and we’re particularly keen to find really good environmentally-friendly materials…

Therefore we are really chuffed to have just taken delivery of a totally new polypropylene bubble board which is 100% recyclable and we can’t wait to show you how good it is!

Not only is it totally recyclable but a percentage of the materials used to make it are re-used factory waste.  So all round it’s a big step in the right direction.

It’s called bubble board because there’s a thin layer of bubble-shaped polypropylene sandwiched between two solid sheets which not only makes the board very light but strong and rigid too. On top of that, the board has been developed to take print really well – the ink adhesion is excellent.

Developed for all kinds of signage, displays and point of sale this new board would be great for retail in-store graphics, automotive dealership advertising and construction site safety signage. So if you want to upgrade your eco-credentials this could be the new material for you?

Get in touch if you are interested in this fab new eco board or any other environment-saving printing materials, we’d really like to help. Here at CSDPrint we’re doing our best to be kinder to the planet and we can help you to be too.

High definition graphics

Foamex is fantastic for digital printing

You woodn’t believe it!

We’re so pleased with how well these graphics have turned out – they really do look like wood!

The image reproduction and finish have made these simple Foamex in-store graphics punch way above their weight. It’s a great product to print onto, we recommend Foamex to lots of our clients who want the very best material for their retail displays, automotive advertising, construction signs and exhibitions not matter what the size.

It comes in a big range of sizes up to 10 x 5ft and can be printed on both sides. It can even be spot gloss varnished which makes individual design details really stand out.

Another useful feature is that Foamex can also be heat-bent. So for instance if you need counter top point of sale displays for drinks and snacks, your printed graphics can be bent to create a space-saving multi-unit holders.

Whether it’s flat, cut out or bent to shape Foamex is very co-operative.

Buzzing with lots of new finishing options

CSDPrint adds CAD cutter to its armoury

CSDPrint expands its cutting capabilities

It’s a hive of activity here at CSDPrint. All of our printers – including the two new ones – are working at full speed and our production team is taking it in turns to be trained on the state-of-the-art CAD cutter that’s being installed today.

The cutter will massively expand the range of items we can produce. We’ll be able to cut graphics to any size and shape and make items such as boxes and free-standing display units.

In the picture you can see MD Stephen and Ops Manager Glyn cutting some display panels for one of our retail clients to size.

We’ll also be able to produce cut out letters and shapes for interior and exterior signs of all sizes using a great range of materials including foamex, dybond and acrylic.

Exciting times ahead – can’t wait to show you some of the new things we can do!

Specialist safety signs and stickers

safety signs and stickers

Reflective safety stickers

Over the last few days we’ve printed lots and lots of signs, stickers and labels such as Hazchem stickers, PPE posters and Fire Exit signs. We’ve also printed hard hat stickers for a construction company and hazardous liquid labels for a chemical manufacturer.

CSDPrint can print onto a really large range of materials including a number of specialist substrates such as fire retardant high impact polystyrene (HIPS) and glow in the dark photo luminescent vinyl.

If you need specialist safety signs and stickers please get in touch because I’m sure we can help.

A peak behind the scenes…

Retail point of sale

Here’s a little case study all about how we help one of our retail clients manage their point-of-sale. It’ll give you an idea as to how we operate – we provide a fully managed, wrap-around service you know, we’re not just here to produce top quality print!

Client: Pure Collection
Leading luxury cashmere retailer Pure Collection is 15 years old. It started online and now also has eight boutiques, 30 concessions in John Lewis stores across the country and an outlet. The premium brand has built an enviable reputation for its stylish, top quality clothing.

The brief:
Pure Collection came to CSDPrint for help with their in-store marketing. They were looking for a hands-on print partner who would not only be able to guarantee exceptional quality but could manage all aspects of their fulfillment requirements too – collating, dispatching, ensuring safe delivery and fitting at each boutique.

The challenges:
This is an intensive print project to manage because Pure Collection is highly pro-active with its marketing. We print new campaigns each month including window vinyl graphics of various sizes and a full range of high-end internal point-of-sale materials. The show cards, hanging graphics and posters we produce are absolutely top notch; we use the very best substrates and print finishes to make sure everything is up to the fantastic quality Pure Collection expects.

Collating, dispatch and delivery is carefully co-ordinated to ensure each boutique’s specific requirements are met. For example the boutiques vary in size and therefore need different configurations of materials in line with the number and size of their windows and display units.

Pure Collection has chosen prime high street locations in appealing shopping destinations such as York, Shrewsbury and Guildford and therefore deliveries and fittings need to be meticulously scheduled, often out of hours, to avoid busy periods.

The solutions:
The smooth running of this lovely piece of business has been achieved by:
• Meticulous project management with extensive liaison with Pure Collection’s marketing team
• Collaborating with creative brain-storming
• Pro-actively sourcing new materials and preparing samples
• Flexible production scheduling to meet particularly tight deadlines
• Developing individually tailored fittings plans to suit the needs of each boutique.

Digitally printed retail window graphics

What our lovely client has to say:
“The production of our in-store graphics is so efficient now. The print quality is always fantastic which is really important to us and I particularly like the way CSDPrint gets involved with finding new materials and suggesting innovative ways of producing things.”

Jill Harrison, Visual Merchandising Manager at Pure Collection.

 

Simple tip 3 – thinking outside the box

Printed retail display units

When a box isn’t enough

Retailers wanting something different to help make their products stand out should talk to their printer. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and more often than not a bit of fresh thinking can make a world of difference.

Try sharing your aims and concerns with the company who prints your packaging and displays and together we’re sure we’ll come up with some great new ways to get your products noticed.

At CSDPrint we love brainstorming with our clients and working up new retail display ideas. It could be printed free-standing display units, attention-grabbing cut outs or shaped graphics that give your products the marketing boost they need. We’re always happy to make samples for you to test.

Our fancy new uber clever cutter will be up and running in a couple of weeks and we’ve got some really interesting jobs lined up for it including counter top soft drinks display units and cut, drilled and polish-edged high-end hanging graphics.

However, if it is just a box you want, be sure to make it a memorable one, include bold logos and images in the artwork and how about experimenting with finishes.

So, our third tip is, to keep your retail displays fresh get together with your printer and explore new options.

Can you ease our pain?

Large format artworker required

A new ‘Lucy’ needed

This lovely lady is leaving us to go travelling, we’re really going to miss her :(

If you are brilliant at large format artwork, design, pre-press and print production you might be able to help ease our pain, please get in touch on 01977 551910.

Here’s a bit more info:

We’ll be needing a digital/print art worker who is looking for a long term career opportunity. We are a friendly, rapidly growing, family owned printing company in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

The working hours are 37.5 hours per week, 9.00am to 5pm Monday – Friday.

The main duties include making customer files print-ready and creating artwork for a whole range of large format digital print machines and a new flat bed cutter.

Full training will be provided however previous art working experience is essential.

Core skills required:

  • Highly competent in art working and pre-press procedures/workflows for print
  • Ability to understand and execute instructions
  • Managing workloads to tight deadlines
  • Experience as an art worker within the large format print industry
  • Self motivated
  • A very high level of attention to detail is essential
  • Proficient in using Adobe Creative Packages such as: Illustrator, Photoshop (including retouching) and InDesign
  • Some degree of creative design skills an advantage
  • Communicating with customers by phone and email in a professional manner

Salary to be negotiated depending on skills and experience.

Simple tip 2 – making the most of your exhibition stands

Large format exhibition printing

Excel with expert design and print advice

Lots of our clients are gearing up for the 2018 exhibition season. Some are starting from scratch with newly designed stands and the latest giveaway gismos, others are simply replacing out-of-date graphics or adding upgrades such as reception counters and TV monitors.

Whether your budget is big or small we always advise our exhibition clients to have their stands professionally designed, it really is the best way to get a cohesive and cost-effective look.

Once you have your design, look for a print partner who has bags of experience and can offer lots of different graphics options.

There is a whole host of new and exciting exhibition stand formats out there such as stealth stands, pop up systems and pull up banner stands.

We know there’s a lot to do getting everything together for an exhibition and CSDPrint is here to help in any way we can. We’ve got lots of handy suggestions, for example…

Top tip 2 – When the show is over, don’t pack your stand away until next year, try and store it somewhere where it can be left up such as your reception area or a meeting room, that way it’ll keep its shape and last longer – it’ll keep on promoting you too!

Stand reception counters look so smart

Stylish and practical exhibition counters

Simple tip 1 – for sprucing up your business

Acrylic signs printed by CSDPrint

Super smart and shiny acrylic signs

Coming back to work after Christmas can be a bit daunting. Lots of companies work flat out in the weeks leading up to the end of the year and let things go a bit on the housekeeping front. One of the ways we help ourselves get our New Year mojo revved up is to have a really big clear out and freshen up.

A spruce up makes us all feel positive and we’ve got just the thing if you want to add some vibrancy to your office/boardroom/showroom/reception/front door – the highest quality digitally printed Acrylic signs.

CSDPrint can print onto any size of Acrylic, Perspex or even Flexiglass. Our large format digital printing technology has been put to the test in the past few days printing extra large picture graphics for a newly refurbished college. They look amazing as our technology enables us to print onto the back of the Acrylic or Perspex and add a white backing which really intensifies the photo-quality of images – and there’s the added bonus of the Acrylic protecting the image from wear and tear.

We’ve also printed a selection of AO Acrylic pictures to brighten up the walls of a retail training company and at the other end of the scale we’ve just finished some small plaques for outside a construction company’s HQ.

Top tip 1 – put up something bright and shiny to make you feel and look super professional.

It’s only been…30 years!

CSDPrint 30 years printing

 

It’s been our 30th anniversary this year and we couldn’t resist having a little pictorial look back.

The top of the montage shows how our logo has evolved over the years and at the bottom you can see how different the equipment is that we use now – the press on the left is our original screen printer and on the right is one of our fantastic new digital printers.

We might have come a long way and seen many changes to the business over the last three decades but we still feel just as passionate about what we do.

 

Here’s a quick CSDPrint evolution timeline:

  • 1987

When we set the business up – Castleford Screen & Display – we had just one second-hand screen printing press and would buy in all the repro, cutting and finishing services required. In the main we worked with a small number of local advertising and marketing agencies and Gail’s Dad, John was our delivery man.

  • 2005

By now we are beginning to pick up bigger pieces of work and are working with a number of marketing agencies on some leading brands including Graham’s Kitchens and Bathrooms, Goldenlay Eggs and Timpsons (shoe repairs). We decided to take the bold step into digital and invested in our first Epsom machine, a website and new CSDPrint branding.

  • 2007

Having outgrown our original premises in West Street, we moved across town to a larger unit and expanded the operation adding two more digital printers and a cutter. By now we had a team of six and were working with lots of new property and automotive clients.

  • 2017

The last 10 years have brought some of the biggest changes and challenges. We are now using entirely digital printing technology and complete the vast majority of pre and post-printing services in-house.

We have a tight-knit team of 10 ensuring that none of our quality or service standards are compromised even though the average job takes just hours to be completed and dispatched (in the old days it used to be a week).

It’s been good to look back and review things but it’s looking forward that we’re concentrating on now. There’s lots of exciting developments in the pipeline for 2018 and we hope there is for you too.