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Spot UV printingcreate memorable promotional print

Spot UV varnish

Spot UV varnish finishing is one of the most popular finishing techniques in business printing and for good reason.

You can use it to highlight logos, headlines, photos and graphics in a brochure or other marketing literature. You can use it to bring extra impact and prestige to high quality business cards. And wherever you use it, spot UV varnish adds interest, enhances colours (by deepening them) and delivers a finish that encourages people to pick up printed materials and look at them more closely.

While one of its key benefits is to create an attractive, tactile and visually appealing contrast with the surface of the paper substrate, UV varnish can also be ‘flood coated’ over an entire page to apply an all over high gloss finish.

Spot UV varnish isn’t suitable for uncoated stock so digitally printed materials will need a matt laminate applied before varnishing.

Glitter UV

Another option is glitter UV, a process that combines clear varnish with glitter to create a solid, opaque finish that – quite literally – stands out from the page. Obvious applications for this treatment are greetings cards and advent calendars but it’s a process that can be used on virtually any printed materials, from stationery and brochures to upmarket packaging (e.g. for cosmetics).

In-house finishing means competitive costs

The fact that we carry out all spot UV varnishing in-house not only enables us to retain complete control of every aspect of the printed job, but also results in a highly competitive service. No 3rd party mark ups, no 3rd party print delays, no excuses.

It also means that we know what we’re doing, and how to ensure the best possible results. And the benefit to you is that we can help you avoid any potential pitfalls.

Digital coatings

We can use the fifth imaging unit on our five colour digital press to add clear dry ink for spot coating, or apply an overall high gloss coating to the entire page for the digital equivalent of flood coating.

Textured ink for a tactile finish

Another possibility for digital printing is a clear dry ink developed by Kodak that is applied as a 5th colour on our Nexpress printer. This creates an extraordinarily tactile three dimensional effect with variable heights and a level of control and accuracy beyond other methods such as thermography. If you’re interested in seeing the results that can be achieved using this technique, please ask to see samples – we’re confident you’ll be impressed.

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 provide all the finishing services you’d expect of a one-stop print shop and many more besides. As well as in-line sealing, creasing and cutting, we offer embossing, foil blocking, glow-in-the-dark, remoist gumming and much more …all in-house!