Pad printing, screen printing, digital printing. Are you certain of the best way to get your message directly onto the pack? Printing is a popular option, one which preserves visibility of the pack itself, often a key factor in enhancing the brand image. Multiple colour matching and combining with other decoration techniques, along with gloss/matt finish options, means an almost limitless list of possible effects. Printing can cover a huge range of plain, frosted or coloured glass, closures and more! Please get in touch with us if this is something you are interested in:

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What is pad printing?

Pad printing is designed to transfer a 2D design onto a 3D object. A printing plate is etched with the design that is to be printed, and then the etched area is filled with ink. When the top layer of this ink comes into contact with the air, it becomes sticky, which means that it sticks to the printing pad easily. The printing pad is pressed down into this template, and then pressed onto the container, transferring the design at the same time. This means that pad printing can be used for slightly curved surfaces, such as one side of a jar, due to the flexibility of the silicon pads.

What is screen printing?

Screen printing is used for a variety of different containers, including situations when pad printing can't be used, such as printing onto a cylindrical bottle. First of all, a negative (a template blocking the areas that shouldn't be printed) is layed on the container, with a fine mesh on top. The mesh is then filled with ink, and then quickly pressed onto the container, so that the areas not blocked by the negative are printed. If more than one colour of print is needed, the process is repeated.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is a complex process, used for a variety of different containers. There are a couple of different types of digital printing: UV curing and digital ceramic printing. UV curing uses organic inks, which can be scratched off easier, and uses UV light to dry the ink. Ceramic printing involves fusing the ink into the actual surface of the container, meaning it is very durable, and also very flexible. Ceramic printing is perfect for creative designs, as different colours of ink can be used, and containers can be made to look like a different material, such as wood. 

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