Philtone expands its offer with a new foiling option



Philtone Litho has expanded its range of in-house services with the addition of in-line cold foil stamping.

The Bristol-based company has converted its five-colour plus coater Speedmaster XL 106 into a combination press, allowing it to run conventional or UV printing and varnishing, and has also invested in an inline foil stamping system mounted on a CF1000 press from Compact Foilers .

Sales Manager Steve Spencer explained the rationale for the investment: “We already had a fair amount of work for cold foiling and the demands placed on us made it difficult to outsource.

“The more we looked at the possibilities of bringing cold foil in-house and the options it gave us for different markets we were excited about,” he said.

The new cold foil offering joins a range of in-house post-press facilities at the lithographic and digital printer, which offers a wide range of commercial printing services.

Spencer said the company “didn’t want to stand still” and that it was important to Philtone directors that the company continue to invest in its people and equipment.

“It’s really good to be able to talk to customers again with an interesting offer. Something that can make a difference to the products they make,” Spencer added.

He said the investment involved in the 50-employee business had been “significant”.

“Our staff have been brilliant over the past two difficult years. They have been flexible and understanding of the needs of the business and we appreciate everything they do,” he noted.

Spencer also praised the Compact Foilers team for their excellent service.

Other recent investments at Philtone include a move to Heidelberg Prinect Production Manager and a Petratto Metro folder-gluer, with further investments underway.

Philtone also offers storage, delivery and fulfillment from its 2,600m² factory in Fishponds.

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