#SPG3LIONS Competition Winners!
In celebration of the world cup we ran a competition over on our Twitter page with the change to win a crate of beer and a pizza voucher, delivered in time for the final. We had some superb entries so choosing the winners was a hard and difficult task!
Congratulations to Claire Lee from Slimming World, the team over at KB Packaging and Kyle Nolan from the RHS.
Litho or Digital Printing
WHICH ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY PROJECT?
Why litho printing?
Litho printing is best for large quantities, typically over 1000 copies. This is because once the machine is set up with ink and plates it runs at very high speeds and produces the job very quickly. Spreading the set up cost over a high number of paper sheets makes this option more cost effective but you will have to allow time for plate making and set up time so this option is not for those that need a one day turnaround time.
There are also your paper preferences to take into consideration. If you want a specific paper to be used you will have a greater choice if going down the litho route.
As with paper, litho printing will also give you a wider choice of options when it comes to ink specification. If you want to use any special inks, like a florescent or metallic ink for example, then litho printing will give you the best results. It’s also good if you want to use more than 4 colours. We have just finished a print job in 14 colours.
Why digital printing?
Digital printing is the perfect option if you need your print job quickly. Unlike litho printing there is no set up time for plates and inks so it is the best option if you want your print job urgently. Digital printing is also more cost effective for smaller quantities as there are fewer set up costs.
The quality of digital printing has also improved immeasurably over recent years making it as good an option as litho for most standard print jobs.
Another advantage of digital printing is that you can use this method if you want to personalise your print job, for example, if you want to do a E-shot or send out marketing information to a mailing list of people. Digital printing is often used to generate proofs to show customers how the finished litho or digital print run will look, as it is cheaper and easier to run small quantities of these off quickly. Environmentally digital printing comes out on top as less ink & paper is ‘wasted’ during set up of the job.
For friendly advice and more detail on litho or digital printing options please contact us on 0115 9447600 or email us at email@example.com
Our Donation for World Cancer Day
Stirland Paterson Group are supporting research into Cancer treatments and the great service provided by charities in the treatment of Cancers this month in aid of World Cancer Day.
Following a successful open day on 9th Feb, attended by 23 customers, we are pleased to of raised £180.00
For more information on Maggies and the work they do, please visit their website at: www.maggiescentres.org
Direct Smile, The latest Investment by Stirland Paterson
Last week our Directors got to attend Drupa, the world’s largest printing equipment exhibition, which takes place in Düsseldorf every 4 years. The exhibition is a chance for the ‘big name’ suppliers in the printing industry to showcase their latest developments and upcoming technologies. Amongst the exhibitioners were EFI, who already provide us with their MIS system ‘Pace’ and W2P/Cross Media platform ‘OPS.’ Our Directors were shown the latest enhancements to these pieces of software, as well as a first-hand demonstration of their flagship product ‘DirectSmile.’
What is DirectSmile?
Those privy, may remember DirectSmile as being at the cutting edge of image personalisation technology, allowing the creation of novelty artwork such as your name in the clouds. However, the software has been developed into so much more than this.
Combining ‘serious’ VDP, Cross Media and Web2Print elements, DirectSmile allows users to personalise and automate marketing across web, email, social and print media and also integrate seamlessly with our other EFI products.
Investing in DirectSmile has been high on the agenda for Stirland Paterson for a while, but seeing the demo at Drupa ‘sealed the deal’ in our Director’s minds and we signed the contract there and then!
We believe that DirectSmile will take Stirland Paterson from being more than a company that just supplies ink on paper, but a company that is able to offer its customers an end-to-end, cross media marketing solution.
It’ll be a few months before the software is installed and ready to demonstrate ourselves, but more details of the software can be found on EFI’s website here.
Our business is not just about ink on paper…
…our business is about helping our customers.
For the most part, this is putting ink on paper, but sometimes our customers come to us with jobs that are a little out of the ordinary.
Take our latest project for the England and Wales Cricket Board for example. They needed to provide their 1,500 local cricket clubs with balloons, t-shirts, plates, cups, bunting and aprons. Not only did Stirland Paterson source all of the required items, but we also packed them into kits and despatched them directly to the clubs.
Do you have an upcoming project that needs somebody with print management experience to organise? Get in touch and we’ll get it sorted.
You can find out more about our print management services here
20 Years on…
…still going strong
In 1996, a pint of beer was £1.60, a litre of petrol was 38p and Trainspotting was a hit at the box office, but more importantly, a legacy was born.
In this year in a back street garage in Stapleford, with a team of just two and one printing press, Simon Stirland and John Paterson began the Stirland Paterson Printing business.
Today it’s not only the price of beer and petrol that have dramatically changed, our site is now split across 3 factories and over 40,000 square feet with 60 plus dedicated employees.
Although printing is still in our DNA, we have expanded the services we offer to accommodate the changing times and the evolution of technology. Just some of our established skill sets range from creative and design, large format, personalisation and web2print, more information can be found on our services page.
Our ongoing success would be impossible without the support of our loyal customers who we have cemented great relationships with throughout our 20 years. Our growth is also attributed to our great team who remain committed to our vision and to the success of our customers.
The proofs are in the pudding…
…the pudding being Stirland Paterson’s online proofing system Insite.
Developed by KODAK, one of the World’s leading technology companies, Insite is a Web-based Proofing System providing our customers with secure 24/7 access to their jobs. Our customers can submit jobs, collaborate on changes, and review and approve work – anytime, anywhere.
We at Stirland Paterson have been using Insite technology since 2010, but since we upgraded to the latest version of the software, we can now use it to its full potential and integrate with our MIS system EFI Pace – making our ambition for full automation an achievable goal.
Our philosophy at Stirland Paterson is that Printing isn’t just ink on paper (sometimes it’s toner!), it’s much more than that. Getting your job produced is a journey and we use technology in every part of our business to make that journey as smooth as possible. Insite is the outset and customer satisfaction is the destination.
The main benefits of Insite for our customers are –
Secure access to proofs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Proofs have been through our ‘Preflight Software,’ so what you see on screen is what gets produced
Approval notifications are sent straight to our Production team – speeding up the Production process
And what’s more, it’s easy to use!