LEEK OFFICE
Strangman Street, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5DU
T: 01538 387275   E: sales@hcmprinters.co.uk

MANCHESTER OFFICE
T: 0161 927 7615   E: paul@hcmprinters.co.uk

With an experienced and dedicated design team, using the latest creative software; our designers work closely with you to understand your needs and apply them with flair and creativity.

Whether starting from scratch with a great idea, or modifying your existing document, we will produce an end document that will look great and give your company that competitive edge.

From the creation of a new company logo to the layout of a corporate brochure, newsletter or leaflet, professional design is a vital part of HCM's fully integrated print service.

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HCM have a range of litho, digital and wide format print machinery, allowing us to offer a range of print products. With multiple print presses and methods to choose from, we can provide all your printing requirements under one roof!

We take the time to listen to what you want before recommending a solution appropriate for your needs. We provide a straightforward, hassle-free process, from the initial enquiry to the finished product, managed by a close-knit team of dedicated design and print staff.

If you are sending in your own artwork for print; we ask that you outline all fonts, ensure images are embedded, 5mm bleed (if required) is supplied and cut marks are added to your artwork. This way it's a quicker print process and allows you to receive your printed product alot quicker.

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We also house the capability to provide a full range of finishing options to accompany your print products, enhancing the look and feel of a job.

By choosing one of the many finishing options available, you can dramatically change the perceived value of your printed work and give it that enhanced finish.

Below is a list of the options that we can provide, together with a brief description of each finishing option.

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Guillotining
Expertise in commercial size guillotining ensures clean, even edges to high value projects, as well as avoiding bevelling and blurring of edges on thick duplex stocks.

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Folding
We offer an array of different folding types for various job specifications, ranging from a standard 4 page half fold to a multi-directional fold for the more complexed project.

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Creasing
Creasing is used when thicker, heavier stock is required to be folded - it prevents the stock from cracking.

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Perforating
Adds a tearable portion to paper. Perforation is small, separated cuts in the paper that allows pieces of paper to remain attached, but also to be torn when necessary.

Great for items like: tickets, coupons, invoice books, notebooks, CD traycards, or anything that needs to be perfectly torn or torn in half.

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Collating
Sorting a specific number of sheets into a standard quantity and order. Each set (or batch) can contain one or more of each sheet.

Collating is usually specified as a number of sets and sheets, for example 50 sets of 10 sheets. In this example the job would contain 50 x 10 = 500 individual sheets.

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Numbering
Numbering printing refers to printing numbers in sequential order on sets of forms or other printed pieces. Each form or piece gets a unique number and is printed in either ascending or descending numerical order.

Commonly used on carbonless forms, also known as NCR forms like invoices, purchase orders, contracts, etc. It can also be used on other printed items like raffle tickets where you need a unique identifying number.

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Padding
Loose sheets turned into a pad through the application of glue to one edge of the sheets.

Pads are formed by first collating a number of loose sheets into sets before being married up with the backing board and being glued down one edge.

You can also choose if each pad has a backing board or not.

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Drilling
Single and multi head drilling available on sheet sizes ranging from flipcharts to swing tags.

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Die cutting
From simple shapes to more intricate designs, Die cuts are unique in that they allow you to simultaneously grab attention by straying from the norm and make a statement about your company.

A simple rounded corner on a business card can denote elegance and superiority, while a fun die cut (such as a dog bone for a pet shop) immediately tells your customers who you are and what you do. Your brand image is incredibly important to business longevity, and die-cut print finishes can help you achieve the image you want fast.

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Kiss cutting
Kiss cutting is used predominantly for self adhesive labels, we can cut your labels/stickers to almost any shape, and make them to any size you desire.

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Laminating
Lamination adds a layer of protective coating (usually some type of plastic), often glossy or matte, to the printed surface while also improving its sturdiness and water resistance.

Lamination also has the added benefits of improving the tactile feel of the of the printed surface, lending it a smooth finish.

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Varnish
Varnish is often associated with wood. However, what you may not know is that varnishes are also used on paper.

Paper varnishes are applied to paper stock to give the page a smooth and consistent texture as well as having the added benefit of sealing the printed material to help preserve it better.

High-quality books and magazines usually have a paper varnish applied to their pages.

Varnishes can be glossy or matte

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UV-Spot varnishing
Spot UV varnishes are paper varnishes applied to the printing surface and is cured or hardened by UV light during the printing process.

This results in a glossy coating on the surface of your print. UV varnishes are usually used as a spot application where only specific parts of the page get a UV varnish., This effectively gives texture and focal interest to different areas of the printing surface while leaving other areas untreated.

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Embossing
This print finish adds physical depth to the embossed elements and thus, shadows and highlights are also produced in the design.

Embossing also adds a tactile dimension to your design. Images and text are literally felt. Often, embossing can be combined with other printing techniques such as foil stamping to enhance the effects of both techniques.

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Foil blocking
Foil blocking is the use of a malleable metallic material applied to the print surface by using heat and pressure.

Foiling adds reflective properties to various elements of your design and can serve to add a bit of luxury to your project. Typically, it is used on text and the logo on the page or when certain elements call for it.

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Gluing
Glue can be applied to a wide range of products depending on their requirements in order to make a permanent or semi-permanent seal.

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We offer an eyeletting and stringing service for a range of products from Tags, Swing Tickets and Luggage Labels to bespoke products.

Usually positioned at the head of a single card, one nickel or brass eyelet is added to a tag or ticket to give the product extra strength prior to being strung or whatever. The only stocks that we hold are black or white string; black or white elastic and steel wire. Anything else is a special order.

Paper washering is also available as an alternative to eyeletting.

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image of eyeletted and strung products