Throughout its history Crystal has built a reputation for being one of the most well respected commercial printers in the UK. Using state of the art machinery and efficient production methods we are able to produce a wide range of marketing materials including leaflets, inserts, folders and corporate brochures.
The commercial market still remains very important to Crystal as we continue to push the boundaries and combine the highest possible levels of quality and service with efficient, low cost production techniques.
Over the past 5 years Crystal has invested heavily in its people and its equipment to position itself as the most advanced and diverse luxury book & publication printer of its size in the UK. From our manufacturing site in Hertfordshire we are able to combine cutting edge printing techniques, like HUV printing with age-old book binding techniques such as case binding and thread sewing.
This level of in-house production capability cannot be found anywhere else in the UK publication market and gives our clients unrivalled levels of service, quality and cost control.
Our H-UV system is an innovative UV curing system that uses a UV lamp and high-sensitivity UV ink. This allows us to guarantee the highest levels of print quality alongside extremely fast production times as well as excellent economic and eco-friendly performance.
This four colour process combines high quality print, instant drying and doesn’t use printing plates, making it ideal for short print runs and quick turnaround.
Conventional litho printing is our most commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. This method produces a high quality product that's suitable for short – medium run lengths.
We have the ability to produce the unique scent to place on your literature, whether it be an insert or scratching the page. Money, perfume, forests, traffic and even toilets are all smells we’ve printed!
This style of binding contains thread weaved in and out of the pages to ‘tie’ the book together. This can be customised to be subtle or largely exposed to show off the style, reflecting your design.
Ever wanted to show off an open, seamless finish from page to page that you can see easily all at once?
With lay-flat binding you can get exactly that, allowing the finished literature to lay-flat and fully open on it’s own accord - ideal for high-spec images or images running over 2 pages.
The most common type of bookbinding for hardcover books is case binding. This is the ultimate choice for books that have a long shelf life or that receive heavy usage. This technique gives you a strong , tough and prestigious look whilst providing the option to add luxury materials and finishes to the cover.