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Christmas and New Year holidays

All of the team here at Amberley Labels, would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your colleagues a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2018. We shall be closing from 1.00pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 until Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Each year, rather than sending Christmas cards we are making charitable donations to those who need our support, whether in our local community of Blandford or a national/global organisation. This year we are continuing to support “Blandford Opportunity Group” who do an amazing job of supporting children with special needs, in their pre-school here in Blandford Forum.

Blandford Opportunity Group is a pre-school for children with special needs. The group opened in 1992 at the request of the Dorset Community NHS Trust professional staff. They help children from Blandford and the surrounding areas.

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Amberley Labels celebrate a 6 figure investment in a brand new 8 colour flexo press

To celebrate the installation of our brand new shiny press we held a ribbon cutting ceremony with special guest Chris Strong who is the former owner and founder of Amberley Labels. He purchased the land in Blandford and had the factory built more than thirty years ago. It is an exciting time here at Amberley Labels with new opportunities and technology for the whole company. A great afternoon last Thursday, followed by champagne and nibbles.

Trevor Smith MD “Edale offers the best combination of suitable technology, a knowledgeable team and synergy with our requirements. We plan to produce multi-colour labels on specialist materials, such as multi-layer material labels. Using Edale technology, we are able to replace two of our existing presses with one”.

After much consideration here at Amberley Labels, Managing Director Trevor Smith chose to purchase the new 8 colour Edale FL3 which features AiiR print automation and delivers: improved registration accuracy, reduced wastage and set-up times, reduced tooling cost and operator intervention leading to a more consistent, higher quality final product for our customers.

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Award winning trainee of the year from Printweek

Congratulations go to our very own Printweek ‘Trainee of the Year’ Ryan Samways.

Ryan shone in this category – Judges citation

Amberley Labels are proud of Ryan’s success for the prestigious win at the Printweek awards. Colleagues joined him on the night to help him celebrate last Monday in the packed Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House, hosted by Miles Jupp with more than 800 guests.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for our youngest person who received the spectacular trophy for reprographics trainee of the year. Ryan said he was ‘absolutely elated to have been named Trainee of the Year. “I had no knowledge of print at all before I started; I was initially interested in the creative aspect and that drew my attention to the sector. But now I like to see how complex the processes can get and understand the technical aspects’. “Amberley Labels has given me all the support I needed and I’ve never felt more welcome”

“Amberley has given me all the support I needed and I’ve never felt more welcome”

It was not an easy time at school for Ryan, ‘a bit like fitting a square peg into a round hole’. And then it all clicked into place when as a sixth former, he joined us here at Amberley labels on a modern apprenticeship in 2014. He now has attained a Level 3 NVQ diploma in digital pre-press and is a valued full time reprographics operator, creating PDF proofs, stepping files and focusing on a large-format venture for our company here in Blandford, Dorset.

Managing director Trevor Smith is “delighted Ryan grasped his opportunity”

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When two become three . . .

Proving that there is so much more to digital than just producing short runs, three visionary printing companies have formed a new partnership that works closely with brands to make them ‘smarter’.

Label printing company Amberley Adhesive Labels, which is based in Blandford Forum in Dorset, is also very much part of the cooperation. The company is an innovator in self-adhesive labels and supplies to big brands, such as Coca-Cola, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Farrow & Ball and Fortnum & Mason, as well as smaller artisan brands and craft gin distilleries. It installed its first HP Indigo press back in 2003.

‘As one of the very early adopters of digital print production, Amberley is delighted to be working alongside Ultimate and Kalas as the label partner in this exciting new venture,’ commented managing director Trevor Smith. ‘Having worked on digital packaging campaigns, such as Share a Coke and IrnBru’s Your Clan, we have seen the value that packaging can bring to a marketing or sales campaign.’ He continued, ‘With these three market-leading, experienced companies working closely together, we will be able to cover virtually any digital packaging campaign requirement and ensure seamless integration across the various formats. It really is a great opportunity for brands to leverage their marketing spend to a new level.’

‘Amberley is a very forward-thinking company,’ commented Mr Tonge. ‘They supply labels to a whole range of brands that would very much like to buy what Kalas and Ultimate can offer as well.’ Mr Evans added, ‘And they are different brands to the ones we normally deal with, so we complement each other really well. The great thing about us all using the HP format is that the files are exactly the same, so there is no issue with consistency across the different types of packaging.’

For the full article please read here for further information

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The nominations are announced

Great news for Amberley Labels again this awards season. Having entered two award ceremonies we can announce that we have been shortlisted for both.

Printweek Awards have shortlisted us for ‘Trainee of the Year’ and we wish Ryan Samways the very best of luck. Winners will be announced on Monday 16th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House, London.

We also have a nomination for the best of Labels category at The Digital Printer Awards 2017 to be held at the Marriott London on Thursday 9 November 2017.


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Exquisite limited edition labels

The 6 O’clock gin brunel edition is presented in a distinctive 70cl black bottle with a copper-foiled label which gives a clear ‘no label look’ and six different neck tags portraying images associated with Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The new design from Green Chameleon promotes the exquisitely engineered Brunel edition which builds on the original formulation of 6 O’clock gin, with the introduction of six new botanicals – green cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, cassia bark, cubeb and lemon.

The Brunel edition gin will be available to buy from 19th July. To find out more on our history of working with Bramley and Gage please click here.

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Beautiful new labels

Civette and Unicorn have a new set of beautiful labels and branding created by Penn Graphics. Here at Amberley we have been proud to produce the clear ‘no label look’ which sits at the neck of the bottles and the ten different parfum artisan labels to identify each individual eau de toilette. The premium rustique blanc substrate was digitally printed using one of our HPindigo 6800’s then foil blocked creating beautiful and distinctive labels.

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New depths for premium white ink

HP have launched a brand new premium ink and here at Amberley Labels we were one of the exclusive digital printers to take part in the beta test programme, which included producing the sample sheets to be inserted into the recent edition of the March 2017 Labels and Labeling magazine.

The new premium white ink offers the widest range of opacities in a single print process. This new ink allows the user to enjoy the look of expensive screen printed product packaging for a fraction of the cost of screen printing to deliver a premium look.

Request your sample sheet here Click here for our contact form or call us on 01258 455 772

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Amberley’s investment programme for 2017

We have just completed the installation of a third HP Indigo press to compliment our digital suite, along with a major upgrade to our ABG Digicon finishing kit which combines what was 2 separate processes into a time saving single process.

As one of the UK’s leading premier self-adhesive label producers, this introduction of further digital capability will assist in increasing the company’s productivity and capacity along with the quality that will help maintain the company’s competitive edge.

Trevor Smith (Amberley Labels MD) said, “We have had a great relationship with HP since we installed the first HP Indigo WS4000 press in the UK in 2003. Working with HP, we are always guaranteed superb after-sales and technical support, and this has been an important part of ensuring a long-term partnership.”

New Edale 8 colour press due for installation this summer

Here at Amberley Labels we are moving production forward by investing in an 8 colour Edale FL3 with AiiR Print Automation pack, Advanced Register Pack, Semi-Rotary Die Cutting and a Peel and Reveal module.

We have chosen Edale as a company to provide our new press for their award winning renowned British design and engineering expertise. Trevor Smith MD stated: “Edale offer the best combination of suitable technology, a knowledgeable team and synergy with Amberley’s requirements. We plan to produce multi-colour labels on specialist materials, such as multi-layer material labels. Using Edale technology, we are able to replace two of our existing presses with just one which has a much quicker set-up time, less material waste, higher running speeds and the ability to produce a range of speciality labels including Peel & Reveal.”

AiiR (autonomous inking, impression and print registration) uses precision camera technology to improve registration accuracy, while automated print pressure control reduces wastage and set-up times.  By fully automating print and the registration processes, the level of operator intervention can be reduced, leading to fewer errors and a more consistent, higher quality final product.

Amberley will also benefit from automated finishing with semi-rotary die cutting which serves to reduce set-up times and waste, while reducing tooling cost and further reliance on the operator.






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We can offer a more extensive service with printed folded carton packaging

Amberley Labels are proud to announce that we can offer a brand new service of folded cartons and packaging to all our customers.

Our new services include:

  • Packaging design and advice specific to your project needs for producing your folded cartons and packaging.
  • Cutting and creasing to compliment all types of carton packaging, whilst performing to the highest levels of accuracy and speed.
  • Folding and gluing can offer a variety of styles of cartons, from straight line to presslock, crashlock, sleeves, 4 corner glued and 6 corner glued.
  • Coatings and plastic lamination can be applied to your packaging. The plastic lamination adds strength and protection with the advantage of enhancing the finish to a high quality.
  • Certified BRC/IoP – global standard for packaging and packaging materials.
  • Through developing a new partnership with a well established reputable company who produce printed folded carton packaging, we can now offer a more extensive service to you.

    As the demand for carton packaging is ever growing, we would like to provide our customers both old and new, with this new service.

    Present your product in packaging that helps it stand out on the shelf to clients, help to raise your brand profile amongst competitors.

    If you would like to discuss your packaging project with the team at Amberley call 01258 455 772 or  or click here for our contact form.

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