Mount Street Printers is poised to become the biggest die-stamper in England after acquiring the die-stamping assets of two other printers.
The firm, based in Mayfair in London, has bought the die-stamping kit and dies from Capital of London and the former Baddeley Reynolds & Dix business in Croydon. Both companies have ceased trading.
The move means that Mount Street Printers has added ten more machines to the four it already runs.
“I think it’s going to make us the biggest die-stamper in England by quantity of setup,” said director Alex Cain.
“More than anything, we love engraving,” he added. “There is still nothing like it. Nobody has found a way to replicate the level of quality and the look and feel of it.”
The £3m turnover, 25 staff company produces a wide range of luxury stationery products, including business cards, correspondence cards, invitations and notebooks. It holds a royal warrant with Prince Charles.
Among its most recent work is a raft of invitations for events surrounding London Fashion Week.
Cain said the company was intent on keeping the die-stamping process alive and has trained up a number of young printers in order to ensure the knowledge base is maintained.
“It’s an incredibly complex process and involves a five-year apprenticeship,” he said.
Die-stamping involves the creation of an engraved plate that can hold incredibly fine details. The plate is inked and the subsequent printing process involves an enormous amount of pressure, resulting in a 3D, raised, inked effect.
Cain added: “The more people are communicating, the more they want to stand out from the crowd and do something special.”
Mount Street Printers also offers a range of other printing processes in-house including litho, letterpress, thermography and digital printing.
The firm is in the process of relocating and refurbishing the newly-acquired kit, and also plans to set up a satellite operation outside of central London.