Foiler investment for Philtone Litho

Above: Neil Mercer (left) and Steve Spencer are looking to grow Philtone’s business with the new Compact Foilers unit.


Compact Foilers has installed one of its latest CF1000 PM models at Philtone Litho in Bristol, UK.  The new unit, which is fitted to a five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, offers Philtone a cost-effective means of meeting the growing demand for enhanced print work.

“We looked at all the supplier options and felt that Compact Foilers were best able to meet and even exceed our requirements,” said Steve Spencer, Sales Director of Philtone. “We have a substantial contract for cold foiling and needed to bring the capability in house.”

The CF1000 PM module has been developed for cold foil and cast & cure applications to produce high quality effects on a wide variety of print media from lightweight papers to cartonboard.  It has the latest Siemens drive and control technology to optimise foil yield with three foil saving systems fitted as standard. The tension control on the unit allows multiple passes, while the integrated roll loading system eliminates the need for a crane or any handling equipment, so the reels can be loaded and set up in seconds to minimise downtime.

Tim Self, CEO, Compact Foilers, explained, “Our units are designed to be retrofitted to all makes of printing press. We take care of the installation, any modification, and all control integration to maintain the integrity and safety of the press. The modules match the high production speeds and operate in complete harmony with the latest sheet fed offset presses, leaving the operators to focus on their normal duties.”

The new CF1000 PM unit is fitted to a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 at Philtone Litho in Bristol.

Shelf Appeal

With market research indicating that products enhanced by foil have 80% more appeal and a 25% higher shelf-offtake, it’s easy to see why an inline solution for printers is valuable to offer to their customers. The ability to attract more attention and hold it for longer enhances the quality, value, and brand awareness of a product, which in today’s competitive retail environment is vital for market share.

With an extensive portfolio of top brand customers to satisfy, Philtone Litho prides itself on providing intelligent print solutions with industry-leading knowledge and expertise that offers high-quality and cost-effective printing, as proven by its accreditations that include ISO9001 for Quality, ISO14001 Environmental Standards, FSC, as well as Sedex and EcoVadis for the Ethical supply chain. The company, which operates a 24-hour workflow, offers a full range of services from pre-press to finishing and delivery with a diverse and modern plant list that includes offset and digital printing capabilities.

Neil Mercer, Managing Director, Philtone Litho, concluded, “We have always invested in the latest technology available, and this new cold foil unit from Compact Foilers has certainly increased our capabilities for existing and new customers alike.”


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