Tableware specialist Utopia has added of a state-of-the-art Kammann printing machine and a custom-built production facility to its manufacturing capabilities.
This has enabled the firm to launch its ‘Utopia by You’ division – specialising in custom printed glassware.
Existing methods for printing on glassware are said to be limited by the technologies employed, with colours restricted and printing only possible on even surfaces. To print on toughened glass usually means very large volume production runs from manufacturers.
Using digital and screen-printing techniques Utopia can now achieve an ‘infinite’ choice of decorative options for glassware branding – even on toughened glassware. The technique offers an unlimited number of colours of print and what should be a durable end product that’s glasswasher safe. Plus, it can be applied to embossed, debossed, recessed and curved surfaces.
The new machine, which is the largest in Europe, is claimed to bring huge digital and screen-printing advances. It uses both full-colour CMYK printing and a four-station screen print. The size of the print area is said to have increased considerably from what is currently possible to give greater flexibility for design. Digital methods mean that decal quality images can be achieved, including tonal work.
“This machine will revolutionise decorative printing. It is the future,” said Josh Rammell, marketing manager at Utopia. “We can decorate around corners and on embossed and debossed surfaces. There are no boundaries. The client will be able to get what they truly want, with no compromise.”
Utopia’s in-house team is on hand to offer expertise and advice on the printing process and help achieve what the customer wants on their glassware.