D2 celebrate 20 yrs with a summer party ...
D2 celebrates an unprecedented trio of nominations for the forthcoming print industry awards!
• Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year
• FMCG Packaging Printer of the Year
• Point-of-Purchase (PoP) Printer of the Year
Fingers crossed for October 22nd @ Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
“ The D2 elite advance squad of professional paintballers drop in to darkest Surrey to mount a packaging offensive.
Congratulations to our friends at Poppy's Picnic who successfully navigated the dragon infested waters on BBC2 on Sunday!
Entrepreneurs Dylan Watkins and Louise Mackintosh had 4 out of 5 dragons eating out of their hands with their slick and professional pitch, spring-boarding their range of raw and natural dog food products into the limelight.
Dragon, Deborah Meaden fought off the competition and bit their hand off to get involved and become part of this fresh and dynamic company.
All of us at D2 wish Poppy's Picnic a very successful future and we are proud to have contributed in our small way in the development of your packaging for your products.
Good luck Dylan and Louise and woof to Poppy!!
to kick off their 20th year anniversary celebrations
Our 20th year anniversary special edition pop art logo pays homage to the famous 1967 art prints Andy Warhol produced of Marilyn Monroe…
The pop art movement started in New York in the mid-fifties and aimed to blur the boundaries between
“high” art and “low” culture.
The concept that there is no hierarchy of culture and that art may borrow from any source has been one of the most influential characteristics of this genre ..
The D2 secure “vault” (made of kryptonite and several floors under the press room) was utilised recently when we were asked to create display material for an exceptionally rare Barcelona shirt and football…complete with signatures from all the squad including the (now deposed) holy trinity of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
31st October 2017
What a lovely surprise from a very grateful client!
Having been instrumental in a very, very, very important and SECRET product launch, our client wanted to thank us for our confidentiality and professionalism.
Completely unnecessary but greatly appreciated.
A D2 packaging double!
We’ve just been shortlisted for 2 awards at this year’s Printweek Awards 2017. 'FMCG Packaging Printer of the Year’ and ‘Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year’!
Fingers and toes crossed for the 16th October awards evening at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
...we sponsored a joke book raising money for comic relief by our friends at Havas Life...
D2 is 19 yrs old today....we ve got the cakes but the candles were banned by the HS dept.
D2 Christmas baubles decorate the Forests of Endor. Such a pretty and magical sight this time of year…
Winners of the ‘FMCG Packaging Printer of the Year’ at this year's PrintWeek Awards 2016.
“…If there were a special award for consistency across all four samples, then these guys would have probably won that too,” judges reckoned...
...the judges were wide-eyed at such “flawless” product development...
(Source - PrintWeek Awards 2016, FMCG Packaging Printer of the Year, D2 Printing Limited)
We are delighted to announce that D2 Printing has made the shortlist for the ‘FMCG Packaging Printer of the Year’ category in the PrintWeek Awards 2016!
The company is extremely excited to be nominated again in yet another category to add to the list from the previous years.
....one of our customers made us a cake to say thank you to the team....an exceptionally kind gesture we thought and very much appreciated by one and all!
D2 agree a deal with Surrey neighbour Duplo for finishing kit to accompany their Xerox digital investment.
D2's 2016 investment plans included a digital solution from Xerox. The Xerox boys don't look too happy but D2 were delighted at the deal they did.
D2 head to Dusseldorf and the worlds largest print show in search of good deals to realise their investment plans.
D2 prepare the pre-press solution for a Special Edition launch from Demerara Distillers Limited, Guyana, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence.
The gold leaf and parchment effect finish that the client wanted needed specialist colour management techniques and production based packaging knowledge coming together to achieve the desired result for this very special land-mark event.
The purple & green elves have been busy....
Have you been good enough to receive a limited edition
luxury Christmas gift?
We are ‘over the moon’ to announce that D2 Printing has been voted as a finalist in the 'Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year' category in this year’s PrintWeek Awards.
All staff are delighted and extremely proud of this tremendous achievement. According to the judging panel, this year there was a record number of entries received from across the country.
The awards ceremony takes place on 19 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
D2 win major global blue chip web to print account” including “on demand, pick and pack, fulfilment, distribution, asset management and general commercial print”.
D2 dispatch drivers take a rare break to swap anecdotes, catch their breath and wipe the dead flies from their visors…
D2 complete job no 20,000 !! Another landmark achieved…and a nice view of its rear. Obviously we cant show you the front for confidentiality reasons!
We are delighted to announce that D2 Printing has been voted as a finalist in the Brochure Printer of the Year category in this year’s PrintWeek Awards. This is a tremendous achievement against incredibly tough competition this year. The Awards presentation will take place on Monday 20th October at Grosvenor House, London.
D2 were amongst 120 dinner guests of Heidelberg, the internationally renowned printing machinery manufacturer, to a 'Celebration of Print' at the Stationers Hall in London.
600 years ago most craftsmen in London were itinerant. However the manuscript writers and illuminators decided to concentrate their efforts and set up stalls or ‘stations’ around St Paul’s Cathedral. Because of this they were given the nickname ‘Stationers’ and this was the obvious choice of name for the guild they established in 1403 and for its home, Stationers’ Hall, which remains within a stone’s throw of the Cathedral in Ave Maria Lane.
When printing came to England in the late 15th century, the Stationers had the good sense to embrace it and we have continued to adapt to the many changes in the Communications and Content industries ever since. The technology may have changed from pen and inks to print and on-line links but the name has always remained the same.
Winners of the Printweek Awards 2013 Customer Service Team of the Year - D2 Printing.
Following the judging of the PrintWeek Awards 2013, D2 Printing has been voted as a finalist in the Customer Service Team of the Year catergory. A Printweek source stated "This is a tremendous achievement against some incredibly tough competition this year.." The Awards presentation will take place on Monday 21st October at Grosvenor House, London
Summer has finally arrived here at D2, the roses are in full bloom and the warm july air permeates our workplace spreading contentment and well being that pervades every aspect of our business.
D2 help to launch this years Print Week 2013 Award
D2 Printing has negotiated the rights to use ANTI BACTERIAL N9 SILVER coating on our printed products.
What is N9?
It is pure, metallic silver in ultra-pure de-ionized water, micro encapsulated within varnish. Once applied, it creates a highly effective antibacterial barrier by de-activating microbes and bacteria. It protects print against ‘bad’ bacteria. New N9 varnish has outstanding antimicrobial properties designed for application in litho printing. It is proven effective against a wide range of microbes, bacteria, fungi and other allergens.
AIR MAX PARTY
'We've just completed printing A2 posters comprising of 212 different designs printed on to 5 different florescent colours for the Nike Airmax party in London'.
D2 Printing has won the highest industry accolade at the 2012 Print Week awards.
On Monday 22nd October, in front of a crowd of some of the biggest names in the industry, at the Grosvenor House hotel, London, D2 were presented with the award for the best company of the year in the small to medium sized enterprise category.
The judges were impressed by the business performance of D2 Printing taking into account particular areas of excellence including its account management and investment in technology and people.
Still in a celebratory mood, joint managing director, David Houghton commented; “Despite our relatively small size we like to think we go out there and punch above our weight, particularly when it comes to customer service and client relationships. We are a team who loves what we do but it's great to have the industry recognise our efforts and achievements."
D2 were recently paid a visit by the President of The Pan Paperback Fan club (www.tikit.net) who informed D2 of its historic link with the Pan Publishing company when Pan built and owned the building which D2 now own and occupy.
Between 1956 and 1964 PAN set up two despatch centres , the first at West Molesey, Surrey and Edenbridge, Kent.
Every week 250,000 copies of the latest titles would be shipped down the Seine from Paris via to Le Havre and up the Thames to Kingston.
They solved the problem of transport by shipping the books from the printers to the warehouses using an ex-Royal Navy Motor Launch ML225.
The covers are a random selection all from between 1957 and 1961 when PAN had our premises. You may notice that several are signed PEFF. He was Sam Peffer a professional boxer turn illustrator who produced hundreds for PAN before moving onto doing film posters for 'Emmanuel', the Confessions series and 'Flesh Gordon'.
Print Week Awards 2012 - D2 Printing Limited have been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories for this years awards –
2012 SME Company of the Year and 2012 Customer Services Team of the year.
D2 roar their support for Bradley Wiggins as he powers to Gold a few hundred yards from our factory gates during the 2012 London Olympic Games.....
D2 open new “Viewing Suite” an interior designed and relaxing area away from the factory floor which is kitted out with the very latest light boxes, viewing booths, and even some trendy neon artwork, for client colour checking and general “hanging out”, says Miss S Firetto, interior design manager of the project. “Its great to have such a “zen-like” space within a print factory, we want our clients to enjoy spending time here”.
“At D2 we take ownership of every piece of equipment; office, desk and environmental because when we come to work we want to excel, this latest development is just part of our ongoing philosophy.“ added David and David, Joint Managing Directors.
A 60ft x 30ft large format backdrop printed by D2 stars in protégé Director / Writer Ben Charles Edwards latest movie, Animal Charm , also starring Sadie Frost , Sallie Phillips and Boy George.
D2 are proud to offer our support to “Eikon” who are doing fantastic things in the local Surrey community. “Eikon” is a charity that passionately believes prevention is better than cure. Working locally inside Surrey schools, their youth workers offer advice and support to help young people make positive decisions and stay on the right path at difficult times in their lives.
For more information visit www.eikon.org.uk
Print Week Awards 2011 - D2 Printing Limited have been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2011 “Brochure Printer of The year” category at the prestigious Print Week Awards.
Launch of “D2 Media Fusion” which combines printed and digital media. Primarily targeted for presentation / conference and marketing solutions.
New lamination machine purchased as part of digital expansion .
Software - Agfa upgraded studio software to latest Apogee 7 creating faster and more efficient throughput and output.
Hardware - Purchase of another Epson 9900, with built in photospectrometry for automatic ISO 12647/2 calibration and certification.
This creates a battery of output devices for proofing, banners, exhibition materials and other large format applications.
D2 announce investment in new Muller Martini Stitching line and hi-speed shrink wrapping machine , both to be fully installed and operable by end of the month. David Harrison said the investment was in line with growth predictions.
We have increased our factory footprint through expansion
into an adjoining premises adding approx. 10,000 sq ft of floor space
and offices. .
This additional square footage will facilitate the expansion of the bindery and finishing , additional storage and new office space to accommodate our growing business.
D2 Printing is presented with the Bottcher eco-logic Environmental Awareness Award. This award is presented for demonstrating a high level of quality and environmental awareness through selecting multi-trip packaging that conforms to the most stringent of European Packaging and Safety Regulations and reducing needless waste. Designated packaging is returned for recycling which is distributed and collected by dedicated Bottcher fleet vehicles through pre-defined and controlled deliveries hence cutting needless miles and therefore carbon emissions.
D2 Printing's "fantastic whole business approach" to customer service had our judges singing its praises, and from the looks of its testimonials, they aren't the only ones. D2 stands out by instilling a strong customer service ethic across its entire staff, a strategy that has clearly won favour with its clients.
D2 nominated for 2 awards: SME Company of the Year & Customer Service Team of the Year. The Awards will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, Monday 19th October.
D2 Printing have achieved the ISO 12647 colour management standard.
ISO 12647-2 specifies the printing conditions for various print processes, in order to standardise print processes within a common framework. It gives us the means of optimising standard colour output for any print process. Proof engines are calibrated to match the presses and in other words it means you have the reassurance of matching a digital output to a litho output. Whilst many have said this has always been possible we all know certain colours, tints etc do not reproduce well on a digital device. This is now easily achievable and every proof is measured and controlled with a pass or fail validation report. The profiles set, even replicate the colour and weight of the paper used for the final printed item.
ISO 12647 has provided us with a common means of data characterisation and process standardisation. It means the quality just keeps getting better!
D2 are confirmed as double finalists for the "Printweek "Excellence awards" in the categories of "Customer Services" and "Improved Financial Performance". The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1st July.
The BPIF PrintWeek Excellence Awards showcase the most innovative and creative companies in the Print Media Industry. In an industry where price-competitiveness and quality are taken as givens, optimal service and added value is key to success. Excellence in business – as opposed to excellent printing - becomes crucial for businesses looking to stand out from the crowd and build a winning brand.
D2 take delivery of their exciting "early" christmas present , the brand new Heidelberg XL75 printing press. The press will be fully operational by Jan 09 and will sit alongside our Heidelberg 102 - 6 CD.
This brings D2`s recent investment spend to over £1 million.
D2 Printing Limited order new Heidelberg XL 75 press at Drupa 08, the world`s largest print show. D2 Printing Limited are proud to announce their investment in the very latest technology from Heidelberg offering improved lean and environmental efficiencies. The specification ordered includes drystar drying unit, coater and Prinect Press centre featuring intellistart technology. The anticipated delivery for the new press is December 2008.
D2 Printing has launched its "D2 Earth Policy" after installing a new Avalon B1 platesetter and signing a three-year deal for Agfa's Azura chemistry-free plates. The West Molesey-based firm, which received two highly commendeds in last year’s Printing World Awards, is keen to push its environmental practices following a £150,000 switch to digital plate production.
Joint managing director David Harrison said: “Buyers are getting more interested in what your environmental policies are, which is something that has only happened in the past three years or so.“We’ve been doing things like using vegetable-based inks for the past four or five years, but we never really publicised it because people didn’t care.”The firm, which produces a range of print for the luxury goods, cosmetics, design and construction industries, said that the environmental benefits from its latest investment were particularly impressive.
Harrison’s fellow joint managing director said: “We are saving approximately 15,000 litres of water a month and have zeroed our plate chemical usage. This also creates less waste and reduces our carbon footprint as that waste no longer needs to be collected.”
D2 said that it had won several “significant contracts” since installing the Avalon platesetter.
D2 announces our latest investment in process-less plate production with the purchase of the Agfa Avalon CTP engine, enabling D2 to pursue even more environmentally friendly production processes. This is coupled with the latest software upgrade in ApogeeX, streamlining the current PDF work flow.
D2 Printing Limited beat the rest of the UK printing industry by being the only UK printer to have two pieces of work Highly Commended in the Printing World Awards 2006 held last Thursday evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel Ballroom on Park Lane. Both pieces were voted for in the prestigious "Best Printing of a Brochure / Catalogue" category. No other printer had two accolades in the same category and representatives of Printing World said it was a great achievement as the standard was so high this year.
D2 achieves Metal FX accreditation ; announcement of investment in Metal FX technology and subsequent accreditation after print trials. Product launch to be at Oatlands Park Hotel, Surrey.
MetalFX® Technology is revolutionary printing process that can be use to produce hundreds of metallic colours in one pass of a five-colour press. This enables an unlimited choice of metallic colours, without the expense of multiple spot inks.
The MetalFX® process metallic colour system requires only one extra link. The MetalFX® Base silver ink is the first colour to be used on the press, with CMYK values then overprinted in the usual manner. Transparency of the CMYK allows the high lustre MetalFX® Base silver ink to shine through, creating a whole new spectrum of vibrant metallics.
MetalFX® colours encompass the entire colour spectrum, creating 104 million metallics MetalFX® is integrated throughout the production process, making the Technology inspiring to designers and economical for brand owners. Metallics are no longer a high-end luxury, they are an integral part of the print world.With MetalFX® and D2 Printing Limited, metallics are going mainstream.