CPI Colour has extensive knowledge and expertise in printing corporate annual accounts and reports spanning decades. Our trusted techniques require meticulous attention to detail and full cooperation with our clients. We have a full service in operation on a 24 hour basis to ensure sufficient and timely delivery of crucial reports to shareholders within specific time frames.
We have full typesetting, printing and mailing services for the financial sector available through our Corporate Reporting division, CPI Royle.
NEX Plc had recently re-branded and wanted their next Annual Report to reflect this. They wanted a Report which would open as flat as possible in order to focus the reader towards the main review section. The Report had to look contemporary, clean and colourful and different to other standard A4 reports.
The correct binding was the key to producing the desired effect the report required. Choosing the right method would help create the lay flat element the client hoped to achieve. The schedule for producing this Report was tight. As with most AR’s, the client wanted to print as late as possible to give the team at the company the most time to correct the content if needed.
During consultation with the client we created dummies of various different kinds of binding to show them the different options available to them in line with the helped the client to finalise the design using Swiss bound finishing.
With Swiss binding, the cover is not attached to the front of the text block, which allows the text to open up flatter and with less pressure text block. specification of the project. This Knowledge of different binding processes was essential.
The six page cover also needed special handling and understanding of how it worked with the text block. It was UV varnished in-house to enhance the NEX branding colours that appear out of the dense black solid cover.
Comment from Client “I think the NEX Annual Report looks fantastic and is a great introduction to the new Group for a new stakeholder audience. The quality of the printing and finishing speaks for itself and reflects an innovative and forward-thinking business.“
World Wildlife Review
A very important project, to help create a review brochure for the WWF to show the fund-raising efforts that had been made. The brochure had to have uniqueness about it and be environmentally friendly. This would be given out to supporters and fund raisers at a special event in Switzerland at the end of April. The brochure run was to be 150 copies, and all parts of the production needed to be handled carefully to create something special. The design director had a clear brief on the size and pagination and for the cover one thought was to try to use wood, which would create the special finish that would stand out.
One of our specialist finishers had been testing wooden materials on folder covers and having talked a few ideas through we created a couple of dummies using 4mm thick laminated boards for the cover and tread sewn text.
These were shown to the client who loved the look and feel of the brochure and asked for a couple of options on the wooden finish. Again, these were tested, because wood at this thickness doesn’t want to stay flat, it moves and changes with the environment it is in. A final version was decided upon using laminated oak boards with a simple lasered logo and oiled finish.
The text would be digitally printed using an FSC uncoated paper, which worked well with the images and the overall feel of the book. Final production took 7 working days, including the lasering of both front and back covers.
Slaughter and May
Our client approached us for the first time with this project in 2016. This is a regular brochure which the client produces annually, however, in 2016 they wanted to produce a piece unlike the others which had a new contemporary feel, unlike anything their piers produced.
Our client had a very specific brief in mind when they came to us. This involved a lot of detailed processes which we were able to complete in-house in our factory.
This also would affect the time given to complete the project. Some of the processes involved were:
• Triplex covers
• Edged in purple
• Spot UV
• Die cut
The text was printed on Heaven 42 in 5 colours and index cut. We spent time engaging with our client to fully understand their needs. With our guidance and expertise in the finishing processes we were able to produce exactly what they had hoped for. Slaughter and May were ‘thrilled’ with the finished product.
HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS
GRADUATE RECRUITMENT BROCHURE
Herbert Smith Freehills approached CPI with the hopes of creating a unique graduate recruitment brochure. The client wanted to create an A5 case bound graduate brochure that would not only be visually appealing, but would serve its purpose as a graduate recruitment brochure for law graduates.
The client had a clear vision of what the brochure should look like, as they set specific guidelines that would affect how the book would be produced. The brochure incorporates the following aspects:
• Case bound, with a soft touch laminate cover
• Spot UV varnish
• Index cut
CPI was able to complete the project to the client’s satisfaction due to the expertise that we have to offer within the print industry. This allowed the brochure to be completed within the given timeline. In addition, having worked closely with the client allowed us to understand their needs for their brochure to the smallest detail.
The unique aspect of this brochure was the Spot UV varnish, which was done on an uncoated material. This process requires a great amount of skill to execute as an uncoated material. Herbert Smith Freehills were delighted” with the end product we produced for them.