Your creativity in print – perfectly executed
Colours, quality, feel – we get them all right
- Will the format and trimming be right?
- Will the colours look good?
- Will the pictures and text be sharp?
Our six commitments to ensure that you'll always get top quality prints
1. Our ink commitment:
Ink, along with paper, is one of the most important ingredients for printing well. We therefore rely exclusively on premium inks from huber which guarantee maximum depth, purity and brilliance. This applies to both standard printing colours like cyan, magenta, yellow and black and spot colours of the Pantone and HKS series.
2. Our paper commitment
All papers are not created equal. To cut costs, many printing companies these days use paper from the Far East. But not us. We purchase our premium stocks exclusively from experienced, renowned paper manufacturers such as Papyrus. Our portfolio comprises 60 different paper types, ranging from ultra-light to very heavy, glossy or matt, ribbed or smooth, recycled or freshly pressed from virgin pulp. All our papers feature an impressive look and feel.
3. Our technology commitmentThe third pillar supporting the premium quality of our print products is technology. We print with three different processes, selecting the best in each case to minimise costs depending on the size of the print run. All three processes use state-of-the-art equipment from industry-leading manufacturers with a focus on outstanding brand quality such as Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and HP.
Offset printing – the best choice for medium to long print runsOffset printing uses aluminium printing plates to transfer the image to paper by combining the four primary colours cyan, magenta, yellow and key (CMYK). The printing plates have to be exposed in a time-consuming process. This is why offset printing is mainly used to produce long print runs or reprints in which only the black text is replaced. Our fleet of offset presses includes the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL with
- 8 inking units and sheet reversal for efficient four-colour, double-sided printing in a single pass
- simultaneous printing plate exchange
- inline ink measurement
- water-based coating / UV varnish
Digital printing: ideal for ultra short runs down to one copyDigital printing has become so sharp and precise that we routinely use it for ultra short runs and pressing orders. We print with HP Indigo machines featuring one-shot colour technology. The use of liquid inks and state-of-the-art technology yields a print result that cannot be distinguished from offset quality in terms of colour crispness and image sharpness. Digital printing technology does not require plate exposure. Instead, the print image is sent directly from the computer to the machine so that a separate print image could be created for each paper sheet. This makes the method ideal for short-run printing.
Large format printing (LFP) – ideal for large sizesIn addition to large formats, the LFP process is excellently suited for printing on non-paper-based materials such as canvas, corrugated plastic, textiles, PVC foam board, plastics, mesh foils, Plexiglas, sandwich panels and wallpaper. The LFP process is used among others to produce exhibition items such as roller banners and displays which all meet the mandatory B1 fire protection certification which means that they are mostly self-extinguishing. Our state-of-the-art machines from HP, Durst and Zünd create an optimum print image using solvent-free inks for an odourless and non-fading product.
Postpress – all under one roofAll printed products require further processing steps after printing. This can mean trimming the edges of a flyer in the simplest case. More complex postpress steps are needed for a magazine that additionally has to be folded, bound or glued. Also there are various options to finish products such as film lamination or various coatings. We perform all postpress operations in-house to keep all aspects of product quality under control at all times.
4. Our certification commitment
5.Our commitment to checkingBetter safe than sorry! We check your data no fewer than five times:
- When you upload them
- When they are first placed on the print sheet
- During the print process
- During subsequent postpress finishing
- And finally when packaging and shipping your order.
6. Our commitment to supporting you
Your creativity in print
Brilliant colours and quality: Made by PrintCarrier.com
2004: Pioneering the triple wow factor
2004: Viva la Dolce Vita!
Spurred by our success in Germany, in autumn 2004, we aim for the Italian market by launching our first online shop in another country. Within minutes of starting up our systems, the first customer places an order from South Tyrol, paying by credit card via a secure SSL connection (still a total novelty in 2004). Just five days after receiving the order, we deliver the finished flyers to our Italian customer. A real record at the time and our first step towards expanding in Europe.
2005: Picking up speed
PrintCarrier.com continues to grow. In 2005, just a year after starting out, we begin offering our services in France and the Netherlands. Customers there respond enthusiastically, and before long the demand for expertly produced, attractively priced print products is booming in those countries as well. Everywhere we turn, the idea of “fast, inexpensive online printing” is eagerly embraced. We follow up by adding our “Express” and “SameDay” delivery options. Now we can print and deliver orders even faster than before, if requested overnight. This is well received by our existing customers and allows us to win many new clients.
2006: Success across Europe
2007: Taking more into accountWhile extending our network of online shops, we also steadily improve and extend the functionality of our PrintCarrier.com website. Until now, all customers have to upload their artwork using an FTP server, but in 2007 we are one of the first online print shops to introduce central customer accounts. Now it’s possible for us to load artwork files straight into our system via the website.
2009: Goodbye to errorsIn 2009, we develop a system for checking print data fully automatically. It identifies and immediately fixes any problems, thus helping to ensure that our customers receive monitored, flawless print products.
22011: A new place for usHaving grown by leaps and bounds, by 2011 our facility is bursting at the seams. We find new accommodation in Winterhausen just south of Würzburg.
2012: Keeping an eye (or five) on thingsWe’re one of the first online print shops to add considerably more value for our customers by inspecting every order no fewer than five times:
- By inspection protocols when the data are uploaded
- By manually checking the first printing sheet
- During the printing process by inline measurements
- During postpress and finishing operations
- When packaging and dispatching the finished job