Lithographic (Litho) Printing


Give Your Packaging a Colourful, Premium & Unique Feel with a near Photographic Quality Print

Lithographic printing gives the best quality results of all the commercial printing techniques using chemical image development — apart from continuous tone or photo reproduction.

Print Quality

The lithographic printing process is an incredibly versatile print technique. It can take very basic packaging and give it a unique, premium feel. Several different varnishes can be used in conjunction with the print — as well as enhancements such as foiling or over-laminates. All this means we can create the perfect custom printed box for you and your products.

What Materials or Substrates Can Be Printed to Create Your Custom Packaging?

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Folding Cartons
  • Paper covered boxes
  • Flexible packaging
  • Cellophane
  • PVC and polypropylene
  • Point of sale collateral

How Can Lithographic Printing Benefit You?

  • Attention-grabbing, brand-enhancing graphics on your custom produced packaging boxes
  • Cost effective on larger volumes
  • Exceptional print quality
  • Fine detail printing
  • Great colour consistency and reproduction

Learn about the Process

The process uses the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow & black) four colour process printing technique which allows you to print most of the colour range or gamut visible to the human eye, using just Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks.

This is achieved by using small dots of each of the four colours to make up the imagery. By varying the amount, pattern, size, density and shape of these dots, the eye is tricked into seeing a much greater variety and solidity of colour. The ability to add further spot colours into the process for specific brand requirements means that litho printing is a very versatile and accurate printing technique.

For each colour used a printing plate is produced. Each plate is then placed on an individual cylinder within the printing press. Ink is applied to the plate and adheres to where an image is present. This ink is then “offset” by direct contact onto a rubber cylinder called a blanket. The chosen substrate or material then meets the blanket thereby transferring the image.


One of the shortcomings of litho printing is that you are not able to print directly onto corrugated board. You therefore need to glue a litho printed sheet to the corrugated board before converting it into a box. This process is called litho-laminating.

This is a duel process — first print, then laminate — so set up costs can be quite high. Therefore, this process tends to lend itself to longer runs lengths of packaging, where a quality print and look is required. Here at Packaging Supplies Ltd, we supply litho-laminated packaging across most corrugated flute profiles and even double wall boxes.

Our Expertise

  • Thirty-five years of experience in selecting the right materials — i.e. corrugated or carton board — and matching it the most appropriate print technique
  • Point of sale displays, printed sleeves and all other folding boxboards
  • Assistance in artwork design and packaging layout
  • Our team is your team
  • Mockup samples where required, these can be digitally printed to display the finished look

We can supply you the perfect custom printed box or custom packaging box solution. Just pick up the phone 01491 834000 or fill out the enquiry form.

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In the late 1970’s two friends and colleagues, Tim Allen and Stewart Middleton, saw a gap in the market for a different type of packaging company. At the time other businesses were selling custom made boxes and stocked packaging consumables, but Tim & Stewart wanted to offer more than that. They wanted to give their clients additional services such as warehouse storage and the ability to ‘call off’ their packaging as and when it was required…

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