Esmark Finch Pass Microsoft Color Reproduction Certification Program

Esmark Finch Pass Microsoft Color Reproduction Certification Program

Microsoft introduced their new CRCP (Color Reproduction Certification and Color Management Program) in 2018 to their Print Supply Chain to ensure that all their print partners could achieve and maintain brand and color consistency for Microsoft printed products. This included having to fully pass test sheets supplied by Microsoft and measured by the Color Management Partners, Idealliance in the United States. As a long standing print partner understanding the strict parameters required to support Microsoft Print and Packaging, Esmark Finch embraced the Certification Program, passed this testing process and were awarded Certification in early 2018, and are eligible to support Microsoft for both Digital and Litho Offset printed products. Brand consistency is a paramount ...

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Blue Light For Temple Street

Blue Light For Temple Street

When we heard about this years 'Blue Light for Temple Street' we thought it was sounded like a perfect event to get involved in considering our relationships with the emergency services. The day involves staff and vehicles from An Gardai, the Defence Forces, Dublin Fire Brigade, the Ambulance Service and Civil Defence exhibiting their services on the day. The aim of the event is to attract families and children attending Temple Street and local residents and those passing by to the event to visit and learn more about these important services. At Esmark Finch we have worked with different departments for the emergency services and have such respect for all their hard work. We contacted Little Blue Heroes, a charity which Garda help seriously ill children. Little Blue Heroes were h...

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Esmark Finch Official Race Partners Of Rás Tailteann 2018

Esmark Finch Official Race Partners Of Rás Tailteann 2018

Esmark Finch has a long association with the Rás and with this years rebrand from An Post Rás to Rás Tailteann we have been thrilled to row in behind the event. The race is Ireland’s number one competitive cycling event each year in May. Rás Tailteann began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events, bringing world class sporting cycling action to Ireland's Roads and is the largest cycling event on the national cycling calendar. The 2018 Rás has been a thrilling journey with a spectacular finish. After eight days of fierce intensity, climbing and twisting up and down 1,169km of Irish terrain, it all came down to a mere second. Just one second. Luuc Bugter who retained the Esmark Finch sponsored Green Points Je...

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Esmark Finch Offering The Highest Quality Chevrons With  3M™

Esmark Finch Offering The Highest Quality Chevrons With  3M™

As Ireland’s only 3M Assured Seal Partner, we have the knowledge and expertise in vehicle graphics. When it comes to our reflective sheeting of choice we prefer to use 3M Diamond Grade™ DG3 material. Other manufacturers make similar sheeting however from our years of experience we have found that the 3M material gives a better long-term result. [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Hero_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] We understand that worker safety is of paramount importance during any road maintenance activity or works activity. 3M materials more than satisfy the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual, which describes the conspicuity markings required for vehicles working on our highways. 3M is a global leader in traffic safety and retroreflective technology. With...

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Esmark Finch Take Part In The Xerox Digital Packaging Event

Esmark Finch Take Part In The Xerox Digital Packaging Event

Digital Packaging Event! Esmark Finch is part of the "Digital Packaging Partnership – by Xerox" a group of leading European Cartons Manufacturers. They will be running a Digital Packaging Event on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the Xerox Innovation Centre in Uxbridge, UK. Those attending and speaking will be Brand Owners, Retailers and Creatives seeking new technologies and services in the folding cartons space to help them grow Brand Visibility and Customer Loyalty. Highlights of the agenda include: Trends & Insights: Discuss global packaging trends & insights and see how the market is responding to the demands of the global supply chain in the folding cartons space. Voice of Brand Owners & Converters: a keynote speech will be delivered by Brian Stow of Mars Wrigley Confec...

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Find the Golden Egg for our Easter Give-Away!

Find the Golden Egg for our Easter Give-Away!

Does your little one have what it takes to join the Junior Force?   WE HAVE A WINNER! Huge Congratulations to our winner Irene O'Kane, who won this amazing prize. We had a great time showing this little one her new Junior Force Car. We hope she has fun patrolling her neighbourhood and keeping the adults in check. [caption id="attachment_5121" align="aligncenter" width="361"] Our Winner Eve with Junior Force Car[/caption]   About Our Easter Competition: The 12V Kids Electric Ride On Car has been converted to a Junior Force Car by our team and is suitable for ages 3-6 . This vehicle will be the perfect car for any young law enforcer. With EGGCELLENT Features such as:  Reflective markings MP3 Input Opening Doors Parental Remote Control Horn and Turn S...

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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Packaging

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Packaging

  Brand owners are under pressure from customers for solutions for sustainable packaging with 42% of consumers think the food and drink industry should prioritise using packaging that is recyclable (The Grocer). Consumers have higher expectations then ever before and the industry is responding to this.   We are experimenting with Agri-Waste material which is high quality recycled paper made from agricultural waste (leaves and stems) using 100% green energy, giving agricultural waste a second life to produce sustainable paper and paperboard. Paper Wise, the company that manufactures agri-waste paper says ‘Why would you burn agricultural waste when it can be made into a perfect raw material for paper?’ Why should we use primary raw materials for products when t...

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High Visibility Takes On The Beast From The East

High Visibility Takes On The Beast From The East

When Storm Emma hit Ireland last week the country shut down, businesses were urged to close and people were told to stay inside as we quickly learned never to take bread for granted again. However, the brave men and women from the Emergency Services had to work even harder in this severe weather. Esmark Finch have worked closely with different arms of the emergency services, customising and converting a vast array of vehicles to ensure they are fully equipped to face any emergency. Last week those vehicles were put to the test in the whiteout conditions of Storm Emma. With extreme conditions, vehicles that stand out are vital. Esmark Finch use world renowned 3M Diamond Grade materials and strive to cover as much of the vehicle as possible to add safety and impact.  By using the highes...

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Love Your Emergency Services

Love Your Emergency Services

Esmark Finch have worked closely with different areas of the emergency services, converting their vehicles to ensure they are fully equipped to face any emergency. The Emergency Services require a complete vehicle identification system to keep their fleets safe when travelling and in a rescue situation. As a 3M Assured Seal partner we are capable of printing Emergency Service corporate colours using Diamond Grade materials. We wanted to run a campaign leading up to Valentine’s day to highlight the brave, dedicated work of our emergency services. Posting regularly across our social media platforms about different departments of the emergency services. We hoped to encourage people to show their appreciation to the courageous men and women involved in all areas of the emergency...

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Focus Ireland Christmas Packages

Focus Ireland Christmas Packages

Not everyone will have a package to open this Christmas! Thousands of people in Ireland are homeless and will spend this Christmas in emergency housing. While hundreds more will spend Christmas on the streets of Ireland. Christmas is a time where a lot of us indulge and spend more than we normally would. But for some people it's the roughest, toughest and coldest time of the year. Focus Ireland is Ireland's leading not for profit working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. They work tirelessly all year round to combat homelessness. This Christmas, the team at Esmark Finch wanted to do our little bit to help! As a packaging company, we understand the thrill of opening a gift at Christmas but understand that not everyone has a package to open. For ...

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Case Study: Large Format Print

Case Study: Large Format Print

Client: Allergan Print Type: Large Format Project: Quality Tunnel Background: In September 2016, we worked with our client, a large Dublin based Pharmaceutical company to deliver a branded corridor for their Health and Safety Department – ‘The Safety Tunnel’. This was part of an overall internal drive to highlight and further promote Health and Safety in the company. To brand the Safety Tunnel and supply floor and window graphics, along with a large printed wall mounted reporting board for the Health and Safety team where they could display their weekly/monthly reports. Our Art Box creative team worked with the client to deliver an overall design that maintained the company brand while also displayed a health and safety look and feel to the project. Our Smart Impressions ...

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Irish Print Awards: Esmark Finch, Digital Printer of the Year 2017

Irish Print Awards: Esmark Finch, Digital Printer of the Year 2017

At Esmark Finch, we had a great start to December. On December 1St , we attended the 40th anniversary of the Irish Print Awards at the Aviva, sponsored by Canon. The Irish Print Awards recognise the best of the country’s print sector and regarded as the leading independent awards event for the Irish print industry. This year we entered in four categories: 1. Print Innovation 2. Luxury Packaging 3. Print Finishing 4. Digital Printer of the year It was an exciting process and we were thrilled to find out we were finalists in all four of the categories we entered. When the big night arrived, the Esmark Finch team dressed up in their best and headed to the Aviva Stadium. Everything was impressively set up from the colourful stage to the festive decorations.   ...

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Ploughing Championship 2017

Ploughing Championship 2017

This year we were delighted to take part in the National Ploughing Championship 2017. Since its inception, the National Ploughing Championships has become much more than just an annual inter-county competition; it has become an intrinsic part of Irish rural life. It is now no longer just for ploughing or machinery enthusiasts, the modern event now features something for just about every member of the community including a Food Fair, Craft Village, Livestock, Lifestyle and a Motor Show. Along with this, there are many entertainment and special events taking place. This year we showcased our work on the R15, one of the latest vehicles that the Dublin Airport Authority have added to their fleet. It started off as a Mitsubishi L200 before it arrived for transformation at the High V...

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Re Branding Our Image

Re Branding Our Image

Our objective is to be best in class in everything we do. With this in mind, Esmark Finch has fine-tuned its brand to be a strong and recognizable corporate identity – one which reflects its growing presence as a leading, multi-faceted service provider. Esmark Finch is an innovative organisation providing creative & graphic design, print & packaging, vehicle graphics & conversions combined with a comprehensive list of online services through our unique software platform ODS. Our capabilities enable us to bring innovative ideas, products and services to our clients making it easy for our customers to do business with us. Also, as an ISO 9001 and PS 9000 accredited company, independent auditors ensure that all our systems and procedures allow for the constant de...

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6 Design tips to get shiny packaging on the shelf

6 Design tips to get shiny packaging on the shelf

Product packaging, as a graphic design discipline, is an industry itself. But this demanding design area requires more than a good eye, so let’s see what makes and breaks good packaging design. 1. Clarity and simplicity Next time you go to a supermarket, pick a random shelf and browse through some products. Glance at each and ask yourself two very simple questions: 1.    What’s this product for? 2.    What’s the brand behind it? You’ll find products listing dozen of benefits with no clear brand name. You’ll find products that look great on the outside yet fail to explain what’s in the box. So remember rule number one: be clear about the product, be clear about the brand. 2. Honesty Consumers have nothing against simple, inexpensive products, as long as they know wh...

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The Sunday Business Post: Esmark Finch & Xerox meet tall order

The Sunday Business Post: Esmark Finch & Xerox meet tall order

The success story of Esmark Finch in partnership with Xerox, was shared at the The Sunday Business Post on 26th of March. John Mullane, Chief Executive Officer at Esmark Finch & Norman McNellis, Director of Production Systems at Xerox discussed how their partnership delivers agile On Demand Print and packaging! “As an iGen 4 user, Esmark Finch is a great example of how we are doing very successful business with digitally printing On Demand, in order to meet the needs of major brands such as speed-to-market, product customization, and competitive pricing.” March 26-27, 2017 Case Study: Xerox Esmark Finch delivers agile, on-demand print and packaging in partnership with Xerox. Strategic partnership has met the demands of speed and Quality, now it plans to work on pr...

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Premium Printing Techniques

Premium Printing Techniques

There are a wide variety of specialty printing techniques available for consumers who are interested in setting their printed products apart from the ordinary masses. If you want to ensure that your product will have a premium look and feel, you should considering utilizing these techniques. Many brands have already used Gold Foil Stamping or UV Varnish to get ensure individual Impact in the consumer market. An example could be Egan's Whiskey, who were looking for a solution for a short run of 2000 Premium Gift Set cartons to accommodate a special 10yr old Egan’s Whiskey Bottle for retail in the International market at Christmas time.  With a terrific Premium Finish that garnered favourable attention across the board, we could say that the investment was worth it. Let’s have a ...

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Irish Print Awards 2016 Finalists

Irish Print Awards 2016 Finalists

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Irish Print Awards 2016 in 3 categories. Berry Be Beauty Packaging Categories: Digital Printer of the Year & Luxury Packaging About the job: Lorna of Berry Be Beauty, contacted us here in Esmark Finch in the hope we could help her rebrand and relaunch her existing products in all new packaging. All in all, Lorna had a requirement for 10 different boxes across 3 different keylines for her hand cream, body butter, body polish and candle fragrance ranges. We needed to keep consistency of her brand and new colour scheme across all packaging variations. We created numerous CAD samples for testing the size and weight of the various products in glass jars within the boxes. This enabled us to ensure the boxes were fi...

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15 Time Management Tips for Getting Stuff Done

15 Time Management Tips for Getting Stuff Done

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. What have you accomplished today? Does the answer reflect how busy you feel you have been? We live in the age of busyness. Everybody, everywhere, appears to be busier than ever. We multitask, we get stressed, we sacrifice our personal lives. But are we really getting important things done? Follow these time management tips to take back control! “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” ― Henry David Thoreau Define your most important task and work on this first It’s tempting to start working ...

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9 Steps for Designing Successful Food Packaging

9 Steps for Designing Successful Food Packaging

When it comes to purchasing behaviour, packaging is just as important as the product itself, as it is the first point of contact between the consumer and your product in store. So it’s worth putting some effort into the design of your packaging. However creating and designing packaging for your food product can be a challenging process, especially if you are running a small company with little experience in the matter. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how to go about designing your packaging (or getting it designed!), from start to finish. 1. Select materials and type of packaging There are many materials and types of packaging you can use; you are spoiled for choice. You will need to decide early in the process if you are going to use a box, tray and sleev...

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Branding & Design: Hogan’s Farm Rebrand

Branding & Design: Hogan’s Farm Rebrand

How we helped our packaging customer Hogan’s Farm with their complete rebrand   Hogan’s Farm is an award-winning family owned turkey farm operating since 1962. In addition to rearing and producing fresh turkey, Hogan’s expanded their operation into production of cooked meats for the retail market. Recently they also opened a family run farm shop located on their Farm in Kells, Co. Meath with local produce consisting of a range of Fresh, Frozen and Ambient goods. Hogan’s identified changes in the marketplace and decided to adapt their branding and product range to embrace current trends. Hogan’s wanted the new brand identity to emphasize the hand-crafted nature of the products and Hogan’s Farm’s position as no.1 fresh turkey products brand. It had to communicate their core value...

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Our 5 Week Staff Wellbeing Programme

Our 5 Week Staff Wellbeing Programme

In Esmark Finch, we know how important it is to keep employees happy and healthy, and that staff activities, days out and so on are a great way to create a positive and fun company culture. For 5 weeks, the staff at Esmark Finch has been taking part in a staff wellbeing programme coached by Ronan Mee from RM Fitness. Every Wednesday, from 5.30 to 7.30 (pm! We’re brave but not crazy…), we’ve learnt all about nutrition, hormones and how to stay active at the office. And we’ve worked out pretty hard. Here’s how it went. Session 1: 4th May Everyone’s put on their tracksuit which means one thing: this is on!!! At the beginning of the session, Ronan takes everyone’s weight and other fitness measurements, then teaches us how to calculate our BMI and how many calories we should be consumin...

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