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A colourful year for Yorkshire inks

A West Yorkshire-based ink firm is celebrating a record 30% rise in sales as it expanded into six new countries.

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James Gardiner, owner and managing director of Gardiner Colours

Gardiner Colours, a manufacturer of specialist sealers, varnishes, and press chemistry products used by the industry, saw its turnover increase by 30% in first six months of 2019.

Owner and managing director, James Gardiner, has actively targeted new territories for the company’s products with exports subsequently growing from 5% to 40% of sales.

Gardiner comments: “We are very fortunate to have found a niche in the market. While many large ink suppliers purely focus on process four colour inks, we specialise in supplying the other press room consumables and our customers have come to rely on our quality and consistency.

“We’ve also benefitted from the fact that lots of competitors overseas tend to focus on a core product whereas we accommodate all printing needs and are able to supply a full range of sealers, varnishes, metallic and fluorescent inks as well as press chemistry products including founts and washes.”

By filling containers with a mix of our products, we can cost-effectively deliver globally

Gardiner Colour’s largest markets are now in the UAE, Germany, Spain and France. In the last two months, the company has commenced exports to New Zealand, Bulgaria, Kenya, and Brazil, with eyes set on South Africa and India. 

“As an independent, privately owned company, we’ve proved able to be more flexible, for example, as we keep most products in stock, we are able to turn around orders quickly with swift delivery,” adds Gardiner. “By filling containers with a mix of our products, we can cost-effectively deliver globally.

“There’s no doubt that our ability to offer a complete portfolio of pre-press and press room products, supported by a competitive price due to the devaluation of sterling, is making us an attractive option for printers and distributors worldwide.”

Established in 1981, Gardiner Colours operates from a 22,000sq ft facility at its headquarters in Normanton with 22 members of staff.

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