About Us

We have been a hot foiling and embossing specialist since 1981. Our three factories in Ipswich, Manchester & Nottingham are dedicated to hot foiling.

The History of Blockfoil

2016

Blockfoil Nottingham invest in the fastest foiling machine in the UK trade foiling industry.

2016

The offices in Manchester and Nottingham both expand their sites to cope with increased volumes of work.

2015

Blockfoil Manchester add a second Bobst 1260 foiling press following the success of the first machine.

2014

The Ipswich factory installs its second MK 1060 flat bed foiling machine.

2014

Blockfoil achieves the ISO14001 environmental standard.

2013

The Manchester factory installs its second large format flat-bed machine. A Bobst 1260 foiling machine.

2012

A second CNC engraving machine for die manufacture is installed. Security Foiling celebrates its first 25 years with a memorable party in Norfolk.

2011

Security Foiling wins its largest MicroPOISE order to date. 250 machines for a company in West Africa. This is followed by the first part of an order for MicroPOISE machines to be installed at all embassies around the world for a Middle Eastern country.

2011

Nottingham invests in a second MK 1060 flat-bed foiling machine. Dies Direct invests in a CNC engraving machine for die manufacture.

2010

Blockfoil invest in two further MK1060 flat bed foiling machines for the Manchester and Ipswich branches.

2008

Blockfoil invests in a new MK1060 flat bed foiling machine for Blockfoil Nottingham.

2007

Printafoil is sold to Reflections Print Lamination Limited and the Bristol office to Celloglas Limited.

February 2005

Blockfoil acquired the assets of Cotswold Laminators. An established laminating and spot UV company. The business is merged with Blockfoil Bristol into its current site in Clevedon, South Bristol.

March 2004

Blockfoil is acquired by Barry Corbett and Peter Starling in March 2004. It was previously owned by Bridgepoint, the venture capitalist.

2001

The Nottingham factory doubles its size to accommodate the merger with the Leicester factory.

October 1999

Blockfoil acquires the long established Printafoil. They subsequently merge Blockfoil London and Printafoil into the Printafoil site in Mitcham.

November 1998

The Nottingham office is opened. Its based on its current site in Hucknall, North Nottingham.

1998

Blockfoil achieves the ISO9001 quality standard.

1997

The two London businesses, Blockfoil London and Gibson Cutting & Foiling are merged and moved into a new site in Mitcham, South London.

April 1996

The Group was bought by Bridgepoint, a venture capitalist, together with Barry Corbett and Chris Griffiths.

1995

Manchester moves to its current site in Middleton.

July 1994

Scotfoil starts up in July 1994, based in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

1993

Blockfoil acquires the assets of Gibson Cutting & Foiling. Gibson were an established cutting and creasing company based in Mitcham, South London.

July 1992

The London office starts in Chessington.

July 1991

Security Foiling is opened in Ipswich. Its focus is the security print market.

February 1990

The Bristol office opens up in Clevedon, South Bristol.

January 1989

The in-house engineering company, SF Services, starts up.

October 1988

Manchester opens its doors for the first time.

1987

The Ipswich office starts its in-house die making and design studio.

1986

The Ipswich site moves to its current location on Ransomes Europark.

1981

Blockfoil starts trading in March 1981. We start with three GTPs in Ipswich.