Print processes: gravure printing

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Intaglio gravure printing originated with the goldsmith engravers in about 1446. The images were hand engraved onto copper, gold and silver and the recessed image was filled with a black ink or enamel known as Niello and then pressed onto paper.

These early prints were used by the goldsmiths to display the range of engravings available to the customer. The goldsmiths not only engraved their products but also developed an etching method useing nitric acid.

John Morton

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John has hands-on experience of all the major printing processes and has held operational and technical development roles at director level in the packaging sector. A qualified printer, John’s career spans magazine production, commercial print, packaging and label production.

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Robert Shimmin

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Robert has held senior marketing and business development positions in the print, packaging and label sector spanning more than 20 years.  He is a regular contributor of articles to the print and packaging trade press and has supported initiatives that seek to build awareness of the latest resear

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