Frequently Asked Questions

Are all your products Australian Made?

Yes! All of our products are 100% made in Australia, right here in our factory in Sydney!

What type of file do I need to supply for printing?

What printing options do you offer?

We can print our products in a number of ways;

Foil Printing –

When foil printing a product, we use a metal stamping block and a foil ribbon to stamp the image onto the product. Foils come in a range of metallic and colours.

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Blind Deboss –

To produce a “Blind Deboss” we use a metal stamping block with a good amount of pressure and stamp direct to the product to leave behind an impression. As no colour is used it is a softer effect than Foil Printing, but does create a more tactile image.

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Screen Printing – PMS Colours

Screen Printing refers to printing your design onto a flat surface using a mesh screen, ink and squeegee. Screen printing is more suited for displaying solid rich PMS colours and Spot Clear UV prints, it delivers a thick ink deposit giving a better colour opacity than digital print. When printing more than one colour, the colours must be applied in individual layers.

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Screen Printing – Clear UV

Spot UV is screen printed in the same way as the colours above. Clear UV can be added to highlight parts of your design, or used on its own to create a unique print.

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Digital Print – CMYK + White + Clear

Our Swiss Q Digital Printer allows us to print 4 colours (CMYK) + White + Clear, creating high quality images directly to your product on just about any thickness of material. We can print direct to Vinyl, Polypropylene, Fabrics, Cardboard, Timbers plus many more materials. Giving Abbey greater flexibility in printing images and graphics in either small or large quantities.

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High quality image printing in CMYK for larger runs. We can offset print directly to Paper, Recycled Paper, Polypropylene and Vinyl.

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Ring Fittings - How do I work out what size I need?

To work out the size and type of fitting you require you will first need to know the thickness of all the pages/content you wish to place into your binder. Gather all your content together and measure it with a ruler, we suggest you go a little larger than the total thickness of your content to allow for growth.

Existing Ring Binder – If you have a sample you can measure the Capacity of a ring fitting as follows;

D Ring – Measure from the top of the base plate of the fitting, up the flat part of the fitting to inside the top of the fitting.

O Ring – Measure across the fitting inside to inside of the O ring.

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O ring

Ring Fittings – What is the difference between a “D” Ring and an “O” Ring.

O Rings are mostly fitted to the spine and have less bulk, so less intrusive looking. The fitting does move each time the cover is opened, this means the pages move more than they would in a D ring fitting.

D Rings are fitted to the back cover of a ring binder, this creates less wear on the contents as the ring binder can be opened and the contents are not worked so less wear and tear on the paper parts.

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How far apart do my hole punches need to be?

Hole Spacing – Hole punch sizing for standard fittings.

Please see below graphic. This shows how far apart your holes need to be based on A4 or A5 binders.

How much paper will fit in my ring fitting?

Listed below is a GUIDE ONLY of how much paper will fit in different fittings. Based on 80gsm paper.

Lever Arch – Approx. 375 sheets

Half Lever Arch – Approx. 250 sheets

O Ring D Ring
19mm – Approx. 90 sheets 19mm – Approx. 112 sheets
25mm – Approx. 125 sheets 25mm – Approx. 156 sheets
40mm – Approx. 200 sheets 40mm – Approx. 250 sheets
50mm – Approx. 250 sheets 50mm – Approx. 312 sheets

What types of folders & ring binders can Abbey manufacture?

We make them ALL!

Abbey is a local Australian manufacturer so we custom manufacture to your requirements.

Vinyl Binders –

Vinyl Binders are hardy and easy to clean and come in a wide range of colours and textures. Vinyl has great flexibility for creating and adding pockets to hold samples, cards and business cards. It offers a versatile way to customise printing. Able to be 4 colour CMYK printed or 1-4 colour screen printed, encapsulated with printed inserts or foil printed. We can work with you to create the perfect Ring Binder or folder for you!

Casebound – Paper, Cloth, PU, Leather

Casemade Binders are a premium way to display your products. We can create your binder with a wide range of materials – from a paper outer right through to beautiful linens and leathers/ faux leathers. Casemade materials can be screen or digital printed, foil printed or Emboss/Deboss, we can work out the print type that will make your artwork shine.

Polypropylene –

Polypropylene is a strong and sturdy material to make binders, binder boxes and slipcases. Available in translucent and solid colours in thicknesses from .38mm to 1.9mm. Polypropylene can be screen, digital and offset printed – the possibilities are endless.

What is the turnaround time for a custom product?

Depending on availability of materials and approval of artwork,

Larger quantities and complex products 3-4 weeks

Small run tender products: 3+ Days

Pockets/Envelopes: 1-4 weeks

Please note: Lead times are from approval of artwork!

What is the turnaround time to get a quote?

We will provide a quote within 24 hours.

Do our Premium Boxes come fully assembled?

Yes, our Premium Boxes are delivered assembled. All you will need to do is add your product.

Polypropylene (PP) Boxes, Satchels, Cases & Slipcases – Self Assembly

Polypropylene (or PP) products are supplied with tab locking systems, these products are very easy to self-assemble. Suppling products that can be self-assembled requires less storage room and offers savings on labour to assemble. All products are quoted as self-assemble unless assembly is noted on your quote.

Abbey can quote to supply of these products fully assembled please discuss this with our sales staff.

What is the largest you can digitally print?

The largest size we can large format print is 1.5m x 2.5m and up to 80mm thickness.