Fine Cut Precision Ltd was founded in 1982 when four employees of the J.W.Blewitt organisation took over operations when the company – specialists in hot foil printing and engraving - ceased to trade. The company then moved from its small workshop in Southwick to larger premises on the Churchill Industrial Estate in Lancing in 1985, to meet increasing demand and to enable further expansion into the areas of general engraving, bookbinding tools and foil printing
Fine Screen Limited was then formed in 1988: sister company to meet the evolving market's increasing demands for a broader range of labelling solutions and nameplates. Fine Screen occupied a second unit at the Churchill Industrial Estate, and specialized in screen printed labels, graphic overlays, and membrane switch panels
In 1990 Fine Cut expanded into the supply of rotary foiling heads and cutters for the roll form label industry, becoming sole UK agents for overseas companies in the labels industry. The production of brass foiling cylinders on manual engraving machines began to fulfil an ever-growing need.
By 1993 it was clear that amalgamating the business and joining the two separate entities together would enable Fine Cut to service the demands of their ever-growing customer base with greater efficiency. Fine Cut International Limited was born, enabling the company to respond to its customers' needs in a more dynamic fashion, streamlining the supply chain and enabling greater collaboration between divisions.
Further investment was made in 1994 as the business expanded into label press supplies, and two new 4-axis 3D engraving machines were purchased, enabling the company to offer a matchless service in the production of rotary and flat-bed brass foiling dies for the paper and plastic roll form label industry.
As both companies continued to grow and dominate their respective industries, the decision was made in 1998 to combine both operations under one roof. Premises were located just 200m from the initial unit, on the now-named Lancing Business Park.
Fine Cut’s advanced engineering division was formed in 2003, installing its first 5 Axis CMS machine shortly after the division was established. Continued investment in personnel and cutting-edge technology over the past decade and more has enabled us to maintain our position as a supplier of choice to a broad range of industries.
In March 2005 we acquired Clarke & MacKay, Valley Screenprint and Circuitape Ltd, and all production was moved to our site in Lancing shortly after. Dedicated to this day to providing the best quality manufacturing solutions possible - and with a skilled and experienced workforce across all divisions - we are justifiably proud of our heritage.
In early 2016 The Fine Cut Group launched its new branding – an updated and rejuvenated impression of the company, reflecting the innovation and the excellence which lies at the heart of what we do. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to progress and creativity, collaboration and – above all – peerless customer service, the rebrand includes a brand new website designed and created with our experience of our customers firmly in mind.
Our thirty plus years' successful trading in the manufacturing industry is the result of three key assets: the excellence of our people, the breadth and depth of our three decades' experience, and the quality of our facilities.
Our long-established specialist divisions - labels and nameplates, overlays and membranes, engraving and marking, advanced engineering, and bookbinding tools - encompass a competitive and dynamic range of products and services. From superior quality labels and marking solutions to precision engraving services which blend traditional skills with pure innovation, we can provide the most apt solution to any project brief - just try us.
We know that in order to maintain the leading edge over our competitors, and to continue to create innovative products and solutions, facilities at our 25,000 sq ft premises must be top of the range. By investing continually in state-of-the-art equipment, innovative technology and new software across all of our divisions, we equip our experienced and skilled workforce with the means to produce superior quality products and a dynamic, ever-evolving range of services and solutions.
We are very proud of our facilities and welcome customers to visit and see first the breadth of our capabilities.
“We commit to shape the future of British manufacturing through collaboration with customers, suppliers and associates.
We will embrace innovation and invest in the personnel, technology, skills, resources and knowledge to ensure we continually supply the highest quality products and services achievable.”
With the above in mind, The Fine Cut service always exceeds expectations, from our rigorous quality control measures to the personalised, flexible and collaborative customer service experience we deliver. We're proud of our rich heritage, and we remain competitive in an ever-evolving industry by blending traditional craftsman techniques and tools with cutting-edge facilities and machinery. With our expert personnel at the helm in every specialist division, we're proudly shaping the future of British manufacturing.
Our ultimate goal is to deliver true customer value, and to remain a trusted brand that customers, associates and suppliers continue to associate with all-round excellence.
“Committed to continual improvement, our mission is to manufacture the most innovative & highest quality printed, engraved & engineered products achievable today and in the future, via the most creative, advanced, efficient and profitable methods available.”
Every one of our employees is a quality practitioner, and we strive together to create products of unparalleled excellence, with matchless consistency from one order to the next. Minimising environmental impact is an ongoing concern for us, and we’re proud to do all we can to operate in the most conscientious and sustainable manner possible.
Fine Cut is committed to utter precision, promising that each product created is as perfect as the last one produced, thanks to our closely monitored inspection and stringent quality standards which have helped us achieve the accreditations we have been awarded.
We are honoured to have been awarded the Royal Warrant for our supply of bookbinding tools to the Royal Family. This mark of excellence is an enduring testament to the unparalleled quality of our products and the skill and dedication of our people.
Fine Cut is proud to be ISO 9001: 2008 compliant, demonstrating our high quality management standards and stringent quality control processes.
Fine Cut participates in the UL Authorised Label Supplier Program under UL LP1518 file number, manufacturing UL certified labels & marking solutions for a range of industries across the globe.
Fine Cut Group’s manufacturing and procurement processes are fully compliant with the statutory requirements of RoHS Regulations. This directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic equipment.
The following hazardous chemicals are not present in our products (or are within the permitted levels for raw materials used by Fine Cut Group Ltd) unless explicitly permitted for use in exempted products.
Fine Cut Group (trading as Labels Direct) holds documentary evidence from our suppliers of substrates, inks and solvents which confirm that these products as supplied to us conform to RoHS Regulations.