Working with publishers – Create, Print, Source, Deliver
If your ideas are in the early stages and you need advice on how to bring your project to life, we can help advise on materials including paper weights, boards and even fancy finishes.
We keep a range of common and uncommon paper samples in our office as well as catalogues full of cloths and foils and glitters and much much more. We encourage all new or existing clients to come and have a look through our shelves and find inspiration! And if your project is really complicated, we have a team of imaginative and inventive people who can figure out exactly how to add lights and bells and even whistles if you want them.
Production – Global print management
Working with printers and other suppliers across the globe as well as our own independent production office in China, our vast experience and expertise allows us to match your job to the right printer at the right price.
Printing in China offers many benefits – not only on price but also with access to a huge range of materials and production options. Our office in Shenzhen works closely with our printers and can visit the site if needed. Our own in house colour and printing experts means your job is in safe hands.
Printing in Europe offers faster turn around times and more flexibility on minimum order quantities. We make the most of operating in both areas and are happy to compare the two if your needs are variable.
Safety & Consultancy
Although most books do not require any safety testing, as soon as you start to add item to books or produce stand alone products you can soon find you are stuck with huge safety testing costs. The standards are frequently changing and updating and it can be hard to know what is really required and what it is not, especially if you are selling in multiple countries.
At Imago we can offer advice on what needs testing, the standards you will be required to meet, where we can self certify and finally with the actual testing itself. We work closely with safety labs and hold key data on our main suppliers as well as working very closely with our own safety consultant who sits on many of the European testing boards and is always up to date on the latest requirements. For complex projects we will also offer a free risk assessment of your product to ensure due diligence.
Shipping from China may seem like a daunting task but we can handle delivery from the factory to your final destination warehouse using our chain of freight forwarders without you having to lift a finger.
Most product manufactured in China comes to the UK by sea. There are airfreight options, although they are costly so best reserved for a few upfront copies. Shipping from Europe tends to be by truck and take significantly less time. We can handle all the customs clearance processes on entry into your delivery country, and onwards delivery to your chosen warehouse.
This advanced level workshop will take you through the Safety Assessment process ensuring you recognise and address potential hazards before your product is placed on the market. Often taken as a follow up to Understanding Toy Safety (Part 1).