We are a UK-based specialist expert in the print production onto rigid plastics.
We produce using in house on B2 format using UV litho presses and B2 finishing routes.

As such, we have developed our processes and services over decades to specialise on suitable work with brand owners, print buyers and printers.

If you need a specialist partner to advise and produce resilient, consistent and recyclable plastic products, please get in touch.

Long term partnerships with our customers and suppliers have always been paramount to Ryedale. We work with top Brands, print managers and printers in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

How we ensure a high standard of repeatable print quality at Ryedale

Ryedale Printing’s reputation as a market-leading UV litho onto plastic print partner is built of decades of repeatable quality and value for money.

Our products are designed to be durable and are found outdoors, in greenhouses, in dishwashers, under the sea and on military battlegrounds.

To set our print quality standards, we work to ISO:12647 and use PressSign as our colour management tool. Our equipment and processes are frequently tested and calibrated to this standard. Colour can be subjective matter, so these tools and standards enable to us to manage colour so that it meets expectations in a scientific and objective way.

The process starts with carefully sourced consumables. We are specialist experts in UV printing onto polymers such as polypropylene and have a solid supply chain and network which enables us to use niche materials – both in-house and customer supplied – inks which meet this standard.

Then, in prepress, we set a unique Press colour profile to each material to create our House standards. For each job we apply the appropriate profile to plates along with Cip3 colour profile files.

As we move onto press, these Cip3 files aid in minimising make-ready sheets and improve throughput by setting the job profile on press and enable our skilled operators to achieve their profile targets quickly and efficiently across all materials. The job is deemed ready to print when it achieves an ‘ISO pass’ using PressSign. We are capable of printing to targets within a delta E of 3, and use these targets internally whenever viable.

Throughout printing, accurate colour is managed using closed-loop press density control as well as careful interventions by our expert press operatives.

Records are kept at each stage allowing us to revisit previous jobs to ensure repeatable quality over the months and years.

Part of our service is, when required, to dive deeper into this process with our customers, allowing us to develop practical, transparent solutions. Through our decades of experience, we employ our deep knowledge of UV litho-printing onto polymers so that our customers enjoy repeatable quality at a competitive price, along with industry leading technical support and solutions from enquiry stage all the way through to delivery and successive orders.

Plastics policy

We operate in line with the main objectives of the UK Plastics Pact, namely:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.

Examples of actions we have taken on this basis are:

  • In the 1990’s we switched all of our house stocks to polypropylene as the optimum material for the majority of our products taking into account long-term cost, availably and recyclability.
  • Sheets are reused to minimise make-ready waste.
  • All of our aluminium printing plates are recycled.
  • Smart LED lighting installed in offices and factory.
  • Machine power draw and overall electricity usage is monitored and minimised.
  • Lean manufacturing processes are widely used.
  • In 2019 we introduced a minimum of 20% recycled content into our core polypropylene products by default and increased this to 30% minimum for 2022.
  • We introduced RIC recycling codes to products and are members of OPRL.
  • Where possible, our products are designed and priced to produce maximum yield from our plastic sheets.
  • All of our production waste is of a relatively high value so is separated on site and recycled in the UK.
  • In October 2021 we installed over 320 solar panels on our factory roof. This cut our electricity consumption by 27% over the following 12 months.
  • Over 2021 we started to phase in EVs to our fleet, with charging stations connected to the solar panels.
  • In October 2022, we added panels to our office room as well as a battery system to further minimise our power consumption from the grid.
  • In 2022 we continued to analyse our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions as per the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, with a view to reducing waste and minimising carbon footprint through direct actions.

Meet the team

As a UK family owned business that has been in operation since 1952, we pride ourselves in sustainable investments and innovation.

Meet the team

Reference points

Below are a some curated reference points which relate to our specialist field.

We hope you find them useful and we’d be delighted to talk to you more about your project and to work with you on practical solutions.


Although our specialism is onto plastics, we actively engage with TwoSides in order to share information on paper, print and board compared to alternative media as many of the same principles apply.

TwoSides have a wealth of resources which can be used to promote the sustainability of the graphic communications supply chain and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.

TwoSides recognise the advantages of plastic in specific situations.

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WRAP, Clear on Plastics™

Clear on Plastics™ is a campaign brought to you by WRAP, and supported by The UK Plastics Pact. It exists to cut through the confusion and give citizens clear, evidence-based information on plastics and sustainability, allowing them to make their own informed choices.

Our aim is to give people clear information about the complex world of plastics, waste and recycling – for instance, explaining the role of plastics, and demonstrating the balance between the benefits and drawbacks of alternatives.

The campaign aims to make citizens feel more well-informed about plastics in order to make their own, sustainable choices;

With content based on the latest citizen conversations, online and in the media, in order to achieve reach and impact.

Clear on Plastics is a social media led campaign amplified by influencer content and the support of UK Plastics Pact members, Pact supporters and other partners such as Local Authorities.

Learn more

The UK Plastics Pact




Tom Dean, Managing Director

Mark and the team at Ryedale have been a fantastic find for us. It's such a relief finding a supplier we can trust, and provides consistent high quality work. The team is extremely knowledgeable & helpful with any questions we have regarding job specifications, and their customer service is second to none! They always work with us in terms of our job deadlines, and have helped us out of a tight spot many times. We can't ask for much more from a supplier.

Pike Textiles

Caroline Adams, Sales & Marketing Director

I have known of Ryedale for over twenty years and have worked both in competition and also in collaboration with them! I have always had huge respect for the Ryedale business, their knowledgeable, friendly workforce and the quality of their print. I have now worked in partnership with them on several projects – Ryedale always deliver a high quality product and service and have never let me down. Here’s to twenty more years of knowing them!

Sovereign Print

Graham Davis

Sovereign Print have worked with Ryedale for many years and have always been impressed by their detailed care on every job.

They are a company known for their excellent quality, and we wouldn’t hold back in recommending Ryedale to anyone.

We rely on them to ‘get it right’ everytime.

Woodlark Nurseries

Steve Knibb - Sales Director

A very important part of our product offering is the actual presentation of the product, we want to give our customers the very best Imagery and content to complement our quality plant offering.

From ease of ordering, full range management, from creating and looking after our brand, through to online proofing portal to timely deliveries, Hortipak have consistently performed.

A reliable and helpful service from start to finish on every job!

Contact our experienced Customer Services Team for more information

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