Craft Focus - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 94)

9 INDUSTRY NEWS  Industry news Latest news from the craf industry Metallic Elephant turns 15! Metallic Elephant turns 15 this year and it’s testimony to the brand that in 2022 have had record machine sales, their best since trading began in 2007. Metallic Elephant continues to deliver excellence in engineering with ‘ease of use’ being a priority for the hot foil press market where personalisation has seen exponential growth. With five models currently in their stable the company serves a global base of clients including many luxurious and leading brands. The biggest growth in 2022 has been with the KSF 3 platen press, a hand operated press that can deliver a A5 plus bleed print area. Many clients have been keen to seize on the opportunity of adding this to their range by making it their number one capital investment of the year. Clients have been impressed equally with the build quality, reliability and the chance to supply commercial levels of print on their products whether its stationery for weddings or greeting cards to printing on acrylics and leathers. A third of all sales for this product have been shipped to North America alone. Key points: The KSF Series 3 is a commercial grade press manufactured from the highest end materials and finished in modern anthracite grey and silver to be an attractive addition to your premises. Boasting a large print area of 200mm x 250mm and ¾ tonnes of pressure this is the ideal workhorse for all artisans. The KSF Series 3 can make an impression on a vast array of materials, the platen setup, auto foil feed, accurate heat control and counter on this machine allows for quick loading of products enabling the user to quickly add their designs to stationery, leather items and much more. The KSF Series 3 has a floating heater box with easy pressure adjustment. You can print up to 30mm thick items with ease and minimal effort. With one pull of the handle, foiling, debossing and embossing is at your fingertips. For further information, visit: Curious Universe award success Now in their 10th year, the Bath Business Awards recognise the importance of celebrating the positive accomplishments of all Bath-based businesses and acknowledge Bath as a great place to live, work and do business. They toast successes, celebrate achievements and highlight successful and innovative businesses doing great things across the region. Bath-based arts, crafts & toy company, Curious Universe, has been awarded the prestigious Bath Business Awards 2022 SME Business of The Year. Already listed in the Sunday Times 100 earlier this year in recognition of its significant achievements and growth, Curious Universe is also a finalist in the National Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards. Listing the company as one of the best in the country, it has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year category. John Styring, Curious Universe CEO, recently underwent a gruelling Dragon’s Den-style presentation process to make it to the final selection in this prestigious awards platform. “2022 has already been an incredible year of growth and development for the company. These awards are the icing on the cake in recognising the passion and commitment across all members of the Curious Universe team,” comments John. “Winning the Bath Business award SME Business of The Year award and being shortlisted among the great and good both locally and on a national level is a real testimony to what we have and continue to achieve across all areas of the business. We are investing heavily in our product development and employee opportunity programme. This, coupled with our continued focus on sustainable ways of producing and marketing our ranges will help us to develop and maintain our growth within the community and on an International playing field.”