At Cotswold Screen Printers we have a dedicated Pad Printing Department (also known as Cliche or Tampo printing), specialising in printing on 3D objects and uneven surfaces. This enables printing to be achieved on awkwardly shaped, and very small components which can otherwise be difficult to print such as switches, lenses and buttons, and produces excellent results on a wide range of substrates.

Pad printing uses the same / similar inks to screen printing and therefore produces a print with good opacity, clarity and durability. This is vital, as many pad printed objects receive repeated handling after printing and therefore must not erase with wear and tear.

  • Suitable print surfaces

  • Cylindrical
  • Compound angles
  • Concave and convex
  • Smooth and textured
  • Most types of metals and plastics
  • Coated paper


Pad printing is suitable for many applications where the surface we are printing upon is not flat, and therefore cannot be screen printed such as:

  • Small caps, switches and lenses
  • Medical devices
  • Industrial components parts
  • Mouldings
  • Many other curved or shaped products
Once set up Pad Printing is suitable for long and short print runs.

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Over 30 years printing experience

Cotswold Screen Printers Ltd was established in the early 1980s in Minster Lovell, near Witney, in Oxfordshire, and specialises in the printing of facia graphics onto plastic and metal components for industry.

Our wealth of experience in this field enables us to assist customers with more complex printing tasks, for example where specialist jigging may be required, and thus we can offer our customers a “Complete Design-to-Product Package” where required.

This includes a complete artwork design, prototype, and production service, including procurement and finishing of metalwork. In addition we have established and trusted links with injection moulding and switch cap and lens suppliers so can assist you with sourcing of your materials as well as your printing, should you require it.

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High quality printing for industry

CSP have a proven track record for producing high quality printing for customers throughout various sectors of industry, including Engineering, Music, Medical, Manufacturing and Scientific, both locally and nationally. Our experience and expertise in Digital, Pad, Rotary and Screen Printing enables us to deliver a quality service, at competitive rates within the UK.