UV inks allow creative adventures in printing

You wouldn’t think that embracing such a small thing as UV printing would unlock a vast amount of creativity and flexibility in commercial printing, but that’s precisely what’s taking place.

“We're doing things that people only talked about prior to UV availability,” says David Harding, President of HPG. “We're working on some truly imaginative UV projects — printing on all kinds of unusual substrates and uncoated stocks – and getting amazingly brilliant results that are knocking the socks off our clients.”

Here are some of the materials HPG has successfully printed on with UV inks:


  • Holographic stocks

  • Vinyl, flexible and rigid, up to 40 gauge thick

  • Polystyrene

  • Polypropylene

  • Magnets

  • Adhesive-backed paper and vinyl

  • Nylon

  • Canvas and cloth

  • Foil, and much more


The key to successful UV printing is in exposing the UV ink to enough ultraviolet light to set the ink while not breaking down the substrate in the process. The HPG team works hard to test each substrate prior to printing to determine its characteristics. We began using this technology several years ago.  We have indeed become experts at this technology!

Got a creative brainstorm? HPG can help you bring it to life!