About us

Established in 1986, we’ve been supplying flexographic pre-press services to the UK’s printing industry for over 30 years.


Who we are

Family owned and managed since our inception, we’re made up of time-served pre-press specialists, each with decades of experience in the industry. Indeed, many of our staff have been with us since our earliest days with the average length of service standing at around 15 years.

From artists (often referred to as ‘Mac operators’) to technical managers, studio managers to account managers, our office-based team are the first point of contact between ourselves and our clients, pricing, manage and design their projects and making sure their expectations are met.

Meanwhile, down on the factory floor, our highly-skilled sleeve and plate makers – some of whom have worked for DSS since 1986 – are responsible for the physical production of the thousands of flexographic plates and laser engraved sleeves we manufacture each year.

We take great pride in delivering the very best service possible with the long-standing client relationships to prove it. What’s more, we genuinely love what we do, helping to turn our clients’ concepts into reality.

To learn how we could add value to your brand, why not get in touch?

What we do

Every year we produce laser engraved sleeves and flexographic printing plates for hundreds of well-known products and brands; household names that grace the shelves of retailers, workplaces and homes throughout the nation. What’s more, far from simply being a manufacturer, we also adjust, enhance and even produce artwork from scratch, advising and supporting our clients throughout their projects.

Why choose DSS?

Family owned since 1986

Whilst other firms have fallen by the wayside, DSS Liverpool has grown from strength to strength, operating under the strong leadership of the original owners.

Super-fast turnaround

Process-driven and supported by the latest technology, we can turn your projects around faster and more efficiently than almost any other company.

A proven track record

We’ve been supporting the UK’s print industry for over 35 years. With over 90% of our work being based upon repeat business, we must be doing something right.

Professional, friendly staff

We take pride in the friendliness and approachability of our staff. From the moment you first make contact, we’ll treat you as we’d like to be treated ourselves.

First-class customer service

We’ve been supporting the UK’s print industry for over 35 years. With over 90% of our work being based upon repeat business, we must be doing something right.

Honest, transparent pricing

We make the price you pay clear with no hidden costs or nasty surprises. Providing your specification remains the same, the price we quote is the price you pay.

Our history

We've been supplying flexographic pre-press services to the UK’s printing industry for over 30 years. Here are just a few of the highlights...

1986

DSS Liverpool formed by Derek Smith in Liverpool City Centre

1987

Linotype Typesetter purchased

1988

Started producing contract Cromalin proofs

1989

Moved to Bootle on the outskirts of Liverpool City Centre

1989

Studio first invested in Apple Mac computers

1990

Factory invested in three Print Down Frames

1991

Studio upgraded to Artius (now Artpro) software

1993

Company achieves ISO9001 accreditation (quality management)

1996

Barco Megasetter (large format image setter) installed

2001

Zed two-metre laser engraving system unit installed

2002

Nexus Rip installed

2013

Roland CGS – Oris proofing unit installed

2014

Screen CTP commissioned

2020

Revised brand launched accompanied by an all-new website