Local card sharps trump opposition

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International print finishing system manufacturers Rollem is celebrating winning new orders from existing clients in the Far East and the US.

Tankersley-based Rollem’s equipment is widely used to make playing, trading and gaming cards as it enables the manufacturers to cut, collate, die-cut, round corners, shrink wrap and package in one process, reducing costs and improving efficiency.

The firm is despatching one of its biggest and most highly automated SlipStream machines to the Far East, while a machine from its Revolution range, half the size of the SlipStream, is going to the US.

Director Colin Pears said: “Rollem’s machines are renowned for quality and accuracy, which has meant that both of these orders are from customers who are already using Rollem’s equipment and have returned to place further orders as they expand their operations.”

Rollem began life as a brass foundry in High Green, 85 years ago, but moved into manufacturing machines for perforating, slitting and punching holes in printed materials.

The company relocated to Tankersley last year, having outgrown previous premises in Ecclesfield, and has continued to grow.

Nine out of every ten playing cards used in Las Vegas casinos will have been cut and finished on machines made by Rollem, along with Pokemon, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, but it doesn’t end there.

The company has also developed equipment to cut and process everything from communion wafers to plant pots and has seen interest increasing from the photobook, personalised calendar, post card and greeting card market.