Welcome to First Editions, the largest specialist trade supplier of British-made branded sports bottles and drinkware. Our purpose built UK facility houses the latest in state-of-the-art machinery allowing us to stay ahead of the curve and bring you innovative, fully compliant drinkware solutions on tap!
We design, test, manufacture and precision brand all products in-house in the UK, ensuring the most stringent levels of quality checks are in place. Over the last 25 years, our customers have put their trust in us to deliver drinkware for some of the biggest brand names in the world and we will not take risks with their reputation.
Recent years have seen a significant upsurge in the popularity of sustainable and reusable drinkware and First Editions’ has been at the forefront of the trend. Our diverse range now includes stock bottles in sizes from 380cc to 1000cc, protein shakers, runners bottles and biodegradable bottles.
Our dedicated sales team is on hand to help you find the perfect solution. We offer bespoke design and screen printing from as little as 50 pieces and digital printing with no MOQs! Our artwork team has thirty years of experience between them and understands the importance of following brand guidelines whilst working within a restricted budget. We pantone match any print colours at no extra charge and can also manufacture pantone matched bottles from 5000 pieces. In our custom designed warehouses we stock over a million bottles and tops allowing us to offer fast lead times. Standard lead times for stocked bottles are within two weeks of artwork approval. Alternatively, our priority print service guarantees delivery within ten working days and an express print service where we guarantee despatch within five working days of artwork approval.
First Editions started life back in 1994. Initially, operating as the UK importer for a selection of European bottle manufacturers. Over its early life, with great customer service and the personal touch, First Editions established itself as a go-to place supplier for sports bottles.
Reacting to the ever changing and fast-paced promotional market, FE set-up a UK bottle printing services in 2002. This marked a change in direction for the business, holding UK stock and offering in-house personalisation.
Following buy-outs of three of its competitors and four relocations in 2007, FE moved to its current home on Weston Lane Industrial Estate. This move allowed for further investment in print machinery and the expansion into UK moulding.
In 2011, the new operations manager set about driving the business forward by investing in next generation technology. In 2014 FE launched its first full colour print solution and soon followed this up in 2015 with Europe’s first Digital Print service on bottles.
The successful developments into the field of rotary digital printing won FE the British Plastic Federation prestigious Horners Bottle Makers award in 2017.
The end of 2019 saw the installation of another first; an Injection Blow Moulding Machine. This energy efficient process allows Tritan bottles to be formed with a single machine rather than the traditional two.
Today, FE is still an independent, family-run business, operating a class-leading digital print machine, two twin head blow moulding machines, an Injection-Blow moulding Machine, two CNC four colour process machines, a fully automated three station screen printing machine and semi-automatic screen printing machines.