Cork Block Artwork Guidelines

Corks can either be printed (sides only) or fire branded (sides and ends).  Artwork guidelines for both are below.

All artwork supplied to Esvin must include block art to scale.  End block artwork at 100% and 200%.  Please indicate keylines.

Important Design Notes for corks:

Printing Block – the maximum print area on corks with length 44mm or 49mm is 38mm x 72mm (or if wanting print around entire cork circumference 38mm x 74mm).
Branding Block – the maximum print area for branded blocks is up to 1.5mm from either end of the cork. Ie cork length 44mm = 41mm x 74mm
Branding Ends – the design must not extend beyond 21mm for 44mm corks.  The minimum artwork line thickness is 0.5mm.

Positioning of Design

Printing & Branding Blocks – a design can be positioned to print either vertically on the cork, or to wrap around.  If a design is to be repeated on opposite sides of the cork, place the centres of the design apart by 37mm (on a 24mm cork).  If the design is to be printed in opposing directions, simply position one of the logos upside down.
Branding Block – to avoid scorching of the cork surface when branding, artwork needs to run in a continuous flow around the entire circumference of the cork.  If the design does not already provide a continuous flow, the entire design must be framed with a border between 0.5mm and 1.0mm thick.
Branding Ends – It is not recommended that artwork is designed with a key-line ring included as part of the printed design.  Even with a variation as slight as 0.5mm from centre, a ring will exaggerate any eccentric effect.  Without a ring around the design it is almost impossible to judge if a design is very slightly off centre.  However, please show keylines on supplied artwork to ensure correct positioning of design.

Quality Assurance Mark – Please note that all of Esvin’s printing blocks will have a quality assurance mark discretely positioned on them for supplier identification purposes.  Plain corks will also carry this Esvin supplier mark.  Size of mark is 5mm on printed corks, and 7.5mm on plain corks.

Supplying Artwork
Artwork is preferred as either a PDF or JPG file.  Please send all artwork to Esvin via email – or

Lead Time
Upon receipt of artwork there is a 5-8 day lead time required to make a new block and/or end tools.

Lead-time to delivery of corks, from the time tooling is available, is approximately 10 working days (depending on delivery location).  This allows for comprehensive cork processing and analysis to be undertaken; including de-dusting, printing (if requested), wax surface treatment and silicone coating application.

The corks are bagged, SO2 gas dosed and heat sealed, put on hold for 24 hours, and then a random sample is taken for testing.  Once all this is completed satisfactorily, the corks are despatched to your winery.


Please contact us for further information on 0800 551 552