A Lasting Impression

Serving customers the world over.

Foil Manufacturing Since 1783

API Foilmakers is a European manufacturer of hot stamping foils and cold stamping foils (metallic and pigment) based in the UK.

The company was founded in London in 1783 and has been making print media, products and packaging for over 200 years!

We are a UK manufacturer with wholly owned sales, service, stock and distribution companies strategically placed across Europe and an Export department with global reach based in Scotland. We also work world-wide with some selected distribution partners.

We have some world leading stamping foil products, a wide range of colours and a flexible service. By getting to know our customers our aim is always to offer the best overall service and a solution for every need.

We are a brand new company with new energy, ideas and direction but a pedigree of knowledge that has created a lasting impression since 1783.

  • UK based foil manufacturing with key European service locations
  • Global training and application support delivering world leading stamping foil products
  • Global knowledge base for bespoke project solutions and product development
  • Proactive services underpinned by ISO standard processes and management
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Our History and Heritage

API Foilmakers - History and Heritage

The spirit of service

We have always endeavoured to be of service in helping others to success. As the craftsman stakes his reputation on his words, so do we stake ours upon the materials we supply. It is the happy combination of the Geo. M. Whiley “Standard of Gold Leaf” and skilled work that produces results which bring gratification and credit to both.

The Spirit of Service that brings more orders.

Geo. M. Whiley, Ltd.,
54/60, Whitfield Street,
London, W.1.
(c. 1951)

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API History

George M Whiley founded in London, England manufacturing gold leaf.

API History

George Whiley became a Private company.

API History

Peerless Foils established in London manufacturing bronze powder foils.

API History

Hot stamping foil manufacturer Milford Astor founded in Manchester, England.

API History

George M Whiley Company made public.

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By now George M Whiley: Gold beaters, manufacturers of gold and silver leaf, stamping foils and metallised products. Wholesalers and retailers of brushes, artists sundries and gilders requisites with 250 employees.

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George M Whiley acquires pigment foil manufacturer Nuleaf.

API History

Peerless Foils acquired by API.

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George M Whiley moves to Livingston in Scotland.

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George M Whiley acquired by API Group.

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George M Whiley becomes Whiley Foils.

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Peerless closed and merged with Whiley Foils in Livingston.

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API acquire Astor Universal from the Markem Corporation.

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All companies within the API Group adopt the API name.

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2015 Steel Partners acquires API Group (including Lamination and US companies).

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Salford Holographic plant sold and the decorative holographic moved to the Livingston foils plant.

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Aldus Pty acquire the assets and European distribution network.

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February 26th API Foilmakers are incorporated as a brand new company wholly owned by Aldus Pty.

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Opening of Spanish Hub in Barcelona

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Development of Sustainability Strategy

Quality and Environment

Through the result of continuous investment in people, plant and business development, along with improved safety and welfare facilities for the Livingston team, API Foilmakers is now fully certified to the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards for Quality and Environment Management Systems.

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API Foilmakers Service Centres

Headquarters UK

The heart of our business is in Scotland where we manufacture all of our stamping foil. We have been on this site since moving from London in 1975. We also have stock, a full converting operation and global logistics capability.

Kenny Gilmour and the team are always happy to welcome
customers, and Breighe and Emma are always on hand to
expertly deal with our Export customers and markets.

Tel: +44 (0)1506 438611


Our team is located near Milan in the North of Italy. We started on this site more than 12 years ago and have substantial foil stocks and a converting team to cut the foil to our customers’ specification.

Get in touch with Riccardo Sottocorno and the team for the best foil service in Italy.

Tel: +39 0131 233617


Our team has been located on the outskirts of Paris for more than 30 years. There is a substantial stock of foils and an excellent converting team to prepare the foil to the required customers’ specification.

Make contact with Karen Mas and Olivier Grandière to discuss your next project.

Tel: +33 169 754321


Our team is located in our Livingston factory where we have been servicing the UK and Ireland market from here since 1975. We hold substantial foil stocks where our converting team prepare and dispatch the foil to the required specifications.

Get in touch with Laura Donoghue and our team and enjoy the market leading service on offer.

Tel: +44 (0)1909 770551

Poland and DACH (Germany Austria Switzerland)

For more than 8 years, our team has been located in Warsaw. This has proved to be the ideal location for distributing to both West or East. Foil stocks are substantial and the converting team cut the foil to our customers’ required specification.

For supply solutions and great service options, please
contact Katarzyna Kozinska and Marcus Mueller or any of
the team.

Tel: +48 227 375801 – Katarzyna Kozinska

Tel: +49 1622 090327 – Marcus Mueller

Spain & Portugal

Our new service centre in Barcelona was opened in March 2021, with an experienced team led by Joaquin Romero who has been with API for many years.

With a significant stock holding and slitting capabilities, API Foilmakers has invested to improve our service in one of the most important European markets.

Get in touch with Joaquin Romero and the team for new foil service in Spain.

Tel: +34 935 954 997

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