K Systems Foils was established nearly 35 years ago in Johannesburg and has grown to be one of the largest importers of Hot Stamping Foil in the Southern African region. Hot Stamping Foil is used in the process of marking, decorating, labelling, coding, security, and overstamping.

Operating from our branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, K Systems is able to service the Southern African market with the most versatile, competitive and widest range of Foils. Our management staff have been widely exposed to a great variety of suppliers, products, methods and machinery and have gained the necessary invaluable experience and knowledge needed to become the premier Foil Supplier in Southern Africa.

Our competent Sales staff have been representing most of the world’s leading Foil manufacturers for many years now and K Systems is strategically poised to offer the most comprehensive range of foils. All of our foils are aggressively priced and supported by our manufacturer’s warranties and guarantees of excellence. The foil producers we represent have all put their years of research, development and product innovation into producing the highest quality foils and are continually refining new products and grades that will also be eagerly accepted in the South African market.

Our diverse customer base have come to trust and appreciate K Systems as an asset to their business and a partner in their growth. K Systems is seen as more than just a foil seller, we are an integral part of their success.


K Systems Marketing (Pty) Ltd was established in 1981 and purchased the South African assets and goodwill of the Whiley Foils Limited of Livingston, Scotland, U.K branch in South Africa.
Whileys U.K., a subsidiary of the Quoted London Stock Exchange Group, had established a wholly owned South African subsidiary in 1971 to distribute Hot Stamping Foils in South Africa.
K Systems became the Sole Distributor of Whiley Foils U.K. in 1981.
In 1988 the company was changed into a Close Corporation – K Systems Marketing CC.
K Systems has since 1992 been under the sole ownership and control of Mr. R.J. van den Heuvel, aged 66, C.A. (S.A.) 50% and Mrs. M.A. van den Heuvel 50%.
K Systems Johannesburg and Head Office has been in Betty Street, Jeppestown, Johannesburg since 1981.
K Systems Durban branch was established in 1982 and is presently located at 319F Gale Street, Durban.
K Systems Cape Town branch was established in 1984 and is presently located at Unit 13 Santos Park, 414 Voortrekker Street, Maitland, Cape Town.
K Systems has participated in Trade Shows in Johannesburg on eight occasions, Cape Town twice, Durban twice and in Harare, Zimbabwe. The major focus of the Trade Shows was the display of Hot Stamping Foils and Machinery. Suppliers from API, CFC, Newfoil and Neilsons have attended and participated in these shows.
In 2013 the name was changed to K Systems Foils CC to reflect the core nature of the business.


For many hundreds of years, the craft of manufacturing and applying fine gold leaf has been understood and practised in diverse cultures around the world, from South America to Europe and Asia. In China, this tradition is strong, and the decoration is used to add brilliance and value to a wide variety of prized possessions.

The production of the fine gold leaf was a tedious process, involving the repeated hammering of a small nugget of gold into very thin sheet of great area.

Early in the twentieth century, successful attempts were made to substitute less costly metals for gold, but the leaf produced still demanded a great deal of skill in its application, and the process was never automated.

The 1950’s saw the plastics industry develop relatively stable films, and it was realised that these could be used as a “carrier” for the gold and base metal leaves, with considerable advantages over the traditional tissue paper.

During the 1960’s a new technique for the deposition of aluminium on plastic film was developed, vacuum metalising. This meant that brilliant metallic effects could be achieved with a layer of metal less than one micron thick, and at much lower cost than the traditional beating process. By adding a coloured lacquer, the silver coloured aluminium was made to look like gold, and many other metallic coloured effects could also
be achieved today, these include pearlescent and holographic foils.

A further breakthrough was the development of a coating of heat activated “size”, or adhesive, to the rear of the foil. This eliminated the need for the traditional hand-applied liquid size. By simply applying heat and pressure to the reverse of the film, using a metallic die, the foil would transfer to the paper or other substrate.

As foils began to be available in long rolls, printing machine manufacturers saw the opportunity to automate their presses. By synchronising the substrate feed, the foil feed, and the application of heat and pressure, it became possible to achieve high running speeds, which in turn led to lower costs.

Many years’ research has now led to a product line which is compatible with a wide range of different substrates – paper & board, leather, wood, textile and many kinds of plastic.


Foil stamping uses heat and metallic film in a specialty printing process that produces a shiny design on paper, vinyl, textiles, wood, hard plastic, leather, and other materials. Foil stamping, also called hot stamping, dry stamping, foil imprinting, or leaf stamping, can be combined with dimensional embossing to make letters and images on business cards, book covers, gift cards, office folders, and a whole host of professional or personal items.

Instead of using magnetism, plates, or inks to print words and shapes, foil stamping uses dies, or sculpted metal stamps. The heated dies seal a thin layer of metallic leaf onto a surface. The foil comes in a wide roll, large enough for several passes. The hot die works similarly to a letterpress. Once heated, it presses the foil against the substrate material with enough pressure that the foil sticks only in the intended places, leaving a
slight imprint.

Using several layers of foil in different colors or combining ink and foil can embellish this simple “flat” stamp. Imprinting and embossing adds even more dimensionality. The edges of the foil stamp may be straight, curved, or sculpted to make the image pop or float above the page.

Foil leaf is available in every imaginable color and pattern, like standard gold or marbleized green. Rarer types of leaf come in matte, pearlescent, holographic, opalescent, or glossy finish. Semi-transparent layers allow an under color to show through. Not only does it provide a uniquely vibrant image with depth, foil stamping can be applied to a much more diverse selection of substrates in comparison to ink.

The cover of a leather photograph album could be printed with your family’s monogram, or a cloth bookmark with a favorite literary quote. Impressive wedding invitations might have intertwining silver vines, blue flowers, and gold rings. Businesses use foil stamping to identify folders, cards, signs, and magnets with their logo. The reflective and unusual treatment is sure to catch the eye of any potential customer.

The Foil Specialists –
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