17 March 2019 Print Companies

Kingsbury brings in MBO for folding finesse

Kingsbury Press has added an MBO folder to match folding quality to its print quality.

High end printer Kingsbury Press has commissioned an MBO T960 folder at its Doncaster production premises. The company also operates sales offices in London and New York to look after the publishers and luxury brands that comprise the core of the company’s work.

The T960, from Friedheim International, has replaced an ageing Stahl TH85, partly on the recommendation of its staff and partly on price. Technical director Edward Layton says: “We listened to our most experienced folder operators who both insisted that their preferred choice of folder was the MBO due to its clever innovations and ease of operation. It is slightly more competitively priced than the other folder option, which made the decision easier from a management perspective too.”

A key consideration for the chosen format and configuration was the 880mm working width needed for a specific job. The configuration includes the Z2 knife and FA66 stacker options. The folded sections can be subject to a variety of binding techniques to create precisely the finish required.

Kingsbury has perfected K-Bind, its own development of a lay flat binding to enable full out spreads for illustrations, maps, floor plans and similar which lose their impact with traditional adhesive binding. Perfect binding, both hot melt and PUR, is still offered along with thread sewn binding, Swiss binding and Otabind as another way to achieve a layflat book.

The £5.7 million turnover company operates an all Heidelberg press room with five-colour plus coater Speedmaster XL75 along with Cylinder and platens for foiling and creasing. It will print on a wide range of materials, with the new folder required to process these without marking the sheet.

The quality it delivers for the high end property companies, luxury brands and publishers, is marketed as “The Art of Print”, a combination of its own look book brochure, website and video to show how Kingsbury can deliver for clients.

By Gareth Ward

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Mike Whittaker and operations manager Neil Stones helped Kingsbury Press decide on the MBO T960 when it was time to give its Stahl TH87 a well earned retirement. The new folder adds to a line up in Doncaster that still includes a small format Stahl folder.

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