Precision Colour Printing has expanded its perfect binding capacity with the installation of a Kolbus KM412C high speed binder in a 280m2 hall alongside its existing presshall.
“By adding this 15,000cph line, we have more than double our existing binding capacity,” says managing director Alex Evans. “Magazines and books can be produced with cover flaps, loose inserts or glued-in inserts and all products packed and wrapped inline.”
The specification allows PCP to bind a product with a 1mm spine up to a 70mm-thick product. The 12 station line includes a card inserter with an expanded attachment area to offer greater flexibility of placement of both paper and non paper products. A static nailing system improves the handling of loose inserts. This can be applied to any of the hoppers on the line. The hoppers are fed by logs of folded sections from the presses.
The Telford sheet and web printer already operates a 12-station Muller Martini Bolero binder, making the KM412 the first purchase from Kolbus. The decision provoked a welcome from Kolbus UK managing director Robert Flather. “It is exciting to be involved in this expansion project which is a huge boost to both their range of bound products and capacity.” The medium term plan will include relocation of the Muller to run alongside the Kolbus.
It is not only investing in the finishing area, having spent more than £20 million since 2000, says Evans. This year it has launched into digital print around investment in a Xerox Colour 1000 and ecommerce activities.
It had installed a Komori System 38S 32pp web at the end of 2013, joining a 16pp System 38 and 32pp Manroland Rotoman. In sheetfed the company operates a ten-unit Speedmaster CX102 and six-unit Mitsubishi with coater for cover printing.
The expansion of perfect binding comes as more and more customers are looking to add value through upgrading the quality of magazines and catalogues especially thanks to the newer Komori web.