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BINDERY matters

April 2008
Paper Drill Receives Warm Welcome

CHICAGO—Chuck Nestor and James Kelly with Apollo Printing, of Newport News, VA, attended Graph Expo 2007 looking to buy a new paper drill. They found the one they were looking for at the Rollem International booth. The printing execs selected a PB-16, which is a heavy-duty drill with up to 15 drilling heads, making it ideal for most applications, including mechanical binding patterns and multiple-up work. The new PB-16 was installed in February.



Bobst Readies for Drupa, Direction ’08

ROSELAND, NJ—At Drupa 2008, Bobst Group’s Folding Carton and Flexible Materials divisions will showcase a wide range of products, including slitters/rewinders, metallizers, laminators, flexo presses, gravure presses, foil stampers, diecutters and folder/gluers.

Following Drupa, the Folding Carton Group will hold its Direction ’08 open house from October 2-7 at its demonstration and training facility in Roseland, NJ. Not all products shown at Drupa will be displayed at the open house, but a “very smart sampling” will be demonstrated for visitors, who will also be able to attend seminars and training sessions during the event. The centerpiece of Direction ’08 will be the converting of multiple live jobs.



Seaboard Values Binder’s Versatility

WOBURN, MA—As a company that prides itself on service and technical proficiency, Seaboard Bindery found the “perfect binder” for its operations to be a Muller Martini Pantera. The machine runs at speeds to 4,000 cph and is designed for fast setup via its interactive Set-Up Assistant Companion and touchscreen monitor.

“The Pantera satisfies our short- to medium-run needs, binding high-quality books with traditional hotmelt and PUR glues,” says Frank Shear, president. “Together with our other equipment, we cover the gamut from very short-run, on-demand work to large-volume commercial binding. With the addition of the Pantera, we estimate that our binding business will grow 20 percent this year.”



LPI Acquires Welsh Bindery

NEW BERLIN, WI—LPI (Letterhead Press Inc.) has acquired select assets of Welsh Bindery and hired several key former employees, including former Welsh owners John and Jack Welsh.

Welsh ceased operations in late 2007 after more than 32 years in the graphic arts industry, specializing in capabilities such as high-speed folding, stitching, perfect binding, ink-jet personalization/demographic sortation and in-line mailing, as well as inserting specialty advertising pieces like CDs, perfume samples and catalog blow-in cards. Most of Welsh’s key manufacturing equipment and support/technical personnel were retained by LPI.
 

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