PRINT 05 Binding & Finishing -- Bound to Please
"It was a fantastic show for us," notes David Spiel, co-owner. "We had some great people coming through the booth—saw a lot of action."
Bindery vendors—almost across the board—viewed the show as a success. Bob Morton, president of Best Graphics, believes the trend toward automation in the bindery is what printers have in mind, and it is what they're earmarking money towards.
"We took more orders at PRINT than we've taken in the past nine years," Morton says. "It was a very good show for us, in terms of quality and serious buying traffic. We were blown away."
The lion's share of Best Graphics' success belonged to the Best Osako saddlestitching lines—about "50/50" in sales between the Estar and Tener models, according to Morton.
Bill Knotts, vice president of sales and marketing for Spartanics, was beaming with the company's recent announcement that it will be the new manufacturer of Klemm Laser Cut systems for digital diecutting. Spartanics will also serve as coordinator of the worldwide sales and service organization for the new Spartanics Klemm Laser Cut systems.
Therm-O-Type also got in on the new product announcement bandwagon, rolling out its new NSF A3+ press with capabilities including hot foil stamping, blind and foil embossing, diecutting and kiss cutting. A second debut offering was the AutoPro12 business card slitter.
At the Heidelberg booth, the postpress focus was on the need for folding and banding solutions. The venerable manufacturing giant showed its new generation of folders, including the Stahlmaster TH 66 6/4/4 buckle plate folder. Models such as the Stahlfolder TH 82/4 buckle folder coupled with a Speedbander 603 delivery system, the entry-level Stahlfolder KH 82 KZLR signature folder and the Stahlfolder Ti 36 for miniature folding applications were also touted.
At the Goss International booth, home of the Sunday press, it was the Pacesetter 1100 saddlestitcher that garnered much attention. Its selective binding capabilities address the popular trend toward complex personalized and versioned catalogs and publications.