The innovative Mitabook, manufactured by Swiss-based Photobook Technology, economically produces a wide range of ultra-short-run hardcover books, including photo and juvenile books. Muller Martini has announced it is distributing this highly productive hardcover casing-in machine in North America, and it will be displaying the system at Dscoop.
Together with its partners, Heidelberg will demo digitally produced brochures at Hunkeler Innovationdays.
Printing Impressions and its sister publication, Book Business, hosted the Digital Book Printing Conference (a.k.a. DigiBook) at the Marriott Marquis in New York on November 19th. In other news, Manroland Sheetfed hosted the ROLAND 700 Evolution event that took place at its headquarters in Offenbach Am Main, Germany.
Citing low sales volume, Muller Martini will cease production of printing presses in the first half of 2015; however, it will continue to provide service support for printing press customers worldwide.
The substantial slump in the turnover in Muller Martini's printing presses segment over a prolonged period has triggered the company to cease production of printing presses in the first half of 2015. As part of its strategic realignment, the company will focus on print finishing in the future, strengthened by its recent takeover of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG’s service and spare parts business for its saddle stitchers, perfect binders and thread-sealing machines.
Binding and finishing news briefs from Printing Impressions’ November 2014 edition, featuring Heeter Direct, Specialty Finishing Group, MBO America, Muller Martini, Colornet Press and Dome.
An agreement has been made between Muller Martini and MBO America to work in tandem to engineer multiple capability configurations for the Muller Martini's Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. MBO America will be the primary supplier for roll-fed and digital sheet-fed infeeds to the Presto II Digital.
At GRAPH EXPO 14 held in Chicago last week, visitors to the Muller Martini booth met with Muller’s engineers and product specialists to discuss how a host of component-driven finishing solutions can provide a stable future and deliver investment protection as businesses cross into digital print manufacturing platforms.
Muller Martini's Alegro has enjoyed the most successful launch of any new perfect binder in Muller Martini’s history. It was first introduced at drupa 2012 and has over 45 installations worldwide. Most recently, a significant number of North American print manufacturers have selected the Alegro as their perfect binder of choice, with eight new installations happening within the past 18 months.
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Press and finishing equipment manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) confirmed reports earlier this week that it has realigned its postpress portfolio. The company feels in-house production at the Heidelberg sites in Germany are no longer competitive under the new market conditions, thus the relevant operations are being discontinued. The lone exception is production of folding machines at its Ludwigsburg site, which will continue.