The Bindery upgrades folding kit

The Bindery is upgrading two of its folding units on the back of a 50 per cent increase in folding volume in the past six months.

The Melbourne trade finishing house is this week installing two new Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH82s to replace a Stahlfolder MBO and GUK.

Naresh Gulati, chief executive of parent company OCA Group, says the upgrade is to meet future demand and ensure reliable quality.

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He says machines will be sued to fold sections for perfect and PUR bound products and for multiple-up brochure folding, as well as allowing The Bindery to add double gate folds to its offering.

“The two new machines will run about 60 per cent faster than our previous ones, so we will produce work faster with less cost. The make-readies will also be at least halved,” Gulati says.

Heidelberg Australia postpress product manager Brian Evans says folders were configured to meet the expectations and future growth at The Bindery.

“With only a few minor differences between the two folders, it was planned this way to make sure all folding needs could be met,” he says.

The TH82 runs at 230 meters a minute with format sizes from 140mm x 180mm to 820mm x 1280mm, and can run at top speed with only one operator.

Gulati flags further equipment buys across the group as OCA revs up its trade operation, saying there are ‘significant investments’ planned.

“We are committed to help printers to reduce their cost of doing business so that they can be profitable. At the end of the day, if the industry grows, we all do,” he says.

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