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Kall Kwik binds up new investments

Kall Kwik Peterborough has taken a step towards becoming a complete printing solution for customers by investing in new binding and case-making machinery.

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Stephen Loasby, proprietor at Kall Kwik Peterborough, is confident the new binding and case making machinery will bring more work in-house

The east England firm has recently purchased a Fastbind Elite XT perfect binder—which binds books up to SRA3 size or A4 landscape—and a Casematic H46Pro case maker, both from Ashgate Automation.

Stephen Loasby, proprietor, comments: “Our aim is to have a high quality, in-house solution, wherever possible, to our clients’ needs. 90% of our production is business-to-business. We have outsourced perfect binding, which has been fine if we are asked to produce several hundred books. However, our supply partners were not interested in doing very short runs, say, tens of books.

“We have been getting more and more requests to do this type of work and we did not want to turn it away. We had looked at bringing the work in house before but had not found a suitable high-quality machine at an affordable price.”

The results are superb and we can bind up to, say, three hundred books in-house very efficiently

Loasby has also found that as clients appreciate the improved quality of perfect binding, they are beginning to move away from stitching and wiro binding, and says: “The results are superb and we can bind up to, say, three hundred books in-house very efficiently.

“We don’t want to offer a commodity photobook service because there is a huge amount of competition out there. We will be focusing on a more profitable niche market for customised binders, presentation books and cases.

“We know it is going to be a slower start but we will initially target our existing customers where have already built a reputation for personalised work using in-house designers.”

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