Plockmatic Group acquires Watkiss Automation Ltd

In Finishing on September 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Plockmatic Group, one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of document finishing technology, has acquired Watkiss Automation Ltd based in the UK.

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The acquisition extends the Plockmatic booklet making range into the high-end market segment where digital prints are created using both toner and advanced high-speed inkjet technology. Watkiss machines are sold by the world’s leading printing systems  manufacturers under the PowerSquare brand. The newly acquired company also sells offline booklet making systems through a worldwide network of dealers, plus a range of selected finishing products through a direct sales team in the UK.

Watkiss Automation is a leader in the development and manufacture of high-end booklet making systems known for their robust engineering. Most recently, the company has launched the PowerSquare PSQ160 that operates both offline and inline in a compact footprint and supports the increasingly popular landscape booklet format.

The company will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Plockmatic International AB and will be part of the Plockmatic Group which includes the well-known Morgana range of finishing systems. The Swedish firm’s CEO, Jan Marstorp (above, right), will head the expanded group of companies.

“Customers the world over are using Watkiss systems to serve the growing requirement for digitally printed product manuals, promotional materials and customized catalogs often produced around the clock,” says Marstorp. He adds, “We’ve built a worldwide supply chain, marketing, sales and service organization unique in the industry, and it’s ready to make these powerful systems available to even more customers.”

Paul Attew, Sales Director of Watkiss (above, left) says, “Our team has spent years building a business around our customer’s requirements. We believe Plockmatic is best-positioned to look after our customers and serve new ones. We know the business is in great hands, and Plockmatic has what it takes to grow it to its full potential.”

The Plockmatic Group of companies is part of Grimaldi Industri Group, a diversified Stockholm-based holding company.

“The acquisition of Watkiss demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and to the document finishing business,” says Salvatore Grimaldi, owner and CEO of Grimaldi Industri. “This significantly expands our offerings and will help our customers deliver more value to their customers. I’m delighted to welcome Watkiss to our group ofcompanies.”



M Partners Short Listed in Lloyds Bank Awards 2018

In Offset Presses on August 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm


M Partners, Surrey, UK distributors of RMGT printing presses, is among the companies short listed for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018 – short lists that the organisers describe as representing the best of British ambition and for companies showing their excellence in business.

Murray Lock, joint managing director of M Partners, said: “Having won the Chartered Institute of Marketing award earlier this year for our professional marketing of RMGT presses we really didn’t think things could get any better, but to be recognised by Lloyds Bank for our business excellence has to equal that at least!

“We are delighted to be short listed for these highly presitgious awards, and look forward to making a presentation to judges in September prior to November’s award ceremony.”

M Partners nomination is for The Elite London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up Award, recognising companies that have demonstrated a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last three years. The award will go to the business demonstrating the highest levels of growth along with a robust plan to deliver a sustainable financial performance.

The winners of the 17th Lloyds Bank National Business Awards will be announced on November 13th at an evening ceremony taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

About M Partners

The UK distributor for all RMGT presses also has responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the former Mitsubishi products and B1 format RMGT machines. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.


Morgana Announces Rotary Die-Cutter Release

In Finishing on August 24, 2018 at 8:05 am

Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced the release of its own branded Rotary Die-Cutter (RDC). The Morgana RDC is aimed at producers of cartons, labels, and personalised items such as business cards, greetings cards, and postcards.

Rotary Die Cutter

Commenting on the introduction of this new machine, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The RDC has been designed to meet the needs of today’s digital printers. These companies are keen to handle as many finishing tasks in-house as they can. This unit provides the capability to die-cut, kiss-cut, score, and perforate, all in one pass if necessary, at speeds of up to 4,500 sheets per hour.

“By increasing the services on offer a printer has a greater control of delivery times, rather than having to rely on third-party suppliers. Die-cutting is one of those capabilities that is being demanded more and more as customers seek ways to make their print stand out from the crowd, and is an excellent facility for a printer to use to go and win new business.”

First demonstrated to visitors at the “Taking Print Further” event in March of this year, held at Morgana’s Milton Keynes premises, the RDC will receive its official UK national show debut at The Print Show, NEC, in September.

The cutting system is composed of an upper magnetic cylinder, holding the cutting matrix, and a lower counter cylinder. A pin register system on the magnetic cylinder helps the operator to install the cutting matrix accurately. Side alignment of sheets is managed by adjustable straps, allowing the machine to maintain accurate sheet position. An easily adjustable waste management system separates and diverts waste material whilst giving a consistent supply of the finished pieces to a conveyor delivery.

The top-sheet, air-suction deep pile feeder ensures reliable sheet feeding, can accommodate up to 400mm of printed sheets, whilst an eight-inch touch screen user interface provides for fast and efficient job change overs.

Maximum sheet size for the RDC is 368mm x 508mm, with a maximum die cutting area of 361mm x 472mm. Material thicknesses of up to 400gsm can be cut.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


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