PRINT18: Morgana & Watkiss to Launch New Post-Press Product

In Finishing on September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Watkiss 160 and feeder

The Plockmatic Group, including Morgana USA and Watkiss, will be showing an extensive range of equipment for offline and inline finishing, including a number of new product launches (booth #1436).

The recently acquired Watkiss company, included in a Plockmatic exhibit for the first time, will be showing its PowerSquare™ 224 and the new to market PowerSquare™ 160 (pictured above) booklet makers.

The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications. It is available in three configurations: online, nearline or offline. In a single machine it combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack™ books of up to 224 pages thick. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thickness.

For inline production Watkiss work with all the major digital print engine manufacturers to bring you seamless booklet making solutions for production print, including Kodak, Canon, Konica-Minolta, Xerox, and Ricoh.

The show will be the US launch for a second Watkiss product, the PowerSquare™ 160. The machine is based on an open-architecture providing for a complete booklet making system that staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass to produce added value SquareBack™ books. The machine will provide for the production of booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including letter-sized landscape format and heavy cover stocks.

New to the US market from the Morgana company this year will be the Morgana AutoCut and Morgana RDC (rotary die-cutter).

A key product launch for the print shop market, the Morgana AutoCut Pro is the latest in Morgana’s line of slit/cut/crease devices, which can also be linked inline to the AutoFold folding. As well as card cutting applications, it can run in “crease only” mode at up to 5,000 sheets per hour.

Morgana RDC is the latest release from the company in the die-cutting sector. The product is aimed at commercial printers producing cartons, labels, and personalised items such as business cards, greetings cards, and postcards.

Commenting on the introduction, 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.”

Another “first” at the show will be the new DigiBook 300XLPro. This PUR binder can produce landscape 12” x 18” softcover books in up to 2” thick and will also be making book blocks for casing into hard cover books of the same format. The latest developments in bookletmakers being shown with bar code reading for variable data book production.

In addition to these new products the Morgana AutoCreaser Pro and DigiFold Pro lines continue to set the benchmark for creasing and folding in their sector. The latest developments in both ranges – the Pro 385 products – will be shown with a new cross perforation system, along with a new version of the ever-popular AutoCreaser Pro 33.

About the Plockmatic Group

The people of the Plockmatic Group develop, manufacture, market and support an extensive range of document finishing systems sold under the Plockmatic, Morgana and Watkiss brand names. These products work inline or offline and complement the world’s best digital printing systems.



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.


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