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The Plockmatic Group Purchase KGS srl

In Finishing on April 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

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The Plockmatic Group, owners of UK digital finishing specialists Morgana Systems, has announced that it has completed the purchase of KGS srl.

KGS has manufactured and supplied a range of PUR binders to Morgana Systems for five years. For the last two years Morgana has been the only customer of KGS, taking 100% of the company’s production, with the units being sold under the Morgana brand as the DigiBook range of PUR Binders. Above image shows Jan Marstorp, CEO of The Plockmatic Group (left) and Marco Tumaini, Managing Director of KGS.

The KGS business was formed in 2010 by ex-Heidelberg employees to design and manufacture closed tank PUR binders. The innovative closed tank technology gives users the ability to manufacture small runs of books “on demand” while keeping start-up times and glue wastage to an absolute minimum.

The KGS factory, located in Mestrino, Italy, will continue to manufacture the market-leading range of innovative PUR binders, capable of providing productivity from 150 books per hour to 450 books per hour.

The unique, patented technology of the machines allows PUR books to be produced quickly and easily in all print environments. The binders are simple to use and ideal for the production of digital books in run lengths from one to thousands. In addition to the automatic operation of the binders, the automatic cleaning adds to their appeal.

Commenting on the acquisition of KGS, Ray Hillhouse, VP of Sales & Marketing for Morgana, said, “We have been selling the KGS manufactured products for several years now and have seen the market grow significantly over that time. We have taken the total production from the factory for the last two years, selling PUR binding products throughout the world, and now need to increase production to meet the continually growing demand from new and expanding markets.

“Owning the company will allow our expertise in supply chain and production to help KGS grow, while simultaneously reducing costs. Savings will be directly passed on to our customers and dealers.”

The full range of DigiBook PUR perfect binders will be on display at Drupa on the Plockmatic Group stand – Hall 8B, Stand A66.

About The Plockmatic Group

The Plockmatic Group, based in Stockholm Sweden, is a worldwide supplier of finishing solutions to the print and mailing markets. With over 40 years of experience, the company has built up a strong and solid reputation as an efficient and flexible solutions provider for offline and inline applications. The Plockmatic Group is a leader in the innovation, development and manufacture of new equipment and technology. The Group’s two key business units are Plockmatic International and Morgana Systems Limited.

Plockmatic International focuses on inline booklet making and feeding solutions for a growing base of print engine manufacturers, and also supplies a range of mail inserting solutions.

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of products designed specifically to overcome the challenges of finishing digitally printed work. Since its acquisition by The Plockmatic Group in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of offline booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.


Drupa: Morgana Announces Upgrade for DigiBook 150

In Finishing on April 1, 2016 at 9:15 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced that among the many post-press products on show on its Drupa stand this year will be a series of enhancements to its popular Morgana DigiBook 150 entry level PUR perfect Binder.

The DigiBook 150 has been upgraded to incorporate some of the features of the higher specification DigiBook 200 model. Key additions to the machine include automatic book block clamping and a new glue nozzle system, which has been upgraded to give better control of the spine and side glue application.

Commenting on the enhancements, Ray Hillhouse, VP of Sales said: “There is great demand for the entry level machine both in the UK and in many of our export markets, however, it needed some productivity enhancements and a new user interface to bring it in line with the others models in the range, and to take advantage of the latest changes in PUR glue.”

Hillhouse continued: “This is the first of many upgrades to the DigiBook range which will be shown at DRUPA. With the DigiBook 150 costing around £20,000 it makes PUR perfect binding a cost effective option for even the smallest printers.”

Morgana offer a wide range of perfect binding equipment. The binding technique known as perfect binding is used to create books with a similar appearance to that of a paper backed book. With PUR the book blocks are milled on the spine to enable the paper to absorb the adhesive. The books are trimmed on three sides to produce a professional finished result.

The Morgana DigiBook 150 is an entry level PUR binder and is ideally suited to traditional and digital printers who require short runs of PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard.

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:


Masar Printing Sets New Standards with FoldLine

In Digital Presses, Finishing on March 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

The printing company Masar Printing & Publishing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has integrated the folding solution FoldLine from manroland web systems into its new digital printing workflow, connecting the post-press unit with a Kodak Prosper 6000 C. With this configuration Masar enjoys production flexibility and can actively adapt to readers’ behavior.


With the order from Masar Printing & Publishing in Dubai, digital inline finishing equipment from Augsburg has entered another important printing market in the world. In the United Arab Emirates technical advance is always in demand; everybody knows about the architectural masterpieces and high-tech fondness of the country. In the future, the FoldLine, in a workflow with a Kodak Prosper 6000 C, will ensure premium performance in the printing room.

“Masar is the first in the world to acquire the fastest digital press, Kodak Prosper 6000 C. That is why we decided to also invest in the highly developed FoldLine from manroland web systems in order to approach full and comprehensive flexibility between printing and finishing. We aim to run the Kodak Prosper 6000 C in multi-shift-operations, a one-stop-shop from reel to delivering the final product – which exceeds the customers’ expectations,” comments Faisal Bin Haider, Chief Executive Officer, Printing & Distribution Sector at Dubai Media Inc.

He further adds: “Markets and customers are variable factors, their requirements may change in minutes. This is why the Kodak Prosper 6000 C was built to handle the full range of today’s print applications while still meeting the business goals of newspaper and book publishers as well as those of direct-mail service providers. By gathering these technologies under one roof, Masar Printing & Publishing will have a competitive advantage, providing the local and regional customers with key solutions for making minute differences in delivering the product at the right cost, quality, and quantity, and right on time.”

The World’s Most Modern FoldLine

The fully equipped FoldLine for Masar incorporates all possible options for maximum flexibility during production making it the most efficient system of its class worldwide. From book blocks to newspapers and glued, as well as stitched, commercial products: everything can be produced with the folding system.

“Masar is always committed to getting the best out of the technology, be it with its LITHOMAN or now with digital printing. We want to support them in this with our digital know-how in hardware and software,” explains Christoph Blank, Executive Sales Manager at manroland web systems.

With the software plug-ins WorkflowBridge and MasterQ from manroland web systems as an extension to the Kodak workflow, the customer can optimize, sort, and verify job sequences. The entire configuration is designed to fully utilize the processing benefits of digital printing at a maximum production speed.

Developing Digital Business Models

“Masar always thinks of the future and is setting a standard early on with investments in digital printing,” acknowledges Ziegler. “This way, the customer can digitally rebuild products from the offset sector and additionally develop in-house digital innovations.” Masar responds to the changes in media behavior with its entrance and investments in digital printing. Right now, it is very important for the printer to establish flexible business models. These include personalized advertisements in newspapers, as well as personalized flyers, booklets, and brochures. They also aim to boost production of book blocks.



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