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New US Headquarters for Plockmatic Group

In Finishing on August 10, 2016 at 8:27 am

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The Plockmatic Group, owners of Plockmatic International and Morgana Systems Limited, are pleased to announce the opening of its new US headquarters based in Rochester, New York.

The new facility will house offices, a training centre, a showroom facility, and a warehouse, and will become the base for all the company’s operations in the US. The office will be located at the new Lehigh Crossing Office Park and is scheduled to open on August 1st 2016 with a series of open house events for partners and dealers.

The Plockmatic Group goes to market in North America through two business units: Plockmatic International, with a focus on the inline sector of the post-press equipment market, partnering with the key engine manufacturers to offer unique cost effective inline booklet making solutions. They also cover the mailing sector, selling inserting systems directly and through OEM partnerships.

The second business unit is Morgana Systems. This part of the business looks after all the offline products, including folders, creasers, offline booklet makers and PUR perfect binders. Product is taken to market through a key dealer network across the US and Canada.

Announcing the opening of the new office, Jan Marstorp, CEO of the Plockmatic Group, said: “The new Rochester facility gives us a base for all of our North American operations. We have big plans for growth in this market and need to increase our infrastructure and systems to provide even better support to our partners, our dealers and the customers they serve.”

In addition to long standing collaboration with Xerox and Ricoh, Plockmatic has recently announced new partnerships at Drupa with Canon and Konica Minolta. Commenting on the new facility in Rochester, Scott Russell, VP of Inline Sales, said: “The new facility in Rochester is key to our growth in the USA. We currently train over of 100 manufacturer’s technicians every year on this site, and that’s set to increase. We also offer second level technical support to our OEM partners from this base and have simply outgrown our current premises. This new office gives us a larger base to work from as we bring new partners on board, and also gives us direct control over our logistics for the region.”

The offline part of the Plockmatic business is handled by Morgana Systems – a business that has a huge base of machines in the US supported by a key dealer group. VP of Sales for the offline business, Ray Hillhouse, said: “We needed this new US facility to offer the better support to our dealer base. Previously our machine logistics were based in Canada and our parts distribution was from the UK. Having our own warehouse and staff in the US will allow us to provide a much more efficient service to our dealers, and in turn, to our base of end users.” Hillhouse continued: “Previously training was conducted either in the UK or at one of our dealers sites. Just having the technical centre alone will give us a much better opportunity to run in depth courses on all our products.”

The Plockmatic Group recently announced the purchase of KGS srl, the Italian-based manufacturer of PUR perfect binders for Morgana. Hillhouse added: “Having recently acquired KGS, we can now really increase the volume of PUR binders we are placing in North America. Having the new showroom in Rochester will allow us to demonstrate the full range of binders, and give us a place to do specific customer testing on their applications.”

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.

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Drupa: Morgana Launch New DigiFold & AutoCreaser

In Finishing on May 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, today announced it will launch the next generation DigiFold Pro and AutoCreaser Pro at this year’s Drupa event in Düsseldorf. The new machines will take centre stage alongside new additions to the company’s bookletmaking systems, and a raft of upgrades to it’s successful DigiBook range of PUR perfect binders.

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Commenting on the new DigiFold Pro 385, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said: “The DigiFold has long been the benchmark product in the creaser / folder sector. With the improvements in speed and productivity for the current crop of digital print engines, Morgana needs to provide an additional option for our customers. After surveying our DigiFold users, we’ve been able to address what they need as their digital production grows.”

One of the key changes from previous DigiFold models is the introduction of a high-capacity vacuum top-feeder that can take a sheet pile of up to 450mm. Once the size and thickness of stock are entered, all other feeder functions including air and vacuum settings, side guide positions, and fold roller gaps are automatically adjusted for quick and easy setup of jobs. Stock of up to 0.4mm can be creased and folded with virtually no cracking of the sheets or the toner on them.

Another new feature is the dual creasing blades, the Morgana DynaCrease, for creasing and folding applications at over 6,000 sheets per hour, and one for “creasing only mode” which allows the widest range of applications to be produced on one machine.

Ray Hillhouse added: “The new Pro 385 model will top the DigiFold range providing a heavy-duty machine for longer run applications of both digitally and litho printed work – it’s exactly what our larger customers have been asking for.”

In addition to the new DigiFold Pro, the AutoCreaser Pro 385 will also be shown, similarly benefiting from the new high-capacity feeder. Hillhouse continued: “The AutoCreaser is still our best-selling machine and the new Pro 385 will take us into higher volume applications with a heavier duty machine.”

As well as the new feeder, this version of the AutoCreaser will have a dual creasing blade and matrix, which is particularly useful if producing covers for perfect binding where the spine and hinge creases can be produced in one pass, or for those users who wish to change creasing profiles regularly. The new AutoCreaser Pro 385 can run at up to 8,500 sheets per hour.

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: http://morgana.co.uk/

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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.

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