Bindery Big at Graph Expo 2010November 1, 2010 By Erik Cagle
Though inkjet presses may have stolen some of the thunder, new bindery equipment was everywhere at Graph Expo. The crowds were consistently large in the bindery booths, and vendors were very upbeat about the show.
Mark Hunt, director of marketing for Standard Finishing Systems, was excited about the array of new products that had Standard’s booth buzzing with activity. Much of the attention focused on the Standard Horizon CABS 6000 perfect binding system, which includes the MG-600 gatherer, SB-17 17-clamp perfect binder and HT-110 three-knife trimmer.
“Many printers are seeing their cash flow freed up, and their access to capital improved,” observed Hunt. “The industry is definitely seeing some pent-up demand.”
Coming off a very solid third quarter, Duplo USA was counting on Graph Expo to be a catalyst for success coming into the home stretch of 2010, reported Si Nguyen, marketing director. “We came into the show with very high expectations,” he said. “I’ve seen studies that say the bindery is high on peoples’ buying lists...I think we’ll see things turn around for everyone.”
Nguyen was particularly excited about Duplo’s DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, which will likely be integrated into Xerox’s color production presses. The model boasts faster processing speeds, quick and easy setup and changeovers, along with new cross- and micro-perforation options.
Good Attendance in a ‘Difficult Economy’
At the MBM booth, Mike Venitelli, senior vice president of sales and marketing, noted that the company’s new 1500S air suction tabletop folder, released in late summer, was receiving plenty of attention at Graph Expo.
“Attendance has been good for us; I definitely have no problem with it,” he noted. “It’s still a difficult economy, though. We’ve been told that the recession is over, but it still hasn’t trickled down to printers yet.”
With some of the incentives extended to vendors by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), Spiel Associates decided to roll out an oldie but a goodie—the Sterling S59 gatherer/collator. The S59 can collate up to 6,000 sets/hour, and handles NCR paper, greeting cards, index stock and stitched books, among others. President David Spiel said expectations were limited, but noted that activity is picking up on the East Coast and in the Midwest.