Watkiss to launch new booklet making technologies at The Print Show 2016


Watkiss Automation is exhibiting at The Print Show (NEC, 11-13 October 2016), on stand C41.  The company will be launching two new booklet makers to the UK market: the Watkiss PowerSquare™160 and the Mamo SQ 320.  Fresh from their first international showings at drupa, the two new booklet makers are on show to UK printers for the first time.

The PowerSquare™ 160 booklet making system is aimed at mid-volume digital printers looking for high quality booklet production.

It is designed around a modular open-architecture system that is flexible and versatile that can include two suction-fed sheet feeders and inline, near line or offline configurations.  Optional accessories for full bleed trimming and book stacking increase productivity and efficiency.  It accommodates a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including A4 landscape format and heavy cover stocks.

“The PowerSquare 160 complements our existing range.” explains Paul Attew, Watkiss Sales Director “The established PowerSquare 224 may be the best solution for high volume production booklet making; but customers have asked us for a product that utilises the same technology, which is more suited to mid-volume applications.”

The second new booklet maker on show is the Mamo SQ 320 which is an entry level hand-feed booklet maker with big ideas.  It will staple, fold and form a square spine on booklets up to 30 sheets for a variety of applications, including A4 landscape books. It features digital control for automatic set-up and the option of four staple heads, including loop stitches.

Watkiss will also be showing a broad selection from their portfolio of print finishing equipment including booklet makers, perfect binders, laminators and guillotines.

Commenting on Watkiss’s decision to exhibit at The Print Show, Attew explains “Last year’s event provided an excellent platform for engaging with existing and potential customers; and we concluded a lot of new business. We expect this year to be equally successful. We had a very busy drupa and we are keen to exhibit new products that were shown for the first time in Dusseldorf.  We are a British company, manufacturing here in the UK; and whilst we are a major exporter, the UK print industry is very important to us.  So we welcome the chance to see so many UK printers under one roof.  We firmly believe that exhibitions are ‘a must’ – you can’t beat a hands-on demonstration and the opportunity to compare products from a range of different suppliers.”