Renz Masterbind has added another successful installation to its portfolio with the recent installation of a full line of Schmedt bookbinding equipment at The Juergens Production Centre in Sydney.
The installation was commissioned personally by Schmedt CEO Hans-Hinnark Schmedt with support from local agent Renz Masterbind.
The installation at Juergens is a unique example of where modern digital technology is helping to revive traditional bookbinding.
The huge boom in digital photography has vastly increased the demand for quality photo books.
Juergens began over 13-years ago when Peter Juergens opened a graphic design agency and has grown into a creative and speciality printing, binding and embellishing company. It finds its HP Indigo perfect for the high-end photo books in which it specialises, regularly producing 350- 600 books per week, although this snowballs to between 1800 -2500 books at Christmas.
Juergens has been a Renz Masterbind customer for years and it was their advice and existing relationship that gave Juergens the confidence to buy the equipment, knowing they will carry through their commitment with the Schmedt machines.
Juergens is now able to handle from one book up to 2000 books at any time, so it will be a lot more productive and streamlined.
The machines really suit the short and medium runs that our market demands. The whole bookbinding process is now fully automated. The shortage of skilled labour is less of a concern now that it has these machines.
Prior to investing in the Schmedt equipment, The Juergens Production Centre was outsourcing all its bookbinding requirements.
The services now can be offered in house, with the added advantage that the company has the capacity to bind 600-800 books per day.
Traditionally this work could only be done through Melbourne binderies. The whole process with Renz Masterbind has been steady and on cue.
With Schmedt’s Prä-machines, single sheets or booklets can be bound into a book block. It is possible to execute all necessary steps for a high-quality binding from cutting and notching to manual or semi-automatic fan-binding up to rounding the book back.
This is a new wave of bookbinding in a new age. These machines really complement digital equipment such as the HP Indigo, NexPress and i-Gen as well as its stable of finishing products.