Bonacia, which is located in the English city of Woodston, Peterborough and prints all of its products digitally, has optimized its processes for softcover and hardcover production by investing in a Vareo perfect binder and InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer inline duo. The purchase agreement for the two machines was signed at the Muller Martini stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne.
“Bonacia is the power behind the print!” – with this motto, the digital printing company, which was founded in 2005, is run by a group of young millennials and employs 95 people and quickly made a name for itself because of its innovative print products.
The creative company has won more than a dozen awards over the past two years for its books, booklets, manuals and numerous other products, which appear in ten different market segments, including “BookPrintingUK”, “Young Writers,” “Spiderwize” and “Nursery Leaver’s Books”.
Most of the company’s orders are (ultra) short runs of as few as one copy per title. For this reason, a lean and continuous production process, from the printing press to distribution, that is as highly automated as possible is essential for Bonacia.
“We have four long-term goals,” says Production Director Carl Whitelock: “Reduce overtime, reduce changeover times, reduce manual interventions and reduce unit costs.”
Starting this spring, a major contribution towards achieving these objectives will be made by a Vareo perfect binder with EVA Hotmelt conveyor system and an InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer from Muller Martini. Bonacia opted for the inline duo, thanks to the impressive tour of the Muller Martini world at the Print Finishing Center and the Bookbinding Academy in Switzerland.
Carl Whitelock said, “the demonstrations were world class.” In particular, the presentation of the Connex workflow system appealed to us. “It’s exactly how we want to produce in the future.”
Exactly – that also means much more efficiently and therefore more cost-effectively than the current solution. Bonacia’s financial experts calculated the return on investment precisely. They had received a much cheaper offer for machines produced by their previous supplier. However, the calculations showed that the Muller Martini equipment would pay for itself much quicker.
Carl Whitelock signed the purchase agreement for the two systems at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. At the Muller Martini stand, he also saw how his new dream team together with the new endsheet feeder from Muller Martini can now produce hardcover book blocks in runs of one on an industrial scale for the first time. Bonacia has not yet planned to integrate the endsheet feeder. “But we will take a serious look at this option for the future,” says Carl Whitelock.