New digital production system for Grosvenor House Papers
Kendal-based Grosvenor House Papers Ltd has completed its first print production line with a Watkiss Powersquare 224 bookletmaker, now integrated and running with a Konica Minolta 2250 BizHub press.
GHP is by far the UK’s leading provider of exercise books to schools, delivering over 30 million per year. For some years, GHP relied on overseas production of a standard series of exercise books, but requests for personalisation led MD Keith Young to develop the in-house print production facility.
“We decided to begin printing for ourselves in earnest and looked at various options,” he says. “We went for a duplex mono system to cope with the volume, and for finishing, we decided on an inline system.”
“The Watkiss element brings a level of quality we couldn’t get any other way,” says Mr Young. “It is very well built and runs seamlessly with the Konica press, but the main benefit is the end product which is better than any alternative we have seen. The square backed books look great and are easy to stack. With some of our smaller books we can produce two-up and then guillotine, plus it is capable of a wide spectrum of book thickness from only a couple of sheets up to over 10mm thick.”
The effects of this new in-house print venture have been immediate and very encouraging. “Interest has been very high, there is a big untapped market for us in bespoke products for schools. I can see us investing in more print production equipment in future.”
The addition of a print capability is the latest expansion at Grosvenor House Papers which has seen rapid recent growth – staff levels have risen from 32 to 51 over the past two years.
The company, now run by the husband and wife team of Keith and Janet Young, began trading in 1949 selling paper to local businesses but has since grown and diversified. As well as being a major supplier to the education sector it supplies numerous papers and related products to the craft market, both online and through a retail arm.
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Notes for editors
Watkiss Automation Ltd. is a wholly family owned and managed company which has been designing and manufacturing innovative print finishing equipment since 1974. Design and manufacturing facilities are located in Sandy, Bedfordshire (UK). The company specialises in providing complete bookletmaking and print finishing solutions for the digital and offset print market through direct sales, a world-wide distribution channel and OEM partners. Approximately 80% of production is exported. For more details, please see www.watkiss.com