Webcom of Toronto, Ontario, has invested in short-run casebinding machinery from GP2 Technologies as the publishing printer continues to expand its core digital inkjet production capabilities. The company’s inkjet production is primarily built around HP inkjet web presses.
Webcom’s new casebinding solution is ideally suited for short-run hardcover book orders in quantities of 1 to 1,000, which fits well with Webcom’s existing stable of digital print and binding equipment.
“Today, publishers can combine the best digital inkjet book-printing technologies with the best short-run hardcover bookbinding technology available,” said Mike Collinge, President and CEO of Webcom, describing the company’s new finishing solution. “The result is great-looking casebound books, efficiently manufactured in one plant at a low cost to meet demanding turnaround cycles. Our new short-run casebinding solution is ideal for book publishers’ POD, automatic stock replenishment, end-of-life and niche market book challenges.”
Webcom explains, that like its existing softcover products, text for hardcover books will be available in monochrome or four-colour printing. The new casebinding equipment is primarily designed for book sizes from 5 ½ x 8 1/2 inches to 8 1/2 x 11 inches, as wel as spine thicknesses from 1/8 to 3 inches.
In the first phase of the project, Webcom will produce flat-back hardcover books with optional hard or flexible spines. Four-colour covers will be produced using 100-lb gloss offset paper with Mylar film lamination. In the coming months, Webcom plans to add additional cover materials and will also produce dust jackets.
The new casebinding equipment will also support BookOnDemand, Webcom’s print-on-demand solution designed to produce books in logical batches to optimize cost and turnaround for short-run requirements.