Hollingworth & Moss Ltd
Bookbinding & Digitisation Specialists
12-06-2015 | PRINTWEEK / XEROX J75
A traditional book binders has won a four-year contract and a slew of new work following a £70,000 investment.
Hollingworth & Moss bought a new Xerox J75 digital press and Fiery RIP, replacing a decade-old Xerox DocuColour 250 and Creo RIP, and its first PUR binder and has since won a contract worth up to £60,000 with Leeds City Council.
The Leeds-based family business is the sole supplier in a supply contract to rebind all the city’s library books, with an expected £15,000 annual spend.
Managing director Paul Hollingworth said: “We bind to academic standard, which will probably be better than the binding the books came with, we give them a new lease of life.”
The contract win came after the company installed its new Digibook 200 PUR binder, bought from Morgana Systems, in April, which will do the work.
Hollingworth said the company had seen a surge in orders following the investment: “We never would have got the work without the PUR and the Xerox.
We were a hand binder but with this machine we can run it in manual mode, and it binds everything, of different sizes, it’s a great asset.
In manual mode the machine can be slowed down, allowing operatives to work on delicate books. It handles spine lengths from 110mm to 320 mm and a maximum thickness of 50mm.
“The J75 is quicker and it’s faster to rip the file. It’s increased capacity by 100%,” Hollingworth added.
“With the J75 and PUR binder we can now offer short-run PUR and bind, we’ve never offered the facility before. We bought the PUR to speed up rebinding library books but it can also do soft covers and there’s no other bindery in the Leeds area that can do that.”
The Xerox J75 makes it more economical for shorter runs, which are common in Hollingworth & Moss’s target markets of universities, public sector and academic and government libraries but Hollingworth said that his company was increasingly taking on short-run printing and binding for clients, including trade orders.
Around 20% of the company’s £1m annual sales comes through its web-to-print, such as its mythesis.co.uk service which prints and delivers academic theses by 10.30am the next day, and it is developing a number of white label web-to-print sites for other companies.
Currently the 26-staff company runs a 12-hour day shift but is thinking of doubling up.
"It’s a starting point for use. It’s the next level and we want to expand digital printing. We can do 25 soft back printed and bound, we can do one. We’re taking on three apprentices for first time in many years," said Hollingworth.
“Things have really picked up for us.”
21-05-2015 | MORGANA
Hollingworth & Moss Ltd, printers and traditional book binders based in Leeds have announced the installation of a DigiBook 200 PUR binder from Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.
The unit represents the first venture into PUR binding for the company. The Morgana DigiBook 200 was perfect for the shorter runs undertaken at the company – shorter than undertaken by the typical binder. The target markets for
Hollingworth & Moss are universities, academias and Government libraries, where the typical run length is not as large as other industries. The purchase followed a number of trials in Morgana’s head office in Milton Keynes where Paul and the team put the DigiBook 200 to the test using a real mix of materials to test the machines capabilities. The PUR binder surpassed their expectations.
The Hollingworth family is still at the helm of the business that is still regarded by many as the market leader in academic library binding. Paul Hollingworth, Managing Director and son of the founder of the business, commented on the suitability of the DigiBook 200 to the business: “Our core focus is on short and very short run productions. Student thesis and book re-binds are the main source of income into the business. Typically book re-binds and book repairs are required for libraries and the Morgana machine allows us to accommodate this easily.
“With the ability to switch to manual mode we can slow the machine down to a pace that is workable and allows us to deal with damaged pages and gives us tight control on all machine functionality. We control the milling of the book spine, which helps us to adjust the amount of adhesion, along with the amount of time the book stays in the system while we create the book block. Once we have produced the book block we can then add a hard cover to the book if required. This will help with durability of the book and gives it longer shelf life keeping books on shelves longer within the library.”
The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110mm to 320 mm and a maximum thickness of 50mm. The device can convert from soft back to a hard back covering at the flick of a switch.
Commenting further on the Morgana machine, Paul added: “The small format and convenience of the DigiBook 200 means that we can move it around in the factory as it only requires a three pin connection. Because the glues are contained there is no need for any complexed ventilation system. All in all a very flexible system.”
Commenting on the installation at Hollingworth & Moss, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “It has been a delight to work with the binding experts at Hollingworth & Moss. They really did put the DigiBook 200 through it’s paces in order to prove to themselves that they would be able to bind just about any substrate! I am delighted to say that they were very impressed with the results.”
Hollingworth & Moss were able to gain financial assistance for the investment into the new equipment from the Leeds City Growth Fund, where 20% of the investment was provided to the company following submission of a detailed business case. As a result of the funding the company is looking at intergrating apprenticeship schemes into the business.
About Hollingworth & Moss
Hollingworth & Moss Ltd is an innovative, dynamic business that has evolved and embraced new technologies based on the foundation of its traditional book binding skills. The business was established in 1966 by Michael Hollingworth and Peter Moss after becoming successful with the provision of academic binding to Leeds University. The factory at the time was the ground floor in a row of terraced houses converted into small workshops in Leeds city centre. As the business grew it expanded onto the second floor and in 1985 they were granted urban regeneration funding to create a purpose built factory in Sheepscar where it resides today.
1988 saw sons of Michael, Richard and Paul Hollingworth join the company, and in 2004 they became Directors. Richard and Paul brought fresh enthusiasm into the business with great ideas to propel Hollingworth & Moss into the diverse business it is today whilst still holding on to its traditional values and heritage.
As part of the business model and continued investment Hollingworth & Moss saw a gap in the market and the opportunity to offer short run PUR binding to the trade after attracting interest from local and national businesses asking for this service. To complement the new binding technology the company has also invested in new digital printing with the purchase of a Xerox Colour J75 Press. Along with the PUR binding service and the ability to offer trade print, the Hollingworth & Moss brand can provide a full print and bind solution.
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