Muller Martini takes over perfect binding and bookline business from Kolbus

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At the end of January, Muller Martini and Kolbus announced that they are setting the course for the future. Muller Martini is taking over the perfect binder and bookline business from Kolbus, including the range of services and spare parts for all Kolbus bookbinding systems installed around the world.

Muller Martini Buchbindesysteme GmbH was thus established as a new company in Rahden Germany and has been integrated into the Muller Martini Group as an independent plant along with the 250 employees from Kolbus. In order to support the machine ranges of both companies in the long run, the know-how will continue to be ensured by the close collaboration between the companies. Kolbus will in future focus on the packaging and case making business as well as parts manufacturing and the foundry business.

The reason behind the positioning of the two companies is the huge market changes taking place in the graphic arts industry. Volume falls, new business models and digitization are not only affecting print shops and bookbinderies but also us as machine manufacturers. Constant innovations and adaptations to the machine program due to market changes need to be financed with lower volumes, which is becoming increasingly difficult for all suppliers.

“Merging the bookbinding activities will enable us to supply the market with innovative solutions even better in the long term and support all our customers with a strong service organization. We are thereby actively helping to secure the future of your softcover and hardcover business. Since you are both a customer of Muller Martini and of Kolbus, we would like to give you a brief overview of this project. We are directing all our efforts toward efficiently integrating the know-how of Kolbus into our organization in order to continue to offer you smooth and reliable service support in the future from our local market units as well as the new Muller Martini location in Rahden Germany,” says Sven L Olsen, managing director, Asia Pacific region.

Nothing will change regarding Muller Martini machines, the contact persons will remain the same. Until the end of April 2018, for service and spare parts, the contact persons responsible for Kolbus machines will also remain the same. From 1 May 2018, Muller Martini will ensure both the sale of Muller Martini and Kolbus machines as well as the delivery of spare parts and other support services. To achieve this, the Muller Martini market organization and Muller Martini Buchbindesysteme GmbH in Rahden will cooperate closely, which will ensure that the customer will continue to benefit from the huge knowhow of the long-standing Kolbus experts that have now joined Muller Martini.

Existing quotations for Kolbus machines will remain valid. Machines will continue to be sold by Kolbus until the end of April 2018. On request, each customer – after coordination with the Muller Martini market organization in charge – can, however, order Kolbus machines from Muller Martini. Ordered Kolbus machines will be delivered and installed in good time in accordance with the contractually agreed terms. Installation and service experts of Kolbus will ensure correct commissioning of the machines together with the employees of the new Muller Martini Buchbindesysteme GmbH from Rahden.

Until completion of the project, including warranty, Kolbus will be responsible for the machines. Muller Martini will, however, take care of service fulfillment and ensure support.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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