Under the theme “The World Loves Books” Horizon International will showcase 13,000 square feet of highly automated post press solutions at Drupa 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. With headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, Horizon has 550 employees and operates the largest facility in the world devoted to manufacturing folders, binders, collators, stitchers and cutters.
The World Loves Books
The digital media revolution continues to spark innovations, but Horizon believes that the paper book will enjoy a long and prosperous future alongside e-books. One can even argue that the digital revolution has elevated the value of the printed book by making it less of a commodity. Today books are printed on demand when they are needed, or more importantly when they are “wanted”.
“As the paradigm changes and e-books become the commodity, the value of the printed book will grow,” says David Reny, Executive Vice President, Standard Finishing Systems, Horizon’s exclusive North American distributor. “Together with Horizon, we are committed to providing the highest quality equipment to efficiently produce books as and when they are needed. Paper books will remain an important part of our lives, our history and our future.”
The Horizon booth will also focus on finishing from the point of job creation, to ensure efficiency through each step of production, cut down on waste, minimize touch points and increase profitability. Two daily live presentations will illustrate the point of super-efficient finishing for both conventional offset and digitally printed product.
Flexible Binding Solution Presentation
Many printers are transitioning some of their book production from offset to digital, creating a need to efficiently bind books that have been imaged on both print platforms. The new Horizon Flexible Binding System produces short-run offset or digitally printed books in a relatively small footprint with the quick changeovers needed for short-runs. The CABS 4000S Perfect Binding System will be shown with conventional signature gathering stations for offset-printed signatures, but will also accept direct input from a digitally pre-printed roll that will be unwound, cut, signature-folded and accumulated into book blocks to flow through the same system. A live demonstration will feature three different format books being produced from both offset and digital print.
Digital Finishing Solutions Presentations
Two highly versatile digital finishing systems will be featured in the Digital Finishing Theater. The Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital will produce saddlestitched books from a pre-printed roll and cut sheets. A “Smart Book” solution will show a pre-printed roll converted to book blocks for perfect binding, featuring the new HT-1000V Variable Three-knife Trimmer, book block and cover matching, and a digitally managed workflow including Screen’s EQUIOS and the Horizon pXnet system. The presentations include Hunkeler unwinders and cutters, and printed products from partners Komori, Océ, and Screen. These presentations will be shown 4 times a day.
Partnerships Take Center Stage
A broad range of Horizon equipment will be shown in 6 different partner booths throughout the halls at Drupa. The Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital Roll-to-Saddlestitch solution will be demonstrated in the Komori, Océ, and Xerox booths, and the ColorWorks 8000 in-line Bookletmaker will be shown by Xerox. The new BQ-270V Variable Perfect Binder will be featured in the Océ and Tokyo Kikai booths, and the BQ-470 4-clamp Perfect Binder will be shown in the HP booth with the HT-30C Three-side Trimmer.