C. P. Bourg, Watkiss Automation And Challenge Collaborate For Finishing Excellence


C. P. Bourg, Watkiss Automation and Challenge Machinery have announced their collaboration on a joint presentation at drupa 2016, and will exhibit under the banner ‘The Centre of Print Finishing Excellence’.

Bourg, Watkiss and Challenge, which manufacture finishing equipment for the digital and offset print market, already partner on various technologies, products and market activities to provide integrated finishing systems.

‘We want to focus on the excellent quality, service and support that we all aim to deliver; and our three companies have a long history of cooperation that has proven beneficial to our customers. So it is logical to work together at such an important event as drupa. Collectively, we have a diversity of print finishing solutions that will appeal to a wide audience. By coming to one site, we can direct customers to the products that best suit their applications,’ said Paul Attew, Sales Director of Watkiss Automation.

‘Automation, flexibility, workflow optimisation and cutting-edge technology are common words to Challenge, Watkiss and C.P. Bourg. For the last few years, our successful collaboration on developing integrated print finishing solutions, combining the best of each company, enable our customers to deliver very quick on-demand and personalised books and booklets. It was therefore logical to put forward our brand new integrated solutions at drupa. In one central location, customers will find the solutions to all their print finishing needs,’ said Sacha-Paolucci, Commercial Director of C.P. Bourg s.a.

‘All three companies have long histories of providing superior finishing solutions in terms of quality, service and support, and practical innovation. With close collaboration and the sharing of ideas, we are together providing better solutions for the rapidly changing needs of our print customers. Together, our three companies look forward to showing customers the assortment of print solutions available at The Centre of Print Finishing Excellence,’ stated Larry Ritsema, President/CEO of The Challenge Machinery Company.

The Centre of Print Finishing Excellence at Drupa 2016 can be found in hall 6 on stands C41–C61 from May 31st to June 10th 2016. Exhibits will focus on booklet making, feeding, cutting applications and perfect bound book production.

Demonstrations of the following integrated finishing systems will be available on the stands:
– The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 booklet maker with Bourg-manufactured PSF Sheet Feeder, producing SquareBack books.
– The brand new Bourg Preparation Module (BPM) with the Challenge CMT knife-trimmer 330C for perfect bound books.
– The new Challenge CMT-130TC on-demand book trimmer enabled for integrated in-line and near-line feeding capabilities.

A range of additional new solutions will be featured on the stand, with separate announcements by each company.

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