Pamex 2024: Bindwel showcases Sigloch

Bindwel, South Asia's largest manufacturer of bookbinding machines, displayed its SigLoch machines at stand B03, Hall 01 at Pamex 2024.

08 Feb 2024 | By Charmiane Alexander

(l-r) Ajay Nagar, general manager - digital post-press and Pallippuram Sajith, managing director of Bindwel-Stelda

Pallippuram Sajith, managing director of Bindwel-Stelda said, "Under the Bindwel umbrella, we have a sub-brand called SigLoch which addresses the requirements starting from a digital print service bureaus. We cater to all segments, including hybrid printing and print-on-demand (POD), focusing on perfect binding and adhesive binding.”

During the live demo of the machine, what PrintWeek discerned was the SigLoch 500 is apt for perfect binding jobs, plus it is user-friendly, and high-performance of the machine. This was amply demonstrated by the variety of books displayed in the SigLoch library which included trade books, education books as well as books for government jobs. From thick spines to customised sizes, the books were well-bound.

Sajith said while toner-based digital printing has gained traction due to digital print majors like Canon, Fujfilm, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, a quality gap persists in the post-press department as compared to sheetfed offset. And so, Bindwel forayed into the digital post-press market with a raft of offerings under the SigLoch brand. He said, “We entered the digital post-press segment with solutions that will help the digital print service bureaus and digital print firms to offer offset quality finishing.”

Sajith shared details about the workflow at the Bengaluru factory, “We needed an effective blend of scale, innovation and dynamism in our manufacturing ecosystem, that involves over 6,000 components and interacts with over 200 vendor partners. Today, SigLoch addresses the complexities of short-run side-gluing. It does so, by offering personalised adhesive application for books across a spectrum of thicknesses, followed by precisely controlled nipping for consistent, high-quality results.”

Sajith concluded, “We are not here just to sell machines, we are here to educate our customers and address doubts related to bookbinding versus offset printing and digital printing.”

SigLoch 500 is manufactured in Bengaluru and is targeted at entry-level offset book print firms and high-end digital book printing. It is suitable for jobs where the runs are 50 to 5,000 books.