PRESSLINE INDIA and Welbound Worldwide gear up to manufacture high-speed digital machines, web offset presses and other web transport systems

The year 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of Welbound Worldwide Group. To take the celebrations to a next level, PRESSLINE INDIA has signed a pact with Welbound Worldwide to manufacture high-speed digital machines, quality web offset presses and other web transport systems at par with international brands in well equipped three manufacturing plants in Kerala. The partnership will produce a new high-speed inkjet digital web press, engineered for end-to-end solution in book production and several other print-on demand jobs.

In 1989, two visionaries—KC Sanjeev, a marketing wizard, and N Kumar, an ace machine designer—got partnered to present something novel to the graphic arts industry. The result was the invention of hot melt perfect binding machine, which was a most needed technology for India in the late 80s and early 90s. This is how Welbound was born bringing a technological breakthrough that truly revolutionised the country’s un-organised post printing segment.

On the occasion of its 30th Anniversary, Welbound takes this opportunity to extend utmost gratitude and acknowledge the fact to all their valuable customers that they had a fruitful and mutually beneficial business relationship over the last three decades. They cherish the excellent co-operation and perseverance that they received through these years and they look forward to continuing the same in the coming years.

KC Sanjeev & N Kumar
KC Sanjeev & N Kumar

The company has grown from strength to strength with whole-hearted support from well-wishers. As a reliable supplier of post-press machinery, Welbound Worldwide Group is enjoying 60-70 percent market share. The company has over 7,000 satisfied customers all over India and abroad, of which more than 100 installations have taken place in UAE alone.

Over 25 years, Welbound has been associated with PRESSLINE INDIA as a chief promoter of their products in north India and select international markets. Being a reputed and reliable manufacturer and supplier of web offset presses, so far the company has installed more than 780 units across the globe. Welbound’s joint venture with PRESSLINE INDIA is the result of the most cherished relation the two companies have developed over two decades.

The invention

Introduction of Welbound, the Indian version of perfect binding took production to new heights, which otherwise was too laborious and time consuming due to the then traditional methods like manual spine gluing and cover pasting. The invention was acclaimed to be a boon to binders, which later won the President’s Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship. The inventive trend of Welbound Worldwide Group is a continuous process in the hands of

Mr Kishore, Director & Technical Head of the group who took over all the skills from his late father N Kumar.

A big leap

Satish Bajwa & Vinod Kr Gulati
Satish Bajwa & Vinod Kr Gulati

Prior to Welbound, only imported brands were being used in India and hot-melt adhesives did not have much dependability. The quality of machines also did not have much compatibility to Indian conditions. Perfect bound books did not have much durability as adhesives could not resist the country’s extremely high and low temperatures. Slowly good quality hot-melt adhesives and better crafted machines with multi roll applicators side glue, pre-melters and others got introduced and users started having faith in perfect binding. Welbound Worldwide is gearing up to tie-up with the Italian company Technograph for hard cover line.

Three decades of association

Kishore
Kishore

“As we take a stroll down memory lane, I remember when the first single clamp Welbound perfect binding machine from Intimate Machines Private Limited landed in Delhi in 1992 and installed at SAKU in Khanpur,” recalls Satish Bajwa, Chairman & Managing Director, PRESSLINE INDIA Pvt Ltd. Vinod Kumar Gulati, owner of SAKU Group, happened to be the first adopter of the machine and who kept full faith in PRESSLINE India and Welbound. Today the portfolio consists of thousands of products comprising Single Clamp, 6 Clamp, 7 Clamp, 12 Clamp, 18 Clamp Perfect Binding Machines, PUR Binding, Folding Machines, Three Knife Trimmers, Gathering Machines, Saddle Stitchers, Colt Pinning and Trimming Machine with offline and online operations.

Latest development

In order to provide an acceptable solution for the Indian market and other developing countries, the R&D departments of PRESSLINE and Wellbound Worldwide in association with Monotech Systems, a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial inkjet printers, digital level printing machines and others, have developed high speed inkjet web machine with online folding, cover feeding, pinning and trimming on one hand and gathering, cover feeding and perfect binding on the other. The live demo of the machine can be seen at the PRINTPACK INDIA 2019 scheduled to be held from February 1-6 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida (Delhi-NCR).

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