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Vulcan blankets help CTP Carton & Label – Johannesburg

26.06.2019 Trelleborg’s Vulcan technology helps rapidly growing South African packaging print business meet innovation and production efficiency challenges. The Vulcan Zenith printing blankets from Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation are helping South Africa’s CTP printing group deliver increasingly complex packaging solutions for its blue chip customer-base and improve its own print production efficiency. Rapidly growing demand…

Rotatek and Thunderbolt sign exclusive partnership.

06.08.2019 On the 26th April 2019, the Spanish company Rotatek Machinery appointed Thunderbolt Solutions as the sole distributor of its range of web presses in the Southern African region. Sales Director for Rotatek – Stephan Bucaille signed the agreement with Thunderbolt’s Wayne Stevens. We look forward to a long and happy business relationship!!

A South African First!!

06.08.2019 Thunderbolt Solutions recently completed the first Muller Martini Inspect on a Kolbus KM 411 perfect binding line in Africa. Our client is very happy with the results from this inspection and has commissioned us to do all the remedial work to increase the levels of productivity and safety on this machine. Contact us on…

Screen announces South African sales partnership with Thunderbolt Solutions

29.07.2019 Screen announced today that it has put a partnership agreement in place with South African reseller, Thunderbolt Solutions. The agreement encompasses distribution of Screen’s flagship Truepress Jet520HD high-definition inkjet web press, which Screen recently announced has shipped over 100 units. “Thunderbolt Solutions was founded in 1999 and provides a vast array of services across…

More Productive and Higher Quality

Spain’s Gómez Aparicio Grupo Gráfico has been able to produce softcover products much faster since the installation of an Alegro perfect binder, allowing it to better meet its customers’ quality requirements. Located in Casarrubuelos, near Madrid, the company produces Bibles for customers around the world as well as textbooks for regions across Spain. The many…

Step by Step Makes It Complete

After putting a Pantera perfect binder into operation, German media company Plump expanded its softcover segment into a complete line and increased both its volume and quality. The modular design of the Muller Martini equipment was the ideal basis for the company, which is located in Rheinbreitbach, to take advantage of the “step-by-step” purchase option.…

The New Vareo Fills Order Books

26.09.2018 Following the installation of a Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder at the beginning of this year, Tandym Print, located in Cape Town, South Africa, has seen a noticeable increase in digital print orders. Traditional print products and package printing for the food industry still make up the lion’s share of Tandym Print’s printing volume.…

Fully Focused on Digital

Southern Germany’s Walter Digital GmbH has given digitalization the green light. The Vareo perfect binder is supporting the company on its growth course. Growth in the digital business gave the long-established company located in Korntal-Münchingen near Stuttgart, the security it needed to give up the offset printing business in 2016 and focus instead on new…

Screen Agency

BREAKING NEWS!!! Thunderbolt Solutions has been chosen to represent and distribute Screen prepress systems in Southern Africa with immediate effect. Screen has been the worlds leading manufacturer of Computer to Plate systems for the past 12 years and has more than 22 000 engines in service at present. This is proud moment for us all…

“Finishing 4.0 is Our Future”

The Vareo perfect binder and the InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer provide the optimal touchless workflow environment at Printondemand-worldwide.com, prompting Muller Martini to honor the English short-run specialist with the Finishing 4.0 Award. Andy Cork (center), founder and Managing Director of Printondemand, celebrates the Finishing 4.0 Award together with Dirk Deceuninck (left), CEO of Muller Martini Northern…

The only thing missing was our own perfect binder

PieReg Druckcenter Berlin GmbH, located in Germany’s capital city, can now cover its entire softcover value chain in-house with a Pantera from Muller Martini, the first perfect binder in the company’s history. After meeting its saddle stitching needs with a Valore 14 years ago, PieReg Druckcenter Berlin GmbH is now again turning to Muller Martini…

Streamlined in Four Weeks

By relocating to a production hall that is less than half the size of its previous one, the Wailandt’sche Druckerei printing plant has made its production more compact, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. The company in the German town of Aschaffenburg makes products, including calendars, using two Muller Martini A52 printing presses. On just…

The Vareo Ensures High Quality

The customer is king at CEWE, which handles unique orders. The European market leader in the photo service segment relies on the Vareo perfect binder to achieve the high production quality that the market demands. The over 50 million photo books that have been sold since their launch in 2005 are the flagship product of…

Muller Martini and Kolbus Set the Strategic Course for Their Future

Muller Martini takes over the perfect binding and bookline business from Kolbus. This includes also the service and spare parts business for all Kolbus bookbinding systems installed worldwide. Kolbus sets the focus on the packaging and case making business, parts manufacturing and the foundry business. “Structural change has changed the graphic arts industry in recent…

Jules Dietz from Muller Martini visits SA

Muller Martini Sales Director for Africa – Jules Dietz  visited us at Thunderbolt Solutions in Cape Town and Johannesburg in January 2018. We had successful meetings with strategic partners and Jules concluded important sales training courses with the Thunderbolt team during his stay. Thanks for your time and effort Jules. We look forward to some…

Oppermann Replaces Two SLS3000 Lines by a ProLiner

Oppermann Druck und Verlag GmbH & Co. KG is replacing the two SLS3000 lines that have been in operation at its mailroom in the town of Rodenberg in northern Germany since 2006 by a new ProLiner inserting system, enabling it to process some 1.25 billion inserts a year more cost-effectively. Currently, four Muller Martini inserting systems…

A Leap Ahead with the FlexLiner

LR Medienverlag und Druckerei GmbH in the city of Cottbus in eastern Germany has invested in the FlexLiner inserting system to cut costs and become more flexible. By investing in the Muller Martini solution, the media company in the Lusatia region has revolutionized the insert process for its daily newspaper (run size of 80,000) and…

Mediaworks-PLT Invests in Two FlexLiners for Automatic Inserting

The newspaper producer Pannon Lapok Társasága (PLT) as a part of Mediaworks Group located in the Hungarian town of Veszprem is investing in two Muller Martini FlexLiner inserting systems to handle its increasing insert volume. PLT, which was recently acquired by Mediaworks Hungary Zrt., Hungary’s largest private newspaper group, prints several local and national daily…

Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 Solution Wins the 2017 Swiss Industry 4.0 Award

Muller Martini, the innovative, Zofingen-based machine manufacturer, had the great honor of being presented with the 2017 Swiss Industry 4.0 Award for its Finishing 4.0 book production line for runs of one copy at the Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference at the TRAFOCulture and Congress Center in Baden. With its forward-looking Finishing 4.0 strategy, which draws on…

Muller Martini Stitcher head identification

Over the years Muller Martini have increased the output speeds of their saddel stitching machines. In so doing the stitcher heads have to been improved to match speed requirements of the machines. They to have been redisigned to aid in the quick setup ands changeover of differnet production formats.   We will in this short…

IFRA in Berlin: Muller Martini demonstrates the efficient processing of inserts

At the IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin, everything will be about the topic of “efficient processing of inserts” at the Muller Martini booth F.05 in hall 21a from October 10 to 12. Newspaper inserts are among the most commercially successful print products. German advertisement newspapers, for instance, have seen a rise in the share…

BuLu Ensures Customer Loyalty with High-Quality and Durable Binding

The Lustenau book printing plant (BuLu) has gained a unique combination of advantages by investing in a Muller Martini Alegro perfect binder. Environmentally-friendly PUR glue, stabilizing PUR side gluing and automatic glue application monitoring have made all the difference. Together those factors ensure top-quality perfect binding for spine thicknesses of 1 mm to 6.5 cm.…

Tips and tricks on maintaining Stitching Heads.

Maintenance – Lubrication and Cleanliness One of the biggest performance let downs on a modern high speed saddle stitcher is the actual stitching head maintenance. Poor maintenance will result in failure of the heads ability to feed the wire and resulting not only down time from a damaged stitcher head but in the decollating and…

Pressroom chemistry – DC DruckChemie and Thunderbolt – the right solution

To say that the market for pressroom chemistry is flooded might be a bit too much of a pun, but the analogy is fair nonetheless. There are numerous suppliers all vying for market share. Quality is more involved than simply ensuring the chemistry does the job. It is for this reason that Gundela Penz, Export…

Cron launches new UV and UV-CtP imaging systems

Model H, packed with technology inherited from its parent products, is the next generation of CRON CTP. It is a fully automatic 3-in-1 integrated imaging system which aims to meet demands of the printers: compact design, ease of use, low cost of ownership, easy maintenance, outstandinf dot quality, 1∼99% dot range. Model H comes with…

Africa’s First Vareo

Africa’s First Vareo 03/09/2017 Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town (South Africa) is the first graphic arts company in Africa to invest in a Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder, enabling it to enter a new market segment – digital book production. Although Formset-ABC Printer is already active in digital printing, it chiefly produces large-size posters. The…

MLG has Purchased a New Saddle Stitcher to Join its Two New Printing Presses

MLG has Purchased a New Saddle Stitcher to Join its Two New Printing Presses 06/03/2016 After commissioning two new Komori printing presses, McAllister Litho Glasgow (MLG) is investing in a new Muller Martini Primera saddle stitcher to cater to its increased printing output. Currently MLG, which focuses solely on saddle stitching in print finishing, uses…

Efficient Blankets for the Packaging Market

Efficient Blankets for the Packaging Market 21.02.2017 During a recent roadshow in South Africa, Trelleborg, and its new agent Thunderbolt Solutions, highlighted the inefficiencies and unnecessary costs that can arise from not using the most effective offset blankets for the printing environment concerned. The following article examines some of the points raised. “One common problem…

We’ll Corporation Enters a New Market Segment

We’ll Corporation Enters a New Market Segment 02/14/2017 We’ll Corporation in Ishikawa is getting a Finishing 4.0 solution. The Japanese company is entering a new market segment – the production of teaching materials – with the aid of a Muller Martini print finishing system consisting of a 42-inch SigmaLine with a SigmaFolder II, a SigmaCollator…

Blanket coverage in South Africa

In the fifth of our articles about Trelleborg’s partners for printing solutions, Wayne Stevens, managing director at Thunderbolt Solutions in South Africa, explains why he was so delighted at being appointed a key distributor for the Vulcan offset blanket range. Wayne Stevens “There are some brands in the printing industry that are so synonymous with…

Kodak and Novus Holdings celebrates biggest KODAK PROSPER Technology Installation in the Southern Hemisphere at Drupa 2016

KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press and seven KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems will “change the face of publishing in South Africa”, enabling customer to expand service offering DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, Thursday, June 09, 2016 Kodak today celebrated its biggest KODAK PROSPER Technology deal in the Southern Hemisphere with South African Print Service Provider (PSP), Novus Holdings, formerly…

OTT Commissions a New Pantera Perfect Binder

Hybrid Design Clinches Decision to Invest in the Softcover Solution from Muller Martini In order to produce all softcover jobs in house in the future, OTT, which is based in Wasselonne near Strasbourg in the French region of Alsace, will install a new Pantera perfect binder in a few weeks’ time. OTT, which became France’s first…

Walsroder Zeitung (Walsrode Newspaper) Invests in a Muller Martini FlexLiner

Inserting Switches from Offline to Online Druckhaus Walsrode (Walsrode Printing House), which is based in the state of Lower Saxony in northern Germany, is replacing two Biliners with a FlexLiner featuring sword opening in the middle of this year, which will greatly increase the speed of its inserting process for newspaper supplements thanks to the…

Thomann AG Becomes First Swiss Bookbindery to Invest in the Vareo

“Our Perfect Binding Needs to Be Top Quality Even for Runs of One” In September, W. Thomann AG, which is based in Ebikon in Lucerne, will become the first bookbindery in Switzerland to commission the three-clamp Vareo perfect binder that was launched by Muller Martini this year. “We believe it will make our production of short…

Second SigmaLine for Webcrafters, Madison (USA)

One of the most impressive aspects of the SigmaLine is its scalability Three years after the first SigmaLine, Webcrafters in Madison, the capital of the US state of Wisconsin, invested in a second total solution from Muller Martini for the digital production of print products from data to the finished product. That means Webcrafters benefits…

New Adhesive Monitoring System from Muller Martini

Adhesive Monitoring System (AMS) Provides High Product Quality While Lowering Costs Optimized adhesive quantity, reliable quality checks and even greater customer satisfaction – Muller Martini’s new AMS Adhesive Monitoring System continuously measures glue application during perfect binding, optimizes the applied quantity and reduces costs thanks to lower glue consumption and less production waste. Muller Martini…
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