Huge amount of book printing kit is on sale


An upcoming sale of assets in the United States could spark interest around the world, as it includes several Timsons book presses.

Longtime book printer Edwards Brothers Malloy shut down last month after 125 years in business.

The company’s assets were purchased through a joint venture partnership comprising Hilco Industrial, the Branford Group and North East Printing Machinery and most of the equipment will now be sold.

The sale includes an extensive line of conventional and digital book printing and finishing kits and includes nine Timsons book printing presses.

The group was headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and had a major printing operation there.

The sales catalog for the site includes three Timson T48A-ZMR presses, the most recent being a 2010 model. The site also housed a Timson CM48 press and two Timson T32 spools, as well as four multicolored Heidelberg Speedmaster presses ranging from B3 to B1 format, and a large number of finishing equipment including a Muller Martini Normbinder, two Corona perfect binders, a Sigma line and a Diamant casing line.

The lots for the group’s site in Lillington, North Carolina includes three Timson T32 presses as well as three Manroland R901 wide format sheetfed presses, three other Heidelberg sheetfed presses and full finishing equipment including binders, laminators and coating lines.

The site housed a Kolbus Ratio binding including slipcase and liner, which has been described as “one of the best performing lines in North America”.

Presses are likely to spark interest in the global book printing community, as Timsons ceased manufacturing lithographic presses in September 2014, amid an unfortunate decision to focus on its digital press offering. . The company was put into voluntary liquidation by its creditors four months later.

However, Timsons Engineering, Kettering’s separate foundry and engineering contract firm, continues to negotiate and has an agreement with Kolbus to manufacture new offset presses if required.

Spencer Chapman, Director of Evaluation Services for Europe at Hilco Global, said: “The company was the fifth largest book printer in the United States and the wide range of equipment sold testifies to that. Timson presses now have a rarity value and will likely make a bounty. “

Edwards Brothers Malloy presses have a different circumference than presses typically installed in the UK or Europe, but despite this they can still turn out to be attractive.

“While they’re more suited to people in America, we’re hoping at least one or two might end up coming here,” said Giovanni Piazza, director of Timsons Engineering. “These presses tend to run indefinitely, so if the price is right, a European printer might be willing to put up with wasted paper. “

A considerable amount of digital printing and finishing equipment, including kits from Canon Océ, Xerox, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Horizon, GBC and Tecnau, is also part of the sale.


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