Kolbus has bought the rights to the Timsons T-Fold, following Timsons’ collapse earlier this year, for an undisclosed sum. The deal gives Kolbus all the engineering drawings, work and progress and foundry patterns, allowing the manufacturing to be switched directly to Kolbus’ own foundry at its factory in Rahden.
It’s hardly a surprising move, given that Jon Walker, the former technical sales director for Timsons, joined Kolbus last November specifically to promote more digital sales. Walker, who has an engineering background, played a big role in developing and selling the T-Fold
The T-Fold is an impressive device that can be used inline with any high speed digital press up to 53ins wide and can run at over 300mpm. It can produce book signatures in different collect modes, switching automatically depending on the press its connected to. As well as being perfect bound the folded sections can equally be processed as glued blocks, sewn or burst bound. Robert Flather, managing director of Kolbus UK, says that it can be further developed to handle print-on-demand books.
Of the six currently installed, four are in the UK. Two are at CPI, running with HP’s T-series Inkjet Web Presses, with the other two at Clays, connected to a Timsons T-Press and a Kodak Prosper 1000. Kolbus will take over the support for these.
Kolbus has also opted to go to the Hunkeler Innovation Days.