Marquis adds and upgrades presses to boost capacity

Marquis Book Printing (Montmagny and Louiseville, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario) has made two significant investments at its Toronto plant designed to increase its production capacity to produce monochrome and colour books for the trade-book, educational and professional publishing markets.

Serge Loubier.

“These investments demonstrate the trust we have in the publishing world,” said Serge Loubier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marquis Book Printing. “We sincerely believe that the paper book is resilient and will go through future crises and technological developments to remain the refuge of knowledge and imagination. We have dedicated and very professional employees who operate our equipment, and the existing management team created the confidence to enable Marquis to continue to invest in the operations of Marquis Toronto.”

The first investment is to meet the current strong demand from trade-book publishers due to the lack of book printing and binding capacity in North America. A reconditioned Timson Press has been acquired and the installation should be completed by the end of September at its Toronto plant. This new equipment brings to 9 the number of offset rotary presses in operation at Marquis. “The addition of a Timson Press specially built for the monochrome trade market will allow us to make better use of the capacity available on our perfect and case-binding lines to which we add shifts,” said Jason Foubert, General Manager at Marquis Toronto.

Mike Collinge.

The second investment is to better meet the evolving needs of the educational and professional markets. It consists of server upgrades and colour controls for Marquis’ HP T300 and HP T360 Rotary Inkjet Presses. The installation of this latest HP technology will significantly increase the productivity of digital presses by reducing start-up times and increasing printing speeds. “These HP inkjet press upgrade investments will support publisher market trends towards lower print runs and POD,” said Mike Collinge, Executive Vice-President at Marquis Toronto. “New workflow compatibility opens the door for publisher integration and development discussions, helping publishers successfully respond to changing supply-chain requirements and online order growth.”

Established in Montmagny, Quebec in 1937, Marquis is a leader in the Canadian book manufacturing industry. As mentioned, it operates three printing plants in Montmagny (its headquarters), Louiseville, and Toronto, and has three divisions: Interscript for graphic design and file layout; Laurentien, a leading Canadian producer of agendas and yearbooks; and Canada Coatings which specializes in paper-coating applications for the printing industry. Marquis’ solutions for the publishing and communications industries are used across Canada, the U.S. and Europe – and the company is also the partner of choice for thousands of publishers worldwide.

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