Hexspoor is an international bindery that manufactures sewn and perfect bindings for softcover productions such as: photograph collections, art books, cookery books, product catalogues, diaries, books on architecture, etc. Bookbinding is embedded in our genes. After all, we have been bookbinders for three generations and have over seventy years of experience. Binderij Hexspoor has acquired a global reputation for our use of the Otabind® binding technique which guarantees optimal flatness.
We focus on innovation in our search for smart and efficient production methods. Hexspoor achieves more efficiency from our machinery and dares to push back the frontiers of the (im)possibe to invent creative solutions. This is expressed in the way we bind books with unusual folding-methods and foldouts.
Binding in only one run
Hexspoor may recommend binding books with 18, 20 and even 30 or 36 pages per section to cut back the printingsheets. Another example of efficiency is binding with a single run, by binding books with a flap that is equal with the front. This has two advantages: it is cheaper than the usual method that requires two binding-runs and the quality is better. Accordingly, the machine aligns the trimmed edge at the front very well with the foldof the flap. The flap is scored after the first book is bound and trimflushed.
If you wish to produce a larger number of copies of a production (15,000 copies or more), the final size of which is small, it could be worth your while to produce two books in one binding-run. This is yet another example of smart efficiency and can be achieved by using either the coming/going production method or the two-up method. Both have cost-effective advantages.
The coming/going method
If you use the coming/going method, two books are made together as a single book. That book is halved later in the process. For this technique, the first section is used as the last section, the second as the penultimate section, etc., which cuts costs in the binding process without raising the costs of the printing process. However, the coming/going method is only suitable if the book has a symmetrical structure. If that is not the case, the two-up method will still enable you to produce two books in one binding operation.
The two-up method
This method entails placing two identical pages one above the other so you can still cut costs on the binding process. When we recommend this method, we always take the costs of printing into account. Because the number of formes required for printing the pages is doubled, it raises the costs. So it costs more. In practice, the sum of those two prices will reveal whether this method saves on the costs.
As well as softcovers, Hexspoor offers a solution, in the Netherlands and England, for the shortage of binding capacity for standard hardcovers if the number of copies printed is 10,000 copies or more.
Hardcover binding through Hexspoor’s agency
Hexspoor can supply the binding of the entire hardcover. To provide this service, we have a partnership with a leading bindery in Belgium. Of course, we coordinate the entire procedure and remain the sole point of contact, ensuring good communication and a large capacity for solving problems, just as you may expect from us.
Additional advantages include the efficient options Hexspoor can offer that other hardcover binderies cannot. These options include the double production of book blocks, PUR adhesive binding and the special folding methods for sections of 18, 20, 30 etc.
In contrast to our softcovers, for which we, together with you, continue to push back the frontiers, Hexspoor only wants to supply capacity and efficient solutions for hardcovers. If you are looking for special hardcovers, we would be happy to refer you to our specialist colleagues in the Netherlands.
The service centre of our sister company Hexspoor E-fulfilment supplies a number of support operations such as: