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Small things lead to big business

Christmas is coming and a lot of kids will be lucky enough to be given a model railway, still a popular hobby even in these days of PlayStations and smartphones. Big kids like model railways too, and it turns out that this year they didn’t want to wait for Christmas.

The revenge of the engineers

At the Drupa of 20 years ago a new British finishing manufacturer appeared on the Océ stand, seemingly out of nowhere, demonstrating a new concept of saddle stitching inline with Océ’s VarioStream continuous-feed digital presses.

60 seconds with Cliftons

Cliftons managing director Tim Clifton started the trade print finishing business in 1998 with his father John. “I had been in repro for 10 years and was in Australia at the time when I received a phone call from him to say an opportunity to purchase a company had arisen and was I interested… beach or Tottenham? Silly me!”

60 seconds with Apple Binding

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

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