A tradition of excellence

Integration of a state-of-the-art production line for hardcover books

We completed the successful integration of a state-of-the-art production line for hardcover books (click here to see the video). With an investment of $4.5 million, enabling the commissioning of a Diamant MC 60 Casing-in Line, manufactured in Germany by Müller Martini. By bolstering our production capacity and enhancing operational efficiency, this solidifies our leading position in the Hard Cover book production.

“North American printers face significant pressure from American publishers to meet required production volumes and avoid being ‘forced’ to print in Asia.” Said Yvon Sauvageau, the company’s president. “During the Covid pandemic, demand far exceeded production capacity in North America. The addition of a casing-in production line is a direct response to this demand.”

The addition of a new production line marks a crucial milestone in the company’s ongoing pursuit of operational excellence and customer satisfaction. This reflects its commitment to proudly manufacture standout books while addressing the growing challenges of North American printers.

January 2023

Launch of two thermal laminators for book covers.  We have recently replaced our 20-year-old equipment with the Autobond Mini 76 TH-PHR and the Cosmo CF 6300.

Those new items of equipment will allow us to increase the quality, the capacity and to secure production during peak periods.  Having a significant market share, we took into consideration digital printing and added optional features on the equipment enabling the lamination of more intricate sheets.

Annick Forgues joins the team

Annick Forgues joins the team as Executive Assistant and HR Manager. Her contribution to the organization will ensure continuity in the structuring of the HR component with the objective of growing our employer brand in the region. Her experience in human resources in the manufacturing sector will be quickly put to good use and will allow us to continue our sales growth.

With more than 75 employees, Multi Bookbinding must design and implement customized training plans for our type of highly mechanized production line while having at heart developing and maintaining the skills of our staff.

Premere BLS II personalization of graduation albums

Premere BLS II personalization of graduation albums (click here to see the video)
A great leap forward with the automation of the personalization of graduation albums, a specialty at Multi-Reliure since our creation in 1988. This production line replaces a lead-based production method from the 1950s. The process is done directly from a Word file and the albums are fed continuously. No matrix and no rejects!

Kolbus PK 170 Board Cutter

Kolbus PK 170 Board Cutter (click here to see the video)
Installation of cardboard cutting and squaring technology for the manufacture of rigid covers. This investment allows us a greater autonomy in the just-in-time manufacturing of all our orders. The precision of this German technology is now coupled with digital measuring tools. With the complexity of our supply chains, this addition comes at the right time!

 

New Dust Recycling Process

New Dust Recycling Process
In its ongoing process of continuous improvement, Multi-Reliure has acquired a Weima C150 unit for the compression of all dust coming from the sawing of bounded book spines. This process allows the elimination of 65,000 lbs of landfill waste per year, the equivalent of about 7 full 53-foot trailers. The highly compressed dust transforms this production waste into briquettes that are sold as biomass…a net gain for the environment, a cleaner plant and a safer work environment!

Installation of a brand-new Case Maker Kolbus DA 280

Installation of a brand-new Case Maker Kolbus DA 280 (click here to see the video). This machine which is used to manufacture hard covers is the fastest ever produced by Kolbus with a rate of 100 covers per minute. This acquisition offers the possibility of making 3-piece covers (Quarter bound cover) in an automated way and asymmetric spines for special displays. In addition to finalizing this installation, we took the opportunity to redo the complete Layout of the 15,000 sq. Ft. department with the addition of a Polar knife and a ventilation system.

New production line Kolbus Boxer BX200

Start-up of a brand new production line, Kolbus Boxer BX200 (click here to see the video), for the production of custom-made and on-demand cardboard boxes. This investment is in line with our mission of innovation and will bring many benefits to our customers including:

• The exact format for the packaging calculated according to the weight or quantity required
• No paper cushioning
Stronger box for mail dispatch
• Use of the right type of cardboard: single or double wall (32 or 42 ECT)
• Possibility of choosing the number of volumes per box on the day before production
• Billing only for boxes used. No waste
• No inventory management or transporting empty boxes
• No minimum quantity required
• Increased flexibility to meet your customers’ packaging standards
• Decreasing the ecological footprint

Multi Bookbinding team is growing

Multi Bookbinding team is growing with the arrival of Ms. Michelle Côté and Mr. Brent Mackie. They hold the positions of Production Coordinator and Regional Sales Manager for the Ontario and United States markets, respectively. They will contribute to the efforts already undertaken to increase the quality of our services, expand our presence in Ontario and develop the US market.

Big winner in the regional investment category of the MMCQ

Multi-Reliure is the big winner in the regional investment category of the MMCQ (Manufacturiers de la Mauricie et du Centre du Québec). The award was presented to Yvon Sauvageau, President and his partner Patrick Pâquet at the 2019 Le Manufacturier Gala. This is an industry recognition for the quality of its Leader 2020 investment plan.

Gala Distinction Desjardins

We are very proud to have won this award which recognizes the quality of our team and our operations!

Gala Distinction Desjardins
In the category: Manufacturing Company, presented by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation

Two 50 HP Kaeser BSD-50 screw compressors and a TF-174 refrigeration dryer

We’ve upgraded our compressor room by adding two 50 HP Kaeser BSD-50 screw compressors and a TF-174 refrigeration dryer.

We will certainly have enough air to support our growth!

Appointment of Denise Gignac

Appointment of Denise Gignac to the position of Production Supervisor with the following responsibilities:

• Plan and organize the day shift work with the operations manager
• Facilitate the integration of new employees and ensure their continuous training
• Transition to the evening shift

This nomination is part of her progression at Multi-Reliure after having distinguished herself by her attitude and her qualities as operator of several types of equipment since August 1999.

AsterPRO 44 from Meccanotecnica

Multi Bookbinding just completed the installation and training of a brand-new Smyth Sewing machine AsterPRO 44 from Meccanotecnica (click here to see the video). With the addition of a third production line with all the cutting-edge technologies for automatic book sewing, this new investment will almost double the sewing capability of the company and keep Multi Bookbinding in the leading position in Case Binding production.

The main features of the machine are:

  • Top sewing speed of 12 000 cycles/hour;
  • GigaLynx Dual Control helping to identify sequence errors by reading barcodes and images from inside and outside the transport saddle;
  • Staggered Stitch;
  • Rotary Lap Opener;
  • Bible Paper Kit.

Installation of a brand new binder

Installation of a brand new Perfect Binder Kolbus KM 610a manufactured to our requirements in Germany. This addition increases our production capacity by 60% and allows us to offer Case Binding with PUR glue, Layflat binding.

A major investment to support growing demand in the book business

Appointment of Gypsi Gagnon

Appointment of Gypsi Gagnon to the position of Operations Foreman with the following responsibilities:

• Plan and organize the evening work shift
• Provide technical support to management, customers and operators
• Plan preventative maintenance with in-house mechanic and subcontractors

This appointment is in line with his progress at Multi-Reliure after having distinguished himself as head operator in thermobinding. Mr. Gagnon has been with the company since September 2006.

August 2018

The addition of an automatic horizontal 2-ton Balemaster press optimizes paper management and baling. By packaging our waste paper in bales, we maximize the resale value to recyclers and, most importantly, we eliminate landfill. Multi-Reliure is a first-choice partner concerned about the environmental footprint of its operations. Recycling is at the very heart of our concerns!

February 2018

The addition of automatic FeedMaster 3840 section feeders on our Kolbus KM 473 binder increases production speed while reducing the physical effort required by operators to load section rolls that can weigh over 100lbs. This is another investment that reflects the willingness of Multi-Reliure to accompany our printer customers in their development.

April 2016

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a brand new piece of equipment from Japan. Our Horizon gatherer/folder/inserter allows us to work with 4-page signatures off digital presses and prepare them for sewing in sections of 16, 24, 32 or 48 pages, depending on the specifications of the job.

This automated machine Horizon HOF and SPF has been designed specifically for the production of yearbooks and short-run sewn books and can handle 12,500 4-page signatures per hour.

Our clients will benefit from greater production speeds and also from the reduction of the risk of errors during the inserting/gathering process.

November 2013

Improvement to our personalized stamping capabilities with the addition of a new Qwick Print foil stamper. This machine allows the operator to fully concentrate on positioning the stamp as well as making any corrections to the copy being stamped while the foil is automatically fed into the machine.

March 2013

Evening reception on March 15th to celebrate the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations (Louis Baribeau, Yvon Sauvageau, Patrick Pâquet, and Pierre Pâquet, husband of the founder of Multi Bookbinding, Suzanne Ferron).

February 2013

Release of our Beisik estimating system to our major customers. Provides autonomy in estimating and generates layouts for the production of both case bound and soft cover jobs.

December 2012

Our 24th consecutive month without any workplace accidents – a great team effort!

March 2012

Addition of a Potdevin gluer to improve our production of book slipcases and cards/cases for samples/swatches.

January 2012

Modifications on our Cermi machine allow us to produce a flush French-flap on either the front or back cover panel in a single pass. Previously, we had to have the flaps on both the front and back panels.

July 2011

Development of a new version of our ERP system. New features include personalization of packing slips with our client logos, automatic email confirmation of receipt of jobs at our plant and automatic daily tracking of orders.

February 2011

Renewal of the collective agreement with our production staff (Multi Bookbinding employee union) for the next 5 years.

June 2010

Addition of two pressing units on the sewers. This eliminates wrinkling on sewn books over 1″ thick.

February 2010

Implementation of our environmental policy. Lighting in the plant has been replaced with a highly efficient system, selective recycling sorting has been extended to all departments (including the office), purchase of FSC-certified cartons is a priority, and the weather-stripping in our eight garage doors has been upgraded to save on heating.

May 2009

Modification to our PUR gluing unit, now able to handle spine widths from 0.125″ to 2.25.″

February 2009

Installation of our 12-unit Kolbus ZU-803 gathering machine. Sewn jobs will be produced more quickly and more efficiently than before.

December 2008

Installation of two electrostatic units allowing the automatic insertion of reply cards. This will shorten production time, since reply cards can be inserted while the book is being assembled.

November 2008

Winner of the 15th Gala Distinction Desjardins category Manufacturer (26 or more employees).

May 2008

Installation of our Kolbus Cermi XCR 650 trimmer. This machine allows us to apply and trim perfect bound French-flap covers in a single step. In addition to doubling our production capabilities, this machine will give our operators optimal control over the positioning of the flaps.

March 2008

Francization certificate granted by l’Office québécois de la langue française.

February 2008

Introduction of our new logo, better reflecting the current work of our company. It replaces our previous logo created in 1990. We also registered the English version of our name, “Multi Bookbinding,” to aid in developing our business.

December 2007

Author Bryan Perro visited our plant to see the production of his book, Créatures fantastiques du Québec.

November 2007

Implementation of an ERP system. Our new Beisik system integrates all aspects of our workflow: orders, dockets, purchase orders, estimating and scheduling.

October 2007

Fondaction CSN invests $1.5 million in Multi Bookbinding. This investment completes important private funding by the estate of the founder, Suzanne Ferron, for shareholder renewal.

July 2006

Passing of Suzanne Ferron, founder of Multi Bookbinding. She leaves behind her husband Pierre Pâquet, her son Patrick and her two daughters, Sonia and Solanie.

March 2006

Introduction of our second Kolbus KM 473 perfect binding line. In addition to doubling our production capabilities, this machine allows us to bind works as thin as 0.09375″ with a speed of 8,000 volumes per hour.

May 2005

Winner of a Gutenberg Award 2004 for the second consecutive year.

February 2004

Acquisition of a Nordson PUR spine gluing system on our KM 470 perfect binder. PUR glue is a big help for printers who need to produce a job to bind against the grain in order to maximize sheet space.

November 2003

Our third plant expansion project brings our total area to 56,000 ft2.

October 2003

Addition of a third production unit on the Müller Martini Inventa Plus. This machine can achieve speeds of 200 sections per minute, and its optical detection system eliminates the risk of flipped or missing sections.

March 2002

Acquisition of our new laminating machine, the GBC 8332 Genesis. We can now offer this as an in-house service, without having to send jobs outside to laminators.

January 2002

Major investment to complete the automation of our case binding line – the addition of two Kolbus machines to our current fleet of equipment, the BF 527 Book Production Line and the Chronos Casemaker. This positions Multi Bookbinding as the most important independent case binder.

September 2001

Second expansion of our plant – an addition of 12,800 ft2 to yield a total area of 40,000 ft2

March 1988

The beginning of our business, located below the Shawinigan Municipal Garage, rue de la Fonderie.