October 13, 2016

Cliftons Continues £1m Company Review


Cliftons Continues £1m Company Review
Second Perfecta 115SE guillotine helps streamline operation  London trade print finisher and book binder Cliftons has invested in a second Perfecta Premium line 115 guillotine
from Intelligent Finishing Systems as part of its ongoing company-wide £1m investment programme.

It follows the installation of the Perfecta SE 115 in the autumn, along with a B2 Horizon AFC-566FG folder, and replaces an old Polar 92 guillotine.

The newest fully-automatic guillotine will aid workflow flexibility and eliminate production bottlenecks.

Explains Tim Clifton managing director of the operation that specialises in short to medium run PUR, casebound and layflat books: “We bought the first to replace a 137 Polar for speed reliability and footprint. We soon realised that changes in work load and variety required a second larger sized system than the Polar 92 to help with job planning for shorter runs of all different sizes.”

“We chose the Perfecta for a couple of reasons. We know and like the quality it produces and we have a good relationship with IFS.

He adds there was a real business to be addressed: “We have invested a lot in the company recently with new binding and folding systems and guillotining was the last bottleneck. We can’t afford to have work hanging around. We need it prepped and ready quickly for us to fold gather and bind.

As for the impact the guillotine has had Clifton adds: “The impact it has had since it went in has been massive. Guillotining is such an essential part of the production chain and it is really important to get that right. Now we have two larger format systems we can be much more flexible.”


The £1.5m turnover London trade print finisher and book binder Clifton has 18 employees. It specialises in short to medium run PUR bound and casebound books.

Intelligent Finishing Systems
Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is the exclusive distributor of Horizon on-demand finishing solutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland

IFS joint managing directors Tony Hards and Bryan Godwyn have held the UK Horizon agency since the early 1980s.

Horizon Corporation began life in Kyoto, Japan, more than 60 years ago as a specialist scientific equipment manufacturer and developed through technology transfer into manufacturing automated and computer controlled quality assured print finishing systems for the graphic arts industry. Today the specialist in on-demand finishing solutions it is the leading manufacturer worldwide in the supply of JDF-ready automated finishing systems.

Following the outstanding success of Horizon’s fully-owned subsidiary, Horizon GmbH (turnover tripled within its first five years), a purpose-built facility has been completed at Quickborn, near Hamburg, to house the German operation and a spare parts distribution hub for the European region. The 3,000 m2 premises, which represents a €5 million investment also offers extensive demonstration and training facilities.