Based in Bedfordshire, Watkiss Automation designs and manufactures print-finishing equipment and offers after-market servicing through a worldwide network of distributors. Clients include print-on-demand specialist CPI Anthony Rowe and financial print-services provider Chris Fowler International. In 2002 Watkiss Automation was granted the initial patent for its Squareback binding method, which makes square-spined booklets that can be stacked more easily into stable piles. In 2007, after further patent development, the Watkiss Power Square 200 was launched, which the company says has helped the Squareback method to become an acknowledged printing standard worldwide. The firm’s international sales have grown 56% a year, from £2.4m in 2007 to £5.9m in 2009.
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