Production staff

Allsopp employs more than 30 full time production workers, and operates a 2 shift-working pattern and facility for 24 hour working upon demand.


  • Heidelberg MOZ/P/S – two Colour / Perfecting litho press, sheet-fed.
    Sakurai Oliver 66 – single Colour sheet-fed litho press, with multiple numbering and perforating capability.

PC and Mac drove typesetting and artwork generation, including scanning and digital photography, and various digital laser and inkjet output options, for proofing and short run work.

Studio software includes Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Pagemaker, Illustrator, Acrobat (including Pit-Stop Pro editing), and Distiller. Quark Xpress, Corel Suite including Draw, as well as Windows based applications, MS Word, Excel, Publisher etc. with Postscript and PDF compatibility, and fluent working between Windows and Mac environments.

  • Harlequin RIP, Postscript level 3
    Linotype Herkules Pro digital image-setter
    Burgess Vaculux printing down frame
    Agfa Rapiline 95-3 in-line film processor
    Escofot 5005 darkroom camera
    Luth Superspeed film processor
    Various light tables and planning benches

Cutting, folding and wire stitching

  • Wohlenberg MC52 and 1150 guillotines x 2
    Stahl TD78T folding machines x 2
    Müller 321 (insert, stitch, trim) 4 stations plus cover-feed, ‘Opticron’ digital signature recognition
    Loop stitching – 2, 3, 4 loops, 5 knife – 2up work and small size options

Perfect & Sewn binding – drawn on covers and book-block preparation

  • Wohlenberg Golf Binder, 8 station gatherer with ‘Opticron’ digital signature recognition, book block feeder,
    back-lining option, in-line trimming and packing.
    Müller Martini ‘Star Plus’ Binder, 15 station gatherer with ‘ASIR /ASAC’ digital signature recognition, book block feeder, PUR adhesive option, in-line trimming and packing.
    Polygraph 18 station off-line gathering machine, with ‘Opticron’ digital signature recognition.
    Astronic 180 high-speed section sewing machines, with ‘Opticron’ digital signature recognition.
    Smythe Freccia No.14 sewing machine
    Smythe No.4 sewing machine (sizes A4 landscape and above)
    Hydraulic book block pressing machine

Case binding

  • Hunkeler endpapering and tipping machine
    Sulby Mk2 Auto Minabinder, drawing on cover or spine lining
    Gantenbein Bufalo 500 Binder – drawing on cover or spine lining
    Rebord Automatic case making machine
    Casemaking Jig HHS131 x 2
    Casemaking Press AUR164
    Case turning-in unit PYX15
    PräLeg Neo XL – Casing In Machine
    PräForm Neo – Book Press
    Kolbus EM281 3 blade casing in machine
    Foil blocking presses x 2
    Swift gluers x 8

Ancillary machinery

  • Thompson Hydribind index cutting machine
    Singer lockstitch sewing machines x 2
    Rollem rotary perforating/creasing machine
    4 headed Dürselen drill
    Round cornering machine
    Step indexing machine
    Treadle creasing machines x 2
    Shrink wrapping line – ‘L’ sealer and shrink tunnel
    Shrink wrapping Line – Heavy duty polythene
    Automatic Pallet wrapping machine
    Fork lift truck, pallet handling machinery etc.