Skyline Bookbinders

Skyline Bookbinders
Case study
Hardback sewn books
25 May 2016

Skyline productivity reaches new heights following asterPRO 52 automatic sewing machine buy

Skyline Bookbinders, based in Dorking (UK), offers case-binding and a range of manufacturing products, specializing in quick turnaround service from short-run trade folding through to bulk order A3 hardback books.
Paul Quinn, Skyline managing executive, said: “As a trade binder we need to be flexible. We pride ourselves on being able to produce virtually anything that customers want finishing”.
asterPRO 52 was supplied by Kolbus UK, Meccanotecnica’s representative in the UK and Ireland.


To produce sewn products from multiple books as small as 120 x 75 mm up to untrimmed A3 sized products.


asterPRO 52 automatic sewing machine is the SOLUTION for layflat book production when excellence is a must.

This solution offers the size of 440 x 320 mm with asterPRO and of 520 x 320 mm with asterPRO 52. The sewing speed reaches 12.000 cycles per hour for both versions.

asterPRO is a full option unit, from the new active thread cutter and new conic punch needles to the new accelerator’s speed adjustment for each signature - meaning that the signature handling is customized as never before in order to get a perfectly sewn book block.


The solution will put jobs through 20% faster than the previous machine, handling a broader range of sewn books. The fast makeready it will help maintain Skyline speed of turnaround while delivering a top-quality product.

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