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Finishing

A historic print firm with a modern finish

The lively and vibrant St. Paul’s area of Bristol is on a trendy trajectory that is seeing its stock as an up-and-coming, modern area rising fast. But, occupying a prime position along its cobbled streets is a historic gem of the print industry, Taylor Brothers.

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Taylor Brothers’ Bourg Booklet Maker has helped the business bring large finishing jobs in-house

Taylor Brothers has been established in Bristol since the 1830s, and is on its fifth generation of Taylors. As the business says: “The print industry has changed beyond all recognition but Taylor Brothers’ central principles have not.” This motto certainly rings true—a successful balance between its historic values and its ability to embrace a modern approach and up-to-date technology is evident.


Print Monthly visited our Bristol neighbours to see its C.P. Bourg kit in action, and learn more about how the technology works at Taylor Brothers, three years on from installation. Tim Thorne, production director, explained more about its decision to purchase the Bourg Booklet Maker and Collating Tower.


Taylor Brothers has been established in Bristol since the 1830s




“At the beginning of the digital era, we were probably a bit behind in investing,” admits Thorne, adding: “We didn’t want to buy a finishing unit on the back of a digital press, because we wanted something that was a little bit more independent, something we could use with our litho work.

We thought when we bought it, when someone put a 5000-run job through, ‘hang on a minute, we can’t do this’ and we did it—now we’re up to 20,000 runs

“We thought when we bought it, when someone put a 5000-run job through, ‘hang on a minute, we can’t do this’ and we did it—now we’re up to 20,000 runs. We just do it, and it works.”


The booklet maker is designed to work with a wide variety of production printers, as well as working in-line with C.P. Bourg products, and it seems that Taylor Brothers has found in C.P. Bourg an approach to technology that mirrors its own need for flexibility.


The Bourg Booklet Maker at Taylor Brothers works inline with the Collating Tower




Thorne leave us in no doubt that the print finishing specialist is an optimal fit for Taylor Brothers, adding: “There’s been talk of buying another one. If we did, it would certainly be another C.P. Bourg.”



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