A tradition of excellence

Press releases

April 2024
Multi Bookbinding is the grand winner of the Gutenberg award in the Binding category at the 42nd Gutenberg Gala held in Montreal, in front of more than 450 guests on April 25th. In addition to this award, Multi Bookbinding was the binding partner for three other winners in the following categories: Publishing - Magazine, Publishing - Books, and the Jury's Favorite Award. It was a magnificent evening to recognize the excellent work of our entire team. (See video, available in French only) Left to right: Marie-Soleil Michon, Host | Patrick Pâquet, VP Operations | Yvon Sauvageau, President | André Gagnier, General Manager of Impression Paragraph and presenter of the award in the category
January 2024
We are pleased to announce the signing of a fifth collective agreement with the Employee Association of Multi-Reliure S.F. Inc. This agreement, spanning a duration of 4 years, reflects the strong and harmonious relationship between the employees and management. The swift conclusion of this agreement is the result of the atmosphere of trust that has prevailed within the company for many years.
October 2023
We completed the successful integration of a state-of-the-art production line for hardcover books (click here to see the video). With an investment of $4.5 million, enabling the commissioning of a Diamant MC 60 Casing-in Line, manufactured in Germany by Müller Martini. By bolstering our production capacity and enhancing operational efficiency, this solidifies our leading position in the Hard Cover book production. “North American printers face significant pressure from American publishers to meet required production volumes and avoid being 'forced' to print in Asia.” said Yvon Sauvageau, the company's president. “During the Covid pandemic, demand far exceeded production capacity in North America. The addition of a casing-in production line is a direct response to this demand.” The addition of a new production line marks a crucial milestone in the company’s ongoing pursuit of operational excellence and customer satisfaction. This reflects its commitment to proudly manufacture standout books while addressing the growing challenges of North American printers.  
September 2023
We have expanded our factory by 16,000 square feet to accommodate a brand-new casing-In line, a packaging department, and a new shipping dock. This $1.5 million investment brings the total area of the company to 80,000 square feet, thereby strengthening our operational capacity. With this new infrastructure, we are now equipped to handle over 600 skids of work in progress, enabling us to better meet the needs of our customers and continue our growth.
January 2023
Launch of two thermal laminators for book covers.  We have recently replaced our 20-year-old equipment with the Autobond Mini 76 TH-PHR and the Cosmo CF 6300. Those new items of equipment will allow us to increase the quality, the capacity and to secure production during peak periods.  Having a significant market share, we took into consideration digital printing and added optional features on the equipment enabling the lamination of more intricate sheets.
October 2022
Annick Forgues joins the team as Executive Assistant and HR Manager. Her contribution to the organization will ensure continuity in the structuring of the HR component with the objective of growing our employer brand in the region. Her experience in human resources in the manufacturing sector will be quickly put to good use and will allow us to continue our sales growth. With more than 75 employees, Multi Bookbinding must design and implement customized training plans for our type of highly mechanized production line while having at heart developing and maintaining the skills of our staff.
March 2022
Premere BLS II personalization of graduation albums (click here to see the video) A great leap forward with the automation of the personalization of graduation albums, a specialty at Multi-Reliure since our creation in 1988. This production line replaces a lead-based production method from the 1950s. The process is done directly from a Word file and the albums are fed continuously. No matrix and no rejects!  
February 2022
Kolbus PK 170 Board Cutter (click here to see the video) Installation of cardboard cutting and squaring technology for the manufacture of rigid covers. This investment allows us a greater autonomy in the just-in-time manufacturing of all our orders. The precision of this German technology is now coupled with digital measuring tools. With the complexity of our supply chains, this addition comes at the right time!
December 2021
New Dust Recycling Process
In its ongoing process of continuous improvement, Multi-Reliure has acquired a Weima C150 unit for the compression of all dust coming from the sawing of bounded book spines. This process allows the elimination of 65,000 lbs of landfill waste per year, the equivalent of about 7 full 53-foot trailers. The highly compressed dust transforms this production waste into briquettes that are sold as biomass…a net gain for the environment, a cleaner plant and a safer work environment!
February 2021
Installation of a brand-new Case Maker Kolbus DA 280 (Click here to see the video). This machine which is used to manufacture hard covers is the fastest ever produced by Kolbus with a rate of 100 covers per minute. This acquisition offers the possibility of making 3-piece covers (Quarter bound cover) in an automated way and asymmetric spines for special displays. In addition to finalizing this installation, we took the opportunity to redo the complete Layout of the 15,000 sq. Ft. department with the addition of a Polar knife and a ventilation system.  
December 2020
Start-up of a brand new production line, Kolbus Boxer BX200 (click here to see the video), for the production of custom-made and on-demand cardboard boxes. This investment is in line with our mission of innovation and will bring many benefits to our customers including:
  • The exact format for the packaging calculated according to the weight or quantity required
  • No paper cushioning
  • Stronger box for mail dispatch
  • Use of the right type of cardboard: single or double wall (32 or 42 ECT)
  • Possibility of choosing the number of volumes per box on the day before production
  • Billing only for boxes used. No waste
  • No inventory management or transporting empty boxes
  • No minimum quantity required
  • Increased flexibility to meet your customers' packaging standards
  • Decreasing the ecological footprint
December 2019
Multi Bookbinding team is growing with the arrival of Ms. Michelle Côté and Mr. Brent Mackie. They hold the positions of Production Coordinator and Regional Sales Manager for the Ontario and United States markets, respectively. They will contribute to the efforts already undertaken to increase the quality of our services, expand our presence in Ontario and develop the US market.
November 2019
Multi-Reliure is the big winner in the regional investment category of the MMCQ (Manufacturiers de la Mauricie et du Centre du Québec). The award was presented to Yvon Sauvageau, President and his partner Patrick Pâquet at the 2019 Le Manufacturier Gala. This is an industry recognition for the quality of its Leader 2020 investment plan. Watch the video (in French only)
November 2019
We are very proud to have won this award which recognizes the quality of our team and our operations! Gala Distinction Desjardins In the category: Manufacturing Company, presented by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation Watch the video (in French only)
October 2019
We’ve upgraded our compressor room by adding two 50 HP Kaeser BSD-50 screw compressors and a TF-174 refrigeration dryer. We will certainly have enough air to support our growth!
October 2019
Appointment of Denise Gignac to the position of Production Supervisor with the following responsibilities:
  • Plan and organize the day shift work with the operations manager
  • Facilitate the integration of new employees and ensure their continuous training
  • Transition to the evening shift
This nomination is part of her progression at Multi-Reliure after having distinguished herself by her attitude and her qualities as operator of several types of equipment since August 1999.
August 2019
Multi Bookbinding just completed the installation and training of a brand-new Smyth Sewing machine AsterPRO 44 from Meccanotecnica (click here to see the video). With the addition of a third production line with all the cutting-edge technologies for automatic book sewing, this new investment will almost double the sewing capability of the company and keep Multi Bookbinding in the leading position in Case Binding production. The main features of the machine are:
  • Top sewing speed of 12 000 cycles/hour;
  • GigaLynx Dual Control helping to identify sequence errors by reading barcodes and images from inside and outside the transport saddle;
  • Staggered Stitch;
  • Rotary Lap Opener;
  • Bible Paper Kit.
February 2019
Installation of a brand new Perfect Binder Kolbus KM 610a manufactured to our requirements in Germany. This addition increases our production capacity by 60% and allows us to offer Case Binding with PUR glue, Layflat binding. A major investment to support growing demand in the book business.
November 2018
Appointment of Gypsi Gagnon to the position of Operations Foreman with the following responsibilities:
  • Plan and organize the evening work shift
  • Provide technical support to management, customers and operators
  • Plan preventative maintenance with in-house mechanic and subcontractors
This appointment is in line with his progress at Multi-Reliure after having distinguished himself as head operator in thermobinding. Mr. Gagnon has been with the company since September 2006.
August 2018
The addition of an automatic horizontal 2-ton Balemaster press optimizes paper management and baling. By packaging our waste paper in bales, we maximize the resale value to recyclers and, most importantly, we eliminate landfill. Multi-Reliure is a first-choice partner concerned about the environmental footprint of its operations. Recycling is at the very heart of our concerns!
February 2018
The addition of automatic FeedMaster 3840 section feeders on our Kolbus KM 473 binder increases production speed while reducing the physical effort required by operators to load section rolls that can weigh over 100lbs. This is another investment that reflects the willingness of Multi-Reliure to accompany our printer customers in their development.
February 2018
Multi Bookbinding now offers an efficient solution for recycling plastic spiral, through our division Spiraplast. Our team has developed a way to incorporate almost 20% recycled PVC in our black wire formula. Printers, copy centers, and binding workshops can now recycle their accumulated surplus plastic spiral with this ecological method, all while recouping a few dollars. To avoid shipping costs, just add your extra boxes of plastic spiral to any binding job sent to us.
November 2017
To support the pace required by the very long runs from rotary presses that supply material in rolls, Manutention Rive-Sud has proceeded with the installation of a Demag 30-metre overhead crane with two electric brackets. This addition gives us greater efficiency and reduces the risk of workplace accidents linked to the handling of rolls that can weigh more than 100lbs, and is a step in the preparation for adding automatic section feeders in 2018.
June 2017
At the 35th Gutenberg Gala on June 1st, Multi-Bookbinding was awarded a 2017 Gutenberg Technical Challenge Award in the Finishing category for our work on the production of a book for our client, Novagraf Marketing. This prestigious award was not only the result of teamwork and a mastery of binding techniques, but was also due to a well-conceived design to begin with. To see a video (available in French only) of the winning project, visit Gala Gutenberg 2017
January 2017

Multi-Bookbinding continues their growth with the purchase of the assets of Quebec City's Spiraplast, a producer of high-quality PVC wire for spiral-binding. Founded in 1988 by André Primeau, Spiraplast has a fleet of equipment which includes a Deltaplast D45 extruder line and 4 spiral forming machines from Renz and Bomco.

All of this equipment has now been integrated into Multi-Bookbinding's 57,000 square-foot plant. Multi-Bookbinding will be offering their new product to both their existing clients as well as to those of Spiraplast, consisting of renowned binderies, copy centres, printers, and professional offices throughout Quebec and Ontario.

"We're proud with this addition to our services. There are only two other companies in Canada that produce spirals made from PVC particles. Binderies are always under pressure to deliver in record time. Vertical integration is one solution, plus we create new jobs in our versatile team of 60 employees" states Yvon Sauvageau, president of Multi-Bookbinding since 2008.

November 2016
Multi-Bookbinding announces an investment in sustainable development with the installation of a stabilization system for our power factor. This system from Power Quebec will result in an annual reduction of 34,000 kWh and 2,000 kg of CO2 for Multi-Bookbinding. Adding this system is part of our company’s philosophy of increasing efficiency while reducing our ecological footprint.
June 2016

Our new CMC Heliomat automatic gluer, direct from Italy, uses cold adhesive to glue the insides of binders, game boards, and displays. This durable glue guarantees maximum adhesion on all types of materials and increases the shelf-life of the finished product.

This new acquisition has allowed us to increase our production speed to close to 400 pieces per hour, in order to support the growth of demand in this market niche. Due to the fibre optic detection system, position tolerances have been reduced down to 1/32”.

April 2016

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a brand new piece of equipment from Japan. Our Horizon gatherer/folder/inserter allows us to work with 4-page signatures off digital presses and prepare them for sewing in sections of 16, 24, 32 or 48 pages, depending on the specifications of the job.

This automated machine Horizon HOF and SPF has been designed specifically for the production of yearbooks and short-run sewn books, and can handle 12,500 4-page signatures per hour.

Our clients will benefit from greater production speeds and also from the reduction of the risk of errors during the inserting/gathering process.

November 2015
To support the increased volume in the production of our three-ring binders, Multi-Bookbinding has begun installation of a second unit for applying rivets. Our new Arno 105 will double our production capability and will also, due to better control of piston pressure, increase our quality.
September 2015
On September 2, Multi-Bookbinding held a tour of our facilities for our industry clients. We had the opportunity to welcome 10 clients for a very busy day. Marquis Gagné, Transcontinental Québec, LithoChic, FL Chicoine Printing House, Imprimerie de la Rive Sud et Marquis Imprimeur were our distinguished guests on this occasion.  
April 2015
Increased control over our production environment has been obtained with the addition of a humidity regulating system, Carel, using German-technology. It ensures that a level of 44% humidity is maintained during the cold season. This controlled humidity level eliminates static, reduces the movement of dust, and, above all, keeps the paper pliable and flat, leading to increased quality in our production and higher productivity.
March 2015
In order to showcase the addition of our new services (spiral binding, Wire-O binding, and sample-card production), Multi-Bookbinding has made over our website. We took the opportunity to review our content indexing and update the search engine optimization. A newly-added and very interesting section is our blog, where we will publish articles on a regular basis. Multi-Bookbinding is now more than ever present on the web!
December 2014
The start-up of our casebinding department for the production of binders and display stands for the sampling industry. This follows the acquisition of the assets of K.D. Bindery in June. Moved to our plant in Shawinigan, this department is equipped with high-performance CMC Italia machines ((HSV-70, Heliomat and Ariemat).
July 2014
Relocation of the mechanical binding (spiral binding and Wire-O binding) division from Alternative Bindery in Quebec City. After acquiring the assets of this business, we arranged space to to accommodate a large fleet of equipment and specialized production team. The installation of a Bielomatik gives MultiBookbinding a definite advantage in the production of Wire-O bound and metal spiral works, since this machine drills and inserts in a single step! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weQlEyaNVvc
April 2014
INVESTMENT. (Source Hebdo du St-Maurice) Shawinigan-based Multi-Bookbinding has just completed two important transactions. The acquisition of K.D. Bindery and Alternative Bindery will not only consolidate the company in the binding industry, but also add ten employees to their staff. “We have acquired the assets of two business, K.D. Bindery in Longueuil and Alternative Bindery in Quebec City. This is part of our revival plan,” explained Yvon Sauvageau, general manager of Multi- Bookbinding, when reached by Hebdo last week. These two acquisitions represent an investment amounting to $800,000. Read more ....  
January 2014
Addition of an automatic jogger, the POLAR RA-4, on the POLAR 115, our main cutter. This automatic jogger prepares new material for the cutter while the operator is cutting sheets. The precise alignment of the material to be cut and the improved cutting accuracy lay the foundation for obtaining a high-quality uniform end-product. The air exhaust system improves the formation of lifts from the reams to be cut and gives perfect alignment on the press side-guide.
November 2013
Improvement to our personalized stamping capabilities with the addition of a new Qwick Print foil stamper. This machine allows the operator to fully concentrate on positioning the stamp as well as making any corrections to the copy being stamped while the foil is automatically fed into the machine.
March 2013
Evening reception on March 15th at La Cité de l’Énergie de Shawinigan to celebrate the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations (Louis Baribeau, Yvon Sauvageau, Patrick Pâquet, and Pierre Pâquet, husband of the founder of Multi-Bookbinding, Suzanne Ferron).
February 2013
Release of our Beisik» estimating system to our major clients. Provides autonomy in estimating and generates layouts for the production of both casebound and softcover jobs.
December 2012
Our 24th consecutive month without any workplace accidents – a great team effort!
March 2012
Addition of a Potdevin gluer to improve our production of book slipcases and cards/cases for samples/swatches.
January 2012
Modifications on our Cermi machine allow us to produce a flush french-flap on either the front or back cover panel in a single pass. Previously, we had to have the flaps on both the front and back panels.
July 2011
Development of a new version of our ERP system. New features include personalization of packing slips with our client logos, automatic email confirmation of receipt of jobs at our plant, and automatic daily tracking of orders.
February 2011
Renewal of the collective agreement with our production staff (Syndicat des employés de Multi-Bookbinding) for the next 5 years.
June 2010
Addition of 2 pressing units on the sewers. This eliminates wrinkling on sewn books over 1″ thick.
February 2010
Implementation of our environmental policy. Lighting in the plant has been replaced with a highly efficient system, selective recycling sorting has been extended to all departments (including the office), purchase of FSC-certified cartons is a priority, and the weather-stripping in our 8 garage doors has been upgraded to save on heating.
May 2009
Modification to our PUR gluing unit. Now able to handle spine widths from 0.125″ to 2.25″.
February 2009
Installation of our 12-unit Kolbus ZU-803 gathering machine. Sewn jobs will be produced more quickly and more efficiently than before.
December 2008
Installation of two electrostatic units allowing the automatic insertion of reply cards. This will shorten production time, since reply cards can be inserted while the book is being assembled.
November 2008
Winner of the 15th Gala Distinction Desjardins category Manufacturer (26 or more employees).
October 2008
Creation of our first website: www.multi-reliure.com
May 2008
Installation of our Kolbus Cermi XCR 650 trimmer. The only one in Canada, this machine allows us to apply and trim perfectbound French-flap covers in a single step. In addition to doubling our production capabilities, this machine will give our operators optimal control over the positioning of the flaps.
March 2008
Francization certificate granted by l’Office québécois de la langue française.
February 2008
Introduction of our new logo, better reflecting the current work of our company. It replaces our previous logo created in 1990. We also registered the English version of our name, “Multi Bookbinding,” to aid in developing our business in the Maritimes and Ontario.
December 2007
Author Bryan Perro visited our plant to see the production of his book, Créatures fantastiques du Québec.
November 2007
Implementation of an ERP system. Our new Beisik system integrates all aspects of our workflow: orders, dockets, purchase orders, estimating, and scheduling.
October 2007
Fondaction CSN has invested $1.5 million in Multi-Reliure. This investment strengthens significant private financing aimed at renewing the shareholder base following the buyout of the founder, Mrs. Suzanne Ferron's succession. The new leadership group is headed by Yvon Sauvageau, who will also serve as the CEO, alongside two long-standing employees of the company: Patrick Pâquet, Mrs. Ferron's son and the new VP of Operations, and Louis Baribeau, who will take on the role of VP Sales. The investor group, consisting of Jocelyn Tessier, Brian Illick, and Robert Goulet, will serve as the company's board of directors.
July 2006
Passing of Suzanne Ferron, founder of Multi-Bookbinding. She leaves behind her husband Pierre Pâquet, her son Patrick, and her two daughters Sonia and Solanie.
March 2006
After several visits to Europe, Multi-Reliure has decided to invest in a brand new Kolbus perfect binder! A KM 473 equipped with an AS-841 gatherer with 19 units, an HD 152 three-knife trimmer, and a PUR gluing unit. This new production line, capable of reaching a speed of 8,000 books per hour, enhances our production capacity to meet the growing demand. The four operators were trained by Kolbus in Rahden, Germany.
May 2005
Winner of a Gutenberg Award 2004, for the second consecutive year.
February 2004
Acquisition of a Nordson PUR spine gluing system on our KM 470 perfectbinder. PUR glue is a big help for printers who need to produce a job to bind against the grain in order to maximize sheet space.
November 2003
A third expansion of our production floor. This new 18,000 sq. ft. space has become necessary to allow for the addition of a second perfect binder, as well as three additional loading docks and an employee room. Located at the rear of the main building, this new area is built on stilts due to the slope towards the St. Maurice River. The new building code required a fireproof insulation to separate this expansion from the rest of the factory. Until the arrival of the perfect binder, we are taking advantage of the space to set up an inserter and additional space for work-in-progress and assembly.
October 2003
Addition of a third production unit on the Müller Martini Inventa Plus. This machine can achieve speeds of 200 sections per minute, and its optical detection system eliminates the risk of flipped or missing sections.
March 2002
Acquisition of our new laminating machine, the GBC 8332 Genesis. We can now offer this as an in-house service, without having to sending jobs outside to laminators in Quebec City or Montreal.
January 2002
Major investment to complete the automation of our casebinding line – the addition of two Kolbus machines to our current fleet of equipment, the BF 527 Book Production Line and the Chronos Casemaker. This positions Multi-Bookbinding as the most important independent casebinder in Canada.
September 2001
A second expansion of 12,500 square feet is necessary to accommodate a BF 526 casing-in machine, as well as to provide space for a laminating machine and a Smyth sewing line. Additional space for storing pallets of work in progress becomes crucial to support the continuous increase in print runs and the diversity of productions of softcover and hardcover books.
August 1998
Multi Bookbinding completed its first expansion of 12,500 square feet to accommodate the first KM 470 Kolbus perfect binding line, equipped with all options for hardcover book binding. Initially planned for 1997, this expansion was delayed due to the unexpected discovery of an unidentified underground water pipe during the construction permit application process with the City of Shawinigan. Originally, this space was intended to be leased to Publicité Pâquet, a company specializing in the printing of yearbooks, led by Pierre Pâquet, husband of Suzanne Ferron. However, the project was abandoned following the sale of the print shop in 1998. This expansion also marks a period of strengthened collaboration with Denis Audet, Operations Director at Imprimerie Gagné in Louiseville, located 50 km from Shawinigan. The closure of Harpell Printing in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, which specialized in hardcover book binding, altered the market landscape and prompted Multi Bookbinding to further automate its production processes. As a result, the company hired two experienced operators from Harpell to strengthen its team.
August 1997
The team expands, and we plan an expansion so that Publicité Pâquet can move in.
August 1996
August 1996: Multi Bookbinding relocates to a new 16,000 square foot facility at 2112 Transmission Avenue. This relocation was proposed by the City of Shawinigan, following the imminent demolition of the municipal garage. The new premises is the former Welfare Building of Shawinigan Chemicals Ltd. (See the video of Multi Bookbinding's first Kolbus casing-in line)
March 1988
The beginning of our business, located below the Shawinigan Municipal Garage, rue de la Fonderie.