Une tradition d'excellence

March 2022

Premere BLS II personalization of graduation albums

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

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

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

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

New production line Kolbus Boxer BX200

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

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

Big winner in the regional investment category of the MMCQ

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

Gala Distinction Desjardins

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

Two 50 HP Kaeser BSD-50 screw compressors and a TF-174 refrigeration dryer

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

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

AsterPRO 44 from Meccanotecnica

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 binder

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

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

August 2018 – Balemaster

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!

April 2018

Case Binding for Printers and Brokers

Your project is beautifully printed and is now ready for finishing and binding. There’s an old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but let’s be honest – that’s exactly what people do, so you want your finished product to look perfect. Finishing/binding is the final production stage and it can make or break your job – one slip-up here can ruin your work. Who can you trust to finish your project? You need an expert, someone who will do the job right and in a timely fashion.

Multi Bookbinding is a trade binder with over 30 years of experience, and we only work with printers and brokers. We offer a multitude of different binding options, but we specialize in Case Binding, Smyth-sewn bindings and PUR-glue.

We know your time is valuable, so let us take care of things for you. We offer the best pricing and can usually respond to quote requests within 4 hours. With a rate of only $55/skid, we can pick-up your job for overnight delivery to our modern facility of 60 000 sq2. Our highly efficient team, headed by our Production Manager and assisted by Production Coordinator, Shipping Coordinator, and Estimator, will ensure that your project is completed to spec and on time. Production runs from 8:00 a.m. through to midnight, with day and evening shifts at all times. We also have an integrated ERP system which we are continually evolving to suit our needs.

For the same low $55/skid rate, we can deliver your job direct to you or even to your client. We have a packaging management system that allows us to create labels and packing slips personalized with your company name and even your logo for free. Our name will not appear on any paperwork supplied to your client.

We have the tools and the expertise to perfectly finish off your print project (Lamination, folding and stamping).

Give us a call to discuss your needs today!
1 888 735-4873



February 2018

February 2018 – FeedMaster3840

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

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

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

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

May 2017

Print is dead . . . you’re still making books?

Print is dead . . . you’re still making books?

As soon as I mention that my company makes books, I always get the same reaction – print is dead. It’s a wide-spread belief in today’s society, strongly supported by the media. It’s so easy to say that we no longer have need of printed products, because everything happens online now. However, the reality is completely different – print is just taking a different place in our lives. There are approximately 50,000 people working in the print industry in Canada. This number has been decreasing over the last 10 years, but has stabilized due to the many mergers and closures of under-performing printers. In fact, printers of today operate at speeds unthinkable of 15 or 20 years ago, while significantly reducing prices, production delays, and staffing requirements.

To many people, printing is synonymous with newspapers, books, and business cards.

We can follow the evolution and growing presence of printed products from the beginning of the century. Some items available now that were not seen before the advent of the digital age include printed cans that display the temperature of the beer inside them, completely personalized commercial entranceway mats and windows, full-colour books printed in small quantities right down to even just a single copy, labels on everything, ultra-specialized magazines aimed at small niche audiences, banners and items at all points of sale, clothes and fabrics with high-quality printed patterns, containers of all shapes and materials printed with full colour and images, statements and invoices entirely personalized for the recipient, catalogues based on your shopping habits, not to mention 3D printing, etc. Despite what the media may suggest, the printed book is still here. Yes, digital is here to stay, but its growth has markedly slowed in recent years. The negative environmental aspect concerning printed books has diminished as people understand more and more that print can be 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, which is far from the case with our electronic devices.

What matters with printing is the relevance of the product.

It wasn’t so long ago that to reduce the unit cost of a product and make it accessible to everyone, it had to be printed in large quantities. That’s no longer necessary; we can print the right quantity at the right time at the right price – the situation has completely changed. We just have to think back to the 1980s, when a colour separation of an 8×10” photo could cost up to $100.00. Just imagine the cost then for a Sears catalogue! Over the past several years, this step has been completely eliminated, as have many other prepress production stages. In short, when I have more than 5 minutes to talk about my line of business, my audience can better understand what printing actually is. A visit to our facilities or to those of a modern printer always creates the same impact. Visitors are blown away by the technology of the equipment, the cleanliness of the premises, and the quality of the finished products. It’s a far cry from the times when a press operator had to have one car only for work and another car for the weekends…. What still remains today is the need to communicate, in which print still plays a role in that, as do the web, radio, television, and everything else that will be invented in the years to come!

January 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

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

Horizon HOF and SPF

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.

December 2015


Despite all of the options available for improving the flexibility of a work (PUR glue, sewing, hands-free binding (Layflat or Otabind), and respect for the grain direction), a book bound with glue (perfect binding) still has some constraints to consider.
Too often we see designs unsuitable for the type of binding requested: text is within 0.125″ from the spine, spreads (image or text running across two consecutive pages) with important details or titles in the gutter (spine edge), or folios within 0.0625″ from the trim edge.
When a work is bound with glue, there can be dozens of signatures gathered at the same time. All of
these signatures experience some variation during folding and/or assembling. Certain adjustments must
be made when 3-knife trimming to avoid cutting into folios or spreads. When the design is well-done,
these adjustments do not appear at all. However, they will be noticeable if the design has no flexibility to
allow for these adjustments.

Ensure that the information in the centre is not critical so that the reader does not have to wreck the binding in order to see the missing details.

It is easy to see here how the cover hides part of the first page in the book. The glue usually covers 0.375 (9 mm) of the spine edge of the first page and inside cover.

It is easy to see here how the cover hides part of the first page in the book. The glue usually covers 0.375″ (9 mm) of the spine edge of the first page and inside cover.

It is preferable to have a gutter margin of about 0.75

It is preferable to have a gutter margin of about 0.75″ (19 mm) for easier reading without the constraint caused by the binding.

It is not recommended to spread text across 2 pages. The compensation for spreads varies depending on the rise of the glue, the position of the pages in the book, the type of glue, the type of paper, etc.

It is not recommended to spread text across 2 pages. The compensation for spreads varies depending on the rise of the glue, the position of the pages in the book, the type of glue, the type of paper, etc.

In certain cases, a bad design can result in unclear words, forcing the reader to break the spine in order to understand the text...

In certain cases, a bad design can result in unclear words, forcing the reader to break the spine in order to understand the text…

Do not hesitate to have your design checked over by a binder who specializes in perfect binding!


It’s been over 5 years since Steve Jobs launched the iPad on January 27, 2010, and Apple’s gadget has since caused the word “e-reader” to become mainstream.

There were indeed electronic readers well before the appearance of the iPad, but Apple’s impact on the market was immediate. Although the iPad is not the best e-reader, Apple has taken over this segment of the market.

The days of printed books and magazines seemed to be numbered… however, here we are today with a strong print industry. Obviously sales of printed books and magazines have declined, but not enough to make this segment of the market unprofitable.

”The production costs of a book or magazine have drastically decreased over the past 20 years.”

As a bindery, we work with several printers specializing in publishing. Over the past years, there have been mergers and several investments in new equipment. This is a sure sign that all bets are for stable sales volumes, perhaps even growth.

The production costs of a book or magazine have drastically decreased over the past 20 years. There is no longer scanning, negative mounting, or press set-ups lasting for hours; page layout is more automated, and press and bindery speeds have more than tripled!

 ”The print book requires an investment of time and money, which
greatly eliminates sloppy publications.”

Print runs have decreased considerably, but the number of titles appearing has rapidly increased. There is a magazine for every niche and a book for every subject. As opposed to any blog, a print book gives a great deal of credibility to the author. To write a blog (which I’m doing here!), there is no worry about financial risk since there is no money involved. In contrast, the print book requires an investment of time and money, which greatly eliminates sloppy publications.

Even though the production costs have drastically decreased, print still remains an investment. The author of a book will be identified with that book for many years, which is not the case with ephemeral blogs.

What about the e-book?

The e-book does have a place in the world of publishing, but tops out at between 10 – 20% of publishers’ sales and more weakly in terms of profitability. The electronic book is an additional support to the distribution of a book. First we had hardcover and softcover printed formats, and then the mass-market (pocket) format was added. And now here is the tablet version shaking up these three formats, but without completely replacing any of them.

Print books and magazines are appreciated as objects. Readers often recall the smell of the paper, the pleasure of flipping through volumes, or the ease to share favourite works, besides the ability to write in the margins, highlight passages, cut out articles, and fold down the corners of pages to mark them. In brief, the printed object is a thing to be enjoyed.

There is also the quality, which is incomparable. If you have the opportunity to examine a magazine from the 1990s, you will notice a huge difference in the quality of printing, the number of images, the quality of the paper, and the precision of the binding. It’s undeniable; progress is remarkable!

Finally, there is the environmental impact. It is becoming better understood that paper is a both a recycled and recyclable product, made from wood which is a renewable natural resource. The mountains of electronic gadgets are not, and they have not stopped accumulating with the never-ending shortened cycles of obsolescence.

In summary, there is not one format that is better than the other, but instead a format that adapts to the type of readers that we are.

Long live the book in all its forms, since it is thanks to this invention that we have been able to share our knowledge with each other.


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.

Multi-Bookbinding purchased the assets of K.D. Bindery, specializing in hardcase and binder production. “This will strengthen the scope of our operations. We were doing this kind of production for samples before, but to a lesser extent. Now we possess the necessary equipment for it and can better serve our clients with this new expertise, “ added Mr Sauvageau. In the final stages of a sale, samples give the client a better overview of a product. “Think of all those who work in the industry of coverings such as carpets and blinds. Hair salons too, with sample colour hair-swatches in hardcover cases to show to their clients.”

Creation of ten jobs

Multi-Bookbinding will soon benefit as well from the arrival of 10 employees from Alternative Bindery. Staff at the Quebec City-based business will decrease, while some employees will move to the Shawinigan plant.

“This transaction will strengthen our operations in spiral and Wire-O binding and help us to develop them further. Alternative Bindery is often sought out for academic calendars, for example. We have organized an area of 8,000 square feet at our plant to accommodate these employees and their equipment,” said Mr Sauvageau on the subject of this move, which will take place June 30. Already the addition of these new services has attracted client interest, according to the general manager.

“The binding industry is evolving, but we have confidence and are in a dominant position. We are also considered a dynamic business, taking bold steps,” added Mr Sauvageau. As proof, Multi-Bookbinding has allocated $150,000 for the renewal and upgrading of their equipment fleet in this current fiscal year.

(Source: Hebdo du St-Maurice)


Multi-Bookbinding presents the four well-known methods for perfect binding. In this article, you will learn to differentiate between them and recognize their unique characteristics. As such, you will better understand the perfect binding production process and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

1- The classic (standard) method
The signatures of the books or magazines are printed, folded, gathered, and glued with a hot melting glue, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate). The spine is ground off by 0.125″ to prepare it for the application of the glue. This type of perfect binding is the most commonly used in the industry.

The perforations in the middle are used only as an aid in folding.

The perforations in the middle are used only as an aid in folding.

The 0.125

The 0.125″ section that will be ground off during binding.

It offers advantageous − production costs
− It allows fast production
− It is ideal for for magazines or publications that are one-time/quick reads
− It results in a good-looking product for the price

− It produces a more fragile spine, and so is better suited for current publications that don’t need to stand up to frequent consultations over time
− It has a limited shelf life
− It is sensitive to temperature changes – the glue can reactivate or become brittle in very cold or very hot

2- The notch method
The signatures of the books or magazines are printed, folded, gathered, and glued with a hot melting glue, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), without grinding off the spine. The signatures have notches cut out of their spines during folding. This type of perfect binding is the second most commonly used in the industry.

Notched signature. There is no grind-off before binding.

Notched signature. There is no grind-off before binding.

It is more than a simple perforation; excess paper is removed to allow the glue to flow through.

It is more than a simple perforation; excess paper is removed to allow the glue to flow through.

− It produces a very durable product
− It produces a better result for two-page spreads than the other methods, since there is no compensation
needed during imposition for a binding grind-off allowance
− It requires less space on a press sheet, thus allowing the possibility to modify the layout and press
sheet size to optimize production
− It allows cost-savings during printing if the press sheet is optimized
− The production cost is the same as that for the classic method

− It requires precise folding, since any variations in folding may allow the notches to be visible
− It has a limited shelf-life
− It is sensitive to temperature changes – the glue can reactivate or become brittle in very cold or very hot

3- The PUR (polyurethane) glue method
This method of perfect binding has become very popular since 2005, and is now commonly used. This type of glue is very flexible and durable. The binding follows the same steps as the classic method, but using this very powerful glue. PUR glue has revolutionized the printing and binding industry.

– It is much more flexible than the hot EVA glue
− It offers the same production speeds as the classic method
− It uses a stable glue that does not reactivate in the heat or become brittle in the cold
− It is ideal for works printed on coated stock with the wrong grain direction for binding

− It has a binding production cost which is about 5-10% higher than that of the classic method
− It requires a longer drying time
− It is more fragile during the first 24 hours after production, which must be taken into account on rush
jobs (and heaven knows we often work on rush jobs!)

4- The sewn method
This is a high-quality method of production, used for works such as dictionaries, bibles, product catalogues, and high-end books. The bound product is far more superior in all aspects. The signatures are gathered without any spine grind-off. They are mechanically sewn together, giving the finished product incomparable durability and shelf-life.

Bookblock sewn with nylon thread.

Bookblock sewn with nylon thread.

The thread is visible in the middle of the signature, and may also show the rise of the glue.

The thread is visible in the middle of the signature, and may also show the rise of the glue.

− It is impossible for the pages to fall out
− It has increased flexibility
− It is more durable in all aspects

− It requires a longer production time than the other methods, since inserting, gathering, and sewing are
steps that must be done before the perfect binding
− The binding production cost is about 50% higher than the classic method
− The thread is visible in the middle of the signatures

Note : The cost of binding is on average about 5% of the total production cost of a work (book, magazine, etc.). Binding is often an overlooked element but when well-chosen, it can offer added-value and result in a superior product. Contact us for further information about the many advantages of our binding methods. One of our specialists will help you make the best decision based on your needs and your budget.

We hope to hear from you soon!


We know the creation of a book is the result of a lot of hard work. However, as bookbinders, we see that
this hard work is often ruined by questionable choices at the design stage. Some simple basic tips and a
good framework can change this, though. Here are five tips for producing a book within the rules of the art
and make your book more attractive and enjoyable to read!


1- Choose the correct grain direction:

This is probably the most under-estimated factor when choosing a printer. The client requests a price (the best!) and then compares prices without ever suspecting (due to a lack of knowledge and good advice) that the grain direction of the pages has a major impact on the finished product. This is even more important when working with thicker paper. The grain direction of the paper affects the flexibility of a book. If you examine a book whose pages or cover have been printed on stock with the incorrect grain direction required for binding, you will find a very rigid product whose pages don’t want to stay open. The wrong grain direction can also cause the loosening of some pages in the book, causing them to fall out. This is an important consideration.

It is often more expensive to print books with the correct grain direction for binding, since the printer has to impose signatures of 12 pages instead of 16 pages, thus resulting in more plates and press set-ups. However, with the choice of tools at the disposal of printers today, it is often possible to print without breaking the budget. It is also equally possible to design the book in landscape format, which changes the orientation of the grain.


2- Choose the right type of binding:

  • Paperback Binding: very quick production and the least expensive, but limited to the number of pages
    that can be gathered and bound.
  • Perfect Binding: fast production, square spine ideal for visible placement of important library
    information, with the possibility adding two-page inserts. Allows the binding of several hundred pages per
    volume, and there are different options for strength (PUR glue, hot glue, sewn sections)
  • Case Binding: hard cover (between 50 – 120 points), high-quality appearance, often sewn, square or
    round spines, with endpapers. Offers many added-value options with the addition of leathers, textured
    materials, stamping, and dust-jackets.
  • Spiral and Wire-O Binding: offers the option to mix several different types of stock within the same
    document, allows 180° opening, and the grain direction is less important. Several colour choices of spiral
    and many types of spine formats (exposed, semi-exposed, hidden). Slow production, requires more time
    and better schedule preparation to allow for busy periods and heavy workloads. Very useful for agendas.


3- Think about the graphic design elements

Avoid placing images in two-page spreads (cross-overs) with important details or elements in the middle of the spread. There isn’t a magical formula to ensure that the image will be perfectly seen without forcing open the binding and potentially breaking the spine. This can be even more disastrous with text spreading across two pages. In perfect binding, don’t forget to adjust the images on the inside front and inside back covers to compensate for the side glue, which can hide up to 0.5″ (12 mm) of the image.
Note: We suggest that you consult with your printer to get their recommendations in order to produce a
final product that will meet your expectations.


4- Think about the durability required for the book

There are works which require superior durability due to their long shelf-life or use (cookbooks, religious works, dictionaries, school books, catalogues, yearbooks, etc.). To ensure the durability of the book, there are three factors to consider – the grain direction, the type of glue (EVA or PUR), and sewing. Binding a sewn catalogue can cost up to 40% more compared to a catalogue produced with hot glue (EVA), but sewing is the only method which guarantees the durability of the binding. There isn’t any possibility of the pages coming loose, which can happen when using only glue. Before eliminating the option of sewing, ask yourself this question – how much does this 40% increase in binding cost actually represent in the total production of the work (including design, typesetting, photography, printing, distribution, etc.)? Is it worth it to invest this amount and thus have the assurance that the book will stand up to its specified use?

Of course!


5- Consider the time

Each type of binding requires a different production time. Once completion dates are set, they are difficult to move with a full production schedule. People think about the timelines needed to correct proofs and to print, but often under-estimate the time needed for the chosen binding method. Certain types of bindings, such as case binding or mechanical binding (plastic spiral), require up to 8 – 10 working days for production. Errors in binding are very costly and have major consequences on the final product. You have to allow the necessary time and take into account the busy periods in the industry. We suggest you follow our blog to keep well-informed on this subject!

Until next time!

November 2015

Novembre 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

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

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

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

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.



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

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

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

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

December 2012

Our 24th consecutive month without any workplace accidents – a great team effort!

March 2012

March 2012

Addition of a Potdevin gluer to improve our production of book slipcases and cards/cases for samples/swatches.

January 2012

jan 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

juil 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

fév 2011

Renewal of the collective agreement with our production staff (Syndicat des employés de Multi-Bookbinding) for the next 5 years.

June 2010

juin 2010

Addition of 2 pressing units on the sewers. This eliminates wrinkling on sewn books over 1″ thick.

February 2010

fév 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

mai 09

Modification to our PUR gluing unit. Now able to handle spine widths from 0.125″ to 2.25″.

February 2009

12 fév 09

Installation of our 12-unit Kolbus ZU-803 gathering machine. Sewn jobs will be produced more quickly and more efficiently than before.

December 2008

18 déc 08

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

November 2008

Winner of the 15th Gala Distinction Desjardins category Manufacturer (26 or more employees).

October 2008
May 2008

19 mai 08

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

14 mars 08

Francization certificate granted by l’Office québécois de la langue française.

February 2008

fév 08

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

4 déc 07

Author Bryan Perro visited our plant to see the production of his book, Créatures fantastiques du Québec.

November 2007

12 nov 07

Implementation of an ERP system. Our new Beisik system integrates all aspects of our workflow: orders, dockets, purchase orders, estimating, and scheduling.

October 2007

11 oct 07

Fondaction CSN invests $1.5 million in Multi-Bookbinding. This investment completes important private funding by the estate of the founder, Suzanne Ferron, for shareholder renewal.

July 2006

10 juil 06

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

4 mars 06

Introduction of our second Kolbus KM 473 perfectbinding line. In addition to doubling our production capabilities, this machine allows us to bind works as thin as 0.09375″ with a speed of 8,000 volumes per hour.

May 2005

May 2005

Winner of a Gutenberg Award 2004, for the second consecutive year.

February 2004

22 fév 04

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

15 nov 03

Our third plant expansion project brings our total area to 56,000 ft2.

October 2003

12 oct 03

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

22 mars 02

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

12 janv 02

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

Sept 01

Second expansion of our plant – an addition of 12,800 ft2 to yield a total area of 40,000 ft2

August 1998

Août 98

11,500 ft2 expansion of our plant

August 1996

Août 96

Move to our new 16,000 ft2 building on Avenue de la Transmission, after 8 years at 1045 Avenue de la Fonderie in Shawinigan.

March 1988

March 1988

The beginning of our business, located below the Shawinigan Municipal Garage, rue de la Fonderie.