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Manuals for education, business and industry

  • Quantities from small to large runs

Your Choice 4 Steps to make it easy

tick-box20pxStep 1 - Pick a Size
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Custom Design - Design your own

Below is an outline of the key options when deciding on a catalogue.

1. Size – Pick what your finished size should be, think of it as a closed book size.

A4 – The standard size of office paper
Dimensions - 297mm x 210mm

A5 – smaller than A4 – half the size
Dimensions - 210mm x 148mm

Custom – Custom made for you
Dimensions - To your size

2. Binding – Our Bindings are listed below – lowest price first.
Booklet Binding – Catalogues are a good example of this finishing technique. Pages are folded and twin stapled, called Saddle Stitching. This is the most economical method of finishing for a catalogue. (for more details click here)

Plastic Binding – This is a good binding method for technical manuals that have a lot of pages and must lie flat. Pages can be added or removed as needed. (for more detail click here)

Wire Binding – This is one of the most popular catalogue binding methods used and also allows the pages to lie flat. (for more details click here)

Perfect Binding - It gives you the look and feel of a book and a advantage is that you can print side spine of the book. (for more details click here)

3. Cover - Card Stock
A. Gloss - If you like a shiny look then this is the choice for you.

Card Weight
Economy: 150 gsm, 170 gsm
Standard: 200 gsm, 250 gsm
Premium: 300 gsm, 350 gsm

B. Matt - Matt is easier on the eye and easier to read as it reduces reflections.

Card Weight
Economy: 150 gsm, 170 gsm
Standard: 200 gsm, 250 gsm
Premium: 300 gsm, 350 gsm
C. Print – your choice
Full Colour print
Black & White print

4. Paper

Choose your paper weight for the contents of your catalogues, manuals and booklets.

Economy: 80gsm - perfect for black and white printing.
Standard: 100gsm or 130 gsm for colour printing and black & white
Premium: 150gsm for a premium look and feel

Popular Packages – Ready to go

To make it EASY for you…

We have packaged - Our 3 most popular packages

Gold package

Size A4 - The standard size of office paper - closed book size Dimensions - 297mm x 210mm
Binding Booklet
Cover Matt Finish 150 gsm
Paper inside (Uncoated) – 100gsm

Platinum package
Size A4 - The standard size of office paper - closed book size Dimensions - 297mm x 210mm
Binding Wire
Cover Matt Finish 200 gsm
Paper inside (Coated with a Matt finish) – 128gsm
Elite package
Size A4 - The standard size of office paper - closed book size Dimensions - 297mm x 210mm
Binding Perfect
Cover Matt Finish 300 gsm
Paper inside (Coated with a Matt finish) – 128gsm

What Does GSM Mean?

GSM stands for 'grams per square metre' and refers to the weight of the paper. The heavier the paper, the higher the number of grams per square metre. 

A typical sheet of A4 copy paper is 80gsm. Business cards are 350gsm. There are many different paper weights. Below are some examples in the different categories.

Paper: 80 to 100gsm
Heavy Paper: 128 - 170gsm
Light Card 200gsm
Medium Card: 250gsm
Heavy Card: 300gsm
Extra Heavy Card: 350gsm 
Our commitment is to provide Quality Solutions for our clients.


Manuals for education, business and industry

A training manual or operational manual is a book or booklet of instructions, designed to improve the quality of a performed task or outline what is required for performing certain tasks. Training manuals and operational manuals are widely used, in private sector education, business, government and public sector organisations.

They may form an important part of a formal training programme. For example, it may help ensure consistency in presentation of content. It may also ensure that all training information on skills, processes, and other information necessary to perform tasks is together in one place.

tick-box20px Retailers  tick-box20px Education & services   tick-box20pxGovernment and public sector
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Manuals come in all shapes and sizes because of the requirement to update them from time to time most manuals will have some binding method that makes it easy to remove old and insert new pages.

The binding options are:

tick-box20pxSaddle Stitching  tick-box20pxPlastic Spiral Comb Binding  tick-box20pxWire Binding
tick-box20pxWire Binding with a Printed Spine  tick-box20pxFastback Binding  tick-box20pxPur Binding
tick-box20pxRing Binding  tick-box20pxSquare Fold Saddle Stitched  tick-box20pxTabs

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Find the binding style that suits you best

The following outlines several different styles of binding for you to consider and choose from.

You will see the following details on each style of finishing to help you choose what is best for the end user application of your manual.


Perfect Binding

Pur binding-106Perfect binding is the perfect bind. Perfect binding with Pur refers to polyurethane, the type of glue used, which is much stronger and heat resistant than other paper based EVA glues.

Perfect bound books are made up of stacked pages. These are gathered into a book and the edges of the spine are ground off (or notched). When the book block is glued into a paper cover, the pur glue that attaches the sheets to the spine can flow into the notches or ground-off areas. The covers and book blocks are then trimmed flush.

Perfect bound books are square at the spine and use glue to hold the pages, like a paperback book. It gives your books a more professional feel. It can accommodate a page count up to 640 pages (320 leaves 80gsm).

PUR is strong and eco-friendly. Polyurethane Reactive, also called PUR, is a popular glue due to it's superior binding strength and eco friendliness.

Lay-flat - PUR glue is more flexible than EVA glue and provides lay flat qualities when the book is opened. It is ideal for music books and cookbooks, which are read on the desk, and two-page spread such as photo books. This lay-flat quality makes it easy to read books and extends the book life.

Pur binding 2-551High Binding Strength and Durability - The binding strength is about three times stronger than the EVA glue. Coated paper or specialty stocks, which can be be a problem with EVA, are bound securely in PUR bound books. EVA glue binding strength becomes weaker over time. However, the PUR glue retains durability and flexibility in both high and low temperatures for long lasting book quality. 

Another big advantage of the perfect bind is that you can also have information printed on the spine.

  What Does A Perfect Bound Book Look Like - click here to view on YouTube.  

Saddle Stitch

saddle-stitch-300x188pxSaddle stitch booklet catalogue is suitable for 8pp (pages) to 100pp (pages). Finished size is normally A4 or A5 when closed, although custom sizes are also available.  This style of catalogue typically has a heavier weight cover (200-300gsm) and content pages (80-150gsm) however some are the same weight throughout.

Saddle stitched is two staples inserted in the spine and folded in half to form a booklet.

This is the most economical method of finishing for a catalogue.

Square Fold Saddle Stitched

sqaure-fold-saddle-stitch300x300pxThis is a smart new look for full colour books. The square fold produces creased cover sheets, and face trimming to create crisp, sharp square spine booklets that can be opened flat and are easy to handle, stack and store.



Wire Binding 

Wire-Binding-300x300pxWire bound catalogue—Wire binding is one of the most popular commercial catalogue binding methods used and is known by a number of different names including twin loop wire, Wire-o, double loop wire, double-o, ring wire and wirebind. With this binding method, the punched pages go onto a "C" shaped spine and then a wire closer is used to squeeze the spine until it is round. Documents that are bound with wire binding will open completely flat on a desk and allow for 360 degree rotation of bound pages.

There are two common hole patterns used in binding documents with double loop wire. Each hole pattern has specific sizes and applications where it is best suited. Here is a quick overview of the different options.

3:1 pitch (3 holes per 25mm) Up to 120 80gsm leaves – 240 pages

The three to one pitch hole pattern is most commonly used for binding small sized documents with double loop wire. Spines for this binding style are available in sizes between 4.8mm and 14mm in diameter. Three to one pitch wires are not available in sizes larger than 14mm. The size of the holes used with this pattern simply does not allow for larger spines to be manufactured.

2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) Up to 240 80gsm leaves – 480 pages

Although a two to one pitch hole pattern is most commonly used for binding larger sized documents it can also be used for binding smaller diameter books. Two to one pitch wire is most commonly used in sizes ranging from 15.9 mm up to 32mm. However, we can use special small sized 2:1 pitch wire for binding documents as small as 6.4mm.

  What Does A Wire Bound Book Look Like - click here to view on YouTube.  


Plastikoil-Binding300x300pxAlso known as spiral binding, plastikoil is a commonly used book binding style for creating documents, reports, presentations and proposals. Documents bound with coil can open flat on a desk or table and offer 360 degree rotation for easy note taking. The continual spiral binding gives document security and ease of use to the end user. Standard color is black but other colors are available.


Wire Binding with a Printed Spine

Wire-Binding-with-printed-spine300x300pxThis method of wire binding allows for a spine making the catalogue easy to identify when lying in a stack or in a book shelf. Wire is a traditional 3:1 and 2:1 pitch wire binding option. Available in a wide variety of colours, wire binding gives all your bound documents a classic look. 

It can accommodate a page count for 3:1 wire of 240 pages (120 leaves), 2:1 wire of 480 pages (240 leaves)




Plastic Comb Binding

Plastic-comb-binding300x300pxThis binding method is good for technical manuals that have a lot of pages and must lie flat. The stack of pages comprising the book is punched with a series of holes along the binding edge through which a plastic comb is inserted.  

Plastic comb binding can accommodate a page count for circle ring of 500 pages (250 leaves), oval ring of 900 pages (450 leaves). Pages can be added or removed as needed. Available in a wide range of colours.


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Ring binder catalogues are very useful for operational manuals or any type of manual or catalogue that is going to be updated. Pages can be easily removed and replaced. Inside pockets, 2, 3, or 4 ring binders are available.

Another popular option to consider when using ring binders is tabs that are used to separate topic sections. Tabs make it easy to find the right information in a ring binder quickly.

Contact us to discuss the catalogue options for you today! 



When combined with tabs the binding methods above produce an easy to use manual.

Contact us to discuss the catalogue options for you today! 




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