Open House at Bokbinderiet Johnsen – Impressive Demo of the New Diamant MC 60


Bokbinderiet Johnsen in the Norwegian city of Skien presented its new Diamant MC 60 bookline at its open house event attended by 40 customers.

Although e-books account for just one percent of the Norwegian book market, with 99 percent of books being printed, there is still just one single independent bookbindery in all of Norway: Bokbinderiet Johnsen in Skien. And the only hardcover bookline in operation in the whole of Norway is – the brand-new Diamant M 60 at Johnsen. There was therefore great interest in the open house event of the family-run business, which was established in 1930 and employs 25 people.

The Diamant MC 60 that was presented at Bokbinderiet Johnsen’s open house event is the only hardcover bookline in Norway.

Forty customers from throughout Norway headed to the small city of Skien, which lies 130 kilometers south west of Oslo. Company owner Per Johnsen not only presented a wide range of sample products but also showcased the advantages of the new Muller Martini bookline by means of live demos. The Diamant MC 60 with a Solit three-knife trimmer and a BLSD 650 book stacker ran for more than four hours without a single stop.

“The trend for smaller book runs goes hand in hand with increasingly short lead times,” says Per Johnsen. “That means our customers, many of whom are located in the Greater Oslo region, are happy to have a bookbindery close by, which they can count on to complete their jobs in a very short time. The Diamant therefore helps us to keep hardcover orders in the Norwegian market.”

Per Johnsen explains that Bokbinderiet Johnsen opted for the 60-cycle model of the Diamant bookline, despite declining run sizes, because, “We also regularly produce runs of around 10,000 copies”. Per Johnsen and his son Nils Alfred Johnsen personally ensure that even large jobs are completed quickly and to the highest quality standards. This is because both of them are in the production facility every day – Nils Alfred is also a machine operator on the Diamant.