Who we are and what we do

IBIS Customized Finishing Solutions

Shortcut: IBIS Senior Management team
Shortcut: IBIS historic milestone events

Founded in 1999, IBIS Bindery Systems is a world-leading supplier of high-speed digital book finishing systems. The IBIS Smart-binder ‘Plus HS’ can produce personalized, variable page-count wire-stitched, cold-glued, or perfect bound books from a digitally-printed web, or from cut sheets. It is used at print sites around the world to produce personalized booklets for school examinations, health care, financial, insurance, government, manuals and many other applications.
Our IBIS engineers have many hundreds of man-years experience in print finishing. We specialize in the integration of high-speed booklet systems with continuous web digital printers, and in configuring complete digital book finishing systems for turn-key operations with a high degree of customization. We have over 180 IBIS Smart-binder systems operating at customer locations worldwide.

Our products are backed up with first-class customer training and support. We are proud of our long-standing and continuing partnerships with all of the major continuous inkjet printer manufacturers, and digital post-press suppliers.

IBIS PremisesOur focus has been on finishing solutions for high-speed CF (web) digital printers, both off-line and in-line. Uniquely, we offer the ability to produce both glued books and wire stitched (stapled) books from the same machine.

We also have extensive experience of integrating different equipment into complete customised systems. In this way we provide a one-stop service for book finishing solutions.

All our products are backed by first-class customer training and support.We are based approximately 30 miles (48 km) from central London and close to Heathrow international airport.

The IBIS Senior Management Team

The IBIS senior management team and founding partners include three Oxford and Cambridge engineering graduates.


John Cracknell (Managing Director)

40 years experience of book-binding machinery design and supply, including 20 years as Engineering Director with Heidelberg, AM and Harris.


Our mission and values

Our Mission:


Our Values:

Commitment : We are committed to bringing success to our customers.

Openness: We communicate honestly and frankly.

Integrity: We conduct ourselves correctly and deliver what we promise at all times.

Technical excellence: We take pride in high standards of engineering and providing maximum benefits to end-users.

Mark Firth (Engineering Director)

32 years experience of Print Finishing, specialising in system controls.

Martin Reed (Director of Manufacturing and Customer support)

34 years experience of book-binding machinery manufacture and supply.

IBIS Bindery Systems: Historic milestone events - from 0 to 1 billion books

2020 (Aug) IBIS participate in the Napco 2020 'virtual' Ink Jet Summit  
2019 (April) IBIS's first sale of the Smart-binder system to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  
2018 (Sept) IBIS launches the Smart-binder saddle-binder into the Korean market  
2017 (Nov) IBIS forms a new sales and service distribution partnership with Best Graphics Inc, USA. Best Graphics will focus on IBIS 'Smart-binder' sales to the Digital print market
2017 (May) IBIS nominated for 'Best Case Study - Publishing' at Inkjet Summit 2017

PB-600R, PB-1200R, PB-2000J
2015 (Dec) New IBIS sheet-feeder SB-097 now allows in-line connected Smart-binders to also be fed from a sheet pile feeder
2015 (Oct) New IBIS line up for in-line Perfect Binding (hot glue binding) - the Sprint-binder PB-600R, Sprint-binder PB-1200R and the Sprint-binder PB-2000J
2014 (Sept) IBIS is awarded ‘top marks’ for exam booklet production, with around 30 Smart-binders producing stitched (or glued) and trimmed exam papers at customer locations all around the world.  
2014 (May) IBIS and Friedheim International sign UK distribution and support deal  
2014 (May) IBIS celebrates 15 years of supplying high-end book finishing solutions for digital print !
2014 (March) IBIS exhibits a Smart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus HS’ on its own stand at IPEX in London.
2013 (Oct) New version ‘stretched’ Smart-binder (‘X’ model) launched for tabloid size output, or two-up A5 portrait  
2013 (Aug) IBIS strengthens sales and support with new OEM partnerships  
2013 (July) IBIS launches a new higher-performance Smart-binder ‘PLUS HS’ for production of variable page-count, digitally printed booklets
2012 (Dec) More than a billion booklets have been made on IBIS digital -saddle-stitchers around the world
2012 (Sept) IBIS celebrates the shipment of the 100th Smart-binder to a firm in Boston. IBIS continues to be the leading supplier of high-speed, variable page-count booklet systems to leading U.S. firms such as Principal Financial, Farmer's Insurance, Pearson, O'Neil Data Systems, Excellus, R.R. Donnelley, Lifetouch, and many more  
2012 (June) The first IBIS system with automatic on the run changeover between saddle-stitching and perfect binding is installed at a customer in Rome, Italy in-line with an Océ JetStream 2200 printer at 150 metres/min web speed.
2012 (May) Drupa , Germany: IBIS launches the higher performance Smart-binder ‘Plus’ saddle stitcher and the new 1,500 books/hour Sprintbinder 4-clamp perfect binder.
2011 (May) IBIS is granted a patent for its unique ISG saddle cold-glue system as used on the Smart-binder
2009 (June) IBIS celebrates its 10th birthday with an Open House and social events for staff and customers
2006 (May) IPEX, UK : Xerox and Delphax show the Smartbinder SB-4 which can produce saddle-stitched, ISG glued and perfect-bound books all in one system.
2006 (July) Toppan Forms, Tokyo places IBIS's largest-ever single order for multiple Smart-binder SB-3 systems
2004 (May) The new IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 digital saddle-stitcher is launched on the Océ, Kern & Xerox stands, featuring IBIS’s patented Individual Sheet Gluing (ISG) binding system.
2003 (June) Following worldwide success with 40 Digi-stitchers installed with Oce printers worldwide, IBIS opens up sales channels to other printer manufacturers in addition to Océ. These include IBM and Xerox.
2003 (April) RR Donnelleys installs first Digistitcher in the USA in-line with Océ web printer
2001 (Sept) IBIS moves into its new headquarters in High Wycombe UK.
2000 (May) Drupa, Germany: The Digi-stitcher DST2 is launched to the world market at drupa in Düsseldorf.
2000 (April) The first IBIS 'Digi-stitcher' (the world’s first high speed in-line digital saddle-stitcher) is installed at The Stationery Office, London, to make stitched documents in-line with an Océ high speed web printer. This system produces ‘The London Gazette’ and other documents for the UK government.
1999 (Oct) IBIS signup to an exclusive sales contract agreed with Océ Printing Systems, Munich.
1999 (May) John Cracknell, Mark Firth and Malcolm Allitt form IBIS Integrated Bindery Systems. The new IBIS engineering team design its first in-line digital-finishing product.