Timsons Ltd is a family-owned company which manufactures bespoke book and flexible packaging printing presses. Timsons was founded in 1896 by Arthur Richardson Timson and employs over 200 people at its Kettering, UK headquarters. A sales subsidiary in Milan covers southern Europe, and a sales and service operation for the Americas is based in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Timsons Limited has specialised for over 50 years in the niche market of presses to print books. The variability of book sizes, and hence machine specifications, creates a need for flexibility in design and manufacture. Each press is custom built enabling the printer to select the print circumference, web width and folder to meet their own individual requirements and minimise excess trim waste.
The book printing presses typically use a lithographic web offset printing process, with Servo drives, and tailored to print and fold substrates for bibles and dictionaries on very lightweight papers, through to paperbacks, novels, reference books and computer manuals. In recent years, Bungay-based Book printer Clays used its Timson presses to produce the complete series of Harry Potter adventures including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which sold more than 2 million in the first 24 hours. With a stable of 15 presses covering A and B format paperbacks as well as Demy and Royal sizes, Clays have Britain's largest installation of Timson presses.Â²