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Offset Printing requires cost effectiveness and image quality. It excels for multicolour jobs that may require exact spot colour as well as full colour and other special printing effects. It is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface.


Binding Options at SOS

At SOS we have extensive bindery equipment which allows us to finish most multi-page publications in house. You can choose between the following forms of binding:.



Glue is applied to one or several edges of the sheets, holding them together. Most suitable for notepads and other items where single sheets need to be torn off without affecting the sheets left.
Cost: low | Durability: low



Staples can be applied at the side or at the top corner of the sheets. As this can be done inline on our laser printers, this is a very cost effective and fast way of holding together items like handouts.
Cost: low | Durability: medium


Plastikoil binding

A spiral plastic cord is threaded through holes that were punched at the long or short edge of the sheets.
Cost: medium | Durability: high


Wiro Binding

A metal wire is clamped into holes that wer e punched at the long or short edge of the sheets.
Cost: medium | Durability: high


3-, 4-, or 5-Ring Binding

Ring binders are popular were sheets have to be able to be taken out or replaced from a publication. Most popular with training companies.
Cost: high | Durability: medium


Saddle Stitching

A fast way of binding booklets with up to approx. 80 pages, it is used in publications such as Time Magazine. Sheets are folded, collated and then stitched along the spine by 2 metal staples.
Cost: low | Durability: medium


Perfect Binding

Single Pages are collated into book blocks, hot melt glue is applied along the spine and a soft cover is drawn on, which is usually thicker than the text.
Cost: medium | Durability: medium


Burst Binding

Similar to perfect binding but more durable because sheets are folded into sections and punched along the spine before collating, to allow the glue to penetrate further into the book block.
Cost: medium | Durability: high


Section Sewing

Similar to Perfect & Burst binding; it is the most durable; folded sections are collated into book blocks then sewn together with thread before gluing and drawing on a soft cover.
Cost: high | Durability: high


PUR Binding

Similar to perfect binding but using a more durable glue. This glue is extremely strong. It requires 24 hours drying time, it is much more expensive than normal glue and it cannot be re-used, once heated up. PUR binding is replacing section sewing as a high quality binding option for digital print. More info can be found here.
Cost: high | Durability: high