• highest product quality
  • maximum process stability
  • perfect book opening
  • minimum cleaning

Adhesive for books with LayFlat binding

How are books bound?
Every bookbinder knows that the spine is where the pages of a book are bound together.

But is this always the case?
A new market development indicates that there is a totally new kind of bookbinding which is becoming more and more attractive: The LayFlat method. This unconventional method is used for coating each underside of a page which was previously printed (folded like a conventional 4-sided page) with adhesive and this is attached by bonding underside to underside.

Why all of this effort?
This is the only way of creating a book item which folds open perfectly flat and shows the print continuously from the left to the right side. No contour trapping, no misaligned printing registrations, no colour differences: one print, one picture, a double page of perfect appearance without a centre fold.

There are multiple applications for this technology. Currently, the introduction and first successes in the sector photo books are under way. In this application, an uninterrupted print and a good flat opening performance are most valued. Experience has shown clearly that the end customer accepts the production cost without questioning if he gets the respective quality in turn. But other applications can also be imagined and have already found market entry. Here an example which could be found in advertising: A car is photographed on a beach for an advertising campaign. The expenses for such an action are enormous. Since a car is represented in landscape format, this would be a perfect scenario for a lay-flat book. The expensive advertisement photo can be displayed across the entire double page without any restrictions. A great achievement for Marketing!

The adhesive specialists of Jowat have tested these kinds of products at a time when the idea had just grown to project stage. The customer can now see how successful this is when he uses the E-PHOTO® papers by Felix Schoeller. This is the leading company for photo paper on the market. For this company, special Jowat adhesives were formulated and the quality generated by this combination is outstanding.

Numerous advantages are provided by the products of the Jowacoll® series of adhesives for this kind of bookbinding. Jowat SE has focused on the needs of the end-user and is already setting a standard for quality at the beginning of this development. Below, we only want to mention some of the product advantages:

- Minimal machine cleaning
- High compatibility of machines
- Highest production quality
- Good cutting performance
- Fast drying and downline processes
- Ready-To-Use (1-component system)
- Alternatively available as 2-component system

Jowat SE supplies different products for the market of dispersion-based book production of LayFlat books. In doing so, Jowat SE makes sure that the customers have to switch the adhesive as rarely as possible while the good adhesion properties on various surfaces remains the same. This permits also the highest creativity level which can be achieve when applying this new technology. We are very pleased to support our customers as competent partners which facilitates their expansion into new markets.