The Print&Media Award

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Award in 2017

Book binder of the year

Book printer of the year

Award in 2016

Book binder of the year

Erik Kurtz as manager of the year

Award in 2015

Book printer of the year

Award in 2014

Book printer of the year

Training company of the year

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Award in 2012

Book printer of the year

Every year, Kösel prints 13 million books for publishing houses in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Great Britain, the USA and Australia. To realize the idea of printing 4-colour motifs on the trimmed edges of books, the printer based in the Allgäu (Germany) developed its own printing press suitable for large print-runs. The development of this digital printing method cost about 300,000 Euros and took 1½ years. The Ullstein publishing house chose this feature, as the first publishing house worldwide, for an entire book series. The first title of the series was printed with an a print-run of 80,000 copies.

Another one of Kösel's new developments is the 'Duo-Decke': For the first time ever, a book cover can be divided horizontally to enable the use of different cover materials. For the “Das Landhaus” book, the look of a building was simulated on the book cover. The lower part represents a stone foundation; structured, rough natural paper ensures that it also feels like that. For the upper part, Kösel used a coated photo printing paper that looks like polished root wood.

The jury considered all submissions in this category as exceptionally good. They were however particularly impressed by the Kösel Coloured Edge innovation.

Source: http://2012.druckawards.de

Award in 2011

Book printer of the year

“The epitome of the book printer” (Jury) printed Lew Tolstoi‘s “Für alle Tage” book for C. H. Beck in an print-run of 15,000 copies. The large format hardback has an offset printed linen cover. The spine end remains uncovered in the slipcase and the ink on the coated carton of the slipcase matches the ink of the offset printed cloth.

Kösel also sets itself apart by developing new book forms. This includes the “Heyne Pocket” series. The mini-format was copied from the iPhone. Unusually, the reading direction is landscape format. There were no additional typesetting costs because a double page of the “jacket pocket book”, which was printed as a third use besides the hardback and brochure, corresponds in layout to a single page of a standard brochure. The pocket book is bound with Kösler Flexband as a Swiss brochure.

Kösel can also digitally print 4-colour motifs on all three trimmed sides of a book block with the Kösel Coloured Edge innovation. On a novel, a plant tendril extends from the start of the headband over the golden embossing on the book cover and the protective wrapper up to the trimmed edges of the book. Very eyecatching!

Source: www.druck-medien.net

Award in 2010

The printing company in Allgäu (Germany) has made large investments during the past years and doubled its technical capacity. 200 employees produce 13 million books annually for renowned publishing houses in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, the USA and Australia. Kösel continuously develops new book forms, several of which have already been given “Nicest Books of Germany” awards.

Kösel produced 30,000 copies of the illustrated book titled “110 Jahre Miele – alle Seiten der Qualität” for the Miele company. The summary of the company’s history is highlighted by a collection of many materials that the company uses in its kitchens and on its appliances. A part of a fridge door is integrated into the book cover and the inner part of the book contains, for example, a digitally-printed wood veneer.

An idea that sets a precedence is the exhibition catalogue of Städel Museum with integrated Audio Guide: A CD is inserted into an indentation in the book cover and forms part of the cover illustration.

The „Flexband“ is another innovation by Kösel. It has the characteristics of a high quality hard back with the charm and flexibility of a paperback. Thanks to a new cost saving method Kösel can produce items with an exceptional tactile sensation.

Source: www.druck-medien.net