Graphicraft (Pty) Limited, are specialist bookbinders to the printing trade, and the firm was started by Mr. K W Borgelt in 1984. From humble beginnings, the company quickly expanded with the acceptance of its quality standards and service to clients. The variety of upmarket covering materials that are specially imported and stocked, found acclaim, and by popular demand, its facilities and staff complement soon grew to 30 artisans.
The focus of the company, as a mechanised hand bindery, was to be flexible and fulfil the niche between solitary craft bookbinders and plants with automated binding lines that are operated by larger printers. These are often limited by size restrictions and the type of materials that its equipment can handle, as well as by the lack of trained staff to produce larger quantities economically by alternate means.
The company provides trade services in fullbinding and limpbinding to printers as well as publishers, speedily acquired the reputation for the best leatherbinding for deluxe editions, as well as for the making up of slipcases, solander boxes and portfolio covers, special size file covers and binders, etc. It enabled many printers to enter fields that they previously had to exclude, without the correct equipment and expertise.
The hospitality industry is extensively serviced with Menu covers, Wine list covers (many of which have won prizes), as well as Bill folders, Room Directory covers, Visitors books, Guest Registers, Restaurant Reservation books, etc. The Promotional Gift Industry is also served with Note Pad covers, Address books, Binders etc.
The Graphicraft range of diaries have been accepted as the finest in the country, with their unique gilt edging, leatherbound finish fitted with gold cornermounts in presentation cartons. The paper used is special opaque, writable diary wove, imported in light weights. Special customised pages and endpapers, in corporate colours with branding, as well as individual personalising, is a specialty. However, economy versions, without all the bells and whistles, are also offered for larger quantities.