Van Huizen | History


John Van Huizen, the original owner, started his bookbinding career in Holland. After a few years in the trade he made a decision to emigrate to Canada. Once John settled in his new homeland he opened up his bookbinding business in 1974 operating in his garage and basement. Since then, Van Huizen Bookbinding Ltd. has grown to become Niagara Region’s best trade bindery. John has now sold the business, but still works with the company restoring antique or damaged books. For more information go to the custom restoration section.

In 1997 Van Huizen Bookbinding & Finishing Ltd., was bought by Tony Crowle and Claire Wilkinson. Tony completed a five-year apprenticeship in Hand Bookbinding, restoration, and Print Finishing at Plymouth College of Art and Design, England and has now over Thirty five years of knowledge and experience in print finishing, cutting, folding, perfect binding, three knife trimming and saddle stitching. Van Huizen Bookbinding & Finishing Ltd., offers combined over 150 years of experience in the art of print finishing, bookbinding and restoration.

Together, Tony and Claire have been able to keep their successful business moving forward with the high demands of technology in the binding industry.


In the past few years we have added Multiple Binders to our facility we have two Sulby Single clamp auto-minabinders, a MK11 and MK111 both capable of binding Oversize books, in addition we have recently (2016) added a Heidleberg PUR capable 3 pocket perfect binding machine with a Robatech PUR dispensing unit. Which complements our Stahl VBF  three knife rapid trimmer capable of cutting a 4″ thick book. Max size 12 x 15.

Our previously acquired machinery consists of Sulby MK II Perfect Binding Machine which has been modified to bind a book up to a maximum of 3 1/2″, with binding speeds of up to 300 books per hour, this machine has also been modified to bind over size books up to 20″ (h) x 17″ spine, a MBO continuous feed folding machine capable of folding a 28″ x 42″ sheet of paper, two Smythe Sewing Machines with 18″x 11″ signature capability on one and 12″ x 16″ Landscape capacity on the other and a Prakma single-wing casing machine to speed up the the hardcover book production.

We have set ourselves ahead of the competition with our newly acquired machinery for short run binding. To see our complete list of what we offer please go to services section.

Van Huizen Bookbinding & Finishing Ltd. is the leading bindery for fast turnaround and high-quality work on short run jobs. For more information on the type of jobs that are completed at our facility, go to Services and browse through the pages to see if your finishing needs can be achieved at Van Huizen Bookbinding. For any further information you wish to inquire about please e-mail Mr.Crowle at


At Van Huizen Bookbinding we are more than capable of handling your short-run binding needs. Our varied array of equipment and the people who operate it can turn your job around quickly and efficiently. Whether it be three-knife trimming, multi-clamp perfect binding or large-size folding, we can do the job. We are not afraid to add new equipment when the need arises, so don’t be surprised if we have updated the equipment list below when you call.

Case Binding Equipment

  • 18″ Smythe Sewing Machine
  • Oversewing Machine
  • 2 Roundcornering Machines
  • 45″ Board Cutter
  • 3 Quickprint Foil Stampers
  • 3 Kensol Foil Stampers (1.5 ton, 3 ton and 10 ton stamping presure)
  • Prakma Single-wing Casing-in Machine
  • 2 Pracoll Double fan Cold Gluing machines
  • Starbacker Rounding and Backing Machine
  • 5 Pot Devin Glue Machines
  • Also, an assortment of handbinding machinery

Production Finishing Equipment

  • Heidleberg PUR & EVA 3 clamp Perfect Binder
  • 2 Sulby Single-clamp Binders (one for over size books)
  • 2 Morgana Digi Creaser
  • MBO B28 Folder with 2 Rollaways (max. 28″x44″ sheet)
  • Schnieder senator 45″ Guillotine
  • Polar 72CE Programmable Guillotine
  • Challenge 30″ Guillotine
  • Stahl VBF Rapid 3-knife Trimmer
  • Sickinger heavy duty Punch offering 3:1 & 2:1 Wiro 4:1 plastic koil
  • Sickinger Twin loop auto wiro closing machine
  • Wiro Power Punch and Closing Machines
  • Plastic Koil Punch and Inserters
  • 2 Bostitch No. 7 Stitchers
  • 3 Challenge Paper Drills
  • Bracket stripper tape binding machine