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The Brave New World of Newspapers

Newspaper publishers in “old world” Europe have seen better times.

They are combating steadily declining circulation rates, frequently

changing technology, and a market situation that necessitates a constant

reduction in production costs. In the booming emerging markets

of the world, however, newspapers are growing and blossoming

as never before.

The old world is fighting a losing battle against an increasingly expansive

digital media offering that draws readers away from the classic

newspaper. The new world, bolstered by a dramatic rise in education

levels but not yet in access to digital information, is riding a newspaper

popularity wave. Here the newspaper has become a prestige

product of the educated and elite.

Whether old or new, both worlds share one clear commonality: the

desire to offer readers the best product possible. This is a tough job

as instantaneous electronic information transfer and the demands

of an ever faster turning world are making the newspaper simultaneously

more regional and more global. Regardless if you are an old

world or new world publisher, staying ahead of the market requires

barrier free access to information of technology developments, market

trends, and reader needs and desires. Newspaper & Magazines

provides you that information.

You are holding the first issue of Newspaper & Magazines in your

hands. The only global trade magazine dedicated to newspaper and

magazine production, Newspaper & Magazines is produced by the

same publishing house that publishes the German language Newspaper

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with suppliers and newspaper publishers.

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A quarterly publication and discussion platform for the global newspaper

industry, Newspaper & Magazines is the only technology journal

independent from trade associations and business or government

special interest groups. This ensures absolute journalistic freedom.

Our goal is to bring you in every issue the best coverage of all aspects

of the production process – from newsroom to mailroom. In addition

to covering the newest technologies, interesting and unique customer

installations, and success stories; Newspaper & Magazines will

also provide inside industry news and gossip.

Outside of the European Union, we are geared to a reader base in Russia

and CIS; the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, India, Southeast

Asia, Australia, and Africa. To provide the best coverage of these

markets we have a close cooperation with WAN (World Association

of Newspapers).

Maintaining a global sales force for a trade magazine is expensive,

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We look forward to seeing you.

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Publisher

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CONTENT

MEDIA

Newspapers must diversify, converge and integrate“............................................................... 6

Does the daily still have a place on the news stand?

Youth of today hold Key................................................................................................................. 10

U.S. Publishers Need To Invest In New Plant and Equipment .................................................. 14

The Atlanta Journal Constitution first to install mRC in the US ................................................ 14

PREPRESS

Kodak CTP Installation pays off for Independent Newspapers................................................. 15

Searching for the right Newspaper Workflow ................................................................................. 16

Inexpensive Newspaper Workflow from Canada

Too good to be true?...................................................................................................................... 18

CTP in Newspaper Production:

The Next Generation..................................................................................................................... 20

WoodWing ´round the World

From Cambodia to Israel.............................................................................................................. 24

OneVision’s Automated Image Enhancing Software

Daily Telegraph continues Tradition of Excellence..................................................................... 25

Digital solutions from Kodak

US Newspapers improve their production ................................................................................. 26

Vio’s Online Delivery System for Colour Print Advertising proves a Winner ...........................26

PRINT

Digital Newspaper Printing

Hype or Reality – you tell us?! ...................................................................................................... 28

The new and modified Online value-added Services

PRINT-TO-WEB............................................................................................................................ 30

Waterless Newspaper Production on the Rise

Time is ripe for Change? .............................................................................................................. 34

Waterless Printing in the Desert ................................................................................................. 37

„Awesome Flexibility“ wins Order

Wifag and Eltex UV drying Test Series:

Flying Colours in Paris ................................................................................................................. 38

UV Systems for high speed Newspaper Printing

Impressive Century ...................................................................................................................... 40

Shaping the Future

Strong Partnership for Newspaper Project................................................................................ 41

Easy to read and profiltable for Publishers

Conversion to Compact Format................................................................................................... 42

Electrostatic Innovations ...............................................................................................................44

EAE as General Contractor........................................................................................................... 46

Solution Gaining Acceptance ......................................................................................................... 47

Making a Good Start in India........................................................................................................... 48

Shine at prestigious Competition..................................................................................................... 49

Swiss Printersto invest ...................................................................................................................................... 49

Increase of Capacity for Contract Printing Business

Newbury Weekly News Group buys new Press.......................................................................... 50

Large Upgrade from Turkish Newspaper Publisher ................................................................. 50

Tryck i Norrbotten invests in Press and Mailroom

New Newspaper in 2009 .............................................................................................................. 52

Prince of Wales starts up as a Printer ............................................................................................. 53

Mortons Print Ltd. is opening the Semi-Commercial Door ...................................................... 54

POSTPRESS

Müller Martini Mailroom makes it possible

Personalized Newspapers at Denmark‘s Fynske Medier......................................................... 58

Flexibility of Ferag Technology wins Friends .................................................................................... 60

Specific Mailroom Solution........................................................................................................... 62

MATERIAL

Paper producer news

Sappi strengthens Position in Europe and the World................................................................. 64

Asian Papers bucking downward Global Trend.......................................................................... 65

What causes Ink Misting? ............................................................................................................ 66

IFRA 2008 in Amsterdam ............................................................................................................. 68

Exhibitors List ............................................................................................................................... 70

IFRA Exhibitors News................................................................................................................... 71

Subscription Form........................................................................................................................ 83


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Conference News

Newspapers p p must diversify,

converge and integrate“

Newspapers are looking for ways to survive. Readers more and more are

preferring different news sources. The crisis of newspapers is the crisis of

content. At the International Newsmedia Marketing Association’s (INMA)

European Outlook conference, which closed in Vienna recently, experts

were looking for answers. Newspaper & Magazines was at the Conference

and has included extracts from key note speakers.

Inge Van Gaal (European Co-ordinator)

started the conference off with a speech

on the importance of branding. She was

followed by Juan Antonio Giner of Innovation

Media, who spoke about how media companies

can make, once more, newspapers

a necessary product for all. Horst Pirker,

the Chairman of the Board of Styria Medien

(Austria), told the audience how the future of

the newspaper relies on multi-media, multichannel

and multi-platform. And Chris Lloyd,

Assistant Managing Editor of the Telegraph

Media Group, finished off with a close look on

how to reach and connect with new audiences.

Inge Van Gaal stated it right up front- “the

most important issue for every newspaper is

how it is perceived by the consumer”. What

gives a newspaper character is its name,

consistent quality, its look, a good reputation

and a strategy strongly supported by communication.

These, she maintains, are the

elements which create a good brand. And to

help build a strong position in strengthening

their own newspapers, publishers should focus

on why brand is so important.

Brand, says Van Gaal, gives identity to a

newspaper. It also builds trust in its readers,

Inge van an Gaal: Gaal „...Newspaper Ne spaper perceived percei ed by b

the customer!“

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embraces both advertisers and readers, promises

high quality, shows competence and

(occasionally) builds social prestige.

A good newspaper should be seen as a brand,

she said, but not just in its content. And all

departments should see their product as a

brand and know exactly what it means. If the

definition varies in different departments

of the company, it may do the same among

its readers. So in order to build a stronger

brand, a newspaper should carefully analyze

its main goals. These goals are an increase in

sales, preference building and differentiation

from competitors, having a loyal customer

base, enabling a price premium because of

uniqueness and an increase in enterprise value.

Specific branding for different customer

segments and for different platforms are also

part of the mix.

The core brand values of a printed newspaper

are understood as its integrity, connecting

communities, reflecting diversity, being

a watchdog and being reliable.

There are also three different strategies for

building a brand by media companies.

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for instance, by the Telegraaf Media Group

which builds different brands for different

products (such as “De Telegraaf” or

“Spits”)

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the products have the Guardian brand included

in their names eg.(”The Guardian”,

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extended its brand by creation of multiple

online platforms created to satisfy its

readers needs.

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The content crisis

Juan Antonio Giner of Innovation Media

spoke about how media companies can

make, once more, newspapers a necessary

product for all.

Newspapers are content providers, he said,

and the content should be reinvented. The

crisis of newspapers is the crisis of content.

According to Juan Antonio Giner, 99% of what

we produce is news - yesterday’s news, and

this is the real crisis, he maintains - there is

not enough exclusive news in the newspapers.

Does this mean newspapers are going to go

out of business? “Yes - if they are in the old

newspaper business. No - if they are able

to change the content and adapt in the new

information business. ,” stated Giner. The

speaker proved his point by ringing the recent

change in the name of INMA - the organisation

that is no longer International Newspa-

Juan Antonio Giner: „99% of what we pro

Juan Antonio Giner: 99% of what we produce

is yesterday news!“

per Marketing Association but International

Newsmedia Marketing Association.

To survive, he believes newspapers have to diversify,

converge and integrate. What should

be kept unchanged are things that a newspaper

should be good at anyway:- credibility,

reporting, editing, design skills, presentation

skills and profits.

Newspapers should not think in the category

of readers only, he believes. It is high time to

work on a new strategy, where readers, audiences

and communities come into play.

One such example is “The Economist” whose

model is a 24/7 online operation plus a weekly

print product. It is a perfect example of the

newspaper that delivers news in advance, instead

of repeating it from yesterday.

Another newspaper to follow suit is “Correio”


MEDIA

(Brazil) which six months ago faced bankruptcy.

But now, after the implemented changes,

it is a 20/80 newspaper - 20% news, 80%

stories. The first section begins with news,

the other sections contain stories. Each news

story from the front is linked to the next pages,

where readers can find stories. It is the

new dynamics - when users have the news,

they request stories. As a result, the advertising

income for “Correio” went up 100%.

Declining circulations

Horst Pirker, the Chairman of the Board

of Styria Medien (Austria), told the audience

how the future of the newspaper

relies on multi-media, multi-channel and

multi-platform.

However, his speech began with bad news for

the industry. In Germany, circulation of daily

newspapers has been on the decline since

Horst Pirker: „Dramatic Dramatic decline of circulations“

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Market share is also dropping fast.

But he did have good news. Many newspapers

are fighting the trend by adopting to the changing

media environment. New developments

are appearing that influence the future of the

newspapers. These include digitalisation, e-

paper, broadband, hypermedium internet,

weblogs, games etc.

There is also a multimedia approach or the

MMM strategy - multimedia, multichannel,

and multiplatform. Multimedia provides the

reader not only with text and photos, but also

sound and video. Multichannel means using

many different channels for distribution

(cable, satellite, GRPS, WiFi, etc.), while multiplatform

is using all the platforms available

(paper, PC, Mobile devices, public screens,

etc.)

Pirker believes newspaper has a bright future

because there are many models to succeed

on paper, but also so many more models to

succeed online. The goal for the media companies

should be how to generate profit from

online initiatives, and this is the real challenge

for the industry.

How to reach new

audience a

Chris Lloyd, Assistant Managing Editor

of the Telegraph Media Group, took a

Cn

closer look on how to reach and conect

with new audiences.

n order to find the new audience (and not to

ose o the old one), he said that the TMG com-

pany

had to move the whole organisation to

become

audience focused rather than print

ocused. o The problem being that the au-

dience

was leaving the newspaper because it

was w able to find the information elsewhere.

The T key issue was to give the audience what

they th wanted and where they wanted it.

So the Group strategy is to keep the printed

product alive for as long as possible and at

the same time to care about their online audience

by providing them with content when

they want it, where they want it and in the format

that they prefer.

The plan was to develop and distribute a high

quality, intelligent content across all the media

- print, online, audio, video. The content in

the printed newspapers was backed with the

information the reader could find on related

stories on the webpage. However, this was

done in a different way, because what editors

from TMG did notice was that the same content

on different platforms can annoy readers.

Chris Lloyd: „Newspapers need new au

Chris Lloyd Newspapers need new audiences!“

TMG also made the decision about sharing its

content wherever possible - the idea behind it

being not to give the articles away but to bring

as many visitors as possible to the source of

the news.

Going mobile was another factor that helped

build online audience. At the moment

the content is offering news, finance, sport,

and travel, and what matters most - it is approachable

now from everyone’s pocket.

Telegraph also went more social too. It offered

its readers a platform called “Tell the

Telegraph”, where users engage as a community.

It works as a two way communication

forum where readers ask and are asked

questions.

Another clever idea of the company was to

convince a famous author, Alexander McCall

Smith, to co-operate with the newspaper

in the creation of its content. As space is limited,

Smith writes his online novel on the

Telegraph’s pages.


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Does the Daily still have a Place on the News Stand?

Youth of today hold Key

Within our industry, daily newspapers are the subject of much discussion.

Talk focuses not only on the ins and outs of technical production but also

on content delivery - what should be printed when, where and how. In this

article, H. W. Loy, N&M staff writer, examines the rise and fall of the daily

newspaper and addresses the changes that lie ahead.

Apparently, even at recent Ifra Expos, no

real solutions to the questions posed

above have been found. No sooner is a

practical solution presented; albeit new and

improved, (and sometimes incomprehensib-

le), than alternative solutions appear from

everywhere. The life cycle and viability of

these solutions is in the end determined only

by the market. This does not mean, however,

that rejected ideas are any worse than those

that become accepted and make the grade.

In this process, unpredictable consumer

behaviour is said to play an important role.

Influences from multiple communication

channels create reader trends, needs and

directions with which the newspaper industry

is confronted. A little digital, an injection

of heat-set, some UV, mixed up in a format

alteration is insufficient to counter current

market changes. Sinking subscription numbers

and advertisement placements do not

support this as being the solution to the problem.

So what is the answer?

When the change came from black

and white to coloured newspapers,

people were sure that colour

alone would boost the daily newspapers to

the top. But a constantly diminishing reader

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base has taught experts something different.

Even the increase in coloured advertising

was not a breakthrough in creating renewed

reader loyalty. Although advertisers who had

shunned newspapers before due to quality

issues began to use dailies, circulation did

not increase. The key problem was, and still

is, younger readers who, conditioned by the

digital and interactive world of the Internet,

prefer browsing newspapers to in-depth coverage.

Another wave of change in newspaper production

was regionalization. This addresses

a need that electronic media cannot fulfill to

the same degree, and is certainly a step in the

right direction. Not only are editorial editions

produced in multiple variations; but free city

editions, financed through advertising, also

provide readers with primarily regional information.

It is regrettable however, that many

editors dutifully report on local events but

forget the importance of providing advanced

information of community happenings. Many

readers complain that the lack of event calendars

in regional publications turn reporting of

events that they missed into an annoyance.

Here it becomes apparent what the new journalistic

duties and responsibilities of daily

and weekly papers are. What have yet to be

addressed are technical issues such as organization,

layout, length or colour. Additionally,

many newspapers still lack commentary and

explanation of socio-political and economical

events. Just repeating facts that are already

known through television or radio, without

editorial commentary makes daily newspapers

unnecessary and turns them into

advertising graveyards. Seen in this context

the question of why so few young readers are

drawn to daily newspapers becomes obvious.

Technical change as

a solution

Utilization of rotary press capacity is

an issue for small and medium daily

newspapers. How and with what products

can downtime be best reduced? These

considerations inevitably lead to the conclusion

that accepting general commercial print

orders is an economical advantage. This is a

reasonable conclusion so long as commercial

production remains within the existing

production capacities. When considering retrofit,

it should therefore be considered if sufficient

in-house publications and products

exist to justify planned technical investments.

For small, more infrequent customer orders,

large investments are not always justified;

especially when considering retrofitting from

cold-set to heat-set. A suitably equipped con-

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tinuous feed printer would be better suited

and more cost efficient in a payroll application,

for example, than a newspaper printer

who retrofits. Furthermore, these competitors

draw on years of heat-set experience,

which cannot be attained short term with

personal training.

In addition to retrofitting costs, energy and

disposal costs should also be considered.

This is especially true when converting to UV

technology, which while reducing machine

footprint, raises handling and separation

problems in relation to conventional print

processes.

Some companies avoid these problems by

emphasizing photo retouch and pre-press;

successfully establishing “commercial print

quality” newspapers. These products not

only raise print quality but also increase the

enjoyment of reading with fresh and lively

pictures giving a once dull daily newspaper a

more colorful and natural appearance.

Traditional newspapers with multiple editions

have especially profited from these

quality improvements. Within preliminary,

main product and regional editions sometimes

more than twenty subtitles are produced.

Also, regional events benefit from the

higher image quality due to the increased

recognition of people pictured.

Many want more

Value added printing or hybrid printing is

currently a buzz word in the newspaper

community. Opinions range from great

enthusiasm to restrained curiosity. Now

alongside UV drying another consideration

for the decision making process is provided.

It all started with publishers wanting to facelift

classic newspapers to achieve a younger,

fresher and more varied appearance. The

heat-set/cold-set applications at the Verlagsgruppe

in Passau, Germany and at

Media-Druck in Tulln, Austria – which prints

the daily newspaper Österreich –, are but two

examples of the many heat-set and cold-set

installations in all press categories. Born out

of the applied innovations philosophy, the

production from these two press-lines also

proves how radically they can change and

expand a business model. Not only is the

newspaper upgraded as a core product, but

new forms of advertising create additional

revenue and provide better utilization of the

entire newspaper production equipment.

Hybrid press:

a growing trend

In the global newspaper market the move

towards hybrid presses is currently the

strongest trend. It was a dormant topic for

years until it was kick-started in the Middle

12 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

East where publishers started producing

with single-width hybrid presses with up to

four heat-set webs. This trend has spread to

Southern Europe, South America and North

America.

For over a year, hybrid printing has meant

more than the combination of cold-set and

heat-set. A new hybrid generation is also

using UV drying in newspaper production.

One example of this trend is Herold Druck in

Vienna, Austria. Herold’s press is equipped

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with Eltex Innocure UV dryers and is used to

produce various newspapers including Die

Presse, Wiener Zeitung and Heute. New UV

advertising products, and mixed products

with UV and cold-set pages are also produced.

At a press speed of 90,000 copies per

hour which translates to a web speed of 11.25

meters per second, Herold has set a world

record. Early in 2008 the Canadian Transcontinental

Group also ordered a pressline with

one UV tower and took an option on adding UV

to two other towers.

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OPINION P12

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Broadsheet 1st OCT:GN

LEBANON

Parliament

adopts law

to pave way

for elections

Beirut (AFP & Reuters) The

Lebanese parliament has

adopted a new electoral

law in a key move aimed at

MARKETS PLUNGE INTO UNCERTAINTY OVER BLOCKED BAILOUT paving the way for legislative

polls due next year.

The move was the final

Washington (AFP & Reuters)

step of a peace deal struck

World leaders called on MELTDOWN

in May between Lebanon’s

the US government to take

rival factions to end an 18-

action to stave off global fi- GLOBAL GOVERNMENTS IN RESCUE ACTS month political crisis that

nancial collapse yesterday

had brought the country to

� BELGIUM, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG Bailed out

��IRELAND Promised to guarantee all bank deposits

after US lawmakers reject-

the brink of civil war.

Dexia, the world's largest lender to municipalities, for two years

ed a $700 billion bailout in

The legislation, which

and helped Fortis stay afloat

a move that stunned global

��RUSSIA Could spend $20 billion on equity purchases amends one adopted in

markets.

��BRITAIN Nationalised buy-to-let mortgage lender as part of an emergency state support totalling 1960, calls for several re-

Another European bank, Bradford & Bingley

$130 billion

forms including the re-

Dexia, had to be rescued ��DENMARK Central bank stepped in to secure

��UNITED STATES Took a stake in troubled insurer drawing of electoral dis-

and shares went through a liquidity at Ebh Bank

American International Group Inc (AIG)

tricts and the holding of

roller coaster ride after the ��GERMANY Threw a lifeline to cash-strapped lender

elections in one day.

House of Representatives Hypo Real Estate

Under the new law

voted 228-205 against the ��ICELAND

Lebanese expatriates will

Took control of Glitnir, the island’s

rescue late on Monday.

be allowed to vote in 2013.

third-largest bank.

European leaders led the

The peace accord struck in

calls for action by President

Doha in May had called for

George W. Bush, who nev-

a new electoral law, followertheless

pursued his blitz

ing the election of army

on behalf of the economic

chief Michel Sulaiman as

WAM

rescue package. Bush tried

president and the forma-

Khalifa receives Mohammad

to reassure the United

tion of a national unity gov-

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday received States yesterday that Conernment.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime gress will eventually pass

Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. They exchanged Eid greetings in the presence the plan to save the sinking

Hariri reaction

of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and US economy even as no

Meanwhile, Lebanese par-

Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Earlier, Shaikh Khalifa and clear path existed for that to

liament majority leader

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid performed Eid Al Fitr prayers. The two leaders also happen.

for another vote on the in 20 years. US stocks lost Hogan, chief market ana- Sa’ad Hariri lashed out at

received separately well-wishers who came to greet them. Reports on Page 10 “He has no political capi- plan this week to restore their gains made in the past lyst at Jefferies & Co in Syria in the wake of a deadtal.

If the banks have no cap- market confidence. five years on Monday as Boston.

ly car bombing targeting

ital, then neither does British Prime Minister the Dow Jones index US Treasury Secretary the Lebanese army, accus-

George W. Bush. And I don’t Gordon Brown said he had plunged more than 700 Henry Paulson said he ing Damascus of posing “a

Residents celebrate Eid nationwide think there’s a rescue plan sent a message to the White points. But shares clawed would continue to work clear and direct threat” to

for him,” said Eric Davis, a House to underline “the im- back yesterday as investors with Congress to formulate Lebanon. “The Lebanese

Eid in Dubai opens at Festival City with dazzling display of fireworks political scientist at Middleportance that we attach to bet Washington would will a bill that could pass. The will not let Bashar Al Asbury

College in Vermont. taking decisive action”. New pass the plan to stimulate bill rejected on Monday was sad’s words go unnoticed,”

Gulf News Report

vantage of the holidays to of fasting in Ramadan. In “The US must take its re- Japanese premier Taro Aso credit markets and stave crafted by Paulson and Fed- Hariri said, reacting to com-

relax at parks and the Dubai, a 25-minute firesponsibilities in this situa- said: “We should not let the off a possible recession. eral Reserve Chairman Ben ments by the Syrian presi-

Dubai Colourful fairy lights beaches. But for some, Eid works display combined tion, must show statesman- world financial system col-

Bernanke in negotiations dent. Al Assad on Sunday

were strung up on the main was just like another day as with a dazzling laser and ship for the sake of their lapse.” Australian Prime Paulson promise

with congressional leaders. told the head of Lebanon’s

streets of the emirates as they worked to maintain water-fountain show creat- own companies and for the Minister Kevin Rudd said “There’s an overarching US presidential candidates journalists union, Melhem

the first day of Eid holidays essential services.

ed a brilliant spectacle on sake of the world,” Euro- that he and other US allies belief that at some point Barack Obama and John Karam, that northern

drew to a close yesterday. Millions of Muslims the opening day of the “Eid pean Commission spokes- would press Washington to this week, whether it’s McCain both said Congress Lebanon had become a base

People were seen ex- around the globe celebrat- in Dubai” celebrations at man Johannes Laitenberg- take action.

Wednesday or Thursday, must pass the bailout plan. for extremists and posed a

changing greetings and ed Eid Al Fitr, the festivities Dubai Festival City. er said. German Chancel- The calls came a day af- we’ll get something passed See also Pages 13, 24, 33, 34, 36, threat to his country.

many expatriates took ad- which come after a month

See also Pages 8 & 14 lor Angela Merkel called ter Wall Street’s worst day by the House,” said Arthur

38, 41 & 42

See also Pages 12 & 16

PAKISTAN Bomb scare sparks stampede in India

New chief

168 killed at Jodhpur temple as pilgrims scramble to escape after rumours cause panic

appointed for

Jodhpur (AP) Thousands of when the stampede oc- sparked the chaos, and that walk, while nearby frantic

spy agency people panicked by rucurred yesterday morning. tensions were high because people tried to revive unmours

of a bomb stamped- The temple floors were India has been hit by a spate conscious devotees, slap-

BY SHAHID HUSSAIN

ed at a temple in western slick with coconut milk as of recent bomb attacks. ping their faces and press-

Correspondent

India yesterday, killing thousands of devotees

ing on their chests.

moe than 168 people in the broke coconuts as religious Bodies on sidewalk Others dragged people

Islamabad Pakistan has re- crush to escape, officials offerings, causing pilgrims At least 168 people were by their arms and legs, runplaced

the head of its pow- said.

to slip and fall as they killed in the stampede, said ning down a ramp that

erful Inter-Services Intelli- More than 12,000 people scrambled to escape, said Naresh Pal Gangwar, the leads to the temple inside

gence (ISI) in a first major gathered at the temple at Ramesh Vyas, a pilgrim district collector.

the massive 15th century

reshuffle in the army’s top dawn to celebrate a Hindu who was standing in line. Television footage from Mehrangarh fort that over-

command since General festival in the historic city Vyas said it was the ru- Jodhpur showed dozens of looks the town.

Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani took of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, mours of a bomb that bodies lying on the side-

See also Page 20

over as Chief of Army Staff

in December last year.

Lieutenant General Ah-

WEB AUCTION

mad Shuja Pasha has been

appointed new Director

General of the ISI in place For sale: Camera with terror data

of Lt Gen Nadeem Taj, who

was made chief of the country’s

premier intelligence

Digital device contains MI6 photos of suspects along with their names and fingerprints

agency by former president

Pervez Musharraf.

London (AFP) British police are insiles, according to the Sun newspaficers are investigating,” said a

Lt Gen Taj has been apvestigating how a digital camera per.

spokeswoman for Hertfordshire popointed

Commander of 30 reportedly containing MI6 images A 28-year-old bidder found the lice.

Corps in Gujranwala.

of terrorist suspects came data, apparently gathered by A friend of the unidentified buy-

Lt Gen Pasha had been to be sold on internet auc-

Britain’s MI6 foreign intellier told the Sun: “He only bought

overseeing the ongoing setion site eBay, police and

gence service, by chance the camera because he was going

curity operations in the the Foreign Office said

when download- on holiday with his ex.”

tribal areas in North West yesterday.

ing his own pic- “He flew home early this month

Frontier Province. He was The camera, which

tures from the and downloaded his holiday pic-

director general of mili- sold for £17 (Dh119), in-

Nikon Coolpix tures and saw some of rocket

tary operations and was cluded photos of sus-

camera.

launchers and missiles. He knew

directly responsible for pects along with their

“We can con- he hadn’t taken them so he asked

planning and execution of names and fingerfirm

we seized a his friends about it and they sug-

all major security strikes prints, as well as pic-

camera after a memgested going to the police.”

in tribal areas and northtures of rocket

ber of the public re- Later, police confiscated it.

ern Swat valley.

launchers and misported

it. Intelligence of-

See also Page 29

Gulf News is an example of a sophisticated

mixture of coldset and heatset

products

But when to use heat-set and when to

use UV? This depends on many factors.

Heat-set can only be integrated

in blanket-to-blanket printing systems, whereas

UV drying can also be used with satellite

towers. Often the factory size determines the

type of technology applied – particularly with

retrofits, as a heat-set dryer has an immense

footprint. A UV dryer, however, needs much

less space. When selecting a particular sys-

tem it should be kept in mind that UV dryers

require special peripherals, for example for

ozone extraction or nitrogen supply. UV inks

are more costly than heat-set inks, yet in

many cases these expenses are compensated

by lower waste rates. The issue of waste

is particularly relevant in mixed operations

(one web hybrid plus cold-set webs). One

advantage of UV is that the web is not heated

as much as with heat-set. This results in

less shrinkage and a better fit to the cold-set

web.

When considering new investments, the possibilities

of combining cold-set and heat-set

are being taken more and more into consideration.

Central European newspapers have a

different look and feel of those from the Near

East and Middle East, the USA or India. Differences

show themselves not only in layout

but also in the technical configuration of the

newspaper rotation.

In Finland, for example, newspapers with

a magazine look and feel have been produced

for years. Covers are printed on coated

stock and stitched to the body. Additionally,

the covers carry extensive advertisements.

However, in Germany, this is an absolute no

go area.

Near East / Middle East

Things are totally different in the Near

East and Middle East. In the Emirates

it is very important the reader’s white

clothes are not dirtied with black newspaper

ink which cannot be achieved with traditional

newspaper printing and dry ink.

The solution has been found in combining

cold-set and heat-set. Equipment is alternated

to allow not only the title page but various

pages in the body to be produced on LWC paper.

This means that full page advertising and

panorama pages are produced in the highest

quality. These types of mixed products, however,

have a price disadvantage. These papers

show that it is possible to combine the information

of a daily with the visual appearance

of a magazine and address various target

groups. Could this also be the future of the

European newspaper?

An unusual machine was recently installed in

Italy. Many consider a production to be hybrid

when the classic newspaper is supplemented

with hot air dried sections or supplements.

In general this Italian unit runs parallel production

of daily newspapers and demanding

commercial print applications. However, the

management is considering a mix production

or what they call “bundled printing.” Maybe

this is an indication a new newspaper generation

is not so far away.

Also in the southern hemisphere the advantages

of hybrid cold-set / heat-set production

are known factors. Here a double wide

cold-set rotary press works in tandem with


a single wide heat-set press. This could also

be an entry point for a new type of newspaper

production.

In India the newspaper is a status symbol

and in this particular region there are unique

challenges. In a country with over 20 ethnic

languages and where only 15% of the population

speaks English, communication and

the exchange of ideas is difficult, to say the

least. The solution for newspaper producers

is in addition to the English language edition

each reader receives a second edition in their

native language at no extra charge.

How the newspaper will develop in China is

uncertain. In addition to multiple dialects,

there is the problem of Chinese characters.

Although China has practised paper and

printing for over 2,000 years little development

has occurred in newspaper production

– even today the wall newspaper is still found.

However, China is planning to move more

into paper based media.

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Whoever remains true to their tradition

as a pure newspaper printer

will always invest in conventional

production technology. Here the question

of machine construction and the number of

print towers is raised. When the printer prefers

conventional production for operational

reasons, space and time can still be saved

with a switch to a compact system.

If space is not an issue, the advantages of a

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production goals. Of critical importance is

to consider what products justify the investment

in a hot air drying unit. At this point

thoughts should not turn to the combination

of cold-set and heat-set but rather focus on

two independently operable production lines.

A heat-set only production is a consideration

for later. Naturally the possibility of expanding

a system to combined production if needed is

an advantage.

Which format?

Recently major modifications have been

made in newspaper formats, up to and

including those found in the United

States where newspapers are no longer wide

but very long. Tastes are different, and everyone

must decide what format is best. Many

readers welcome a narrower format.

This is dependant on press type. Many publishers

ensure that they can produce in formats

from “Berlin” or “Rhein” to A4. A trend

can also be seen in broadsheet and tabloid

format.

In these cases a variable web width plays a

key role. Especially with XXL or 6/2 format

machines is flexibility of major use. However,

it makes little sense to run small width

purely due to lack of jobs. The same is true

for machines that produce horizontal that are

similar to rotogravure.

This category of machine, however, allows

for large productions in the shortest amount

of time. The 96 page machines in horizontal

format with a web width of 2,520 m are more

for use in high volume magazine production

and only see limited use in newspaper production.

A great difference of opinion exists regarding

waterless printing. The bottleneck to wides-

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pread adoption of this technology remains

the plates. Although over 1,000,000 sq m of

plates have been used to date, several plate

manufactures continue to block this alternative

even though they have finished products.

Despite this, newspaper print can no longer

bypass this alternative.

Large installations have justified the technology,

even if every newspaper does not

and will not change to waterless. Waterless

printing enjoys a greater acceptance in countries

where warmth and dryness are deciding

factors.

Even in automation there are national differences.

A high degree of automation is preferred

in Europe, especially to handle simple

processes like plate and role change rationally,

quickly, and without personnel. In India

and the Orient automation is not an issue.

This is one of the reasons why these regions

are good resell markets for used European

equipment.

In conclusion

Problems of design and technology indicate

that a good newspaper requires

a competent editorial and journalistic

staff; one that not only concentrates on regional

news but also on providing value-added

for the reader.

This position can never be taken over by electronic

media even when community web portals

have taken over information supply of local

events. Today, the past is less interesting

than looking to the future. In addition, readers

like to hear alternative editorial opinions.

When well prepared content is presented in a

high quality illustrated format then the newspaper

will certainly find a new and eager readership.

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PRINT

U.S. Publishers Need To Invest

US publishers could boost revenues

and improve the competitiveness

of their newspapers by

investing in more modern production

facilities.

By Peter Klaue

One of the reasons US newspapers are

in a significantly worse spot than publishers

in Europe seems to be that they

have failed to modernize their plants to improve

their ability to print colour and produce

targeted local sections.

Most American newspapers operate plants

that are 15 to 20 years old – production

equipment typically is half as old at publishing

companies in Austria, Germany, the

Netherlands, Scandinavia or Switzerland.

State-of-the-art equipment not only enables

full-colour capabilities but also considerably

trims production costs by enhancing running

efficiency.

Limited colour capacity in the US not only makes

newspapers less compelling to readers

but also is a major negative factor for advertisers.

First, black-and-white advertising is not as

captivating to readers as those printed in full

colour. Second, and perhaps most important,

is that most US newspapers continue

charging advertisers huge premiums for the

relatively limited number of colour positions

available in their pages.

Publishers justify these higher rates by saying

it costs more to print colour on their outmoded

presses – as if customers were responsible

for the industry’s lack of investment,

instead of the other way around.

With the charge for a colour ad in a US paper

often three or four times the cost of a blackand-white

spot of the same size, American

papers are challenging advertisers to spend

money with them, instead of encouraging

them to do so.

By contrast, papers in Europe take advantage

of their modern plants to make colour so widely

available that colour ads are the norm,

rather than black-only.

Because colour is routinely available in Europe,

newspapers typically don’t charge extra

for advertising but, rather, charge all advertisers

the same rate. And that rate is considerably

higher than the average rate charged in

the United States.

The 15 largest newspapers published in Switzerland

charge an average of US$42.90 per

thousand readers, as compared with CPMs

ranging from US$19 to US$25 in the United

States. So, Dutch, German, Scandinavian or

14 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

Swiss papers generate, on average, between

1.5 and 2 times more revenue per advert than

their American counterparts.

Modern equipment also makes it possible to

efficiently print the paper in more sections.

Where a typical European newspaper is printed

in four or five sections (including at least

one highly targeted local section), many US

publishers actually reduce the number of

sections in their papers to shave paper costs

and compensate for the inefficiency of their

ageing production lines.

At a time when most commentators and publishers

agree that local news is a top priority

for US papers, the trend toward eliminating

sections is going in the wrong direction.

Local sections are not only popular with

readers but also represent a major source

of potential advertising. When outdated

equipment makes it too expensive or all but

impossible to print and distribute targeted

local sections, newspapers lose a major opportunity.

Although US newspapers are suffering

through the worst revenue and profit declines

in their long history, they may want to

consider re-investing in their press facilities

before it is too late.

And one of the most successful publishers in

the world has done just that. Rupert Murdoch

invested nearly US$1.2 billion in new plants

in the UK to significantly increase colour capacity

and output.

Where such investments are out of reach,

publishers need to get together to survive.

News International’s plant in Broxbourne,

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(AJC) has joined other prominent

newspaper publishers including

The New Strait Times Press of Malaysia

and Gannett subsidiary Newsquest, UK in

selecting Q.I. Press Controls’ mRC product.

The AJC opted for 48 mRC cameras

for closed loop color registration. Additionally,

they have ordered Q.I. Press Controls’

IQM system for quality reporting.

Each of the AJC’s four TKS presses consists

of twelve footprints and a doublefolder.

All press lines will be equipped with

12 mRC scanners (48 in total) in order to

enable perfect color register, using the

world’s smallest register marks, as well

as to ensure minimum waste.

Richard Hawes, AJC Director of Operations

explained, “We investigated the market for

UK, prints Telegraph Media Group’s flagship

publication. Sweden’s V-TAB prints papers

for half of the newsstand racks – and this in a

country which, by size and density of population,

offers challenges in distribution comparable

to those in rural US states.

Recent decisions in the United States heading

in that direction include plans to outsource

printing of the Boston Herald, Washington

Times and Idaho Statesman. The

San Francisco Chronicle has contracted with

a commercial printing company to build a

new plant and take over production, while its

sister paper, the Albany (NY) Times-Union is

building its own new plant.

Some publishers may argue that it already

is too late to turn around their papers and

will elect, unfortunately, to squeeze what’s

left from their businesses and then liquidate

them. However, those who have not given

up might take a close look at the newspapers

that are seeking to consolidate printing operations

in order to reduce costs, while sharing

the costs of modernizing their plants.

Such decisions will not come easily in the

“squeeze and cut” mode that has gripped the

US newspaper industry. But this may be the

time for publishers to take bold action.

*The views expressed in this editorial are those of the writer and not

necessarily the publisher

Peter Klaue is the owner of Peter Klaue

Media Consultancy in Hamburg, Germany,

which provides strategic consulting and

M&A advisory services for the publishing

industry.

AJC first to install mRC in the US

register control systems very thoroughly,

and Q.I. Press Controls offered a superior

product that met our needs.” Hawes continued,

“After visiting The Boston Globe

and hearing how pleased they were with

Q.I. products, we felt even better about our

decision.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the

leading source — both in print and online

— of news, information and advertising for

metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print

and online audience of more than 2.2 million

people each week. Every month, nearly

2.5 million unique visitors access the

newspaper‘s Web sites, including ajc.com

and accessAtlanta.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

is owned by Cox Enterprises,

Inc., one of the nation‘s leading media

companies.


Kodak CTP installation pays off

for Independent Newspapers

Following a lengthy evaluation process,

Independent Newspapers has

invested in a comprehensive Kodak

Computer-to-Plate (CTP) Solution

for all its print sites in South Africa,

incorporating six Trendsetter News

Thermal Platesetters.

Independent Newspapers is wholly owned

by Independent News & Media plc, a

leading international media and communications

group with worldwide revenues of

more than EUR 1.8 billion. The company is the

largest newspaper printer in South Africa and

has three print sites located in Johannesburg,

Cape Town and Durban, employing some 550

staff. It produces Independent News & Media’s

own titles, encompassing daily and weekend

newspapers, as well as contract work. The Johannesburg

plant alone prints approximately

eight million copies per week. And now each

site is equipped with twin Kodak Trendsetter

News Thermal Platesetters.

General Manager Bernard Briggs described

CTP made in Germany

As the industry leader in CTP technology, we

are constantly setting new benchmarks with

our products which are exactly geared on the

needs of our customers.Besides innovative

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the CTP investment as a “hugely important

decision” that involved an exhaustive costbenefit

assessment. “We evaluated the three

major suppliers to South Africa and did comparators

on all of them. We wanted a solution

that would not only give excellent quality but

would do so on a daily basis without constant

attention. Consistency of supply and the availability

of first-class technical back-up were

also absolutely imperative, and we are confident

about the support that Kodak and its

South African partner Antalis will provide us

with,” he said.

Independent Newspapers is using Kodak

Thermalnews gold digital printing plates,

which meet the rigorous demands of newspaper

printing while delivering outstanding

resolution for premium newspaper printing

and commercial-quality printing. The plates

offer run lengths of over 200,000 impressions

without postbaking. Rapid imaging and processing,

faster makeready and plate reliability

gives newspapers extra editorial time, and the

clean-working, low-pH, low-consumption developer

reduces processing costs.

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Mr. Briggs added that the quality achieved

through the use of Kodak Squarespot thermal

imaging technology and Staccato screening

technology was another major reason behind

the decision to choose a KODAK Solution.

“We’ve improved our deadlines through a faster

process, and we’ve made definite improvements

in overall quality – the benefits include

dot consistency and process stability, better

registration and ink/water balance, and we’ve

actually been able to reduce the amount of ink

we’re using overall. The quality and predictability

of colour has improved, we get consistent

results every day without the need for regular

calibration which has really made a difference

to our pressmen,”he stated.

The Trendsetter News Thermal CTP Device

comes in five speeds, ranging from 60 to more

than 240 plates per hour to suit newspaper

printing facilities of all sizes. The Independent

Newspapers installation incorporates four

devices operating at 150 plates per hour, and

two at 100 plates per hour.

The machine-to-machine accuracy of the

Squarespot thermal imaging heads, combined

with the binary nature of thermal imaging,

achieves consistent and repeatable halftone

dot structures. Staccato screening produces

high-fidelity, artifact-free images that exhibit

fine detail and more impactful colour in newspapers.

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PRINT

Searching for the right

Newspaper Workflow

With the Print Media Network (Prime) a number of well known suppliers in

the newspaper industry have joined forces. Their goal is to create a comprehensive

integrated workflow based on open and standardized connectivity

between proprietary systems and individual machines. Concurrently

the CIP4 Group is working to automate newspaper workflow based on JDF.

Jürg Marti took a look for Newspaper & Magazines at why two groups are

working independently towards achieving a common goal.

Trend setting Industry

Newspaper production embraced comprehensive

digital workflow in the mid 90s. As

early as 1995 Ifra recommended Ifra-Track

for information exchange among independent

component systems from diverse manufacturers.

This standard was most widely

tested in Scandinavia and officially adopted

in this region. Since Ifra-Track Version 3, released

in 2002, the standard is based on XML

(Extended Markup Language) - the print industry

standard in transferring information

between heterogeneous production environments.

Efforts towards establishing a comprehensive

automated workflow in newspaper

production were already underway at a time

when commercial print was handling individual

processes more or less separately. At

best, color values from pre-press were handed

off on-line to the printing press.

JDF as general standard

Since drupa 2004, it has been common knowledge

that in theory commercial print workflow

can be fully automated from receipt of

job, to pre-calculation, to transfer of production

data to equipment, to operational feedback,

to billing and delivery.

Job Description Format (JDF), developed by

the Co-operation for the Integration of Processes

in Prepress, Press and Postpress

(CIP4) strives to be a general interface standard

between software and hardware and

production equipment from diverse manufacturers.

JDF has to date focused exclusively

on the general commercial print market.

However, in addition to Print Production Format

(PPF) and Portable Job Ticket Format

(PFTF), JDF Version 1.0 already included the

general specifications from Ifra-Track with

Job Messaging Format (JMF), responsible

for response and feedback of status information.

With JDF Version 1.3 a newspaper

16 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

description based on the Ifra-Track has been

integrated. Now that Ifra is a member of CIP4

it can be expected that JDF will continue to

gain popularity in newspaper production and

that Ifra can provide continual input in development

of JDF as an industry standard.

Now comes Prime

Given these developments, the casual observer

might ask why the Print Media Network

(Prime), a new initiative for interface standardization,

was launched at the Ifra 2004. Prime

is the idea of Ewert Ahrensburg Electronic

GmbH (EAE). As of Ifra 2006 the group was

12 members strong and composed of manufacturers

of publishing and control software,

rotary print equipment and post-press equipment.

The members are ABB, Alphamedia,

EAE, Ferag, KBA, Krause CTP, Müller Martini,

PPI Media, Q.I. Press Controls and WIFAG.

In comparison CIP4 has over 300 members.

Additionally, only five Prime members – EAE,

KBA, Krause CTP, PPI Media and Müller Martini

– are also active members of CIP4. This

double membership is due to the fact that

these companies, with the exception of EAE,

develop products for general commercial

print and newspaper production. As the primary

initiator of Prime, EAE also participates

in CIP4 in order to directly follow the further

development of JDF.

Gaps in production

Will Prime become a proprietary standard?

Heiko Schröder, chairman of Prime says,

“prime is definitely not in competition with

CIP4”. According to Schröder, at the time Prime

was launched CIP4 was in fact far more

advanced but nevertheless had considerable

gaps in regard to newspaper production.

Schröder names three primary goals of Prime.

“First, we want to achieve standardization

as quickly as possible, in order to reduce

the complexity and costs of integration at the

project level for both customers and manufacturers.

Therefore we use existing interfaces

based on approved standards such as

Ifra-Track and AdsML. For the implementation

in their own companies, all Prime members

have access to an internet forum where

new descriptions are published. Second, we

want to clearly define a structured workflow

scenario with sequentially numbered interfaces

for publisher, press, and distribution.

Third, we are developing a multi-language

glossary to define terms.”

Prime is not an initiative for standardization

but rather for the development of project oriented

interfaces based on existing standards

between the systems of member manufacturers.

Schröder points out:- “our interfaces

are based primarily on approved standards.

As such regarding the essential points we are

already very close to Job Definition Format”.

Is CIP4 too theoretic?

What are the differences between JDF and

Prime according to the CIP4 Consortium? Dr.

Rainer Prosi, chief technical officer of CIP4

explains. “The basic difference is that Prime

focus only on interface definition for the

specialized needs of newspapers while CIP4,

respectively Job Definition Format, aims at

achieving total process integration regardless

of market segment, be it general commercial

print, packaging, catalogue production or

newspaper production. JDF-specifications

can be freely downloaded from the CIP4 website.

Prime interface descriptions in comparison

are only accessible to members.”

“It is important to understand”, adds Prosi,

“that JDF does not treat newspapers separately.

However, we are dependent on various

interest groups to tell us their needs. Only

with their active participation, are we able to

advance JDF for all applications.”

CIP4 is often confronted with the criticism that

JDF is too theoretical and therefore too inert.

Prosi counters this argument as follows:-

“JDF strives to provide a comprehensive integrated

workflow including both commercial

and technical elements. On the technical side

commercially important information must be

generated and vice versa. If only one aspect is

considered, integration is lost.” He continues,

“it is much easier to create a specialized,

well defined interface than a general one that

allows integrated workflow which is the aim


of JDF. Prime is faster in development and

implementation. Whether this will pay off in

the long run is another question.”

Nine interfaces

In Prime’s workflow model so far nine interfaces

have been defined with the Prime

Label. These basically concern the data

transfer from layout and make ready out of

the publishing system to the press penal and

then forwarding this to pre setting and controlling

of the press at the one hand and the

paper supply on the other hand. Furthermore,

data transmission from production management

to mail room planning and controlling

systems as well as the connection between

press and mail room are integrated. To date

interfaces tracking production from prepress,

press and mail room on the production

management system have been developed.

Challenge of achieving

Why are many Prime members not also CIP4

members? Dr. Frank Lindemann of PPI Media

and chair of the CIP4 newspaper division

has this to say. “The newspaper industry has

technological advantage in comparison to general

commercial print as workflow has been

automated for a much longer time, admittedly,

however, based on proprietary interfaces.

In the 1990s, large publishing houses started

converting to digital workflows. The primary

motivation was timeliness of content. Many

Prime members have been in the business

a long time and install adequate proprietary

interfaces at their customers. Those suppliers

saw no reason to take a closer look at

JDF as their automation was already highly

advanced.”

The Prime concept focuses on classic newspaper

production workflow. Interface definition

remains limited to the unique technical

processes for periodical production within a

more or less rigid time schedule. To date, total

process management combining production

with commercial software for pre-calculation

has not been an issue. Lindemann

confirms, however, that newspapers are now

re-evaluating processes. “A change is starting

to show. Newspaper presses are being

more often used to fulfill general commercial

orders. Publishers with in-house print facilities

are restructuring these as profit centres,

or are moving to a complete outsource model.

Many newspaper printers must now fill

available capacity with commercial print orders.

As the achievable print quality of newspaper

presses approaches that of commer-

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cial roll feed (especially with the development

of hybrid systems with integrated drying

units and allowing for use of coated papers)

this trend will continue.” He adds. “Entering

the general commercial market requires a

workflow integrating order entry and calculation,

linked to a Management Information

System (MIS). This is the only way to achieve

cost transparency and remain competitive in

a market driven by billable hourly rate and

detailed job pricing. Today only one standard

can provide this – and that is JDF.”

Prime part of CIP4?

It is understandable that suppliers in the

newspaper industry prefer to work with proven

interfaces on the road to standardization

and that additional development is driven

from their own interest groups.

Nevertheless, in the interest of achieving

transparency and true standards the focus

must be on establishing a single common

uniform format. Everything points towards

JDF as the best option as it provides the most

comprehensive workflow integration.

An apparent convergence between Prime

and CIP4 appears to be underway. It is obvious

that CIP4 is working hard on the JDF description

for newspaper production.


PREPRESS

Inexpensive Newspaper Workflow from Canada

Too good to be true?

Due to extremely short deadlines, cost pressure, and high demands on

print quality, newspaper and magazine publishers face extreme production

challenges. Newspaper&Magazines discovered NEWSflo, a clever

newspaper workflow solution that is priced for smaller publishers and

smaller budgets.

The daily battle every printer faces is to

continually reduce costs and raise efficiency

without compromising quality

and production safety. In addition to the cost

and deadline pressures, production processes

are often complicated by delivery of customer

data that does not fit pre-press guidelines.

With a workflow solution tailor made

to suit their individual needs, most printers

could achieve significant production gains.

We discovered the workflow system NEWsflo

from the Canadian software company Polkadots.

The solution has been installed over

150 times in the United States and Canada.

Among Polkadot customers are well-known

newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune,

Washington Post, and New York Post as well

as other prominent newspaper and periodical

publishers.

One of the software’s most outstanding features

is that it originates from live experiences

in real-world production environments.

Henri Duhmel Jr., partial owner of Dumont

Publishing, the largest publishing conglomerate

on Canada’s east coast, founded the

company Multi-Media in 1979. At Dumont

Publishing he was involved in the daily operations

of 35 regional newspapers and recognized

first hand the necessity of improving

production processes. Multi-Media stepped

18 N&M NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES 1/2008

in to deliver printers with pre-imposed plate

templates and the software necessary to

create new variations. It was one of the first

companies to implement a self programmed

OPI workflow in production. Additionally, the

first PostScript interface from Macintosh

computers to Crosfield image setters was

developed by Multi-Media. Magazines, flyers

and catalogues were produced for the most

part with self developed pre-press software.

Multi-Media brought this technology leadership

and a number of outstanding innovations

into Polkadots Software, founded in 1999 by

Henri Duhmel’s son Gil.

Polkadots Software Inc. is a privately held

company with 20 employees covering administration,

customer service, technical

support, and research and development.

Polkadots Software is very successful in North

America and North and West Europe. Currently

sales channels are being opened in the

German speaking countries, Eastern Europe

and in Asia.

Polkadots Software is specialized in the development,

support and integration of prepress

workflows. Drawing on their many

years of experience in data processing for

print production, Polkadots first developed

PrePage-it, an automated workflow for Harlequins

RIPs and primarily used by general

commercial printers. The software includes a

client / server application for priority setting,

RIP activity control, as well as job management,

exchange of foreign language texts,

consolidation of twice set colors, archiving

and much more.

With the extensive knowledge gained through

their own production and over 500 commer-

cial i l print i t iinstallations t ll ti worldwide, ld id PPolkadots lk d t

Software has turned their focus towards special

workflow solutions for newspapers and

magazines. Polkadot’s philosophy: “inexpensive,

flexible, highly productive and extremely

reliable” states Robert Dumas, marketing

and sales director. “Our competence in workflow

and pre-press allows us to offer unique

solutions. We call this an unbeatable performance

at an unbeatable price.”

NEWSflo N is a modular, scalable, software soution

u with extreme reliability and down-time

security.

Additionally, there is the possibility

with w backup systems to create “sleeping ser-

veers”

that in worst case situations – hardware

crash

– only require the exchange of two don-

gles

to recover.

Exceptional E features of

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workflow of advertising – from adverti-

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And this is what customers are saying…

I was impressed with the simplicity and

flexibility NEWSflo brought to our environment.

Polkadots has provided a solution

that meets our expectations 100%. All

of our requirements including Templates,

Ripping, Page Pairing, Furniture, Hard

Proof, Output to Film, Soft Proof, and integration

to our Ink System and FTP servers

were configured and put into production

in a matter of days. Polkadots provides

exemplary customer services; no matter

the time or day of the week; you always get

the help needed...

Jhon Marte

Director Client Systems

The Chicago Tribune

We have been through two other installations

for similar products. One worked

fairly well but lacked the features and

lems – RGB images, missing fonts, process

black text – occurs automatically. Potential

errors are apparent at the start of production

and not last minute before going to press.

Full Automation: From adaptive naming to

PDF creation, normalization, and correction;

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sophistication of NEWSflo; the other was,

for lack of better words – a nightmare!

After about 12 hours of training I realized

that NEWSflo was designed to work like

the press and everything made perfect,

logical sense. From then on, working with

NEWSflo has just come naturally. We print

two Daily papers here as well as 17 weeklies

plus specialty products, we also print

for 60 commercial customers – all using

NEWSflo. This is about the most problem

free solution I have ever seen. We had our

CTP installed on Oct. 23rd and we started

producing 100% of our work with NEWSflo

on Oct. 24th, we have not used anything

else since then. NEWSflo is the slickest

software I have ever used.

Vince Cribb

VP Production

South Georgia Media Group/CNHI

from transparency creation up to ripping of

image setter data; everything occurs automatically

according to predefined parameters.

NEWSflo is an automatic database supported

software solution. A web interface allows

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viewing from Macintosh or PC of ripped single

pages, or the finished print form in high

resolution and true color (with color management),

with any standard web browser.

Naturally, this interface also permits the exchange

of comments and the approval of pages

and print forms internally or externally.

Unpleasant, time consuming, surprises at

the press are thereby completely avoided.

NEWSflo also offers a complete, fully automatic

imposition tool with page pairing for

tab, broadsheet and quarterfold layouts. The

total production process is protocolled and

documented in detail.

Last but not least, NEWSflo has intelligent

load balancing, with the ability to image set

black only forms last and then send them in

the correct order to the desired output device.

Additional Polkadot offerings in newspaper

production workflow:

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job submission.

OneVision‘s instant image enhancing

solution combines both automatic as

well as interactive photo and image

optimization with comprehensive and

diverse file logistics.


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CTP in Newspaper Production:

The Next Generation

Speed has always been critical for newspapers, and new competition

from electronic media has only heightened the urgency. The final minutes

before press are decisive in assuring actual content, and these

demands can only be met with appropriate pre-press technology. This

gives us cause to re-examine make ready with a special focus on plate

production. Computer to plate is already a de facto standard, and next

generation systems are now available. Klaus-Peter Nicolay assesses

the market.

Quick turn around as expected in the

print room must become standard in

pre-press. Due to high automation

and reduced personal needs, digital plate

production via Computer to Plate is a critical

factor in reducing turn around times

as well as achieving cost savings. In comparison

to conventional analog plate production,

CTP systems can achieve a cost

savings on a factor of four to five. In addition,

a CTP system, depending on configuration,

is up to five times more productive

as a workflow using film and plate reproduction.

The plate reproduction bottleneck

is in effect non-existent and exposure and

other quality errors are effectively eradicated.

Only data or operator errors remain

open as potential issues. Even though CTP

systems have long proven their ROI, existing

and well functioning film based analog

workflows hinder complete market penetration

of such systems in Central Europe.

Additionally, concerns regarding the higher

unit costs of digital plates remain even

New investment at Mediaprint in Vienna: for the first time a daily is produced with an Agfa chemical free CTP system

system.

Step by step old systems will be replaced

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though total plate consumption is reduced

with CTP.

Among universal, job-based printers, CTP

systems are especially prevalent in midsized

to large facilities working in format 70

x 100. With smaller printers – up to 20 employees

and primarily producing in smaller

formats – 85% have not yet switched to

CTP. The situation is similar in newspaper

production. Mid-sized and large facilities

adopted CTP early and are now making second

generation investments while smaller

newspapers are lagging in development.

This is Stefan Beke-Brankamp’s, sales

manager at Krause, opinion: “There are –

not only from the international perspective

– a number of small newspapers scared

of investing in CTP. This is because most

available systems are either over configured

or are island solutions that do not

allow for a consistent workflow.” Krause’s

solution is a completely new modular CTP

system that is fully automated in the top

configuration. “Smart’n’Easy” is targe-

ted towards small newspapers and offers

parallel to the CTP system a publishing

workflow tailored to the needs of smaller

publishers and offering a high level of automation.

ECRM also showed new CTP components

at the last Ifra in Vienna offering

greater quality and automation.

As manufacturers are now offering smaller

and financeable solutions, the question is

no longer should printers switch to Computer

to Plate, rather - when they should

switch.

Among the competing systems which

technology is best? What were the technological

developments and what technologies

have the greatest potential for

the future? In comparison to the diverse

choices available to general printers from

thermal imaging, to violet diode imaging, to

photopolymer plates, the options for newspaper

producers are considerably easier to

keep in perspective. As a relatively small

number of manufacturers are active in

this segment, the number of technologies

and plate offerings remaining graspable

although CTP offerings in the newspaper

market continue to grow. Of the 150 systems

currently offered in the German market

45 are for newspaper production. Due

to their low resolution newspaper systems

are normally of no use in the general market.

Therefore it makes sense to examine

these systems separately.

Resolutions between 1,060 and 1,260 dpi


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are normally sufficient for newspaper

production; however, as demand for semicommercial

production rises, CTP systems

need to be capable of producing higher resolutions

and finer screening. The most

recent modifications of the optics from various

models confirm this trend. Although

Kodak announced at Ifra with VioletNews a

violet system, Jack Knadjian, Kodak Manager

for the newspaper segment, believes

the company is on course in using thermal

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newspaper producers want to combine

cold and heatset production there is no

better alternative than thermal.”

However, of all offered systems a solid 2/3

are violet systems. With newly installed

systems that percentage is even larger.

Additionally, there is an installed base of

older CTP systems using FD-YAG laser and

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technology. Both Agfa and Krause believe

that these customers will prefer violet systems.

Overall, all technologies are now mature.

And the discussion flatbed, inner drum, or

outer drum is no longer relevant. The only

question still confronting the user is thermal

or violet?

In addition to thermal and violet, conventional

UV sensitive plates remain an option

(Punch and basysPrint are no longer active

in this market); however, many producers

find use of chemical free plates a better

option. Chemical free violet plates have

been announced by Agfa and Fujifilm for

sometime; were presented at the Ifra 2007

and drupa 2008. The advent of these plates

ushers in a new era in plate production.

The key advantages of this technology are

no need for expensive, large foot-print,

developers, and no need to invest in a new

CTP system. Plate costs are slightly more

than conventional plate costs, but taking

chemical development out of the production

equation leads to higher plate stability.

Chemical free also improves the ecological

balance and reduces energy use.

CTP systems are no longer the focus of discussion;

increasingly the plates themselves

are in the spotlight. Plate type determines

workflow and influences post processing.

The question is, what type of plate? Not,

what plate from which manufacturer?

Once the decision has been made – thermal

or violet – a change to the alternate

technology is possible only with a complete

change of machine and materials. Therefore

careful planning in the decision making

process is of critical importance. CTP systems

are in direct relation to the spectral

sensibility of the plates. Systems determine

plate type and vice versa. Influencing

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The Kodak Generation News Platesetter

factors are manifold and closely coupled

and as such can not be considered in isolation.

They include:

1. Type of plate processor

2. Light and energy source in the

plate processor

3. Sensibility of the plates

4. Development process

What advantages does violet technology

offer? In comparison to thermal CTP systems

the lower investment price of violet

systems is for smaller budgets of great

interest not to mention the more attractive

plate pricing.

Those who have tracked the technology

development of violet CTP systems and

the corresponding plates will concur that

photopolymer plates meet newspaper production

demands of reliability, consistency,

and durability more than adequately. Plates

used in violet CTP systems must be handled

under yellow lighting. This disadvantage in

comparison to thermal plates is relative

as only case filling must be performed under

yellow lighting and exposure times are

short due to high light sensibility.

Thermal plates, long used by universal job

printers, are continually being optimized.

They work with wavelengths outside the

range of visible light, and as such can be

processed under normal lighting conditions.

Working in thermal wavelengths,

however, increases exposure time. All three

r major suppliers, Agfa, Fujifilm, and Kodak,

d offer thermal and violet plates. Even

Kodak, K despite a move to violet technology,

remains r loyal to thermal, and it is rumored

that

additional development focus will be

placed p in this area.

Once O again the user has a wide range of

choice c between the various CTP systems.

The T challenge is to discover what system

best b meets individual needs – or not. The

three

largest plate producers are all cer-

tain

that now and in the future the decision

for

newspaper producers will be between

thermal

and violet. Therefore they will con-

tinue

to develop for both technologies and

leave

the freedom of choice with the cus-

tomer.

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WoodWing ´round the World

From Cambodia to Israel

Phnom Penh Post and Israel Hayom made good use of WoodWing Software’s

Smart Connection publishing solution. Cambodia’s newspaper decided to

switch from a bi-weekly edition to a brand new daily edition. The Israel Daily

increased power and flexibility.

Originally published in July 1992, the

Post is read by thousands of Cambodians

and foreigners throughout the

country and by subscribers in more than 35

countries around the world.

„After a careful evaluation of editorial solutions

available on the market, we decided to

adopt WoodWing Smart Connection - it fitted

our requirements best and gave us a robust

and cost-efficient solution for our new daily

edition,” said Michel Dauguet, CEO of the

Phnom Penh Post.

“In the past, only wealthy, high-circulation

newspapers could afford an editorial work-

FRIDAY 8 AUGUST 2008

Standoff

at border

deadlocks

CAMBODIA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD

BY THET SAMBATH

said, referring to a mountain

near the temple that Cambo-

NOTHER round of dia claims Thai troops tried to

crisis talks over the occupy last weekend. “We ab-

military standoff at solutely have to prevent them

A Preah Vihear are ex- getting up ... Trop mountain

pected later this month, but because it is right in the mid-

Cambodian troops along the dle of the disputed area,” Srey

de facto frontline near the Doek said.

11th-century temple say they In Phnom Penh, officials

are hunkering down for a pro- remained optimistic that the

tracted dispute.

Thais would re-deploy, with

“Our soldiers are digging Minister of Information Khieu

trenches because the Thai Kanharith telling the Post that

soldiers are digging trench- “some of Thailand’s soldiers

es,” General Srey Doek, com- have withdrawn from the pamander

of Brigade 12, told the goda [in the Preah Vihear tem-

Post on Thursday. “We have ple complex] and they have

to take precautions, this is a withdrawn all their troops

frontline,” he added.

from Ta Moan Thom temple.”

While Thailand’s cabinet “If they increase their armed

has approved the withdrawal forces in their territory along

of troops from Preah Vihear our joint border, it is their

temple, Srey Doek said that the business,” he said.

Thai military appeared to be Foreign Minister Hor Nam-

bringing in reinforcements to hong is scheduled to meet

strategic Cambodia-controlled with his Thai counterpart Tej

positions along the border. Bunnag in Thailand on Au-

“They are digging more gust 18 for a second round

bunkers and building large of talks aimed at defusing

Buddhist monks file up the stairs at Preah Vihear during a prayer ceremony for peace

encampments to settle on the the situation at Preah Vihear, at the temple last weekend. Although Thailand’s cabinet has approved the withdrawal

frontline at Preah Vihear tem- Prime Minister Hun Sen said of some troops, Cambodian commanders say Thai soldiers have crossed the border at

ple and Trop mountain,” he Wednesday.

several other points since the temple standoff began on July 15. AFP

Hun Sen trying to

divide and conquer?

Opposition accuses Hun Sen of dangling the possibility of government

posts in front of them in a move to weaken resistance to the CPP NATIONAL > 3

NATIONAL

Kuwait funds

renovation of

city mosque

��Kuwait has saved the mosque at Phnom Penh’s

Boeung Kak Lake from being closed down by

putting up US$5 million for renovations. The funding

will also pay for construction of an adjoining

school, conference centre and hostel. > 4

ASIA

Bush takes China

to task over rights

in Bangkok speech

��Saying his remarks weren’t meant to antagonise,

US President George Bush expressed “deep

concerns” about China’s disrespect for human

rights and religious freedoms in a speech in Bangkok

before he headed to Beijing to attend today’s

Olympic opening ceremonies. > 7

BUSINESS

Land values

swim against

the tides

�� Phnom Penh land values surged 150 percent

over the last 12 months, with rising commercial

real estate values bucking the trends in regional

neighbours like Thailand and Vietnam, where

climbing construction costs and the global economic

slowdown have depressed the property

sectors. > 14

SPORT

US athletes revive

Olympic spirit with

refugee flagbearer

��Sudan-born runner Lopez Lomong will lead the

US team in today’s Olympic opening ceremonies.

Lomong became a US citizen in July 2007 after being

kidnapped at age six and spending 10 years in a

refugee camp. Rights groups have accused China,

which has close ties with Sudan, of not doing

enough to resolve the conflict in Darfur. > 24

flow system,” Dauguet went on to say. “But

by producing an affordable, open-source

editorial workflow system, WoodWing has

given many small to medium-sized publications

like ours access to the latest in newsroom

technology. Their partner in the region,

Serioustec, did an excellent job with the installation.

And this allowed us to accomplish

what almost seemed impossible on paper -

switching from bi-weekly to daily publication,

from 50 pages a month to 500, and doing it

overnight.”

„Phnom Penh Post is our first installation in

the Cambodian market, and we are delighted

with the successful implementation by

Serioustec‘s team,” said Remco Koster, Managing

Director of WoodWing Asia Pacific.

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2,500 RIELS ��VOLUME 18, No . 1

WWW.PHNOMPENHPOST.COM

Israel Hayom is one of the most widely

circulated free Hebrew daily newspapers

in the country, just eight months after its

official launch. This is according to a TGI biannual

survey of exposure for daily papers,

magazines and radio stations. With a daily

circulation of around 255,000, the newspaper

is rated as the second most popular in Israel,

achieving a 20.2% daily exposure rate in the

first half of this year.

So when the company directors made the

decision this year to install a new editorial

system, they were naturally a little apprehensive,

not wanting to lose the huge impact they

had made in such a short time. However, all

of those apprehensions disappeared after

they made the decision to install WoodWing

Software’s Smart Connection Enterprise.

Israel Hayom needed to make sure the

new system would be powerful and flexible

enough to handle their challenging workflow.

They also needed to make sure their staff

would be able to quickly master the operation

of it and it had to be seamlessly integrated

into the newsroom.

„I have participated in most of the newspaper

revolutions in Israel over the past 25

years, and this is the most exciting one. It

is the beginning of real interactive work in

multi-channel publishing,” says Ofer Braver,

CEO of Netgo Ltd., WoodWing’s Authorized

Solution Partner in Israel. „In a country like

Israel where hot news often develops on an

hourly basis, we are being challenged by

strict deadlines and many changes right up

until the last minute – WoodWing’s Smart

Connection Enterprise enables us to deal

with these requirements. I am grateful to Israel

Hayom for the trust and the courage they

had to be pioneers in this revolution. We had

some big challenges with the issues of Hebrew

and Right to Left writing, and with the

help of WoodWing and some customization,

we found it surprisingly simple to have an ME

version of Enterprise.“

Itay Farbshtein, IT & Data Systems Manager

at Israel Hayom says. „WoodWing‘s system

is open and flexible, and with Netgo‘s professional

work and experience, we were able

to smoothly implement an editorial system,

along with an upgrade of our infrastructure

and workflow. All this was done in a fairly

short period of time and without interrup-

tions to our day-to-day work. The system

allows us to gain order and control within

the various production processes. Thanks to

Enterprise, we are now ready to continue with

our process of growing, including reaching

other media.”

Chief Editor Amos Regev added that he was

impressed by the system’s speed and versatility.

“We needed something that would be

able to produce all the various parts of the

paper and that would give us command and

control during the paper production,” he said.

„We also needed a system that would be fast,

flexible and simple. WoodWing’s system has

it all and is exactly the thing we needed.”

“We are covering more and more regions,”

said Jeroen Sonnemans, Managing Director

of WoodWing Europe. “We are delighted to

welcome Israel Hayom as WoodWing’s first

customer in Israel, and are confident we will

soon expand our presence in this region.”

WoodWing continues to broaden its worldwide

presence in the newspaper market and

in recent weeks has also gained new customers

in Cambodia, Switzerland, Canada and

the United States.

WoodWing among the top 50

For the second straight year, Wood-

Wing Software has been named one

of the Technology Fast 50 — a listing

of the 50 fastest-growing technology

companies in the Netherlands.

The contest is sponsored by the Dutch

arm of Deloitte, the financial services

supplier. In order to be eligible, a

company must have been a technology

firm for at least five years with a strong

research-and-development base, and

be headquartered in the Netherlands.

The company must also have had a

growth rate of at least 400 percent over

the last five years.


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OneVision’s Automated Image Enhancing Software

Daily Telegraph Continues

Tradition of Excellence

Based in London, the U.K.’s venerable broadsheet, The Daily Telegraph,

and its sister paper, The Sunday Telegraph, bring a long history of high

standards and quality news reporting to thousands of readers every day.

Reaching over 2 million readers six days a week, The Daily Telegraph’s, circulation

of over 850,000 gives it the honor and distinction of being one of the

top-selling British newspapers today. The Sunday Telegraph has a circulation

of over 630,000 with a readership in excess of 1.7 million

Readers across the U.K. rely on The

Daily Telegraph to deliver only the best

when they open the newspaper every

morning, and this expectation extends to the

quality of every printed page and photo that

runs in the newspaper. Yet what is perhaps

most remarkable is that a relatively small

number of specialists at The Daily Telegraph

handle both print and online production – an

area in which the newspaper continues to innovate.

Assistant Production Director Paul Shorey

explains, “We are constantly learning and

doing new tasks, so as the newspaper industry

evolves and the technology changes

– whether in creative, video or audio for the

Web site, for example, or in more traditional

ways – we can absorb them and offer new

products to our readers and advertisers.”

The desire to evolve is the reason why staff

at the 153-year-old newspaper are eager to

try the newest in technology tools. After the

paper recently went to a full-color format

and gained the ability to print color on every

page, this drive is what led to the selection of

Amendo, the OneVision’s Automated Image

Enhancing Software.

Shorey and other members of the production

staff needed a solution that would begin working

right away and would require little training

to use. “Producing color images can take

up to five times longer than black and white,

so there was clearly going to be a huge hike

in man-hours - calculated to be up to 250%

more - required to produce a full-colour paper.”

said Shorey. “We simply can’t hire 250%

more imaging specialists, so we looked at

technology to provide the solution.”

Shorey and others were no strangers to One-

Vision. Since 2005, the paper has relied on

Asura Pro, OneVision’s flagship solution that

streamlines and automates the file control,

correction and normalization processes in

print production. Says Shorey, “We needed to

bring consistency to those apps in the wider

community that produce different flavors of

PDFs. Asura Pro has achieved this for us. It

gives us rock-solid PDFs that will go through

99.99% percent of the time.”

A demo of Amendo, one of the newest soft-

ware solutions available from OneVision, led

to a beta test soon after. Amendo is an automated

image enhancement solution that

significantly decreases image processing

time by automatically adjusting elements

such as brightness and contrasts, shadows,

highlights and colors. In fact, the software

analyzes color values of numerous common

elements such as vegetation, sky and skin

and modifies the colors according to human

viewing patterns.

According to Shorey, “The software worked

out-of-the-box with some minor amendments,

and we were able to get good results

in a shorter timeframe.”

Now, Amendo delivers the processed CMYK

files to a network folder. Staff at The Daily Telegraph

need only take the processed image,

open it in Photoshop if a cut-out is required,

and proof it, because the file is ready and in

the correct format.

Looking ahead, the newspaper is exploring

new ways to further automate production

processes using Amendo. And since OneVision

software is compatible with third-party

editorial and publishing solutions, future

compatibility with changing technology is

assured.

Concludes Shorey, “With Amendo, we have

been able to take the newspaper full-color

without recruiting additional staff. It has

been a huge success. Without Amendo, we

wouldn’t be where we are with the number

of people that we have, or have achieved this

level of automation.”


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Digital Solutions from Kodak

US Newspapers improve

their Production

Changing to a Kodak CTP system has saved time and money whilst increasing

productivity, quality and reliability, say five newspapers in Ohio,

Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The most recent customers to select

Kodak’s digital solutions for newspaper

printers include The Bryan Times,

the Northwest Signal and The Tribune Chronicle

in Ohio, The Altoona Mirror in Altoona,

Pa. and The Epoch Press in New Jersey.

The Bryan Times and Northwest Signal,

newspapers printed six days a week at the

same print facility in Ohio, installed a Kodak

Trendsetter News 50 Thermal Platesetter,

Kodak PF-N non process plates,

Kodak Prinergy Evo Workflow System and

Kodak Preps Imposition Software. Circulation

for the Bryan Times is 9,997, while the

Northwest Signal’s circulation is 4,784. The

newspapers are members of the PAGE cooperative

buying association.

“The CTP system speeds up the entire

production process, extending our deadline

times and improving our efficiency,”

confirms Deb Dalton, Production Manager

for both newspapers. “Another important

consideration when we evaluated the options

available was our commitment as an

News International Ltd, the UK subsidiary of News

Corporation, has announced its selection of Vio

Worldwide Ltd to provide a new, online delivery service

for colour print advertising. This will enable advertisers

to send high quality colour advertisements direct to

the publisher with the added benefit of providing the security

of a certified monitor proof.

The underlying technology will be Vio‘s Certified Soft Proofing

(VCSP) system. Utilising the new streamlined delivery

service, advertisers will be able to directly upload advertising

artwork and related information to News International

titles including the Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and

the News of the World.

Steve Smith, Publishing Development Manager, News International

said: „We aim to provide our advertisers with a

wide range of delivery mechanisms for colour advertising

delivery. Vio‘s solution ensures our customers can send us

digital files that meet our stringent colour requirements,

whilst giving our operations team a detailed record of the

26 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

environmentally responsible company. The

ability to eliminate plate chemistry with the

PF-N non-process plates gave us another

reason to choose Kodak’s system.”

The Tribune Chronicle, part of the Ogden

Newspaper Group, purchased a Kodak

Trendsetter News 70 Thermal Platesetter,

Prinergy Evo workflow system and Preps

Imposition Software. The newspaper has a

weekday circulation of 29,511.

“Since switching to Kodak’s solution,” said

Len Blose, General Manager of The Tribune

Chronicle, “we have achieved higher quality

and more consistent output. We also have

greater flexibility and creativity across the

board, from editorial to sales, due to the decreased

production time. I have been particularly

pleased with the training and support

Kodak provides, helping us achieve a smooth

transition to CTP.”

Patterson, New Jersey’s Epoch Press prints

a number of broadsheet and tabloid newspapers,

as well as booklets, books, real estate

and auto magazines, supermarket flyers,

coupons etc. The company added a Kodak

Trensetter 800 III platesetter to support

growth of its commercial sheetfed business

and already has two existing Trendsetter

CTP platesetters.

The Trendsetter News thermal platesetter

comes in six models, ranging in speed from

60 to more than 240 plates per hour to suit

newspaper printing facilities of all sizes. It is

claimed to deliver fast, reliable imaging with

a standard file format interface for newspaper

production systems and is available with

semi-automatic or fully automated plate

loading and unloading. The machine to machine

accuracy of the Squarespot Thermal

Imaging Heads, combined with the binary

nature of thermal imaging, achieves consistent

and repeatable halftone dot structures,

says Kodak.

Kodak PF-N Non Process Plates are processless

thermal plates for newspapers.

Compatible with most popular thermal CTP

platesetters, the plates provide high quality,

consistent imaging performance and easy

handling. The plates develop on press, shortening

the platemaking cycle and getting

jobs to press more quickly. In addition, the

plates can help eliminate the purchase and

maintenance costs associated with plate

processors and developer chemistry, while

also reducing water usage.

Kodak NS Digital Newspaper Plates are for

printers who require the high resolution

printing of thermal CTP and the convenience

of no slip sheets. The preheat plates process

quickly and cleanly and are durable on press

and off, with run lengths up to 250,000 unbaked

and 1 million baked.

Vio’s Online Delivery System for Colour

Print Advertising proves a Winner

submission. VCSP is a proven solution for brand owners,

pre-media companies and advertising agencies.“ News International

titles will be accessible on the Vio Gateway, a

web-based advertising portal that provides access to the

UK‘s top national publishers. Advertisers simply drag a

PDF advertisement file to an icon on their desktop to access

the Vio Gateway and begin the submission process.

All files will be size checked, preflighted and soft proofed to

News International‘s exact ISO colour printing profile prior

to being uploaded to their internal production workflow.

Senders will receive a confirmation email with a copy of

their job ticket and a thumbnail image of the sent file. VCSP

is an easy-to-use system that allows advertisers to deliver

exceptional quality digital files for colour advertising. Patricia

Kill, Director of Advertising Operations for News International

said, „this development is a great plus as it is in

line with our strategy to provide alternatives to advertisers

whilst ensuring our commitment to maintaining reproduction

quality within our titles.“


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Digital Newspaper Printing

Hype or Reality – you tell us?!

Before Drupa began earlier this year, it looked as if the world print exhibition

would be the occasion for a never before seen technology jump in

newspaper-on-demand printing. But now, four months after the show, and

shortly before the Ifra Expo, it appears not much is left of this enthusiasm.

As we go to press, it appears that only Screen will be presenting a digital

newspaper production solution in Amsterdam. By R.K. Messer

tomer groups HP was targeting. The Web

Press got serious attention at the show, and

in the meantime several beta-machines have

been installed for digital book production

and Transproma (transactional promotional

marketing) printing. To date, however, there

have been no installations for newspaperon-demand

production.

Kodak also caused a stir prior to Drupa with

its announcement of the Stream Concept

Press. The company maintained that the

machine was specifically designed for digital

newspaper production. The unit was indeed

shown at Drupa – but most of the time as a

giant box under wraps. Occasionally it was

The Screen Truepress Jet520 printing

The Screen Truepress Jet520 printing

newspapers

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Divided and often unclear is Océs approach

to digital newspaper production. Océ is a pio -

neer in this market and at past Ifra Expos has

always presented a system. At Drupa they did

exhibit a machine and produced daily digital

editions of the most important European

newspapers. Apparently Océ considers their

endeavours to date to have been more of an

image and prestige project than an effort to

develop a commercially viable product. No

practical sales concepts can be discerned and

marketing and advertising budgets appear to

be lacking. Océ’s response to this is the mar -

ket is too small, which helps explain why Océ

is apparently not exhibiting at this year’s Ifra

Expo. At least as we go to press they are not

in n the exhibitor catalogue. Multiple attempts

o ocontact

the last known responsible product

manager, m Michaele Frisch, were unsuccessul,

u and nobody else at the company could be

ound o that was interested in digital newspa-

per

production. So it appears that the book

has

been closed on this topic at Océ!

n contrast, the pre-Drupa concepts from

nfoPrint n Solution, the new joint venture between

w IBM and Ricoh, were interesting. This

co-operation

is designed to bring a high speed

digital

web machine into the portfolio that is

also

a good fit for newspaper production. Unortunately,

o here too we were unsuccessful in

our

attempts to get additional information.

Technologically T

feasible at least would be di-

gital

newspaper production on the VaryPress

50 00 demonstrated by Nipson at Drupa with a

production

speed of 150 meters/minute (500

eet/minute). e

And A finally, one of the world’s largest printers,

RR R Donelley, is marketing their own development;

m the IPS 3. According to announced pro -

duct

specifications this is the first 1200 DPI

four f colour inkjet system in the world with a

print speed of 121 meters/minute in 4C, and

however, that this concept has developed into

a technical and economically viable reality. It

is a complex issue, which requires the amalgamation

of several technologies, not least

printing.

Drawing on 50 years of innovative leadership

in screening, half-toning and colour management,

Screen couples its technological

know-how with an equivalent production capacity

and the degree of precision needed to

manufacture complex systems. This makes

them the ideal company to produce a press

for digital newspaper production and this has

been realized with the Truepress Jet 520.

Manufacturing locally has always been the

alternative to air-freighting newspapers, but

the costs and local production limitations

have proven unattractive and unprofitable to

most publishers. More recently, digital printing

has offered a partial answer but each solution

has been undermined by either speed,

quality or unit price.

With Screen’s Truepress Jet520 On-Demand

Newsprint Solution, publishers can now produce

full-colour newspapers on the day of

publication, at the point of distribution, anywhere

in the world. And at a speed, quality

and cost that ensures that the business can

be successful.

The Truepress Jet520 is said to be an ideal

machine for short run newspaper production,

particularly for the service of the international

business communities and tourist

markets. It combines Screen’s high level

manufacturing and engineering skills with

Epson’s multi-tone piezo drop on demand

inkjet printheads and water-based dye inks,

resulting in a high level of accuracy, quality

and reliability on both standard and uncoated

stock.

With this machine, publishers can have a

complete facsimile of their newspapers with


perfect colour and a quality level that is indistinguishable

from litho printing, with a

production speed of more than 1,000 newspapers

per hour. And at Drupa, Newsworld

Corporation demonstrated its full colour

digitally printed newspaper service with a

number of leading European newspapers,

including the Daily Mail, Le Monde and El

Pais being printed every day on a Truepress

Jet520. It is able to produce both static pa -

ges and 100% variable content. One of the

opportunities that comes from being able to

print variable data is the ability to customize

advertising for the local market.

The quality of printing is also very important

for all the advertisers. International companies

can spend fortunes on promoting their

brand identities and poor reproduction at a

remote print site can cost a publisher an important

advertising account. Quality control

features built into the Screen’s unit are claimed

to eliminate such concerns.

Airlines are one of the biggest customers of

locally printed international newspapers and

being able to offer same day newspapers for

passengers returning to their own country is

an excellent service that adds little to the cost

of a ticket. Some airlines even have the option

of personalizing copies for first class or business

class customers. But most of the time,

newspaper production will be required for

overnight or morning delivery. After finishing

the newspaper run the press can be used to

produce newspaper-related materials such

as inserts, flyers or specialist supplements,

not to mention commercial work like direct

mail, transactional documents and books

and manuals.

Up to 10,000 copies of a 40pp Berliner 315 x

470 mm format in an eight-hour shift are pos -

sible. Each page can be printed in full colour

without any reduction in speed and the use

of multi-size droplet inkjet heads allows exceptional

quality to be achieved. Text remains

legible at the smallest sizes, even if reversed

out of a block of colour and photographs can

No fiction: fiction the daily newspaper on demand - worldwide

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also be accurately reproduced in colour and

black and white to 520 mm wide. A variety

of substrates can also be used, varying from

inkjet paper to standard paper or even uncoated

stock.

Newsworker is Screen’s dedicated newspaper

workflow application. It is an Adobe In-

Design plug-in which provides an automated

newspaper production tool to prepare and

optimize files from their receipt as publisher

PDFs. After the files are received via the

internet or a dedicated network connection,

Newsworker performs a number of processing

tasks, including imposition, and prepares

the files for printing.

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The new and modified Online value-added Services

PRINT-TO-WEB

On the battlefield of up-to-date reporting, daily newspapers and weekly

news magazines have long been in direct competition with electronic media

to win and retain readers. Initially the competitor was television, but

in more recent history the Internet has been an increasingly formidable

competitor. Publishers responded with online news and e-paper editions

– which have now become de facto musts. Some large newspaper publishers

have even responded with their own TV productions. Now classic

newspaper websites and e-papers must be modified – not only to ensure

actuality and relevance in reporting, but also because of Web 2.0, which has

ushered in a completely new media philosophy. Dieter Kleeberg provides

an in-depth report.

Today editing and advertising systems

are almost exclusively based on XML

(eXtensible Markup Language). XML

maintains logical content structure while

allowing format to be adjusted to an infinite

number of layouts. This is a technological

prerequisite for “Print-to-Web” (P2W).

What is Print-to-Web?

Whereas “Web-to-Print” (W2P)

Wcontrols and manages the online

Wproduction Wthe

of printed media and

online acquisition of print orders, P2W

unifies various scenarios for online valueadded

services. In a narrow sense, P2W is the

second usage of printed or yet to be printed

content such as text and photo material in the

Internet. In a wider sense, P2W is the exten-

The Neue Züricher Zeitung refers on its homepage to more than average value added

services and projects.

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sion of original print data with Internet typical

navigation functions (links or search func -

tions), documents (PDF files and other sites),

media files (MP3 audio podcasts and video

sequences), or Web 2.0 publication platforms

(Blogs etc.).

P2W is not only designed for the deepening

of special interests aroused by printed media

(added value), but obviously also to introduce

the online reader to the printed newspaper

or magazine version. Although doubtful that

print runs will increase with P2W, content

distribution will raise significantly – either

through billable e-papers or via free of charge

homepage visits. Distribution is of course

an important factor in generating advertising

and setting advertising price. Therefore, to

speak only of dropping circulation and con-

tent inferiority because of the Internet is an

oversimplification. A portion of lost circulation

is simply being consumed in the Internet.

Of critical importance to newspaper publishers

is that the news is being read on their Internet

sites. This is why publishers are upset

by the news portals of public television broadcasters.

From their perspective flat-rate levied

television fees are also used to support

news portals creating additional competition

to their commercially driven content.

Homepages equipped

with Web 2.0 portals

The website of a newspaper or magazine

publisher is concurrently a news portal.

Unlike other commercial websites,

the publisher comes right to the point on the

homepage providing exciting pictures, headlines,

hourly news flashes with links to articles,

videos, links to other websites, in depth

reporting, complete interviews, PDF files,

and database links.

New are the added functions of a Web 2.0

portal (see Newspaper Blogs sidebar). In

Germany the Deutsche Telekom and the publishing

houses Axel Springer and Burda have

established a special news portal symbiosis.

Visitors to the T-Online homepage are inundated

with news and gossip from Bild and

Bunte, and the Bunte homepage is linked to

the

T-Online portal.

PDF P versions of

e-papers e as ticker

E-papers are the digital counterparts

to printed newspapers. Access for

subscribers of the printed edition is

normally n free of charge. The e-paper can

also a be subscribed to for a fee instead of the

printed p edition. Online versions are availab-

le

before the nightly production of printed

editions e and can be pre-quoted in evening

newscasts, n which raises the circulation of the

printed p edition. E-papers are programmed

in

the Internet standard HTML. XML ensures

that

individual pre-formatted articles – co-

lumn,

title, subtitle, pre-text, text, pictures,

and a legend – are available. Due to a fixed layout

o transfer from print editions to HTML the

lengths

of pages and articles are consistent

with w

those of the printed edition. At a click,

articles, photos, and advertising are loaded


News N widgets id t ffrom th the WWashington hi t PPost. t

as XML objects in new HTML windows. Na -

vigation and search functions running alongside

the newspaper page allow comfortable

full text searches of the actual and archived

issues. Furthermore, any page can be downloaded

and printed either as a PDF file where

text can also be copied, or less frequently as a

JPEG file (loupe function).

Additionally e-papers compete with globally

distributed digital printing of newspapers.

However, in this setting they do not serve as

PDF print files because image resolution is

too low and content as well as advertising of

international print editions is typically modified.

New: Nevertheless, Handelsblatt-Verlag de -

monstrated that an interesting synthesis is

possible between these two scenarios. Their

first step, eight, left corner stapled, A4 digital

prints, containing the most important articles

of the evening edition are distributed to

Lufthansa and Star Alliance business class

passengers. This philosophy has been replicated

on their web site, where a HTML ticker,

actualized every minute, lists key headlines

with direct links to the complete text. The ticker

headlines can be downloaded as an onthe-fly

generated four page PDF file with editorial

columns. Depending upon the time of

download, articles on the PDF tickers change

to accommodate breaking news.

New: Multiple topics of e-papers or news

portals can be combined within the Internet

appearance. These groupings of articles

from diverse sources and newspapers are

known as special interest platforms. Exclusive

charts and graphics, advice and other services

are maintained on these platforms.

News Feeds and

Widgets

Not only does XML technology allow for

blogs, but it also automatically supplies

blogs and websites with current

information, text, and photos from publishers’

information sites. This licensed news

circulation (either free or per paid subscrip -

tion) is called syndication or news feed. The

enabling XML tool is called RSS Feed (Really

Simple Syndication). The received informati -

on can be further linked, but may not appear

in any print media other than that of the original

publisher. Modern Internet browsers include

RSS reader functions as well as smart

phones such as the Apple iPhone, enabling

digital newspapers to reach mobile remote

clients.

New: To push news syndication, more and

more publishers are changing their unimpressive

RSS subscription buttons to so

called news widgets. Widgets are miniature

desktop applications in button format for tuning

personal computer GUIs: e.g. calendars,

analog watches or weather forecasts. News

widgets work similarly: graphically designed

buttons can be easily transferred from the

newspaper website and assume the graphic

look and feel of a user’s favorite websites or

blogs. Like the RSS buttons, news widgets

link to particular topics.

Whether widget or RSS button, syndication

even allows users to generate a messaging

service for their news feeds. For example,

news pertaining to a particular topic can be

forwarded via email subscription newsletter

to a PC or mobile phone.

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Web W 2.0 – Blogs,

Openness, O No Barriers

Web 2.0 is the result of the Internet

Wdeveloping from a conglomerate

Wof Wcomputer

Wc

unorganized pages to a complex

platform. More and diverse applications

p and data are openly provided for

users, u and of greater importance are being

generated g by users themselves. Internet

users u are no longer passive consumers but

part p of a collective intelligence, generating

content c as bloggers and allowing other users

to

integrate and cross link their content. Parallel

r to the static websites of commercial

providers, p users are generating their own

Internet

of highly cross linked self presenta-

tion

pages and diaries (weblogs, short blogs,

blogosphere), b

discussion and swap forums

boards), (b media sharing portals (e.g. Google,

YouTube.com) Yo and encyclopedia (e.g. Wiki -

pedia). p Service providers supply the servers,

structures s and templates that support blogging,

g discussion, etc.

New: N

Web 2.0 has an additional often ignored

aspect: in the future the Internet should have

“barrier free” access. This request comes

from the handicapped community and the

wording parallels demands made in the non

virtual world. Regarding the Internet this means,

among other things, the acoustic reproduction

of content for the visually impaired.

Regrettably this remains the absolute exception

for online newspapers. This “newspaper

radio” feature uses a voice synthesizer that

reads articles of the e-paper edition. Many

newspapers, primarily English, are acoustically

available at the American internet service

PressDisplay.com, either on the computer

via Windows Media Player or on a smart

phone (mobile radio). More experimentally

than permanently, a handful of German publishers

are enabling their web pages with a

loudspeaker symbol for voice synthesizing.

Die Welt has chosen a different path offering

up to five recorded articles on its website in

addition to in-depth audio podcasts.

Evaluation of Web 2.0

Cross linking of like minded people is

highly developed in Web 2.0. Not only

content and joint interests are linked,

but also people via social networks – and this

at an enormous level. Recently Microsoft’s

minority share (1.6 %) of the social network

Facebook.com caused a furor. The portal, designed

for students to meet or reconnect with

each other and discuss various topics, has a

market value of $ 15 billion. This profitable

idea has been copied in German speaking

countries with studiVZ.net and MeinNachbar.

net.

More and more suppliers of Web 1.0 content

are trying to jump on the Web 2.0 bandwagon.

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In addition to their traditional homepages

they are starting to express their views with

commercial blogs. This medium demands

enormous time and effort, however. Weekly

or even daily actualization is necessary and

topics must be interesting enough to generate

response (preferably positive commentari -

es cross linked through readers). Presently a

clearing up in the blogosphere can be observed

in both private and commercial blogs. Interesting

content is more the exception than

the rule, and many blogs are disappearing.

This is a new opportunity for newspaper publishers

to reach Web 2.0 readers with their

journalistic and media competence. Unlike

passive newspaper readers, the new target

group is driven by bidirectional communication,

similar to writing a letter to the editor of

a traditional print edition.

Newspaper blogs

New:It w should not be difficult for pub -

lishers to draw on their diverse content

spectrum – from tabloid journalism,

to economic reports, to sophisticated

cultural articles – in filling their own blogs.

Daily updated topics in blogs and platforms

are being opened and moderated by the editor

and in depth reporting is being provided by

readers. The reader’s voice is heard and the

tie between reader and newspaper is strengthened

in a new way. Examples from leading

newspaper publishers show that the concept

works. In this environment some newspapers

even generate a daily national blog index

– a service that Google doesn’t even offer. The

new blogs are located on newspaper homepages

alongside the news portal and the

access to e-papers, media data, etc. News

portals can directly refer to a blog or platform

topic (thread).

Citizen Media

Newspapers editors and TV channels

can by far not satisfy the demand

for regional or even local identity

in reporting. This demand is often coupled

with frustration about poor quality journalism.

As a result, citizens feel an urge to do

the reporting themselves. Citizen media are

publisher independent internet newspapers

and channels published via blogs. Although

this doesn’t raise the quality of journalism –

a highly subjective view is typical for autodidacts

– it is appropriate for topics similar to

gossip. With a sense for self irony this genre

calls itself grassroots journalism meaning

that citizens now hear first hand how the

grass is growing in their own community.

New: Meanwhile publishers cleverly try to

use citizen media for their own purposes.

Two ways are possible. One is that editors

buy spectacular photos from readers at high

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The Th Vi Viennese KKurier i calls ll th the bl blog and d platform l tf access ffor th their i readers d

„interactive“.

prices. Eye witness accounts of accidents,

crimes, etc. are photographed or taken as

video sequences by readers with their mobile

phones and mailed to publishers or channels.

The second alternative: publishers pro -

vide a certain space on their homepage as a

platform for citizen media reporters, thereby

broadening and deepening local event columns.

There is also a more sophisticated kind of layperson

net journalism, which is regarded as

competition to professional journalism. Also

here in Germany a virtue has been made out

of this necessity. The Süddeutsche Zeitung is

offering a platform for hobby journalists at

jetzt.de. The project Readers-Edition.de on

the other hand remains independent, and

additionally Netzzeitung.de is a professionally

published product that appears only on

the Internet.

Virtual newspapers

The Internet always was, and still is, a

romping ground for alternative thinkers

and jokers. Fortunately, besides

spam, viruses, dialing and phishing there are

also parodies of the media world. The encyclopedia

Wikipedia has a nutty counterpart named

Stupipedia where hobby writers among

bloggers find a new way to express themselves

in virtual online newspapers. Virtual in

this sense means that the news is created

fiction and newspaper editions are marked

as parodies.

New: As already observed with citizen media,

some newspaper publishers try to gain control

over this humorous gray area, to ensure

that the line between “true” and “false” online

newspapers remains distinct. Publishers

simply provide platforms expounding on and

deepening the content of virtual newspapers.

Using the argument of offering journalistic

freedom for their readers, Tagesspeigel.de

started a fake web newspaper, where anyone

can write imaginative articles and news within

the constraint of a few given keywords.

The most originally article in each issue is

selected by the community and the author

then takes part in a raffle run by the publisher.

This is also a good way to strengthen the

ties between readers and newspapers.

The aforementioned publishing formation

Deutsche Telekom and Axel Springer (Bild.T-

Online.de) takes a further step. Starting with

the English AfaStarcom, on line since February

2007, the AfaStar also appears each Friday

as a free PDF newspaper in German. It

does not imitate the Bild Zeitung but is a self

contained newspaper with a thoroughly professional

image and addresses the Second

Life community. All pictures, names, and

incidents arise solely from the well known

virtual reality game.

An Opportunity

Whoever considers P2W and Web 2.0

Wan opportunity and not a temporary

Wfashion, Wbeyondtheprintedword.blogspot.com.

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Waterless Newspaper Production on the Rise

Time is ripe for Change?

With the KBA Cortina, waterless newspaper production is enjoying increasing

acceptance and popularity in Europe. The early scepticism of many

cold-set newspaper printers regarding a new and unproven technology

was understandable. Today, however, the combination of waterless and

zoning without manual adjustment is a unique selling point. One that in the

face of sinking print runs increasingly appears to be both an economical

and environmental alternative for newspaper production. The Cortina is

one example of rapid success with waterless printing in this rather traditional

and conservative industry.

In the 1980s and 1990s KBA was an early

pioneer in the move to waterless printing

with Anilox inking technology – a technology

that in the meantime has been taken over

by another German manufacturer. Jointly

with partners in the ink and plate industry,

KBA developed waterless print, a process

technologically feasible since the 1970s, into

a viable industrial total solution encompassing

machine construction, processes, and

materials.

That pioneering work has paid off. Now,

due to the massive tumult in the European

newspaper industry since 2000 – circulation

decreases, rising costs, revenue problems,

increasing interest of newspaper publishers

in producing selected commercials, environmental

issues – most buyers planning an investment

in “heavy metal” in the near future

cannot avoid making the Cortina a consideration.

Interestingly, however, the fact that the machine

is waterless is probably not the key consideration

for most purchasers.

The most significant reasons for investing in

this technology are:

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suppliers and hear their thoughts and opinions.

Four ink manufacturers have been involved

in waterless printing since the inception

of the technology. Siegwerk sells their ink

under the name Aridas. The Flint Group has

chosen the name WL 98000 for their product

range. At Sun Chemicals the Shark has to

swim without water. And, Huber Farben makes

it clear with Dry Flow that we are in the

realm of waterless production.

Starting Point

For rotary offset ink manufacturers developing

a new generation of inks – as

is needed for waterless print – is an

investment of both significant risk and great

promise. The high degree of consolidation

in the ink sector in recent years as well as a

dramatic increase in raw material costs has

often placed focus on optimizing existing production

and not on investing in new development.

Exacerbating the situation, European

political action committees and lobbyists

such as REACH (Registration, Evaluation,

Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)

tie up additional personal and financial resources.

Concurrently, however, a new printing technology

such as waterless newspaper print

offers users and suppliers a distinct differentiation

potential that conventional technologies

only supply to a limited degree. Given

the immense price pressure of the current

market, however, to achieve profitable production

each supplier must find a sufficient

addressable market for their product. The

question of what constitutes sufficient – in

other words how many tons of ink a manufacturer

can place in the market – varies with

manufacturer and is contingent on their individual

internal circumstances. This in turn affects

the strategy that each company adopts

in i addressing the market.

For F example prior to making a decision to

enter e the waterless market, Siegwerk made

detailed d and precise analysis of all chances

and a risks. Both sceptics and protagonists,

not n only from the supplier but also among

end e users, were brought together to develop

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first fi beta-system on the market in 2002. This

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years y to collect data and gain experience

with w almost every machine produced. With

this

know-how Siegwerk continually refined

their

Aridas product line. Additionally, end

customers c were supported by further Siegwerk

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many years was (and is) part of Siegwerk’s

formula for success.

“One of our key realizations over the last years

is that the production of waterless inks

on a conventional production line is neither

economically or technologically feasible. This

is because the slightest carryover of an adhesive

agent in a charge can result in Aridas

not providing an error free waterless print

process” explains Thomas Albert in discussion

with Newspaper&Magazines. “Through

appropriate measures in production hygiene

and container management these challenges

could probably be contained. However,

there would still remain a risk factor that is

outside our stringent quality control.”

Therefore at Drupa 2008 Siegwerk announced

an important decision based on

their market analysis and prognosis of future

opportunities. “From our perspective the

only option is to construct a separate production

line for these inks. Only in this manner

can the highest charge consistency in the appropriate

amounts be delivered. In addition

to investment in production capacity and new

technology, additional employees in production,

quality control and user technology are

needed” announced Albert at Drupa.

The investment decision having been made,

Siegwerk is constructing their new production

line at high speed. Concurrently

Siegwerk is pouring all the information and

know-how gleaned from the market into

further development of Aridas inks. “The

new production line and additional resources

from research and development are our response

to the high quality demands and rapid

advancement in this segment” explained

Ulrich Michaelis, Siegwerk Sales Manager of

the rotary offset division.

The Flint Group (respectively the predeces -

sor companies that have been combined into

the Flint Group) is a committed KBA partner

and has been developing waterless ink for the

Cortina since 1988. Based on the anticipated

rise in installations, the Flint Group also sees

a strong growth potential for this innovative

printing technology and has also chosen to

establish a separate production line for waterless

newspaper inks. “This investment will

be completed by the close of year, and encompasses

four production lines: black and CMY”

states Dr. Roland Rusch of Flint. “We hope to

further increase our market share of waterless

newspaper inks – currently at 30-35%.

We estimate the ink demand for the Cortina

in 2008 to be between 1,600 – 1,800 tons. 2009

demand will rise to approximately 2,500 –

2,800 tons. And, in 2010, depending upon the

number of installed print towers, could reach

4,000 – 5,000 tons. I want to stress, however,

that these are our own estimates.”

Klaus Schmidt from KBA shares this esti-

36 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

mate. “Ink use is highly dependant on daily

average capacity utilization and can only be

rudimentarily extrapolated. For a typical midsized

newspaper printer with average additional

capacity use, ink consumption per tower

is around 50 – 60 tons per annum according

to our calculations. With a rise in capacity

utilization, for example through heat-set and

cold-set semi-commercial production, consumption

can rise to over 80 tons per year. 41

producing print towers currently consume

2,100 – 2,500 tons of ink per year. After star -

tup of all Cortina units sold to date a yearly

consumption of 4,000 – 6,000 tons should be

reached.”

Rainer Herbst of Huber Farben also looks to

the future: “New innovative technology often

requires time to gain acceptance in the market.

We are convinced that this success sto-

ry will be ongoing and are therefore actively

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and new solutions for the future.”

Continued optimization from ink suppliers

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of individual customers are quite diverse.

One need but remember that 40 years

after the advent of the technology, optimization

of ink-formulas for conventional wet

offset remains the daily bread of ink manufacturers.

“Nobody questions the functionality of conventional

offset printing anymore, despite

the all too well know deficiencies in daily

practice” says Thomas Albert. “In Germany it

took over 20 years for newspaper letterpress

to be completely replaced by offset printing.”

Therefore ink manufactures see promising

growth opportunities in waterless newspaper

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on development?

Many newspaper printers see the current

market situation for plates as a

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rotary offset printing. Currently there

is only one plate available – the Toray plate –

and, according to many printers, the resulting

price monopoly impedes development.

Presstek has an alternative plate for waterless

offset printing. However, the protective

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that given the number of plates needed for

newspaper n production is neither labor nor

cost c effective. With their DP-S the Israeli manufacturer

n VIM Technologies has developed a

metal m offset plate that does not require chemical

m preparation and can be used by every

standard s thermal plate setter. In tests DP-S

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figure fi insufficient for newspaper production.

Avigdor A Bieber, CEO of VIM Technologies,

addresses a this situation: “Our goal is raise the

run r lengths in the next few years to 100,000 –

150,000

so that we can be used by the KBA

Cortina C waterless web offset machine.”

Klaus K Schmidt of KBA has a cooler prognosis:

“With “ an end user price of about EUR 12.50

per p m2, Toray waterless plates are slightly

more m expensive in comparison to conventional

n plates, which have also been increasing

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price. Toray plates, however, are chemical

c free which cuts out waste disposal costs

compensating c

for the price difference. Addi-

tional

significant savings are gained through

the

abandonment of dampening units and

their

associated service and maculation

costs. c Plates only account for about 3-5% of

total

production costs. As such any price disadvantage

a is relative and in many cases may

even e be over compensated for with savings in

other o areas.”

“Actual plate use for current Corntina installations

is at about 900,000 m2 per year. As all

sold units come online that figure will rise to

over 1,500,000 m2 per year. Based on the ex -

perience we have gained to date, depending

on capacity usage and run length an eight

high tower Cortina needs 20,000 – 50,000 m2

of plates per year.”

With these figures Klaus Schimdt looks optimistically

to the future: “waterless plates

from Kodak and Presstek have already been

successfully tested on the Cortina. We are

confident that given the expansion of waterless

print in newspaper and semi-commercial

markets that we will soon be able to offer

products from other manufacturers.”


Historical Timeline

– Waterless Print in

Rotary Offset

70s / 80s: �������� ������ ��� �����-

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applications.

90s: manroland advances waterless

printing in heat-set rotary offset.

In the meantime, however, a complete

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machines in Europe have been reconverted

to conventional production or

decommissioned.

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short inking units in combination with

waterless. Similar machine concept

launched in sheet fed offset.

2002: First Cortina users in Beta with

ink from Siegwerk.

2003: Commercial release of Cortina

by KBA.

2005: First Cortina installations.

2008: 15 installations with a total of 76

eight high towers sold. Of these 40 are

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and 14 are double wide simple confi -

gurations. Four systems are additionally

equipped with heat-set drying

units for semi-commercial production

with out ink change. 10 machines with

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being brought online at the Nordsee-

Zeitung in Bremerhaven.

Dubai-based D

media house Al Nisr

Publishing P LLC, whose reputation for

pioneering p new technologies and publication

b forms extends beyond the

UAE U and the Middle East, is making

the t transition to waterless in mid-

2010. 2

Publisher of Gulf News, an Englishlanguage

newspaper for expatriates,

Al Nisr Publishing signed up for a KBA

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selection s procedure. The high-automation

fo ourteen-tower press with fourteen reel-

stands, s four hot-air dryers and three folders

will be the first Cortina installation outside

Europe and the first four-by-one version.

It will be capable of printing 112 full-colour

broadsheet pages including 32 heatset pages.

By opting for a Cortina Al Nisr Publishing is

blazing a trail for waterless from Europe to

the Middle East. Managing Director, Obaid

Humaid Al Tayer says: “For many years we

have set the pace of innovation in newspaper

production in the Arabian Peninsula. For

example, Gulf News was the first newspaper

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Waterless W Printing in the Desert

„Awesome „

Flexibility“ wins Order

Christoph Müller, Müller KBA executive vice-pre vice president,

and N&M editior Werner Loy search

through the supplements of Gulf News

Get to know us

in the region to introduce a tabloid leisure

supplement, a family and a children’s weekly

magazine, a separate tabloid classifieds

section, comprehensive business and sports

sections, heatset sections on glazed paper,

automated page make-up and the use of

recycled newsprint. The innovative KBA Cortina

underscores our acknowledged role as

technological pioneers in the Middle East.

The configuration we have chosen, with four

dryers, will allow us to print an exceptionally

broad spectrum of coldset, heatset and hybrid

products with no time-consuming changes

of ink. This awesome flexibility is only

possible with the waterless Cortina. On top

of this the press’s advanced technology will

enable us to enhance the print quality both of

our main title, Gulf News, and of all our many

supplements and magazines, while simultaneously

trimming make-ready times, waste

and manning levels.”

KBA executive vice-president for web press

sales Christoph Müller says: “The decision in

favour of our Cortina is an invaluable boost to

the implementation of new ideas for enhancing

quality and efficiency through process

standardisation.”

Thriving T UAE media group

First launched in 1978 as a tabloid newspaper

with a daily circulation of 3,000

copies, Gulf News switched to the

broadsheet b format in 1980. Having expanded

outside o the UAE, it is now distributed in Bahrain,

r Oman, Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Pakis -

tan.

At present it has an average distribution

of o 118,339 copies from Saturday to Thursday

and a 122,303 copies on Friday. An online edi-

tion

(www.gulfnews.com) was launched in

1996.

Magazine titles include Friday, Wheels,

Sport S Xtra, Property Weekly and Entertain -

ment m Plus (weekly) and 4Men, Aquarius

and a InsideOut (monthly). Al Nisr Publishing,

which w also manages two English language

radio stations, is a keen sponsor of the arts,

music and sport.

Hall 8, Stand 8170

1/2008 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 37


DRUCK

Newspaper publisher Le Monde,

Paris, set the scene for a Wifag

open-house event recently, at

which the results of a semi-commercial

printing test series over

several months with UV drying

were presented and demonstrated

in practice. Newspaper & Magazines

was there.

Le Monde is regarded as one of the most

important opinion-forming daily newspapers

in France. The company, founded

in 194 by Hubert Beuve-Mery, today has

a circulation of over 450,000 copies and in ad -

dition to the national main title it prints many

other newspapers such as Le Monde diplomatique,

Les Echos, Le Journal du Dimanche

and Directmatin plus.

Wifag users and visitors from all over the

world came to Paris to view the project.

Among the participants was a delegation

from the internationally active WAZ media

group (Essen), and also representatives of

Latin American newspaper companies from

Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Allegre.

Presentations took place by those involved

in the project from Wifag (Switzerland) and

the dryer manufacturer Eltex-Elektrostatik

(Germany). These followed production de -

monstrations with the four-high tower Wifag

OF37GTD in blanket-to-blanket configuration,

which has been in service at Le Monde

since the end of 2003.

Following initial discussions between the Le

Monde production management and Wifag

and Eltex in 2006, the press was equipped in

mid 2007 with an Eltex Innocure UV high-performance

dryer, and since then it has been

tested intensively under different production

conditions, both with normal newsprint and

with light weight coated (LWC) paper. UV inks

38 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

Wifag and Eltex UV Drying Test Series:

Flying Colours

in Paris

were used in combination with normal blankets

and hybrid cylinders and were tested for

their suitability in practice.

Wifag and Eltex have been development

partners in UV drying and newspaper printing

since a test series started in 2003 in St.

Gallen and which was continued at the Neue

Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). This polymerization

based drying / hardening process, which up

to now has mainly been used in sheet offset

printing, has also been made attractive for

rotary offset printing. Because of the shorter

web leads, it is a real alternative to heatset

drying in newspaper printing and can be effi-

Le Monde is regarded as one of the most important opinion-forming daily newspapers in

L M d i d d fth ti t t i i f i d il i

France. The company, which was founded in 1944 by Hubert Beuve-Mery, today has a circulation

of over 450,000 copies and in addition to the national main title, prints many other

newspapers.


ciently used for 1/1, 3/4 or 1/2 webs. Further

projects at Herold-Druck in Austria, in the

Man-Technikum in Augsburg and at Transmag

(Canada) have demonstrated that

UV drying can currently be used at web

speeds of up to 13.7 m/sec without

any reduction in quality.

High-tech components such as

two high-power UV modules for

each side of the web, electronic

switching and peripheral devices

for energy optimized cooling,

air exhaust and nitrogen

supply make possible a reliable,

economic and ecologically profitable

operation of the press.

The Innocure process is decisive

for the hardening of the UV inks at

maximum press speed. This replaces

oxygen, with nitrogen, by means

of high-voltage plasma across the web.

This prevents the inhibition of the photoinitiators

and chain-breaking during polymerization.

The polymerization process and

therefore the hardening of the printing inks

takes a very short time.

During the open house, Le Monde production

manager Roland Chamak

talked about the very positive conclusion

of the Wifag UV drying development

project. “In contrast to regional newspapers,

national newspapers currently have a difficult

time and must try to compensate losses

with new market niches. Improved product

quality and also increased production flexibility

can be achieved through expansion

possibilities in the semi-commercial area. A

press can hardly be operated profitably and

economically with only a daily newspaper as

a core product. A broader utilization is indispensable

for a higher ROI. The product must

be made more attractive to readers and our

product portfolio must be extended to magazines,

weekly newspapers, advertising papers

and inserts.”

“Together with our partners Wifag and Eltex”,

he continued, “we have tested semi-com-

mercial hybrid products and intensively accumulated

coldset/UV practical experience

over the past months. The printing and commercial

limits of this complementary process

were established. Because of our daily

production and the work involved in changing

over from coldset to UV, during the test period

there was only a short time window available

during the night on some days. However,

significant progress was made and after the

initial approaches with different printing inks,

ink manufacturers, blankets, rubber rollers

and types of paper, high process stability without

variation has been achieved.”

“From phase to phase we could extend the

product size and print-run of the test productions

and during the third test we were able to

produce complete print-runs of over 100,000

copies. A special edition was produced for

drupa, which described the joint project with

Wifag and Eltex and which demonstrated the

high quality standard. We have declared the

test phase as being successfully completed

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and will soon make an investment decision

that will enable the use of this progressive

drying technology in daily production.”

In finalizing his comments, Chamak

said, “tests always take place

within certain compromises. In an

ideal world the best solution would

be to reserve a printing tower exclusively

for UV production or to extend

our Wifag OF370GTD with an addon

four-high tower. But in the meantime,

we print 8 million newspapers

a week and thanks to the

new possibilities we shall further

increase our capacity utilization level.

Our record is 3.5 million over a

weekend. At present, the capacity of

our press is 80,000 copies/h and the UV

dryer is nowhere near its limits.”

The highly-developed Innocure UV dryer

from Wifag development partner Eltex-

Elektrostatik GmbH, achieved convincing

production results with its modern peripheral

devices - even at high web speeds


Schematic of the Wifag OF370GTD adapted

for semi-commercial production. The

second four-high tower to the right of the

folder is used for printing with UV drying

1/2008 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 39


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UV for High Speed Newspaper Printing

Impressive century

It was around 20 years ago that Prime UV began its development and subsequent

manuacturing of UV systems for printers, converters and packagers

around the world, curing UV inks at maximum press speeds exceeding

2,000 fpm and 80,000 iph.

Another milestone for the company was

realised in 2000, when after two years

of lengthy testing with the help of Flint

Ink and Buffalo (NY) News Press, Prime UV

developed a new type of UV curing system for

high speed newspaper and semi-commercial

perfector presses. This breakthrough

enabled a coldset newspaper press to print

vibrant 4-colour covers and flyers on supercalendered

and coated stock – stocks that

were previously incompatible with the coldset

process.

And now, in the final quarter of 2008, Prime

UV has understandably blown its own

trumpet in announcing that it has equipped

over one-hundred 4-high semi-commercial

newspaper presses with Prime UV curing

processors. These systems, says the company,

enable printers and publishers to print

jobs previously printed on heatset presses as

well as print at maximum press speeds of up

to 3000 fpm.

Eleven of the 100 total systems, for 4-high

Goss and

manroland

agree on Sleeve

Technology

Goss International and manroland

have resolved patent infringement

litigation in the United

States involving web offset press

sleeve blanket technology.

The terms of the agreement are confidential.

However, both parties acknowledged

that the resolution was

in the best interest of the companies

and customers, allowing them to offer

their full press portfolios to the

worldwide marketplace. The patent

litigation was initiated in 2003 and alleged

that the manroland Rotoman S

press infringed three US patents held

by Goss International for sleeve blanket

technology used in its Sunday web

offset press models.

40 N&M NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES 1/2008

semi-commercial newspaper presses, were

installed between just June and September

this year. Countries where they have been installed

are a real global mix and include Ecuador,

Venezuela, the United States, Russia,

Saudi Arabia, India and Brazil.

Prime UV claims it is helping newspaper printers

and publishers around the world expand

into new markets and increase their revenue

by being able to print vibrant 4-colour work

on coated papers, supercalendered stocks

and newsprint. And among the new products

they can print are inserts, catalogs, tabloids

and covers.

Prime UV is headquartered in Carol Stream,

Illinois, USA with sales and service offices

located throughout North America, Central

& South America, Europe and Asia. The

company has over 3,500 UV and IR system

installations on high-speed web and sheetfed

presses. The curing systems developed

eliminate all natural gas expenses and are

an environmentally friendly ‘green’ technolo-

gy. They install easily on all new and existing

coldset web/newspaper presses, says Prime

including Goss, MDGM, GWS, Tensor, TPH,

Manugraph, WPC, manroland, KBA, Wifag,

TKS, Solna and others.

All this technology and more can be see at Ifra

Expo 2008 on Prime UV’s stand 8040, Amsterdam

October 27-30, 2008.

The Batayskoje Polygraphic Enterprise,

Bataisk, Russia recently installed an Orient

Super 4-High offset web press equipped

with Prime UV processors. This TPH Orient

tower is the first 4-High offset press in Russia

to be equipped with a UV curing system.

European Championship Football

stretches Influence as far as Jakarta

The influence of the European football championship this year stretches a long way - even

as far as Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta and PT. Trio Warna Gempita, a printing company.

The big sport event, taking place in Austria and Switzerland, has helped dictate the schedule

for the commissioning of a new heatset-coldset Uniset project for the company.

PT. Trio Warna Gempita was known as a sheetfed printer, so until recently had its most important

product, the sports paper “Top Skor”, produced by a contract web printer. But now, a

major project has been initiated that has brought newspaper printing in-house. And with it, the

business model of the company has changed. As it moves into webfed printing, production has

been expanded in both capacity and flexibility of operation.

According to an AC Nielsen survey “Top Skor” has the fastest readership growth in the history

of Indonesia’s newspaper industry, thus influencing the decision by the company to go webfed

and bring production in-house.

The management decided in favour of a Uniset from manroland. Equipped with three splicers

and three towers, the system planned for a heatset-coldset mix, enabled by a heatset package

for one web, including folder with quarter fold. This tailor-made profile allowed running the

press 24 hours a day, enabling the sports paper to be printed at night.

During daytime operations, the press is used for printing advertising material and inserts in

heatset and coldset alike. Longer runs can also be shifted from sheetfed to the more efficient

webfed if required.

Well in time for the European football championship, the publisher relaunched “Top Skor” as

a completely revamped sports newspaper - mostly four-color with heatset cover and all other

pages in coldset. Circulation was raised significantly and the paper’s page count increased

from 16 to 24.


Shaping the Future

Strong Partnership for

Newspaper Project

The World Association of Newspapers and manroland have renewed

their commitment to the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

project.

manroland, which has been a strategic business partner in the project

since 1999, has decided to again make a significant four-year investment

in the SFN project, which identifies, analyses and publicises all

important strategic and operational breakthroughs and opportunities

that can benefit newspapers all over the world. ”manroland has long

been a core member of the SFN project and its contribution goes far

beyond financial support. The company’s visionary outlook for the future

of print, its creativity and constant innovation, are invaluable to the

project and to newspapers everywhere,” said the CEO of WAN, Timothy

Balding. “As print newspaper sales continue to grow in dozens of

nations across the world, it is essential to keep our focus on original

solutions and strategies and manroland is very well placed to help us

do that”.

Gerd Finkbeiner, the Chairman of manroland, says: “manroland regards

itself as a driving force in the SFN project. The project results

help to safeguard the competitiveness of the newspaper in the multimedia

world and convincingly demonstrate to the public how important

the newspaper is. As a high-performance business partner to

the printing industry, we see assisting print media to move forward as

one of our main tasks”. The other SFN partners are: PubliGroupe, the

Swiss-based international advertising and promotion group; Telenor,

the leading Norwegian telecommunications, IT and media group; and

Atex, the leading supplier of solutions and services for advertising,

content management, circulation and online applications.

WAN is a leading provider of industry research and analysis and

through its SFN project produces an annual series of strategy reports

on the latest breakthroughs and developments in the newspaper industry.

The reports are available exclusively to WAN members, who

also receive access to the SFN library of case studies and business

ideas, and a wealth of other vital information for all those who need to

follow press industry trends.

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry,

defends and promotes press freedom and the professional and

business interests of newspapers world-wide. Representing 18,000

newspapers, its membership includes 77 national newspaper associations,

newspaper companies and individual newspaper executives

in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and 11 regional and world-wide

press groups.

The contract is signed: Thomas Hauser Hauser, Vice President Marketing &

Communications; Timothy Balding, CEO World Association of Newspapers

(WAN); Peter Kuisle, Executive Vice President for Web Press

Sales (from left to right)

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Easy to read and profitable for Publishers

Conversion to compact Format

The classic print editions of newspapers are changing: more and more of

them are appearing in a compact format. Increasingly, Berlin or tabloid

formats are chosen for new investments, a trend clearly noticeable since

2005, particularly in the United States. Format narrowing on existing machines

not only makes for a new, easier-to-read layout, but also for economy

in paper consumption. Investments in press conversions therefore pay

off within only a few years. As part of its printservices program, manroland

supports customers in trouble-free conversion.

The dominating influence on this trend

comes from the North American market.

In 2005, the daily Journal & Courier

in Lafayette, Indiana was the first to appear

in the practical Berlin format of about 30

x 45 cm, following the acquisition of a new

Geoman. Five more Geoman and a Regioman

have since been converted at different

locations of the Gannett Corporation in the

USA. By now, more than thirty of the Group’s

newspapers in the States are published in

the narrow format. Other printing companies

in various parts of the country have followed

suit. In Canada, early this year, the Toronto

Star converted six Colorman systems from

50“ (1,270 mm) to 46” (1,168 mm) page format.

During 2007 so far – in twelve actions,

ten of these in North America alone – manroland

has converted twice as many presses

as in the whole year before. Ten changeovers

are already firmly planned for 2008. Market

researchers in the USA expect large-format

newspapers to be largely phased out in the

next five years.

Switching to smaller formats is beginning

to gain acceptance in Europe, too, as can be

observed in cases like Le Figaro in France,

produced on a Mediaman, or the British paper

Newsquest Southampton, printed on

a Geoman press. And there will be more to

follow. Dirk Schmidtbleicher, Manager Service

Newspaper at manroland, is convinced:

“manroland’s contribution lies in introducing

our European customers to concepts from

the USA, pass on experience, and render

professional support in the process of conversion.”

Reduced paper

consumption, modern

design and new readers

Changeover to the more compact format

offers publishers an enormous

potential for savings. Paper consumption

alone is reduced by four to twelve

percent depending on degree of narrowing.

42 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

The Toronto Star, for example, is counting on

a saving of three to five million US dollars a

year. A general rule of thumb: given an annual

paper consumption of 50,000 tonnes,

reducing the page by half an inch can save

Toronto T t Star St and d PPress RRegister i t present t

themselves in a more compact and thus easier

to handle format – a trend that is getting

stronger.

2,000 tonnes. Investments up to two and a

half million Euro for press conversion will

thus pay back within one to two years on

average.

Switching to a more practical format is

mostly coupled with adopting a more modern

design, often with a more generous use

of color in the papers, by which the publishing

companies gain access to new reader target

groups. Experience in the United States has

shown that the new formats are most readily

accepted. Circulation increases of one to

three percent have been achieved there. The

ad market develops with it and offers extra

potential. Since the impact of ads has been

proved to be greater if the pages are narrower

and therefore smaller, new cost models are

possible in this area.

Downtimes avoided by

perfect planning

Problem-free conversion requires perfect

planning that takes the plant’s

Po

production schedule into account. The

verriding objective is to keep downtimes as

ow o as possible. With a stand-alone press or

per

section of a larger system, changeover

akes a about three weeks on average. To start

with, w experts carry out test runs to determine

he h printing data before the format narrowing.

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major conversion operations which in turn

comprise

a multitude of individual construc-

ional

steps in the main components. Prima-

riily

affected by this are: splicer, infeed unit,

printing

unit, turner unit, folder superstrucure,

u folder, and the integrated Pecom press

control

system of the printnet family.

”CConversion

completed, our press operators

were w able to continue working on the machi-

nes

as usual and we are happy all around with

he h way things were carried out and with the

reesults”,

summarizes Keith Pierce, Senior

Vice V President Operations of Detroit News-

paper,

a paper of the Gannett Corporation.

“TThe

challenge to obtain perfect values for

rue r color register, web tension, ink/water

balance

and ink density measuring was answered

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immediately. Even initial problems

with the ink zone keys were optimally solved

using appropriate software.”

Concluding quality tests and instruction

of the personnel complete the work of

the printservices experts on site. “The

manroland team has done a perfect job of

narrowing the format right on schedule without

impeding production”, confirms Keith

Starr, Print Center Manager of the Southampton

Newsquest Media Group. “Moreover,

efficient training of our staff in conclusion

has served to ensure that the presses will

continue to be correctly operated. “


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Electrostatic Innovations

Eltex Electrostatic GmbH develops and sells highly efficient electrostatic

systems for higher product quality and profitability throughout the printing

and finishing process. Eltex innovations meet the most stringent requirements

and provide valuable process optimization for many industrial

areas.

Static electricity occurs in a large number

of industrial processes. One problem

is it’s inevitability, with negative

consequences which can be severe. Thus it

must be eliminated or controlled. However,

electrostatics can also be used profitably in a

targeted manner. In both applications, electrostatic

systems from Eltex provide outstanding

results.

Individually tailored to the specific problem,

they obtain qualitative and economic advantages:

higher production speeds, more

efficient work, significantly increased quality,

reduced energy consumption, and fewer

faults, downtime and waste.

Innocure – electrostatic

UV technology

With Innocure UV technology now

Wfeatures clear, outstanding benefits

Wfor WUnwanted

printing processes and results.

byproducts of the UV printing process

are caused primarily by the oxygen that

is carried along in the production process.

Innocure successfully reduces the amount

of oxygen on the ink surface, thus providing

UV curing at the highest speeds with the greatest

efficiency and safety. The air boundary

layer is ”peeled away“ without contact using

a plasma flow, and replaced by a nitrogen

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layer with‚ the least possible quantity. Addi -

tional benefits:

reduction of photoinitiators in the ink, reduced

energy consumption and lower thermal

load of the substrate.

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curing of UV inks is possible in

an inert atmosphere only. The Innocure

method uses a high-voltage plasma to

remove the entrained atmospheric oxygen

crosswise to the web direction and replace

it with nitrogen. This prevents the inhibition

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application a of Eltex Innocure UV curing technology

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web without the uncured ink contacting

a guide roller. Herold Druck produces the

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Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung,

Heute H and a variety of illustration printing

products such as weekly newspapers, free

newspapers and catalogues.

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system is currently being installed above the

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DTI’s NewsSpeed

Editorial Suite

Digital Technology International has

announced that the Norwegian NHST

Media Group, has chosen its News-

Speed editorial suite for Dagens

Næringsliv’s new weekly magazine.

“DTI’s Liquid Media architecture was

the main reason for us choosing DTI

as partner,” said Asgeir Sektnan, production

editor of Dagens Næringsliv.

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Disassembly, Transport and Warehousing Completed

EAE as General Contractor

In late summer 2007, for the first time in the company’s history, EAE was

award a contract to handle the complete dismantling, reconstruction and

retrofit of a printing press. The client: Sweden’s largest printing conglomerate;

V-TAB in Gothenburg.

The machine is a manroland rotary press

from the Colorman product line. The

contract stipulates that it be brought

from the Swedish capital Stockholm to an interim

storage facility in Jonköping. From here

it is to be transported to Gothenburg, where it

will be reassembled and newly configured.

Machine disassembly began just six weeks

after award of contract and has since been

fully completed. The press in the original

1987 construction comprised three sections

and 15 print towers. Between 1988 and 2001

it was upgraded with an additional five towers.

It was also during these years that EAE

won an initial contract to improve production

with their innovative print management solutions.

The cleaned components of the press are

currently in intermediate storage in Jonköping.

EAE subcontracted work to two part -

ners who were significant in disassembly and

transport:

- Hermann Clauberg Maschinenfabrik, located

in Berlin, Clauberg draws on over 100

years of experience. Over the last century,

they have built an excellent reputation in

assembly and operation setup at print facilities.

- Löther Maschinentransport, also based in

Berlin, Löther too has solid experience in

46 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

dismantle and transport of complete printing

units; for example for Gruner + Jahr.

V-TAB purchased the Colorman from Tidningstyckarna

for use in their Gothenburg

facility and after purchase enlarged the configuration.

The contract, originally limited to

the remounting of two sections with seven

printer towers and two folding units, was expanded

during initial disassembly. Now eight

printer towers and two folding units are to be

installed in Gothenburg. Additionally, in the

current construction phase it is being evaluated

if the unit should be further extended

to provide additional production possibilities.

Additional parts of the press remaining after

reassembly will be scrapped when work has

been completed.

The new printing facility in Gothenburg is not

yet built. Construction started this September.

Start of press reassembly is slated for

July 1st, 2009. And, at the beginning of 2010,

V-TAB plans to start newspaper production.

EAE responsibilities for the transport and

reassembly of the press include:

- total project management

- disassembly of all mechanical and electrical

components in Stockholm

- transport (including interim storage) to the

new printing location

- mechanical and electrical reconstruction

Machine parts are transported on low-bed trailers from Stockholm to intermediate storage in Jonköping

including the new configuration

- bringing the system on-line, and initial start

of operation

For the new configuration EAE is supplying:

- retrofit of all aggregates which have not yet

been equipped with EAE technology

- shaftless drive technology

- five new Baltic generation control centers

- two section processors

- one service PC

- two Info detection and protocol systems

- an upgrade of the production planning and

adjustment system Print to the current 3.6

version

- retrofit of the reel stands

- and many other alterations

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man in Stockholm


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Graphics Industry V.I.P. Kiel:

Solution Gaining Acceptance

The EAE solution V.I.P. – Visual Intelligent Plant – is an interdepartmental

order planning system for printing houses. V.I.P. visualizes and plans capacities

and resources of all departments in a printing company in the areas

of prepress, press, and postpress. In future, the German newspaper Kieler

Zeitung will plan print orders with V.I.P.

The individual production steps in the

overall workflow in the printing house

are attuned to one another in an optimal

time sequence and, to the degree possible,

without any gaps in equipment utilization.

V.I.P. permits simulation of production

alternatives. A cost calculation module opens

up the possibility of transparent calculation of

production costs. V.I.P. has now been on the

market for more than five years. The four modules

that make up the solution are now being

used in different configurations in well known

printing houses, including Axel Springer AG

in Essen-Kettwig, Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei

GmbH (RBDG) in Düsseldorf, the Itali -

This complete FERAG mailroom

system consists of (2) lines each

with:

ONE (1) Transport system (TTR)

ONE (1) Back-up transport system

ONE (1) Variodisc system (winding and

unwinding)

ONE (1) Inserting drum system (ETR-M)

ONE (1) Stacking system (2x4 ABL)

an publisher Rizzoli Corriere della Sera (RCS)

in Milan, and El Mundo in Madrid.

News of the continuing success and good reputation

of the EAE solution has now reached

Kiel as well. So the printing house “Kieler

Zeitung GmbH & Co. Offsetdruck KG” also

called on the workflow specialist EAE when it

needed to select a cross-manufacturer management

system for order planning across

the whole of the printing house.

In July 2008, the time had come. The “Kieler

Zeitung,” represented by “Kieler Zeitung Offsetdruck

Verwaltungs-GmbH,” commissioned

EAE to install the V.I.P. solution with the

following modules:

FERAG MAILROOM

our ref: AR6810

Visit us at:

IFRA Expo 2008, Hall 8, Stand 8465,

Amsterdam, 27-30 October 2008

V.I.P. statistic - Reporting linked to Prepress

system wNewsNet from Wobe

Press system Pecom from manroland Postpress

system Müller Martini

V.I.P. dispo - MRP linked to Prepress system

wNewsNet from Wobe Press system Pecom

from manroland Postpress system Müller

Martini Sales system Vi&Va from LH Systems

Publishing planning system from CCI

V.I.P. dispo IDM - Insert distribution module

Postpress system Müller Martini

V.I.P. dispo PERSO -Personnel planning

V.I.P. cost - Pre-calculation/post-calculation

The installation of the modules is supplemented

by a 5-year system and support ag -

reement.

Mr. Fricke, technical manager at “Kieler Zeitung”

commented on the decision to choose

EAE: “Functionally, the V.I.P. solution from

EAE is several years ahead of competing solutions.”

Graphic Web Systems B.V.

Galvaniweg 35

Postbus 322

NL-5480 AH Schijndel

Netherlands

Phone : +31 (0)73 544 02 0

Fax : +31 (0)73 544 03 0

E-mail : info@gws.nl

Website : www.gws.nl


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Making a Good Start in India

Since the Group’s own Sales & Service organization, manroland India, was

established last year, customers on the subcontinent are now paying much

more attention to manroland presses.

Manroland has been an approved

benchmark in India for a long time

now. This especially goes back to

the on-site service of the company. Beneath

sales offices in Chennai and New Delhi, the

German manufacturer has strengthened its

engagement by its new subsidiary company

manroland India that has locations all over

the country. “manroland India is responsible

for distributing the whole manroland product

range”, claims CEO Gerd Finkbeiner.

“Thereby the company is closer to the customer

and can offer competence at first hand.

The ambition is to serve every customer in a

more comprehensive and individual way to

deepen the existing relations and to win new

customers. “

The Indian market became a downright

boom-market over the past years. For more

than ten years the government has been

fighting the illiterate quote – with success.

About 100 million Indians so far have learned

to read and write. The al-phabetization

48 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

rate is up to 56,5 percent today – especially

the printing industry benefits from this development.

Almost every day new newspapers

are published in India what increases the

demand on print products and therewith on

printing presses. The alphabetization helps

to increase the growing rate and opens up

new investment possibilities and markets

for the printing industry.

Close to the market

Sona Printers pvt. Ltd. in New Delhi has

ordered three presses: a five-color

Roland 700 with InlineCoater smart (a

first for India), a five-color Roland 200 also

with InlineCoater smart, and a two-color

Roland 700 convertible perfector. Orient

Press Ltd. in Mumbai will in future be producing

with two six-color Roland 700 presses,

each with a coating module and extended

delivery.

The Indian market with its immense poten-

tial is close to manroland’s heart. Therefore

it’s not surprising that the company today

is in a top position at the Indian newspaper

market. Many of the largest Indian newspaper

publishers have opted for the proven

manroland technology over the past years.

Maintenance

Agreement

The outstanding partnership between

manroland and Times of India, the largest

Indian newspaper, already began

in 1996 with the purchase of two Geoman

presses for printing sites in Mumbai and Delhi.

Thereafter in 2004 Times of India bought

a Colorman and a Regioman press for their

printing facilities in Mumbai and Bangalore.

One of their latest orders consists of three

Colorman, two presses for new printing sites

in Mumbai and one press for an existing

site in Delhi. The latest presses for the new

Mumbai printing site are the first newspaper

installations in India that will be equipped

with Aurosys, the automatic reel handling

system . After recently placing an order

for three more Regioman, Times of India up

till now has eleven presses from manroland.

The T new Regioman will be installed at their

various v printing centers in Pune, Kolkata,

Chennai, C Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. The

relationship r between manroland and Times

of o India is further strengthened after signing

a twelve years Maintenance Agreement for

all a these presses.

Beneath B Times of India, manroland has a

wide w range of important customers throughout

h India. The latest partnership: HT Media

Ltd., L another leading Indian Newspaper, has

ordered o a Regioman for their printing facility

n nMumbai

in 2008. HT Media Ltd. already has

three

Colorman at their Noida plant for prin-

ting

their Delhi edition. The new press will go

on o edition in fall 2009. With a web width of

1,270

millimeters and a maximum speed of

80,000 8 copies per hour the press offers the

best b prerequisites for the customer’s production

d requirements.

The T Indian market with its immense

potential p is close to manroland’s heart.

Thus T manroland has established the

Group’s G own Sales & Service organization,

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manroland India.


Shine at prestigious Competition

The benchmarking competition for

membership of the International

Newspaper Colour Quality Club for the

period 2008 - 2010 attracted a record 198 applications

and the number of countries participating

was also higher than ever before.

Fifty submissions, in the region of a quarter

of the total, were approved by an international

jury of experts to receive this coveted accolade

for quality excellence in colour newspaper

printing.

The competition is sponsored by IFRA, the

Newspaper Association of America (NAA)

and the PANPA (Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers

Association).

The winners included three KBA Cortina

users, the companies being CIE Lausanne

(24 heures), Freiburger Druck (Badische Zeitung)

and Rheinpfalz Verlag und Druckerei

(Die Rheinpfalz).

16 of the top 50 places, (32% of all successful

submissions), went to European, Middle East

and Asian newspaper publishers operating

presses from KBA.

The National-Zeitung und Basler Nachrichten

in Basel, Switzerland, won a place for the

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Coopzeitung. Polish printer Agora Poligrafia

in Tychy won a place for the first time with Metro

and then also gained a place for the fourth

time in succession with Gazeta Wyborcza.

The same title also won Agora‘s Warsaw operation

membership for the third time, while

its Pila plant became a new member with

both Gazeta Wyborcza and Metro.

Awarded membership for the third year running

were Zurich-based Tamedia‘s Tages-Anzeiger,

Singapore Press Holdings‘ The Straits

Times and The Business Times and a regional

German title, the Heilbronner Stimme.

Among the top 50 for the second time were

Singapore Press Holdings‘ Berita Harian and

Lianhe ZaoBao, FAZ-Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zeitung‘s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung,

and a Dutch title, De Stentor, which is

printed by Wegener Nieuwsdruk Gelderland

in Apeldoorn.

German daily the Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zeitung and an Israeli title, Yedioth Ahronoth,

printed by Yedioth Communication Press in

Park Bar-Lev, were among the first-time

members of this international club.

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to invest

In the region of 30 million Swiss

francs has been invested by Swiss

Printers AG in new manroland commercial

web offset presses. With its

three web offset subsidiaries − IRL SA

Renens, Ringier Print Zofingen AG and

Zollikofer AG, St. Gallen − the company

has grown into one of the largest businesses

of the graphic arts industry in

Switzerland. The objective is to maintain

this position and further strengthen

its competitiveness in the national

and international market.

At the Zofingen site, Ringier Print will

use the new Rotoman with “piggyback”

folder. The press is equipped with five

double printing units and produces up

to 16 A4 pages at up to 70,000 copies per

hour. The “piggyback” folder allows folding

for pages A3 to A4 (only even numbers

of multiple copies).

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Increase of capacity for contract printing business

Newbury Weekly News

Group buys new Press

Independent UK publisher and contract printer the Newbury Weekly News

Group has secured an order with Goss International for a new Goss Uniliner

press. The investment will almost double the printing capacity at the

company‘s Newbury headquarters and support its thriving contract printing

business.

The Newbury Weekly News Group prints

30 separate contract titles in addition

to its own publications. As its current

press approached full capacity, the management

team looked to invest. „All our key pro -

duction slots were full,“ said Adrian Martin,

managing director. „We‘ve been contract

printing for 30 years and, since the introduction

of a Goss Universal press in 2005, that

side of the business has expanded three-fold,

so it was a logical step for us to increase our

printing capacity still further.“

The new, double-width Uniliner press, scheduled

to go on production in the summer of

2009, will be configured as two four-high towers,

two reelstands and a 2:3:3 jaw folder.

To use the space available to its maximum

effect, Goss International will install the new

press in Newbury‘s existing press hall and

at 90 degrees to the existing Universal twoaround

press.

„It was never an option to move,“ Martin exp -

lains. „We have an excellent location here at

50 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

Newbury, vital to distribution, so we definitely

wanted to work within our existing facility.

Our relationship with Goss International is

excellent and it has been a rewarding process

working with them to find the best possible

solution to add value and productivity to our

press hall.“

The new Uniliner press will not only boost capacity

for Newbury, but also provide excellent

print quality, high productivity and a myriad

of format capabilities. When fully commissioned,

the new press will provide Newbury

with the flexibility of running the Uniliner

configuration independently, or combining it

with the Universal press to produce full-color

tabloid products of up to 160 pages.

Martin elaborates on the need for press

expansion, „As a local newspaper publis -

her we‘ve realized we‘re very good at three

things: building a solid platform of readers,

selling advertising and, thirdly, printing.

„We‘re very confident in the future of local

newspapers, and believe that people will

still be buying and reading them well into the

future. We‘ve proved that there is a market

for printers of our size, with the attention to

detail we provide and who can meet the high

standards of quality and the personal service

customers require and deserve, so this is the

area of our business we are looking to cultivate.“

Jeremy Willis, chairman of Newbury Weekly

News Group and its owner Blacket Turner

& Co, said the company decided to act now

because it was a natural progression for the

business.

„We purchased the Universal press four years

ago and it‘s effectively running at full capacity

so it‘s time to look at the next step,“ said Willis.

„We have faith in our business and our ca -

pabilities and with an ongoing investment in

technology we can take maximum advantage

from any opportunities that come our way.“

John Chambers, Goss International sales

director for the UK and Ireland comments,

„The configuration that Newbury has selec -

ted provides huge scope for production. The

standalone Uniliner press will produce up

to 64 full-color tabloid pages but when run

in combination with the existing Universal

press that figure increases to 160 pages in

full color. This gives Newbury a lot of options

for their contract work and I think customers

Upgrade from Turkish Newspaper Publisher

Turkey’s largest newspaper publisher,

Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaa -

cilik A.S., has placed a major order

with Goss International to upgrade two

existing Goss HT70 presses at its Dogan

Printing Centre, (DPC), in Istanbul where

it currently operates three of these presses.

The upgrade will involve the transfer

of two four-high towers and one two-high

tower from press 1 into presses 2 and 3 to

enhance the productivity and extend the

life of both presses.

A spokesperson for Dogan Yayin Holding

Group, the parent company, explains the

reasons behind the reconfiguration. “We are

at a stage with our daily titles where we need

to increase colour capacity to fulfill the requirement

for editorial and advertising content.

Our HT70 presses have proved very reliable

and produce excellent colour quality. The

most logical and cost effective solution was

to use the existing units from press number 1

and reconfigure them to fit into presses 2 and

3.” Dogan Printing Centre currently prints

ten daily titles seven days a week from its

17,000m² facility in Istanbul with a combined

daily circulation of 2,250,000 copies.

As part of the upgrade to integrate the exis-

ting units from press 1 into presses 2 and

3, Goss International will also supply new

equipment including four unit-mounted

turner bars, shaftless upgrades to the

existing lower formers and outfeed and

web tension systems to complement those

already in operation. Adjustments will

also be made to improve colour registration

from the existing equipment.

When the upgrade is completed both

presses will consist of five four-high towers

each with six reelstands and the ability

to produce up to 48 broadsheet pages with

40 in full colour.


will be excited to see what‘s on offer in terms

of product formats and time slots.“

Chambers continues, „This will be the first

Uniliner press to be installed in the UK, which

is an important milestone. Since its launch in

1999, over 600 Goss Uniliner units have been

installed in 18 countries around the world.

The proven quality, flexibility and reliability

of the Uniliner press will undoubtedly provide

Newbury with the right tools to support their

expansion plans.“

The Newbury Weekly News Group is owned

by Blacket Turner & Co. Ltd, founded in the

late 1980s as a holding company for various

media interests. The company commemorates

Walter Blacket and Thomas Wheildon

Turner, founders of the Newbury Weekly

News in 1867. Today, Blacket Turner continues

to be owned by the original founding family,

of whom five generations have served in

executive positions within the company.

Newbury Weekly News Group now publishes

many titles, including the flagship and

award-winning newspaper Newbury Weekly

News, weekly free distribution newspaper

The Advertiser, monthly Newbury Business

Today and monthly Out & About magazine,

along with other supplements and special

publications produced throughout the year.

The company also prints more than 30 different

titles for other publishers.

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press. From left: Terry Hillman, group financial director at Newbury Weekly News

Group, Adrian Martin, managing director at Newbury Weekly News Group, John Chambers

Goss International sales director for the UK and Eire, Paul Jordan, production manager at

Newbury Weekly News Group

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Tryck i Norrbotten invests in Press and Mailroom

New Newspaper in 2009

Newspaper printer and publisher Tryck i Norrbotten has ordered a new

footprint shaftless Goss Magnum 4 press to increase its capacity, productivity

and speed. The new press will be used to print a brand new newspaper

from 2009 at its facility in Luleå, in northeast Sweden, and forms part

of an overall improvement project for the company which also includes upgrades

to paper storage, logistics and postpress equipment.

Erik Ranängen, managing director at

Tryck i Norrbotten comments, “we

currently produce between three and

five newspapers per night but from 2009 we

will have a new newspaper title. Because of

the national circulation of the newspapers

within Sweden and the distances over which

they need to be delivered, we have a very

small time window in which to print. The Magnum

4 press will enable us to run at faster

speeds and therefore increase our production

capacity.”

The new Magnum 4 press will run at speeds

up to 45,000 iph and will be equipped with

eight four-high towers and a 1:3:3 jaw folder

with half and quarterfold capability to deliver

up to 64 tabloid pages. The press will expand

the publisher’s existing capacity from 72 pages,

with 48 in color, to 64 full-color pages.

Goss Omnicon level 3 imposition controls and

motorized ink keys will also be included. In

addition Tryck i Norrbotten will gain the ability

to produce three sections in one run – an

improvement on the current two – providing

them with the capability to produce the sports

section in addition to the main newspaper

and TV guide.

According to Ranängen it was Goss Interna -

tionals’ first-class engineering quality that

impressed the team at Tryck i Norrbotten.

“The speed and print quality of the Magnum 4

press also won us over,” he confirmed. “We

Goss International sales director director, Peter

Selby (centre left),and Erik Ranängen (centre

right) Tryck i Norrbotten managing director,

shake hands on the order with, Matti

Lilja (left) and Peter Eriksson.

52 N&M NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES 1/2008

expect to see much less waste and greater

operational efficiencies once the new press

is up and running,” he adds.

Speed was a vital factor in the investment. As

Ranängen notes, “Faster speeds were impe -

rative when selecting the new press to extend

the capacity within our tight production window

to accommodate the new publication.

We hope that the improved efficiencies will

also enhance the company’s market position

and open up new business opportunities, because

we will have the production capacity to

accommodate a

a range of new products.”

Press P size was also a major consideration.

“W We couldn’t select a larger press because

here h simply isn’t space for it. At 45,000 iph

he h single-width Magnum 4 press provides

he h ideal productivity and high quality we re-

quire

in the space we have available,” Ranän -

gen

explains.

Tryck T i Norrbotten was the winner of the 2006

Swedish S 3M award for four-color print, and in

he h top three in 2007, and Ranängen has high

hopes h for next year’s competition. He com-

ments, “Our company is extremely focused

on quality. We currently work to a very high

standard but we think the Goss Magnum 4

press will help us to improve even further –

we have our sights set on winning the competition

once again.”

For the mailroom, the company selected

Idab Wamac as supplier and signed a

contract for the supply of a new modern

system that includes a high speed inserter, a

gripper conveyor, three stacking/packaging

lines including on-line bundle addressing and

a sorting and loading system. Idab Wamac’s

mailroom control and information system for

full control of the process from folder to loading

bay was also part of the deal.

PST 400 from Idab Wamac

A key issue for Tryck i Norrbotten was going

to be the inserting capacity, a minimum of

40,000 cph.

So in order to verify the throughput of the PST

400 inserting system selected, the project

team visited an Idab Wamac mailroom installation

at the Hubei Daily in Wuhan, China,

where they watched four machines in operation.

The project team were won over by the output

of the system and also the flexibility of the

machines ability to cope with thin and slippery

supplements. In addition Tryck i Norrbotten

has a complex bundle production with many

small (key) bundles to handle.

These require stackers with a short cycle

time and a flexible mailroom control system

in order to be able to produce in the most cost

effective way. Idab Wamac were able to satisfactorily

demonstrate this capability with the

TS800 stacker and WNCv5 control system.


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visit by His Royal High-

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Prince of Wales starts up as a Printer

newspaper press a right royal start in life.

The Prince pressed the button for the official

start-up of the high-specification 85,000cph

press line which incorporates four reel-

stands, four 8-couple printing towers and

automatic reel loading and roller setting. He

toured the new £15 million ($29.3m) facility in

the company of NWN Media Chairman Russell

Whitehair and Managing Director David

Faulkner. F

On O his arrival the Prince was photographed

and a thanks to some speedy work in pre-press

and a pressroom was handed, on departure, a

copy c of a special 16pp commemorative supplement

p containing the pictures of his visit.

The T Prince told his audience. „It is an enormous

m pleasure to see the work carried out by

local

and regional newspapers of this kind. I

was w only too pleased to be able to accept the

invitation

to open your new press hall.“

NWN N Media (North Wales Newspapers) is a

family-owned f

company and publishes daily,

weekly w and monthly titles including the threeedition

e Evening Leader circulating in Wrexham,

h Flintshire and Chester and a full-colour

monthly m magazine, North Wales Living.

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new n KBA Commander press line at North

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SEMI-COMMERCIAL

DOOR

The time is long past when a newspaper publisher could survive by

using his press for only a few hours each day and most European printers/publishers

have now gone down the semi-commercial path or are

planning to do so. The options are increasingly varied and the issues

significant – so is the cost. But if a newspaper press is expensive to run,

it’s even more expensive if it’s not running, and the appeal of keeping

the cylinders turning becomes ever greater as market pressures increase.

But moving into the semi-commercial

sector requires much more than

investing in new equipment. It demands

that every job is approached on a

‘commercial basis’, from a quality, cost and

turnaround angle. This means achieving

consistent high quality, short make-readies,

fast throughput and low waste as well

as the ability to print on to a wider range of

stock. It might need changes to staffing levels

and working practices and a press in

operation most of the day will certainly require

a different maintenance programme.

UK newspaper printer Mortons Print Ltd.

in Lincolnshire moved into the semi-com-

Mortons Print Ltd. managing direc

Mortons Print Ltd managing director

Ian Fisher (right) and pressroom

manager Ian Barton

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mercial market over ten years ago when it

installed a Goss Universal press, which was

extended in 2002 with a second dryer and

the addition of Baldwin Impact automatic

blanket cleaning technology. However, the

move had its surprises as Ian Fisher, managing

director of Morton Print, explains.

“At the time we could see an opening in the

market to uplift the quality of the newspaper

titles we were producing by incorporating

a heatset printed cover and so in 1996

we installed a 72-page Goss Universal with

drying facilities on one tower. Everything

went smoothly and we discussed in detail

with our customers the exciting new opportunities.

t Most were very enthusiastic, but

we w had a few long standing customers who

suddenly s starting thinking what they could

do d if they changed the format of their pub-

lications

completely and took them to the

commercial c

web sector! The result was

that

we actually lost some clients comple-

tely

– a scenario we had not considered at

all.” a

Using U all towers

Fortunately, Mortons Print Ltd. soon

won extra work and found a market

niche that has taken it from strength

to

strength. In 2006 it installed a singlewidth

w manroland six-tower Uniset with the

capacity c to print 96-pages in full colour.

Last year the company equipped the Uniset

with a manroland folder and invested in

new Ferag equipment that gave it total flexibility

in the integration of the press, folder

and mailroom.

“A newspaper press represents a huge investment

but its full potential capacity is

often never achieved because of limitations

within the post-press area,” says Ian Fisher.

“At present, if a job does not require all

six towers, then those not used are effectively

wasted for the duration of that work.

We already operated off-line stitching facilities

and had mailroom systems from WRH

Marketing UK, including a Ferag RollSert

inserting unit, plus stacking, conveying and

trimming systems. These have proved to

be highly efficient, enabling the production

of tabloid and quarter fold work incorporating

a wide range of inserts.

“The additional Ferag equipment installed

in 2007 resulted in huge press flexibility,

which enabled us to utilise the majority of

towers for most of the time. For example,

we could print a job requiring four towers,

then quarter fold and stitch it on-line using

the new StreamStitch facility. At the same

time we could produce a completely different

job on the remaining two towers, with

the output from these being handled offline

by the existing equipment. The tower

combinations could be one and five or three

and three, while the stock, run lengths and

finishing could be totally different for each

job.

“For a relatively low cost we created what is

effectively a second comprehensive mailroom

facility without having to duplicate the

equipment we already have, and we achieved

this within the present factory space.

The versatility of the existing RollSert system

means it can be used for either on-line

or off-line inserting, while the significantly

higher throughput, which can be achieved

with on-line inserting, stitching and trimming,

enables us to handle longer print

runs more efficiently and take us into new


markets. It’s a very exciting venture.”

Colin Marlow is sales director at WRH Marketing

UK. “I think Mortons Print Ltd. is a

good example of how a newspaper printer

can move into the semi-commercial sector

by investing in post press facilities,” he

says. “It really depends upon the type of

contract work the printer hopes to win. We

are experiencing interest from newspapers

looking to add value via this route, whether

this is stitching sections or adding memo

notes. With contract work often sent direct

to the customer, rather than a newsagent,

we have also seen a rise in sales of equipment

that enables a better presentation of

bundles.”

Mortons Print Ltd. uses its coldset Uniset

virtually entirely for contract printing, producing

more than 200 newspapers and lifestyle

publications for customers throughout

the UK. The company also publishes

around 20 titles, many of them for niche

markets.

Process automation

The manroland Uniset is equipped

with Baldwin’s automatic brush cleaning

technology and Baldwin has

been working closely in recent years with

printers and newspaper publishers moving

into the semi-commercial market.

With a comprehensive global network and

a unique range of process automation systems

for web offset presses, Baldwin is in

an ideal position to see trends in the market

around the world. The group’s Centre of

Competence for newspaper press ancillary

The manroland Uniset press in use at Mortons of Horncastle

Horncastle.

and controls is Baldwin Jimek in Sweden.

“Some newspaper presses have needed a

significant amount of investment to enable

them to print semi-commercial jobs cost

effectively, and have required the installation

of a range of equipment such as automatic

blanket cleaning, spray dampening,

gluing, web cleaners and web catchers,”

says Peter Hultberg, managing director at

Baldwin Jimek.

“Many publishers have had to invest in

completely new press capacity but even

new presses need to be fitted with process

automation systems. There is no one system

that suits every situation. For example,

depending upon the printer, press and

type of work, the most suitable automatic

blanket cleaning technology may be either

a brush or a cloth system. Baldwin offers

the latter with a choice of cloth that is impregnated

with a cleaning agent or a dry material

with a separate liquid applied at the

point of cleaning.

“The development of entry-level automatic

blanket cleaning technologies that also

provide excellent results has opened this

option to a wider audience. Systems that

remove dirt and debris from the web prior

to it entering the first printing unit are becoming

increasingly popular, particularly

as handling semi-commercial work involves

a greater stock range. Some printers

with web cleaning facilities are able to print

millions of impressions without stopping to

clean blankets. The benefits are even greater

when web and blanket cleaning systems

operate on the same press to maximize the

amount of printed copies without any dete-

Baldwin‘s Constant C technology ensures

that the nozzles on its spray dampening

systems remain unblocked.

rioration of quality and at the same time to

minimize the turnaround time between two

jobs.”

Spray dampening facilities might already

be fitted to an existing press, but they may

have to be updated to handle the varying

web widths encountered with semi commercial

work. Some spray dampening systems

have a very simple but effective shutter

device that allows the width of spray

being applied to the plate to be altered manually

or automatically.

“All spray dampening systems are bombarded

during the run by dirt, ink and paper

fibres, which inevitably leads to blocked

nozzles, poor print quality and lost production,”

says Peter Hultberg. “It has been an

inherent industry problem with all such

systems. However, Baldwin has overcome

the issue of blocked nozzles with its ‘Constant

C’ technology, which is supplied as

standard on LithoSpray Maxima and can be

supplied as an option or retrofitted to Litho-

Spray World and Optima spray dampening

equipment.”

Baldwin has also seen a rise in interest for

web w catching systems from newspaper

printers p equipping their presses with dry-

ing

capabilities. The potential downtime

caused c by damage to press components

because b of web breaks has become too

great g a burden to risk for many publishers,

whether w they are operating in the newspaper

p or semi-commercial sectors. There are

other o issues to consider. Not many newspapers

p require in-line gluing facilities, but

they

may need to invest in this technology

when w handling semi-commercial orders.

Upgrade U or new?

Even those publishers remaining

firmly in the newspaper arena are

investing in the types of systems that

enable e them to obtain higher productivity

from

their presses, with greater cost efficiency

c and less impact on the environment

- another issue that needs to be addressed

when w considering new technology and new

markets. m

“Unless “ you’re going to buy a new press, the

options o for a traditional newspaper printer

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The Baldwin Jetstream system removes

dust and debris from the paper web before

it enters the first printing tower

moving into the semi-commercial market

are to upgrade an existing press line with

either drying or UV curing facilities on one

or more towers,” says Andy Latham, national

sales manager at manroland in the UK.

“Each has their own issues. Converting a

tower to print UV inks is starting to take off

in Europe and will probably become more

popular in the future.

“UV inks are currently three to four times

more expensive than conventional inks but

the cost of installing and running UV curing

facilities is less than that of a gas drying

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oven. o Changing the converted tower between

w UV and conventional printing generally

r takes around an hour and for this reason

a a tower with a UV curing system tends

to

be dedicated to printing UV inks.

“A “ UV unit requires less space than a gas

drying d oven, which normally needs about

four

metres of height above the top of the

tower

and will be around 13 metres in

le ength. There are many other points to

consider. c For example, if a printer takes the

UV U route then he will have to eliminate any

daylight d reaching the tower and fit specially

filtered fi glass, while a gas oven will require

after a burners to dispose of the hot air correctly

r and chilling facilities before the next

tower,” says Andy Latham.

Upgrading a tower is about half the cost of

buying a new one and hybrid towers that

allow high quality printing of 60 gsm LWC

stock are becoming increasingly common

throughout Europe. A four-high tower on

a double width press such as the Colorman

would enable a 32-page tabloid section to

be printed on LWC paper as part of the normal

production of the newspaper.

Blurring boundaries

John Chambers is sales director for

Goss International in the UK and Ireland.

“There is no doubt that the traditional

boundaries between newspaper

printers and the commercial web offset

sector are blurring,” he says. “Developments

in the technologies surrounding

newspaper production allow the conventional

newspaper printer to install equipment

within their factory that enables the

production of semi-commercial work.

“At the same time the financial pressure to

keep presses running is greater than ever.

This has made many regional and national

newspaper groups look at ways of generating

additional revenues by bringing supplements

and other similar work in-house

that had previously gone out to the trade.

This has obviously hurt the commercial

web offset sector, which has seen some

major print contracts disappear in recent

years. The trend is likely to continue for the

foreseeable future, since the utilisation of

newspaper presses is traditionally quite

low compared to commercial presses.

“With advertising revenues down virtually

everywhere and advertisers increasingly

being targeted by other media such as

the Internet, newspaper printers have to

find ways to fight back. One answer is to

improve the overall quality or appearance

of their products. Printers with coldest

presses have limited opportunities for improving

the quality or appearance of their

publications and are often restricted to

changing format/size and/or incorporating

stitching facilities. This will not overcome

The Ferag equipment at Mortons of Horncastle

has transformed the way the newspaper

handles semi-commercial work


the print quality issues that are inherent

with a coldset press, however, it can often

be an effective way of improving the overall

appearance of the final product,” says John

Chambers. “A growing number of newspaper

printers are showing an increased interest

in heatset printing. Typically, two towers

installed with heatset capability on a

double width press can provide the capacity

to produce an 80-page supplement in full

colour at a much improved quality than is

possible with coldset. This application has

the potential to attract advertisers across a

range of sectors including property, motoring

and travel.

PRINT

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flexibility and top quality

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ith the introduction of our new and advanced high-speed inserter the NewsStar,

odel A 1055, we are ready and able to meet the toughest and most efficiencyequiring

inserting demands in the market. At this year’s Ifra Expo, we will proudly

resent our high-speed inserter at work in the production environment of

eitungsverlag Schwerin GmbH & Co. KG (ZVS). The NewsStar A 1055 inserter

s equipped with a new and advanced high-speed feeder system, the improved

onstruction of which will also be demonstrated at Ifra Expo 2008.

his year’s Ifra Expo Schur Packaging Systems launches a complete solution for

ystematic handling of returned products. The Return Product System (RPS) has

throughput of up to 20,000 copies per hour. It allows publishers to automatically

rocess the mix of unsold products and can be used to track all kinds of products,

egardless of size, format, weight or quantity.

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“Goss has developed a number of unique

technologies that enables the printer to

change from coldset to heatset and back

again with the minimum press downtime

and waste. At Goss we are certainly seeing

more enquires from newspaper printers

who are keen to upgrade their coldset presses

with heatset facilities.

In an increasingly competitive environment,

where print will be subject to ever more

pressure from new media, it is essential

that the printers of tomorrow are equipped

to deal with the growing demands being

placed on them both from advertisers and

customers.”

Come and meet us at this year‘s Ifra Expo, stand 8340 in Hall 8!

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POSTPRESS

Müller Martini Mailroom makes it possible

Personalized Newspapers p p

at Denmark‘s Fynske Medier

In Denmark people still read newspapers, regardless of economic or social

background. The high demand created by a loyal readership in the

southernmost Scandinavian country is met by multiple daily newspapers

and a multitude of free papers. This makes the Danish newspaper market

one of the most exciting in the world. Newspaper&Magazines visited Fynske

Medier in Odense one of Denmark’s most innovative publishers.

With

W

only 5.5 million inhabitants Den-

mark has four national newspapers

Wto Wsubscribe

which 50% of Danish households

to daily. Add to this multiple regional

newspapers and the result is an extremely

high level of competition in the Danish

newspaper market.

In the face of this competition, of what importance

is a daily newspaper and what role

can it play? Fynske Medier is convinced that

regional reporting must be in the forefront.

“Worldwide headlines are read immediately

in the Internet and electronic media” says

Jerk Hammelswang production manager at

FM. “However, the details of the soccer game

here on our island, or the comments of a local

politician are read in the local daily. That is

why for Fynske Medier media diversification

is of critical importance.

Fynske Medier was created in 2006 by the

merger of Fynske Stiftsidende, the Odense

The Newsliner at Fynse Medier has recently been brought on-line

58 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

daily with a circulation of 60,000 and Svendborg

Avis with a circulation of 20,000. In addition,

to their main daily, the publishing

conglomerate produces Fyns Amts Avis, the

free paper X-TRA, as well as twelve other free

weekly papers. The company is managed

by the editors, and production is run by Jerk

Hammelswang. In a company driven by a clever

cross media offering ranging from daily

newspaper, to weekly newspaper, to radio,

to Internet offerings, and even up to news ticker

at the Odense train station, the role and

responsibilities of a journalist have changed

dramatically. Decisions where to place what

where, when and why, are made on an individual

basis. This requires a high level of flexibility

– flexibility apparent in FM’s innovative

print media appearance.

Fynske Medier is a perfect example of value

added printing. Through the convergence of

all relevant print media power is bundled and

Jerk Hammelswang, Fynske Medier’s inno

Jerk Hammelswang Fynske Medier’s innovative

production manager

released. Main products and pre-products

are printed on the press that can achieve

the best ROI. Particularly impressive is the

throughput on a relatively small KBA Color

with three towers. “Since installation in 2002

this press has run 18.400 hours” calculates

Jerk Hammelswang. “This is 40% capacity

– an excellent result for a newspaper press

useable for both cold-set and heat-set products.”

Not only in press but also in pre-press

high demands are placed on throughput.

Since installation in April 2005, two LS 300

have produced over one million plates. At

365/7/24 3 production, that is over 30 plates

per p hour or 60.000 square meters per year!

Return R on investment has been reached

quickly q on recent administrative and techni-

cal

changes. In business since 1771, Fynske

Stiftsidende S booked the best results in the

history h of the company in 2007.

“TThe

individualization of the daily newspaper

will w keep pushing the envelope” says Hammelswang

m as he looks to the future. “Theore-

ti ically we could already produce a newspaper

with w a circulation of one; but it makes little

business b sense.” What makes sense, howe-

ver,

is the highly developed zoning at Fynske

Medier. M “Insert production has trebled in the

la ast two years. Our advertising customers are

willing w to pay more for advertising in exclusi-

ve

supplements printed on special paper.”

All A of these requirements – the handling of

la arge amounts of printed paper, innovative

differentiation, d

and the coverage of small regional

g markets – place enormous demands

on distribution and delivery. Handling these


Heavy H Duty D t Performance: P f TTwo KKrause LS 300 have h already l d produced d d over one million illi plates l t

demands requires a flexible and powerful

mailroom.

High Demands on the

Mailroom

To meet their needs, Fynske Medier recently

put a Müller Martini mailroom

with NewsStich and NewsTrim III into

operation. On the KBA Color is a NewsLine-A

Line with integrated stapler and NewStich

as well as a NewsTrim III cutter. Due to the

variety of the semi commercial products produced,

Müller Martini is the only provider that

Fynske Medier can imagine meeting their

needs.

At the inserter with five automatic in-feed

stations for preprint supplements, two central

specifications of FM’s semi commercial

production are met:

1) Tabloid products with gloss cover and removed

pinholes: The publisher produces

a product with gloss cover and stitched in

pre-product without visible pinoles. With the

Müller Martini system, the inserter is fed

manually with four page gloss covers via the

main inserter station with five roll buffers.

The pre-product is printed with a backfold on

The Th possible ibl variations i ti at t Fynske F k MMedier di

which the pinholes of the folder are visible. In

order to allow the products with backfold to

be inserted first; they are flipped, then inserted,

opened, and stitched with the cover. At

the NewsTrim III the backfold with the pinho-

Pre-product P

is stitched in a gloss cover and

pinholes p are trimmed. Additional pre-pro-

ducts

are then added

POSTPRESS

es e is then trimmed. This highly sophisticated

solution

allows for maximum format size and

minimum m paper loss.

2)

Stitched Semi-commercials with additi-

onal

inline inserted supplements: The new

system

can stitch a main product with up to

twwo

interleaved pre-products. At the next in-

sertion

station the bound product can then be

complemented

with up to four additional pro-

ducts.

“This allows us to produce newspaper

sections

as “specials”, that are recognized

by b readers as supplements and not editorial

sections

of the paper” explains Hammelswang.

w

Fan F Trimmer NewsTrimm III

in

double production mode

Freshly F printed products are buffered to the

FlexiRoll F units, split across both insertion

stations and sent to the NewLiner-A. The tabloid

sent via the main product insertion station

remains closed in the jacket. The second

tabloid sent via the pre-product insertion station

is inserted in front of the first product in

the jacket. Per stitch two products leave the

inserter and are passed off to the NewsTrim

III where they are trimmed. Trimmed product

is then stacked and palleted or can be rolled

up as a preprint.

The move to full automation at Fynske Medier

will, however, not result in a reduction of

manpower.

“WWe

are only striving to reduce error quota

and

thereby raise the quality of the newspa-

per.

Given the large number of supplements

we w produce it is no longer possible to control

f every supplement is really in each news-

paper.

Automatic systems reduce double or

missing m insertion.”

Jerk

Hammelswang thinks far in the future:

“ In addition to newspaper content we need

o keep the big picture regarding newspaper

development

in our screen of vision. In the fuure

u formats are going to be compacter, alt-

hough

broadsheets, due to the variety of sup-

plements, p naturally have an advantage over

tabloids. However, newspapers will have a

smaller format in five years and will probably

be free of charge at the newsstand and the

supermarket. Only subscribers will pay a

small fee for the convenience of delivery!”

1/2008 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 59


POSTPRESS

Flexibility of Ferag Technology wins Friends

Originally founded in 1946, the Berliner Zeitungsdruck printing house is

a full-service provider in the newspaper production industry. In 1996 it

commissioned a move to new premises within Berlin and now each year,

processes some 300 million newspapers and approximately 280 million

inserted products and supplements. N&M has been on site.

All

A

this is processed on four presses and

Ain the mailroom by around 140 emplo-

Aweekly

yees with a product range of daily and

newspapers, customer and corporate

newspapers, advertising freesheets as

well as newspaper-like brochures and supplements.

Also included are two daily newspapers

Berliner Zeitung and Berliner Kurier,

as well as a part edition of the Financial

Times Deutschland, plus three advertising

freesheets and a consumer magazine.

“The mailroom concept is configured for

maximum flexibility and production security.

That way, we are able to cope with the normal

demands of newspaper production, which

change with the circumstances“, says Operations

Manager Steffen Helmschrott. Three

DiscPool buffers serve as storage for the

newspapers as well as distributing them to

the next processing steps. The main product

and preprints are processed on three MSD-C

inserting lines - one of the lines can handle up

to nine inserts, while two further lines operate

with seven hoppers apiece. Ten compensating

stackers create the bundles required,

with topsheet printers adding dispatch information

to each of them. A carousel ensures

route-matched allocation of the bundles to

the loading docks. “When everything is running

well”, says Helmschrott, “60,000 packed

newspapers are on the trucks just five hours

after the data comes in.“

Prior to the installation of the new Ferag

mailroom line, the Berliner Druckhaus ran

production on a line dating from 1989. The

decision was made in favor of state-of-theart

technology from Ferag not only because

the system was due for replacement, but also

because modern components were needed

60 N&M NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES 1/2008

for the growing supplement volumes. “We’ve

made a leap of two generations with this new

mailroom technology“, says Helmschrott. In

the end, increased zoning was an important

aspect of the decision-making process. “50

to 60 supplement combinations are normal –

less in the case of the daily newspapers, which

run relatively smoothly through the system,

News from around the World

Aktietrykkeriet

A

a.s., Fetsund, a Norwe-

gian web offset printer, will be doub-

ling its production capacity with a new

AFerag UniDrum gathering-stitching line and

high performance trimming drum SNT-35.

The equipment will be used on publications

that include weekly magazines destined for

the country’s biggest daily newspapers with

circulations between 250,000 and 300,000

copies and 100+ page-counts.

And over in India ---

As part of the “Eastern Metropolitan

ABypass” project, publishing group

AAnanda Ais

Bazar Publishers (ABP Ltd)

constructing a new printing centre outside

Calcutta. The customer has contracted

Ferag to supply and install all the mailroom

technology and will be the first Indian user of

the new MemoFlag advertising format.

ABP Ltd has seven printing centres and is already

operating with Ferag technology at its

existing Calcutta facility. The contract is for

four UTR universal conveyors and eight MultiStack

compensating stackers, each with a

SmartStrap S cross strapping machine.

To T Croatia---

Tiskara Zagreb, one of Croatia‘s biggest

newspaper printing houses, has inve-

Tb

sted recently in a Ferag inserting and

bundling line. The equipment is made up of

a RollSertDrum RSD-C inserting system, a

RollStream R ROS pre-collating system with

four f JEF JetFeeders and a main-product

offline o hopper as well as a MultiStack MTS

bundling b unit with a KPZ-40 underwrapper

feeder f and strapping machine.

Amongst A others, eleven regional issues of

and more with advertising freesheets.“ That

ranges from simple supplements through

brochures and flyers to inserted CDs.

Helmschrott is pleased with the flexibility

of Ferag technology with the JetFeeder and

RollStream. “Ferag is simply out in front in

this respect“, he maintains. Thanks to the

modular construction, it is possible to compensate

for any fluctuations in the market.

“You have to have a fast response time. So

when we were still in the development phase,

we placed orders for more hoppers - but at

the same time, kept production going. Our

goal was to ensure that customers noticed

nothing during the changeover“.

the daily newspaper Vecernji list, totalling approximately

120,000 copies, are produced on

a MAN Uniset. The new RollSertDrum inserting

system replaces an older ETR-M. When

combined with the RollStream and fed via the

JetFeeder JEF-type hopper, up to four supplements

– from a single sheet to a 128-page

tabloid product – can now be processed at a

higher online insertion speed. In addition,

daily pre-production, whose lead time is only

half an hour compared with main production,

can be continuously fed. Supplements and

preprints can be inserted in the main product

offline via another hopper.

The second folding delivery will continue to be

supplied from the existing line with an ETR-C

inserting system.

And finally Germany---

Nordost-Druck GmbH & Co.KG in Neubrandenburg,

Germany, a subsidiary

of Kurierverlag, has completed a significant

update on its Ferag mailroom system.

The company publishes the Nordkurier, the

biggest regional newspaper in Mecklenburg-

Vorpommern. Total circulation is around

100,000 copies, with the 13 local editions

ranging between 4000 and 23,000 copies

each. In addition to the daily newspaper,

the Anzeigenkurier freesheet also appears

throughout the region. The local areas are

not exactly blessed with a burgeoning population

and new industries so CEO Lothar

Prehn is only too aware how this effects the

daily business of a newspaper. “We are trying

to get the technology to at least partially

absorb the results of the drop in advertising

and subscribers in recent years – meaning an

increase in production efficiency.”


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POSTPRESS

Thousands of Bundles of Newspaper

Specific Mailroom Solution

Just 15 months after it was opened, The Hindu in the South Indian seaport

Chennai is expanding its operations including its Muller Martini mail room

system. To the existing NewsGrip A newspaper conveyors with four News-

Stack stackers, another NewsGrip A line with two NewsStack stackers are

to be added for the new press to be installed in summer of 2008

It is slightly more than a year since The

Hindu moved newspaper production

from the city center to the industrial site

outside Chennai (formerly Madras). In the

new production location, which was erected

on a green field site, the newspaper manufacturers

put four NewsGrip A newspaper

conveyors and four NewsStack stackers into

operation alongside two Mitsubishi printing

presses each producing 80,000 copies per

hour.

They are controlled by the flexible Muller

Martini MPC Mailroom Production Control

system.

Positive Experiences

This was new territory in Chennai for

The Hindu. In the old production facility,

the company used a mail room system

from another manufacturer. However, at the

plant in Hyderabad, The Hindu has been using

the latest technology from Muller Martini for

its production since March 2005.

62 N&M NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES 1/2008

The positive experience gained in Hyderabad

was, according to the Deputy General Manager,

V. Harikrishnan, key in the decision to

invest in a Muller Martini solution in Chennai

too. “The NewsGrip A pick up stations and the

conveyors are running perfectly, hardly ever

dropping a copy. The NewsStacks are not only

remarkable for their high level of flexibility,

but they are also very fast and produce excellent

quality bundles. We have also had only

good experiences with the service provided

by Muller Martini India.”

Because the inserts have increased by 30

percent since the new production facility was

put into operation over a year ago, and newspaper

circulations are steadily rising, The

Hindu is upgrading its production facilities at

Chennai with a third Mitsubishi press and two

more NewsGrip A and NewsStack lines.

Both the newspapers and the inserts are sent

in bundles to several distribution centers

where the newspaper hawkers integrate the

inserts manually. “India is still a direct printing

country,” says V. Harihareswaran.

From left: General Manager V. Harikrishnan, Senior Manager M. Radhakrishnan, Deputy

General Manager V. Harihareswaran, P.R. Lakshminarayanan (Managing Director, Muller

Martini India) and S. Parthiban (Assistant Sales Manager, Muller Martini India) in front of a

NewsStack stacker at The Hindu in Chenna..

MPC: a Valuable Service

So that the thousands of bundles arrive

at the right destination at the correct

time every day, they are addressed with

TABA top sheet application (in some cases in

barcode form). This is one of the key valueadded

benefits of the new mailroom. According

to V. Harihareswaran, the second is the

MPC Mailroom Production Control system

from Muller Martini. “It renders a valuable

service, allocating the right number of products

to each bundle and delivering them to

the right place at the right time.”

Labeling System

The mailroom solution in Chennai has

another distinguishing feature: The

Hindu has installed the new labeling

system from Muller Martini. This can stick

labels in a wide range of sizes on newspapers

with minimum effort, simply and reliably.

The labeling system can be connected

to any newspaper conveyor in the mailroom,

is quickly ready for operation and reliably

dispenses up to 90,000 labels per hour from

a carrier belt onto main or pre-printed sections.

“We don’t use this system all that often

as yet,” says M. Radhakrishnan. “We regard it

primarily as an investment in the future.”

Two Special Solutions

Whilst the two newspapers

W“The Hindu” and “Business

WLine” Ware

and the supplements

fed directly from the press to the

NewsStack stacking systems, the

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For this purpose, Muller Martini

provided two special constructions in

the newspaper conveyor system in the

mailroom in Chennai.

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MATERIAL

Paper producer news

Sappi strengthens Position

in Europe and the World

An agreement to acquire the coated graphic paper business of M-real for

Euro 750 million ($1.1 billion; R8.9 billion), subject to a purchase price adjustment

for net debt and working capital, has been announced by Sappi

Ltd, a leading producer of coated fine paper and chemical cellulose.

The deal includes the acquisition of Mreal’s

coated graphic paper business

(other than in respect of M-real’s South

African business), as well as four coated graphic

paper mills – Kirkniemi and Kangas in

Finland, Stockstadt in Germany and Biberist

in Switzerland with a total capacity of 1.9 million

tons. As part of the transaction, M-real

and Sappi have also entered into a long-term

agreement on the supply of pulp and BCTMP

and other smaller services and supplies.

Remaining in M-real’s ownership and to continue

as contract producers for Sappi under

supply agreements are the Husum PM8 Mill

in Sweden and the Äänekoski PM2 Mill in Finland.

The transaction also includes long term

supply agreements for wood, pulp and other

services. The acquisition will be financed

through a combination of equity, assumed

debt, the cash proceeds from a rights offering

and a vendor note.

M-real plans to discontinue the production

of standard coated fine paper in the Hallein

and Gohrsmühle mills. As a result of this

plan, the coated fine paper capacity in Europe

is expected to be reduced by approximately

0.6 million tons. M-real continues to investigate

various options for the development of

the Hallein mill with selected partners. The

company’s intention is to develop Gohrsmühle

and Reflex mills together as the speciality

paper unit as well as to extend uncoated fine

paper production in Gohrsmühle.

„We have taken a major step in our strategic

Charterhouse

expands in Europe

Leading independent print management

company Charterhouse is to

broaden its European operation with

a new office in Zurich, Switzerland.

The expansion follows the company‘s

recent contract win with Renault Switzerland.

64 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

review, and we are very satisfied to announce

this deal. The transaction will significantly

improve M-real‘s future prospects and is the

first major step in the European paper industry

consolidation in the 21st century. The

operating environment of the industry will

improve which will be beneficial also for Mreal

as a future shareholder in Sappi,“ comments

Kari Jordan, Chairman of the M-real

Board of Directors.

Commenting on the deal Ralph Boëttger,

CEO of Sappi said. “This acquisition will significantly

strengthen our market position

in Europe and on a global basis by the combination

of our two brands. The transaction

is in line with our stated intention to improve

profitability and returns, and to seek out opportunities

that will add value to and grow

Sappi’s business.“

The international paper group Myllykoski,

with manufacturing in

Finland, Germany, Switzerland

and the United States will centralize

all responsibilities into one organization.

The aim of this change is to enhance

the attention on profitability, to increase

each mill‘s commercial responsibility

and to continue to improve customer

service.

The company operates nine paper mills

with a total annual capacity of 3 million

tons and employs 3,300 people. All European

mills are certified with the environmental

management System ISO

14000.

The mills will be organized into two divisions,

Coated Papers - and Uncoated

“We anticipate that the acquisition will increase

profitability, resulting in better returns

and improved cash flows for the group. We expect

that these benefits will in part be achieved

due to expected annual synergies coming

from the maximizing of capacity utilization

and distribution, the integration of sales and

administration, and the rationalization of manufacturing

across the Sappi group.”

“This transaction provides significant momentum

to the execution of Sappi’s stated

strategy to become the most profitable company

in the pulp, paper and chemical cellulose

sectors in which it operates.”

“I am also pleased to be able to report that

Allan Gray Ltd and RMB Asset Managers,

who in aggregate, manage approximately

34% of Sappi’s shareholding, have agreed to

support the Acquisition.”

The sale is expected to be completed latest

during the first quarter of 2009 subject to

approvals by the Sappi‘s extraordinary shareholders‘

meeting and the competition authorities

and the implementation of Sappi‘s

planned rights offering.

Myllykoski centralizes

its European Business

Papers, and each mill will have a full

business responsibility. Myllykoski

North America will continue as today.

MD Albbruck, MD Plattling and Myllykoski

Paper will form the Coated Papers

division, while Lang Papier, Utzenstorf

Papier and the alliance partner Rhein

Papier as well as Plattling Papier will

operate in the Uncoated Papers division.

“Our communication lines will be short

and efficient and our decision making

as quick as possible. Our environment

is challenging and we want to further

improve our speed in serving our customers‘

needs, continuously aiming to be

the premier publication paper brand“,

says Sverre Norrgård, President & CEO.


Asian Papers bucking

downward global Trend

Across Asia, rising newspaper sales are bucking the trend of

Adipping circulations in Europe and the US. China is now the

Aworld’s Aevery

largest newspaper market with 107mn copies sold

day, while India shifts 99mn. Investors are jumping on the bandwagon

by acquiring titles or launching new ones.

Mint, for example, is an Indian business daily launched by the Hindustan

Times group and the Wall Street Journal. It now has a daily

circulation of 120,000 and is on course to break even. Editor Raju Narisetti,

formerly of the Wall Street Journal, is optimistic the conditions

are ripe to keep the newspaper market buoyant across Asia, and in

particular India, for at least another decade, in stark contrast to the

gloom besetting “dead tree” media further afield.

“Internet penetration is very, very low in India,” says Narisetti. “It will

change, but it’s not happening yet. As a result it will be 10 to 15 years

before some of the problems of newspapers in the West are dealing

with come to India.”

The Indian market’s growth has led to a feeding frenzy for media

companies that could end with blood on the carpet. “There’s a ‘gold

rush’ of sorts,” says Narisetti. “Some will flame out in disaster and

some will be successful.”

Indonesia’s market is nowhere near as crowded. But it has some

of the same economic and social pluses as India, prompting businessman

James Riyandi to bankroll the Jakarta Globe, a new daily

newspaper. He believes the paper can exploit the market dramatically

better than the Jakarta Post, currently selling 30,000 to 35,000

copies per day.

In Cambodia, where a racing economy hit 9.6% growth last year, Australian

investors have bought out Michael Hayes, founder of the English-language

Phnom Penh Post, who remains editor-in-chief. The

Post, which will compete against the non-profit Cambodia Daily and

the recently launched Mekong Times, has a circulation of just 3,000

as a fortnightly, though it’s hoped going daily will boost that tally.

Indonesia’s market is nowhere near as crowded. But it has some

of the same economic and social pluses as India, prompting businessman

James Riyandi to bankroll the Jakarta Globe, a new daily

newspaper. He believes the paper can exploit the market dramatically

better than the Jakarta Post, currently selling 30,000 to 35,000

copies per day.

In Cambodia, where a racing economy hit 9.6% growth last year, Australian

investors have bought out Michael Hayes, founder of the English-language

Phnom Penh Post, who remains editor-in-chief. The

Post, which will compete against the non-profit Cambodia Daily and

the recently launched Mekong Times, has a circulation of just 3,000

as a fortnightly, though it’s hoped going daily will boost that tally.

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MATERIAL

The Printers Torment

What causes Ink Misting?

Before we determine the causes of Ink Misting, a bit of clarification is necessary.

Misting is a term often wrongly applied to ANY material ejected from

the press. It is not. The term ink misting should only be applied to the small

particles or droplets of ink which have been ejected from the inking train.

Such airborne material remains suspended

for some time and thus may

travel a considerable distance and be

deposited some distance from the press. The

ink mist particles are typically less than 15 to

20 microns and are barely discernible to the

eye. Larger particles that are ejected and

settle in the immediate vicinity of the press

are referred to as sling.

This article will investigate the factors and reasons

for ink misting and describe the impact

they have on overall misting. The factors we

will review are the following:

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How do those little droplets of ink occur?

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ink is transferred from one roller to the next.

As this ink film exits the nip, the film of ink is

split or pulled apart. As this splitting is occur-

ring the ink forms filaments or strands. These

filaments elongate to the point where they

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may not break exactly in half. The filaments

may split in several spots, which will form

small droplets which can become airborne.

It is these small airborne droplets which will

deposit on the press guards or pressroom

floor and build up to what we call ink misting.

Ink Formulation

The ink formulation can have a major impact

on the level of mist. A formulator

will first look at the major components

which are chemistry, body or rheology, and

ink tack. Generally speaking, the higher the

ink tack and viscosity, the lower the ink misting

characteristics will be. These properties

are determined by the requirements for the

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inking systems that require the ink to

be fluid or level out in the fountain will require

longer flow inks. These types of formulations

will mist more.

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coldset market, we are printing on newsprint,

so inks with higher tacks may have a greater

tendency to pick or pull fibers. Therefore,

a well rounded ink suited to the pressroom

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ink formulation, we have seen many instances

where the level of mist will vary from

pressroom to pressroom with similar ink and

press conditions. The rest of this article will

study the impact of the variables that can be

found in the pressroom.

Press Speed

As we have discussed, the mist is created

as the ink film splits. So it stands

to reason, that as the press speed in-

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of the rollers increases and thus the number

of ink splits. The more times the ink splits the

greater the mist creation.

The images show the impact, under controlled

conditions, of the level of misting that

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then will yield more misting at similar press

speeds.

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is that with smaller rollers the exit nip

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roller splitting differences between a 3.5 inch

and a 5.5 inch set of rollers. One can clearly

see that the angle exiting the nip of the smaller

rollers is greater than the larger rollers.

Temperature

Temperature has long been known as

having a great impact on printing conditions.

Some of the new high speed

presses being sold today are being equipped

with water cooling to try and maintain a lower

roller train temperature.

As you can see from the previous images, as

the temperature is increased the level of misting

over the same period of time is dramatically

increased.

So the proper control of the ink train is critical

to controlling the misting level in the pressroom.

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Ink Film Thickness

The level or thickness of an ink film is

another critical area to control when

looking at misting in the pressroom.

Generally as you carry a thicker ink film on

the roller train, the level of mist generated

will be greater.

There are two factors to look at when controlling

the ink film thickness on press:

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The use of a densitometer is an important

factor to controlling the level of ink on the

printed sheet. In the chart below you can

see that as you raise the density from 1.0 to

1.3, this would correspond to a 30% change

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ink film would be required to achieve this on

press. This is because density is a logarithmic

function.

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The material in an ink that will give you the op-

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tical properties on paper is the pigment used

in the ink formation. So the level of pigment

within a given ink formulation will directly

impact the ink film thickness required on the

roller train to achieve standard densities.

So from the above images, one can clearly see

that the level of misting is greatly influenced

by the ink film carried on the rollers.

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Roller Settings

The setting of rollers on press is critical to

how the ink transfers up the roller train.

The key items to control here are:

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earlier how this will impact the level

of misting created on press.

Summary

What we have described here are the

many factors that can influence

misting in the pressroom. There is

not an ink or press that does not create ink

mist. If one wants to control misting, all of

these items must be properly controlled.

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Get the Big Picture

IFRA 2008 in Amsterdam

Newspaper publishing houses today generally, and accurately, see themselves

as media houses that work with print and online, including digital

services up to web TV and mobile publishing. Accordingly, editorial departments

are being organised as “newsrooms” around the “newsdesk” and

advertising departments reoriented.

As a consequence of this development,

there are also new demands being

made on modern technical publishing

systems that are used by media houses to

process and transport their contents via the

various publishing channels to the readers

and media consumers. IFRA Expo alone

can comprehensively cover this topic that is

currently of such great interest to publishing

houses, as well as web TV and editorial systems.

Experts in the technical prepress areas of the

publishing and media houses are at present

focusing their interest on special topics such

as “ink saving”, therefore a greater application

of GCR (Grey Component Replacement),

as well as the possibilities of automatic

image reproduction and optimisation based

on metadata for all publishing channels. The

objective in both cases is to achieve a greater

standardisation and automation of the work

processes. Once again, here also it is the

IFRA Expo alone that can present the complete

spectrum of news publishing. In what

direction is newspaper CTP developing?

Which plate technology will dominate in the

68 N&M NEWSPAPER&MAGAZINES 1/2008

future and when will the process-free plate

become available that eliminates the variable

of chemical development at the time of

its production, thereby offering the prospect

of greater process stability and processing

speed? These questions are also occupying

the prepress experts at the publishing houses

and newspaper printing plants. Then there is

the matter of automatic plate change. This is

where a very important gap in total production

process control could be eliminated in

the foreseeable future.

Printing and finishing

The interest of the publishing experts is

being directed mainly towards the possibilities

for further rationalisation with

the aid of triple-width and compact presses,

automatic paper handling systems and more

flexible production processes due to new finishing

options in the mailroom. Here also,

drupa, other than IFRA Expo, could at best

provide insights, as that was not its focus.

How is it possible to reduce manning levels

and minimise maintenance costs? Modern

newspaper presses offer constantly increasing

levels of automation for printing and

job changeover. This includes ink presetting,

press start-up systems, inline density measurement,

automatic ink control, automatic

washing of blankets, cylinders and rollers.

There are many systems on offer, in part

competing with one another, and it is a case

here of comparing and evaluating them in

depth.

Semi-commercial

Therefore the production of higherquality

print products on newspaper

presses especially upgraded for this

purpose has grown in importance considerably

in the last years. As a consequence, the

industry is becoming increasingly interested

in the new consumables that are used in this

connection. Questions arise concerning the

conditions for the use of coated paper as well

as heatset and UV inks, their handling and

combination possibilities with newsprint and

newslinks. IFRA Expo offers every possibility

for expert discussions as well as exchanges

of information and experience.

Therefore, what this means for newspaper

experts is: a visit to IFRA Expo permits an

intensive look behind the scenes of technical

and organisational developments in the publishing

industry.


The “Big Picture” of the Newspaper World

More than 320 exhibitors will show the expected

10,000 newspaper experts from 80

countries the “Big Picture” on more than

13,200 m² stand space at IFRA Expo 2008 in

Amsterdam. The motto of this year’s leading

exhibition for the news publishing industry is

“Get the Big Picture!”

The more than 320 manufacturers, service

specialists and providers of solutions for the

news publishing industry from 28 countries

who have registered to date represent the individual

pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that make

up the Big Picture of this year’s exhibition.

The venue of Amsterdam will host the “Annual

Event of the News Publishing Industry” for

the 16th time.

Events and special

multimedia exhibitions

– Shortly before IFRA Expo opens its doors,

a Pre-IFRA Expo Study Tour visiting various

newspaper houses in Europe will be organised

from 19 to 25 October under the motto

“Semi-Commercial Printing in Europe” .

– Five Focus Sessions under the title “Newspapers

Today” will be held from 27 to 29

October on the following topics: Business

and Management, Advertising, Newspaper

Production, Colour and Quality Management,

Strategies in the Newsroom (in English, with

the option of additional languages in case of

sufficient demand). In these Seminars, top

speakers will present new ideas and innovative

solutions to participants.

– The (free of charge) Info Session “AdsML is

live!” on 28 October (www.adsml.org).

– The “Customer Insight” Workshop (in English)

on 30 October will lead to a better understanding

of customers (www.ifra.com/

training).

– Exhibitors with special solutions will inform

(free of charge) about innovative technologies,

business models that offer good prospects of

success, and best-of-practice examples in

the IFRA Expo Solution Park (in hall 10):

Monday, 10 to 18 h: Editorial and Content Management;

Tuesday, 10 to 15 h: Mobile Services;

15 to 18 h: Local Search;

Wednesday, 10 to 18 h: Advertising and CRM;

Thursday, 10 to 16 h: Production and Distribution.

– The exhibition of the world’s best newspaper

printers in the International Newspaper

Color Quality Club 2008–2010 will show the

SandyScreen – experience@work

IFRA PREVIEW

Quick Info

Opening times, registration,

ticket prices and information

IFRA Expo 2008 in halls 8, 9, 10 and 11

of the RAI exhibition centre (www.rai.

nl), Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam,

the Netherlands, is open from 27

to 29 October from 10 to 18.00 h and on

30 October from 10 to 16.00 h.

Visitors have the possibility to register

online in advance comfortably and

simply under www.registration.ifraexpo.com.

Visitors who register early

receive their badge by mail before the

exhibition, together with an exhibition

catalogue, hall plan and other information

about IFRA Expo.

Quality standards through Analysis – Optimisation – Training

plus the screening technologies SandyStar and SandyProfessional

SandyStar doubles the screen fineness withinthesameexposuretime!

The best suited screen freqency can be selected for each product

o at 1270 dpi for newspaper printing: 133/152lpi – 203lpi (48/52 – 60L/cm)

o at 2400 dpi for commercial products: 203/254-304lpi (80/100 – 120L/cm)

depending on image setter and plate type.

SandyScreen`s technology meets the highest quality requirements:

o optimal light and shadow detail - no dot closure

o the dot gain can be calculated and controlled precisely

o no loss of original data in print

o identical plate repeatability without shift of tonal values, even at high circulation

SandyStar + SandyProfessional

are efficient, easy alternatives to FM, Hybrid and traditional AM screening,

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SandyScreen AG, Steinenring 52, CH-4051 BASEL/Switzerland

Phone +41 61 283 31 11 – Fax +41 61 283 31 12 –

welcome@sandyscreen.ch - www.sandyscreen.ch

winning entries in hall 11 (near the IFRA

stand) (www.colorqualityclub.org).

– The IFRA XMA Cross Media Awards 2008

special exhibition will present the winning

projects on this year’s topics “Cross¬-Media

Advertising” in the walkway between hall 8

and halls 9, 10 and 11 (www.ifra.com/xma).

– Interested Expo participants are invited to

join a morning jog through Amstel Park on

the days of the exhibition.


IFRA EXPO

EXHIBITORS A-Z

4c - Magazin für Druck und Design media partner area

5 fifteen 9002

A & F Computer-Systeme AG 10210 + 10240

ABB Schweiz AG 8440

AbitibiBowater 8470

ACCHSH 9365

ACT GmbH 10558

AdFlow-Systems GmbH 10610

Adicio, Inc. 9001

AdLizard 10450

Adobe Systems 10320

Advanced Publishing Systems 10120

Affeldt Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH 8373

Agfa-Gevaert 8190/8290/8294

AirLoc Schrepfer Ltd. 8370

Airweb AG 10000-22

alfa media france 10310

alfa Media Partner GmbH 10310

All About Newspapers 8681

Alwan Color Expertise 10635

AMC Pancke AG Division PRINT INFORM 8675

Anygraaf 11400

aquaMobile S.L. 10000-21

Arena Interactive Ltd. 9025

Arets Graphics 8416

Artes Gráficas media partner area

Atécé Graphic Products 11210

Atex 11500

Austropapier - Zeitschriftenverlags GmbH media partner area

autinform dms GmbH 9010

axaio software gmbh 10330

2B-PRÄZISIONSTECHNIK GMBH für Druck und Industrie 11300

Baldwin Technology Company 8430

BARENSCHEE GmbH & Co. KG 8288

bbk sales & projects SL 8665

Beck & Pollitzer Engineering Ltd 8485

Beil-Registersysteme GmbH 8100

Berth Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG 8100

Betz Technologies GmbH 8320

Billows 8215

binuscan 9320

Blue Billywig 9630

Bluefin Technology Partners, LLC 10550

Felix Böttcher GmbH & Co. KG 8325

Buhrs-Zaandam BV 8355

Cacidi 10740

callas software gmbh 10635

Caractère (GLN MEDIAS) media partner area

CCI Europe 9110

CCI Magazine 9028

CCS - Content & Community Systems GmbH 10000-15

Officine Meccaniche G. Cerutti Spa 8225

CID GmbH 10632

Clapix s.r.o. 9444

ClassWizard GmbH 10620

Hermann Clauberg GmbH & Co. 8450

CoDesCo IT Consulting GmbH 10240

compass Gesellschaft für Medientechnologie mbH 10720

COMYAN GmbH 9300

Conmio Ltd 9565

Controlgraf,S.L 8112

Controls Group Inc 8140

JSC „Coral solutions“ 11703

CoreMedia AG 10330

censhare 10340

Crestwood Trading AB 8465

cross media 9220

Crossroads 10635

C.M.C. s.r.l. 8410

Dalim Software GmbH 10630

Dan-Palletiser 8240

dataplan Beratungsgesellschaft mbh 10140

DCOS Sweden AB 8580

DENEX Systems Technology AB 8665

Dessirier H. Zucconi & Cie 8120

Deutscher Drucker Verlag media partner area

DIG Digitale Medienberatungs- und Produktions- GmbH 8440

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Digipress GmbH media partner area

Digital Collections Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 10115

Digital Technology International 9130

DM Informatik, Direct Mail Company 10000-26

Dorstener Drahtwerke H. W. Brune & Co. GmbH 8285

Draabe 8050

Drag & Drop Ltd. 10550

Druck & Medien media partner area

Druckspiegel Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. media partner area

DTS Medien AG 10240

Dudenverlag 9360

dutchsoftware.com 9030

e-nvention ag 10240

EAE Ewert Ahrensburg Electronic GmbH 8245

EAE media 10000-18

ECRM Imaging Systems 8396

EidosMedia Spa 9230

EL-KO sas di Würslin Manfred & C. 8110

Elettra Srl 8353

Elpical Software BV 10635

Eltex Elektrostatik GmbH 8453

emcebee industrial technologies bv 8395

EMSYS Paper Tracing 8165

Enfocus 10635

Escenic AS 9004

EuroPublish Software GmbH 11400

evolver 9100

Exalead S.A. 10000-20

Extensis 10160

eZ Systems AS 10000-19

Falk GmbH 8280

Ferag AG Förder- und Verarbeitungssysteme 8455

FFEI Ltd. 11015

Fink & Partner Media Services GmbH 9260

Flint Ink (U.K.) Ltd. 8540

FotoWare a.s 10150

FPAC Forest Products Association of Canada 8680

France Graphique media partner area

[frevel & fey] Software-Systeme GmbH 10000-1

Fujifilm Europe 11100

Funkinform GmbH 9220

GEW (E.C.) Limited 8015

Global Concepts GmbH & Co. KG 10000-12

Global Web Systems, Inc. 8000

Glunz & Jensen 8480

GMG GmbH & Co. KG 9500

Goss International 8420

GrafiData Groep bv 10330

Grafikontrol Spa 8305

Grafitek International 8670

IE Graphic Engineering 8650

Graphic Products BV 8130

Graphic Web Systems BV 8465

Graphics Microsystems NV 8570

GRAPHit BV 10210

gxpress media partner area

Haiberg GmbH 10650

Hamann & Partner Druckmaschinen-Handels GmbH 8315

Harland Simon Plc 8620

HELIOS Software GmbH 8380

Holmen Paper AB 8560

Horizont media partner area

Hugo Beck GmbH & Co KG 8493

HUP AG 10230

Iceni Technology 9525

IDAB WAMAC International AB 8330

IdentPro GmbH 8115

IFRA 11520

IFRA Magazine & more Foyer hall 9,10,11

IFRA XMA Cross Media Awards Fly-over hall 8/9,10

il poligrafico media partner area

infas GEOdaten GmbH 10555

Infomaker AB 11010

INFOSOFT AS 10000-25

InfraLogic ApS 10700

INNOTECH Graphic Equipment Corporation 8150

Integration X 9250

IntermediaT – The Cloudsourcing Company 9330

INTERNET WORLD Business media partner area

IPA Systems Ltd 10310

ISO Software Systeme GmbH 10000-10


IST METZ 8263

iSys - The Imaging Systems Group Inc. 8119

JJK Verlagssoftware GmbH 10600

Josh AB 9405

Just Normlicht GmbH Vertrieb + Produktion 8160

KELVA AB 8415

KnowledgeView Ltd. 10110

Kodak 8200 + 8010

Koenig & Bauer AG 8530

Koti Industrieel 9425

Krause-Biagosch GmbH 8230

La Prensa media partner area

Layout Ltd 9441

Leomedia GmbH 10641

Lincoln Graphics 8307

Linkservice Spa 9560

Drahtwerk Friedr. Lötters GmbH & Co. KG 8020

Lufthansa Systems AG 10500

MacDermid Printing Solutions 9200

Malik & Partner media partner area

manroland AG 11220

Manugraph DGM, Inc. 8575

Manugraph India Ltd. 8575

MATERNA GmbH 10000-16

MediaSpan 9150

Medien-Service Untermain GmbH 9015

Metsi OY 8690

Microsoft Limited 9003

Miles 33 9610

Mindset Software, Inc. 9000

Mindworking Asia 10656

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd 8313

Mobiletech AS 9004

MonoPresse 9460

Maschinenfabrik Gerd Mosca AG 8300

Motter 8310

MSH Medien System Haus GmbH & Co. KG 8510

Müller Martini Versand-Systeme AG 8400

muellerPrange Gmbh & Co. KG 10000-12

Multicom GmbH 9410

MVS MICRO VIDEO SOFT SA 9635

M/S VisuCom GmbH 10000-17

NAA (Presstime Magazine) 9160

NELA - Brüder Neumeister GmbH 8220

Newsfactory GmbH Internet Solution Partner 10000-24

Newspaper Technology 8170

Newspapers & Technology media partner area

NIP CONTROL AB 8393

Norske Skogindustrier ASA 8270 / 8180

Nstein Technologies Inc. 9620

NUXEO 9363

Olive Software Inc. 9445

OneVision Software AG 11420

Otterbach IT GmbH 10730

Papermule Ltd 9525

Papier und Zellstoff, Pulp & Paper (EUWID) media partner area

Papierfabrik Palm 8350

Paradigm AS 10210

PCO Europe B.V.- Printgraph 8375

PDM Ltd 8660

Penthion Information Technologies 11410

picturesafe media/data/bank GmbH 9420

PLANATOL System GmbH 8615

PME Maurer - Proactive Maintenance Engineering 8613

Poligrafia / BMG media partner area

Poligrafika media partner area

Polopoly AB 11500

ppi Media GmbH 11120

prepress / World of Print 8605

Pressmart Media Limited 9210

Previon AG 10210

Prime UV Systems 8040

PRINT & PRODUKTION media partner area

Print & Publishing 8610

Print & Publishing/Ungarn 8170

Printinpoland.com media partner area

ProcSet Media Solutions GmbH 10130

ProGRAFICA / BMG media partner area

ProImage Ltd 8440

ProPublish AG 10210

Protec SA 9430

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ptv Planung Transport Verkehr AG 10558

PubliAtis 10000-14

PubliQare BV 10210

Q.I. Press Controls 8328

QuadTech 8460

Quark Media House Sarl 10240

Rassegna Grafica 8118

red.web / Mittelrhein-Verlag GmbH 9520

RIMA-SYSTEM 8390

RIND Survey media partner area

Rogers Media, Publishing media partner area

Roxen Internet Software AB 10120

sabris AG 9010

Sansui Software (UK) Ltd 10520

SAP Deutschland AG & Co.KG 11120

SAXOTECH A/S 10640

Scholpp Montage GmbH 8260

Schur Packaging Systems A/S 8340

Screen Europe 8495

SEM Servicegesellschaft für Elektrik und Mechanik mbH 8600

Sensix GmbH 10655

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd 8295

Shoom Inc. 9600

Shree Refrigerations Pvt Ltd 8682

Siemens AG 8210

Sinapse Print Simulators 8301

Sinedita 10240

Sinequa 10000-13

Sitech Systems GmbH 8505

SITMA MACHINERY SpA 8385

Smartium Oy / Kleopatra 10210

SMB Schwede Maschinenbau 8590

SNAP Innovation GmbH 10330

SoftCare Software-Service GmbH 10330

SoHO Informatique 9635

SoliDAM 8055

Solna Offset AB 8487

Stora Enso 8500

Studio-Online B.V. 10730

Swedish Graphic Systems AB 8487

Swiat DRUKU media partner area

SYSPRO GmbH 10330

System Brunner AG 10000-23 + 8460

Tansa Systems AS 9040

techniweb 8452

technotrans AG 8391

TECNAVIA SA 9600

TECTUS d.o.o. media partner area

TELL SRL 10210

Telpress 9640

Tensor Group Inc 8580

Tera Digital Publishing 9440

TietoEnator Telecom & Media AB 9340

TMI Service GmbH 8600

TMT Media Group media partner area

Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd (TKS) 8360

Tolerans AB 8265

Topix AG 10330

Toray International 8392

Transtel Communications Ltd 9441

Trelleborg Engineered Systems Italy S.p.A. 8475

TRIAS DEVELOPPEMENT 10233

Trigono AB 10210

TypoServ Gesellschaft für Satz und Druck mbH 10510

UPM-Kymmene Corporation 8520

Van Gennep - M.A.C. BV 10730

VEGRA GmbH 11030

VG News Portal 10113

viscom print & communication media partner area

VITS Systems GmbH 8491

Wave2 Media Solutions Limited 9523

Web Leader 8451

WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG 8250

wobe-team GmbH 8230

WoodWing Europe BV 10210

WRH Marketing 8455

X-CAGO 10000-11

X-Média 9650

X-media 8170

Xstream Media Solutions ApS 9350

Zissor AS 9660

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Prepress

Agfa Graphics launches third

Generation of CTP

Shown for the first time at IFRA Expo, Agfa Graphics will launch

its third generation of CTP system known as :Advantage N. This

continues on from the company’s previous systems :Polaris and

:Advantage. Two models of the new CTP system, plus the workflow

software :Arkitex and new modules :Arkitex Vantage & :Arkitex Analyst

will be seen at the show, plus a Stack Loader (SL) and Direct Load

(DL).

Designed for both newspaper and semi-commercial web printers,

:Advantage N is said by Agfa Graphics to address the needs of small to

medium volume printers, offering a choice of plate loading mechanisms

and plate throughput volumes. It also uses patented violet laser

imaging technology, with automatically zoomable lenses, designed to

handle printing plates for both classic development, as well as violet

chemistry-free plates of the :N92-VCF range.

The imaging is best suited for classic (ABS) screening, but is also capable

of outputting Agfa Graphics’ :Arkitex Sublima screening technology

for newspaper and commercial web applications.

The imaging head, using a high-powered spinning motor and six facet

spinner, has a 120 mW, high precision violet laser diode combined with

a high accuracy media drive system. This offers a very high degree

of precision in plate transport and imaging quality. The media drive

system, says Agfa, has been completely re-engineered, improved in

a number of areas and also patented. Motion transport is controlled

by a set of step motors with continuous motion measurement, again

making sure that the highest possible accuracy of plate throughput

is achieved.

Agfa Graphics :Advantage N CTP systems deliver a variable resolution

between 900 and 2540 dpi with a zoomable spot-size between 12 and

22 µ. They are able to deliver up to 133 lpi Agfa Balanced, (amplitude

modulated), Screening (ABS) or 180 lpi :Arkitex Sublima quality for

newspaper applications and up to 175 lpi ABS or up to 240 lpi :Arkitex

Sublima quality for commercial web applications - depending on printing

substrate and printing conditions.

All models of :Advantage N support the user’s choice in visible light

plate technology including the :N92-V photopolymer plate or the

:Lithostar Ultra LAP-V plate. :N92-VCF claims to be the first violet,

photopolymer based chemistry-free plate to enter the newspaper

pre-press and printing arena. Requiring a pre-heat stage followed by

a simple gum treatment to bring up the latent image, it is said to significantly

simplify plate handling, equipment cleaning, maintenance

and waste management.

Another feature of the new CTP system, maintains Agfa Graphics, is

its easy integration into any business network environment via a direct

Ethernet TC/PIP connection and standard network protocol. No

boards or other hardware are needed to feed the system with data.

The engine settings and service program are accessed via a dedicated

utility from any PC in the network with different modules for the operators

and service staff.

The entire concept of :Advantage N has been designed around reliability

and cost-effectiveness. So to ensure the least possible downtime,

it can be monitored through IntelSyst, Agfa Graphics’ remote diag-

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nostics system. Remote service engineers are able to take control of

the unit and its front end, the :Arkitex Newsdrive. Alternatively, the

hardware itself is accessed to assess possible problems and suggest

trouble-shooting procedures. An optional web cam for on-line live

footage is also available.

www.agfa.com Hall 8 Stands 190/290/294

Alwan Color Expertise

With more and more global competition for print services,

tighter color tolerances as well as increasing orders sourced

from in-house corporations, there is an increasing interest

from print services companies to offer production workflows

conforming to standards such as 12647. At IFRA Expo, newspaper

customers visiting the Alwan booth will have the opportunity to perform

color conversion and ink optimization on all PDF files before

sending them for proofing or printing with Alwan’s advanced Color-

Hub technology.

Alwan CMYK Optimizer allows designers, publishers and prepress

companies to quickly produce PDF documents that are compliant

with ISO 12647 color and print specifications for problem-free printing.

CMYK Optimizer allows printers to control and improve the

printability of files by optimizing the separation for ISO 12647 standard

printing or for actual process/press/paper capabilities. CMYK Optimizer

is powered by Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks technology which

has been rated best technology for color accuracy, print stability and

ink savings by various benchmarks and has received 2008 PIA/GATF

InterTech Award for innovative excellence.

Alwan CMYK Optimizer award winning technology is now available as

a Switch configurator.

About Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks Technology

Alwan CMYK Optimizer application family, built on Dynamic Device-

Links technology, insures perfect color from creation to final press.

Dynamic DeviceLinks-powered applications in the Alwan CMYK Optimizer

family allow prepress companies and printers to check, as

well as automatically and dynamically correct, the color spaces and

ink weight characteristics of files before sending them to output production.

Alwan’s dynamic color management applies the principles of highly

sophisticated color management and quality control to standard PDF

based workflows. The software analyzes individual PDF to evaluate

its components, identifying all elements, their color description and


color spaces. Each object within a PDF is then analyzed for its CMYK

surface and ink consumption.

With Alwan’s technology the profile data is based on the actual content

of the PDF and this adds a whole new dimension to color management,

creating significant opportunities for quality and cost efficiency

improvements. By analyzing interactions of the four separations,

CMYK Optimizer can process the data according to each color’s histogram

and dynamic range, as well as its numeric descriptions. The

technology works in all print environments including gravure, offset

and digital printing.

www.alwancolor.com Hall 10 Stand 635

Cacidi Systems‘ Strategy on

automatic Solutions pays off

Cacidi Systems as developer of software for automatic, designdriven

graphics production with the company released its first

products for Adobe InDesign in 2000. Since then the strategy

has been to concentrate on automatic solutions for the Adobe In-

Design platform.

“Our aim has always been to focus on the greatest possible range and

user friendliness and to optimise and ease work processes for graphics

companies. These include professional advertising agencies,

newspapers or in-house marketing departments in Danish commercial

enterprises”, says Jesper Løngaa, Business Development Manager

and co-owner of Cacidi Systems.

Just a few years after the start-up, the company expanded in both its

staff and product range. Version 4 of a solution for automatic and flexible

production of catalogues and price lists in the market was launched

- it is still one of the company’s key products and one which is

continually being optimised. With its automatic features, it is claimed

to be able to reduce production by an average of 20% of the time graphic

designers previously spent on manual work. It can simultaneously

create structure in and overview of heavy graphics productions.

Cacidi Systems also expanded its solution with Internet-based graphics

tools where the core technology in the company catalogue production

software also works as the ’engine’ for Internet-based production

of advertisements, posters, price lists and much more. But

this is not an ordinary web-to-print solution, maintains the company.

It is significantly different from others on the world market as it builds

up professional looking graphics documents based on what has been

entered by Internet users who are not necessarily graphics experts.

When documents were wholly or partially built up on the Internet, they

could then be ’picked up’ by graphic designers, printing houses and

in-house printing departments.

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Cacidi Systems’ Internet-based solutions have made it possible to enhance

the tools graphic designers use with the obvious advantages of

the Internet for collaboration and communication.

Right before Ifra the Danish software company announced new versions

of all of their software titles that are compatible with Adobe In-

Design CS4.

All of Cacidis software titles, based on plug-in architecture, support

Adobe InDesign CS4’s full set of features on both Windows and Macintosh

computers and servers, and contain a wealth of new features.

The focus in this significant upgrade is primarily on Cacidi Systems’

software flagships: Cacidi Extreme CS4, Cacidi LiveMerge CS4, and

Cacidi Enterprise Server CS4.

”We are extremely excited and pleased with these high-end releases

that all use our own proprietary Cacidi Extreme as the technological

motor,” says Richard Andersen, CEO and founder of Cacidi Systems.

It has never been easier

The time saving for the advertising agencies, newspapers, public institutions,

and the graphic in-house departments in the corporate world

who use Cacidi products is dramatic. And at the same time, it gives a

structure and an overview of the productions that is of great advantage

for the Cacidi clients’ future maintenance of those productions.

Cacidi Extreme CS4 is the catalogue builder for those companies working

with genuine Adobe InDesign CS4 documents that live up to the

graphic standards, and that must be able to be easily passed on to automated

construction and updating, which can be done with the help

of Cacidi Extreme CS4.

www.cacidi.com Hall 10 Stand 740

Dalim with advanced workflow

Toolset

At IFRA Expo 2008 in Amsterdam, Dalim Software will exhibit the

probably most advanced, open scalebale and flexible set of production

workflow toolset for print and publishing.

Besides the award-winning workflow system DALiM TWiST, which

optimizes all relevant prepress tasks, the latest version of its softproofing

solution DALiM DiALOGUE will be shown. The feature rich

but easy to use DALiM DiALOGUE allows all participants to streamline

their color verification and approval processes, from creative and editorial

to press side proofing.

With DALiM MiSTRAL, the unique webbased production management

tool, Dalim Software shows the most powerful solution for magazine,

catalogue and newspaper production, which is easily adaptable to suit

the multi-format, multi-site, high productivity and high quality requirements

of modern prepress, print and publishing companies.

By adding the brand new DALiM ViRTUAL LiBRARY, an application to

view a virtual version of print jobs registered in DALiM MiSTRAL, users

not only have a similar experience to truly leafing through a magazine,

but they can already realisticaly visualize their print jobs before having

them printed.

And together with the software manufacturer Top 21 with its innovative

newspaper editorial system Solseit Redaktion and the integration

partner mcon systemhaus, the complete workflow from planning and

editorial to plate output can be demonstrated at IFRA Expo 2008.

www.dalim.com Hall 10 Stand 630

dutchsoftware.com – elvis with

Adobe CS4 Integration

Elvis, the new Media Content Management Solution developed by

dutchsoftware.com, will make its first public appearance at the

IFRA Expo. elvis is a new solution for centralizing, finding and

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utilizing media content. It is a true Media Content Repository, which

is designed to centralize millions of videos, xml stories, images, docs

and more into an enterprise-wide server platform, utilizing search

engine technology. Users benefit from an innovative Flex/AIR client

with an intuitive interface. All innovative features, including the elvis‘

Flex/AIR integration with the new Adobe CS4, will be demonstrated

at IFRA. „In a number of previews, demos and pilot installations elvis

got very good response by highly respected publishing houses throughout

Europe. So we are anxious to premiere our solution at the leading

event for the publishing industry“, says Bastiaan Born, Commercial

Director of dutchsoftware.com.

elvis is developed by users for users – it offers an intuitive interface

so the application does not require intense training. The elvis server

delivers inventive search engine technology for high performance and

elaborate search features, making elvis go beyond the performance

and searching limitations of traditional systems.

Multiple powerful media processing nodes can be added for maximum

performance.

Media content can enter elvis through any feed. A hotfolder for wire

feeds, automatic archiving of print production content and batch import

of for instance image archives are core features of the solution.

elvis is based on Java server technology and an Adobe Flex/AIR client.

The system has all the advantages of web technology combined with a

feature rich desktop application.

The server components are all scalable. The customer can start

with a single server set-up for a small organization and scale up to

an enterprise wide server configuration with multiple search nodes,

processing engines and storage zones.

Built-in configurable web services provide an interface to integrate

elvis with other systems. From print production to web CMS, from reporting

to financial systems, elvis is made to integrate.

www.elvisready.com. Hall 9 Stand 030

ECRM with first Online Configuration

ECRM will be showcasing its latest high speed, fully automated

Violet CTP technology at IFRA EXPO. The MAKO NEWSmatic HS

plus will be exhibited for the first time ever in an online configuration

with the new AZTEC 65 News Processor from Heights.

Designed to specifically meet the high quality, increasing volume and,

fast turnaround production needs of small to medium sized newspaper

publishers around the world, the speed and flexibility of the MAKO

NEWSmatic HS plus makes it an ideal solution for the high throughput

of newspaper plates.

Derek Sizer, Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere Business, ECRM,

states, ‘We’re looking forward to demonstrating the MAKO NEWSmatic

HS plus in an online configuration with the new AZTEC 65 News

Processor from Heights at IFRA Amsterdam. It will provide us with

the ideal forum to demonstrate how ECRM has set a new standard in

violet CTP technology for the mid-sized newspaper industry and, how

this is one of the most versatile systems available today.’

Derek continues, ‘Visitors will be able to see firsthand how the plate

handling performance alone means that we have more than doubled

its capacity. We can now produce up to 100 panorama plates per hour

at 1016 dpi. The use of a significantly enhanced optical system with the

latest violet laser technology means that the MAKO NEWSmatic HS

plus produces optimum quality results and deals directly with quality

issues associated with larger circulations and increased advertising.’

In addition to providing a flexible, economic and extremely straightforward

transition to unattended CTP for newspaper publishers, the

new MAKO NEWSmatic HS plus offers an array of benefits. This latest

system provides dramatically increased speeds and optimised plate

handling performance, producing up to 155 Berliner plates per hour

and up to 100 panorama plates per hour at 1016 dpi.

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In addition to providing all of ECRM’s benchmark qualities including a

small footprint, easy installation, simple-operational approach and,

lowest cost of ownership in the industry, the MAKO NEWSmatic HS

plus also offers a significantly enhanced optical system through its

use of the latest 120 mw violet laser technology. This future-proof

design allows for a smooth transition to violet chemistry-free plate

technology when available. It can accommodate the widest range of

web widths up to a maximum format of 635mm x 927mm (25“ x 36.5“),

ideal for high plate volume newspapers and printers with presses

using Berliner through double wide plates.

Operating in normal daylight conditions the MAKO NEWSmatic HS

plus is the fastest of an extensive range of Semi and Fully Automatic

Newspaper CTP systems from ECRM that can handle a range of plate

sizes up to 824 x 1143 mm. And, to increase flexibility, eight resolutions

can be configured ranging from 1016 to 2540dpi as well as three

anamorphic resolution settings (1016 x 2032 dpi, 1200 x 2400 dpi, and

1270 x 2540 dpi).

ECRM’s patented FleXarm slip sheet removal system brings automation

to smaller and medium-sized newspapers. Sensors track slipsheets

through pick-up, removal and disposal using patented slip

sheet compacting technology - ensuring fast throughput and superior

reliability. You can see a video of the MAKO NEWSmatic HS plus by

visiting the ECRM website) and clicking on the video channel.

www.ecrm.com Hall 8 Stand 396

Europublish and Anygraaf

We exhibit our solutions for satisfying the entire newspaper

publishing production process. Our IFRA First, Doris Image-

Profit, offers full functionality for image agencies in sales,

archiving and administration. On display will also be Doris ePlanner,

a website management solution that integrates with the Doris editorial

system. ePlanner provides complete control of the creation and

handling of the website with tools for tracking editorial content and

ad statistics. Doris Layout Driven workflow expands on the traditional

write-to-fit production model to offer a new level of versatility in the

planning process. Also on display will be CDProfit; a distribution and

distributor management application. CDProfit is a tool for managing

several distribution organisations, districts and paper-boys as well

as their salaries, product deliveries to be invoiced and subscribers/

customers. Other products on display include AProfit, an advertising

system for newspapers and magazines; CProfit circulation system;

DProfit mailroom management; asset management; QuarkXPress

or Adobe® InDesign® based pagination; archiving; image management

and sales; automatic color correction; Internet and wireless publishing;

ad tracking and layout; edition and page planning; staff and

assignment scheduling; Web collaboration; imposition; proofing and

electronic Paper publishing.

www.europublish-software.de Hall 11 Stand 400

FFEI demonstrates CTP Systems

FFEI will show two of its high speed, low cost violet laser CTP

solutions - the Alinte News 845 and the Alinte News 930. Ideal

for meeting the challenges of today‘s economic climate, FFEI

will demonstrate how the Alinte News systems enable newspaper

printers and publishers of contract, regional and daily newspapers to

further streamline production times and improve prepress costs.

Andy Cook, Managing Director, FFEI comments, ‚If you are converting

to CTP for the first time, or looking to upgrade your current newspaper

CTP system with less risk, the Alinte News series is an IFRA expo

must-see.‘


Based on FFEI‘s extensive manufacturing and product development

experience, the Alinte News series is specifically engineered for a

variety of demanding newspaper production environments. Utilising

the simplicity of the systems uniquely designed optics and imaging

bed, the Alinte News 845 and 930 models provide an increased in scan

length, while dramatically improving product reliability and reducing

servicing costs.

Both Alinte News models are fully automatic configurations, available

in three variable speed options - Standard, Professional and Ultimate.

These productivity settings allow newspaper printers to choose the

most appropriate system for their production workflow, in common

newspaper formats including broadsheets, berliner, tabloid and panorama.

Using Berliner plates, speed settings include the Standard at

120pph, the Professional at 175pph and the Ultimate offering 225 pph.

Each system has a cassette capacity of up to 500 Panorama, or 1000

single page-plates.

FFEI Alinte News 845

Shown on the FFEI stand alongside a Heights Aztec processor, the Alinte

News 845 is ideal for production of regional and national newspapers,

imaging plates to a maximum plate area of 845mm x 635mm.

FFEI Alinte News 930

Exhibited by FFEI‘s partner company, FUJIFILM (Hall 11, stand 11100),

the FFEI Alinte 930 News is suitable for national, regional and contract

newspaper production. Imaging to a maximum plate area of 930mm

x 635mm, the Alinte News 930 will be demonstrated using the FCF-

NEWS Finishing Unit from Glunz & Jensen, running FUJIFILM Brillia

Pro-VN chemistry free plates for newspaper printing.

The compact and fully automatic Alinte News series employs unique

hybrid drum technology, combining the qualities of internal drum

with the speed and simplicity of a straight-through plate path employed

in flatbed designs. Additionally, the unique F-theta flatbed

imaging technology ensures spot integrity over the entire maximum

plate size for pin-sharp imaging. This capability provides suitability

for all newspaper applications, further facilitating the trend towards

mixed heatset/coldset production, with its more rigorous demands on

image quality.

www.ffei.com Hall 11 Stand 015

GMI Color Control Systems

GMI is the worldwide leader in on-press closed-loop color control

systems with more than 800 installations on web presses.

Based on the award winning ColorQuick commercial technology

GMI will promote the ColorQuick Newspaper on-press, closedloop

color control system. ColorQuick N measures a 2 x 8 mm threecolor

grey and black swatch in each ink key position. Spectral analysis

automatically controls the press to achieve a constant and consistent

color reproduction on all coldest presses. Built to exacting ISO standards

for graphic arts color measurement, GMI is the only solution

that can guarantee colour control compliance for printers wanting to

achieve ISO 12647-3 standard. Also promoted will be the Microcolor II

N imposition driven digital ink control system. Microcolor is installed

on thousands of newspaper printing couples and is able to retrofit all

newspaper presses with additional CIP3 digital ink presetting for faster

make-readies.

www.gmicolor.com Hall 8 Stand 570

Harland Simon shows off its Expertise

Af IFRA, Harland Simon will have information of the latest contract

won with The Forum to upgrade the company’s press controls

at its newspaper in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

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Due be carried out in the first quarter of 2009, with a completion date

set for May the same year, the conversion will not disrupt The Forums

busy single press production operation.

It is the first project of this type that Harland Simon has performed on

an older Mediaman press. It includes replacement of the Mavo ink/

damp controls, as well as the main dc drives, on-unit Ink PCB’s, register

controls and ink drives with industry standard, off-the-shelf solutions

- all controlled from two Prima 6000 desks. Harland Simon’s

Prima MS and Ripset will be scheduling, ink pre-setting, monitoring

and reporting on all production activity. The existing system will remain

competely operational until the new system is fully up and running.

The solution is based on techniques successfully developed by Harland

Simon for the replacement of press and mailroom control systems.

Harold Schmunk, Forum Communications, Director – Printing

Operations commented, “after a complete evaluation by our production

management team and pressroom staff we concluded that the

Harland Simon press upgrade would be the one for us. The company

has innovative technology that will provide us with operator friendly

press controls.

Some of the benefits will be ink savings from better ink control, fast

colour registration, efficient press makeready and less newsprint

waste at the folder. Information on ink settings and press setups for

individual press runs can also be saved and retrieved for use at a later

date.”

www.harlandsimon.com Hall 8 Stand 620

Kodak Newspaper Solutions

Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group (GCG) will be demonstrating

KodakColorflow Software, alongside its key newspaper

solutions, the Kodak Generation News System and the Kodak

Newsmamanger Workflow System.

Kodak Colorflow Software provides integrated color control throughout

the production environment. The company will be showcasing

Colorflow Software with Ink Optimizing Solution as it is ideal for newspaper

printers, reducing ink consumption and ink costs for web and

sheetfed printers, while improving print quality through greater press

stability.

The Kodak GCR method used in Colorflow Software utilises the intelligent

color fidelity engine to ensure smooth color transitions and

preservation of saturation in dark colors. The effects of introducing

black ink in process printing is to reduce ink costs, stabilize color, especially

grey tones, and aid in printability. The Color Software can be

introduced virtually into any operation, providing printers with a complete

color management solution.

Another highlight on the Kodak stand will be the Kodak Generation

News System, an innovative Thermal computer to plate (CTP) system,

which images up to 300 plates per hour at 1270 dpi and offers automation

features that help newspaper printers better manage deadline

pressures.

The Kodak Generation News Platesetter Solutions have multiple

plate cassettes, enabling fast plate loading and unloading of multiple

plate sizes. The system can load up to 1,600 broadsheet plates or 800

panorama plates, running continuously with no operator intervention.

Integrated plate size selection, slip sheet removal, and 3 point registration

are all automated to eliminate errors.

Rinus Hoebeke, European Newspaper Segment Manager, Kodak’s

GCG says: “IfraExpo is an important global platform to update customers

on our new developments. Newspaper printers face increasing

challenges in trying to remain as competitive as possible. Hence, it

is vital for them to improve productivity, whilst enhancing quality and

stability.”

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The Kodak Generation News System features Kodak’s unique Squarespot

Thermal Imaging Heads Technology, which has been adopted

from the commercial environment and provides consistent dot accuracy

and tonal stability. This enables Newspaper printers to achieve

up to 200 lpi and implement Kodak Staccato Screening Technology.

The Generation News System works with a full range of workflow solutions,

including the Kodak Newsmanager Workflow System, which

will also be on display on Kodak’s stand at the exhibition. The Kodak

Newsmanager Workflow System centralizes the management of an

entire print site, including both newspaper jobs, as well as any commercial

work.

The remote web browser enables automatic monitoring and control

of equipment, freeing up resources and maximizing the return

on investment of existing equipment and press time. Newsmanager

Workflow System helps users meet deadline by manage a complex

environment and several editions with the edition planner.

New updates to Kodak Newsmanager Workflow System include improved

distribution, which allows for management and transmission

of multiple files and plans across multiple print sites. This is a key feature

for national publications with more than one print site or where

there are difficult geographies to overcome. Another new improvement

allows for greater visibility into internal queuing as Newsmanager

is able to process files based according to priority.

Kodak Products are backed by Kodak Service and Support, which is

made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120

countries.

It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering

consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the

commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging

and data storage industries.

KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to

provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize

business risk.

www.kodak.com Hall 8 Stand 200

Krause X-Jet for waterless

Newspaper Printing

Krause already offers a full range of violet platesetters and processors

for all newspaper segments and now enters also the

world of waterless CTP vendors, so customers looking into this

new way of printing their newspapers have a choice of CTP systems.

The Krause X-Jet has been exclusively designed for the KBA Cortina

waterless printing press and provides features in very precise plate

handling and imaging ideally suited for this technology.

The imaging heads utilised in the Krause X-Jet represent state of the

art and latest design for very precise and high quality imaging on waterless

printing plates.

The modular designed platesetter with a total dimension of 3,205 x

1,700 mm is very compact and therefore applicable even in the most

sophisticated room layouts close to the press.

With a plate supply of 600 plates, the X-Jet does not require plate loading

for several hours. The X-Jet produces up to 200 plates per hour

and is available in four different versions starting at 70 plates per hour

so that there is a good combination between output capacity and system

costs.

Along with its compatibility to the Marks-3Z processor, the X-Jet is

available with the Krause NetTrack and Service Gateway interface.

This remote software enables a secure internet connection from the

unit to the global Krause service and saves precious time and maintenance

costs.

www.krause.de Hall 8 Stand 230

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OneVision’s Latest Printing and

Publishing Software Solutions

Krause X-Jet

OneVision will be presenting its newest software for printers

and publishers and will reveal their latest time and cost saving

technology for the printing and publishing industries. Highlights

include new features and functionality to Asura, Asura Pro and

Solvero, OneVision’s flagship solutions that help publishers streamline

and automate the preflighting, optimization and normalization

processes in print production.

Among OneVision’s recent innovations at the expo will be Amendo, an

automated image enhancement solution that significantly decreases

image processing time by automatically adjusting elements such as

colour, shadows and highlights, brightness and contrast, so printers

and publishers can reduce time-to-press by decreasing the need to

manually correct images.

Also on display will be Contenio, which automates the preflighting of

online advertisements – whether animated or not. With Contenio, the

process of checking parameters, such as size and number of loops,

and file approval or rejection can be fully automated and done within

minutes, instead of taking hours as with traditional manual processes.

Additionally, OneVision will showcase Voyager, a new software solution

that makes 24/7 file transfer and online content approval easy and

convenient, and Mirado, a tool which enables publishers to repurpose

static print-optimized pages for online use with the ability to add contextual

information.

OneVision is the leading provider of automated prepress and premedia

software that easily handles and enables everything from file

normalization and optimization to last-minute file editing and moneysaving

colour ink management – regardless of file type. The customizable

software is built on “open” architecture, which allows it to work

seamlessly with systems and software widely used today – enabling

organizations to maximize the value of their existing production processes.

“OneVision continually extends its portfolio to support the printing and

online publishing industries,” remarks Marcus Diwo, Head of Marketing

at OneVision. “In 2008, we have made significant steps providing

new solutions that make it possible for our clients to succeed in the

marketplace by saving time and money and we have received very

positive feedback. We are delighted to bring OneVision’s newest pre-


media software products to the IfraExpo 2008, and look forward to our

customers’ response.”

OneVision’s software is used by many of the world’s leading commercial

and digital printers as well as publishing organizations in more

than 60 countries.

www.OneVision.com. Hall 11 Stand 420

ppi media Editorial and Ad Workflow

Even if the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the home of

Rembrandt‘s impressive „Night Watch“, is certainly worth

detouring for, the motto of this year‘s IFRA Expo, „Get the Big

Picture“, will not attract enthusiasts of large-sized paintings to the capital

of the Netherlands. Instead, the trade fair promises holistic solutions

to a newspaper industry striving for diversification. ppi Media will

also be represented at the RAI trade fair grounds to present its latest

developments in the field of multi-channel publishing, at the center of

which is the media-convergent editorial and ad workflow.

Ad solutions for Print and Online

The favorable forecasts in the online ad business provide newspaper

publishers with an excellent chance for regaining lost ground. However,

this depends on sustainably strengthening their online competence.

To integrate the planning, scheduling, production and publication

of online ads in ppi‘s existing workflow, the software specialist

from Hamburg has developed its tested product portfolio in the AdMan

environment to include additional Internet functions and independent

modules such as AdInvent, the new online scheduling tool.

New SAP solutions

In order to integrate its technical workflow with SAP‘s ad booking

processes, ppi Media has maintained a close partnership with SAP,

the Walldorf-based software group, for a number of years. SAP‘s ad

management system IS-M/AM is an ideal complement to ppi‘s Publishing

Solutions, as numerous joint projects worldwide have proven.

This year ppi‘s close cooperation with SAP will be underlined by its

joint stand at the Ifra trade fair. This will not only enable visitors to see

for themselves how smoothly the two systems interact, but in particular

to ask questions on topics such as publishing solutions and

service-oriented architecture, integrated customer management in

back office and field work, as well as ad management and subscription

management.

Multi-channel publishing with felix

Similar to the field of advertising, the weight in the field of information

acquisition is shifting heavily towards the Internet. felix, the new

content-flow system, supports publishing houses in suitably editing

their editorial content for the target groups and media of the different

output channels. felix not only creates more efficiency and transparency

when planning editorial topics, managing the content lifecycle

and organizing your work, but also the prerequisites for an attractive

advertising environment. After successfully launching felix at the Ifra

Expo 2007 in Vienna, ppi Media is looking forward to presenting the

latest developments of its content-workflow system to the expert

public in Amsterdam. To give publishing houses as comprehensive

an impression as possible of felix‘ innovative functions, the manroland

subsidiary will give an interactive demonstration of the different

roles and assignments in the editorial workflow. ppi Media requests

that you sign up in advance for one of the 90-minute demonstrations,

which will take place twice a day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,

from 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

About printnet

With printnet, manroland and its subsidiary ppi Media offer a highly

efficient workflow management system for printers and publishers.

As a flexible, modular system, it networks all print sites and production

areas in the sales, prepress, press and postpress departments.

Production systems from third-party suppliers can be integrated in

the fully automated printnet workflow via open interfaces. Fur further

information please contact:

www.ppimedia.com Hall 11 Stand 120

www.manroland.com

Q.I. Press Controls’ Solutions

IFRA PREVIEW

This year‘s Ifra Expo will be something of a home game for Q.I.

Press Controls. In their known ‘pure white’ stand Q.I. Press

Controls will present their complete product range – from system

solutions for colour and cut-off register control to their Air Bustle

Device for automatic fan-out compensation and one more thing: IQ-

Mobile (mangement information by iPHone).

Q.I. Press Controls again has an innovative novelty to present: IQMobile.

For the first time, Q.I. Press Controls will demonstrate how one can

easily get ‘in touch’ with quality management information by mobile

access using an iPhone. Quality management by IQMobile will greatly

benefit production managers, enabling them to retrieve current waste

values anywhere, anytime, or receive an alert if the IQM detects that

a predefined limit has been exceeded. The realtime information about

the production process and changes in product quality, will facilitate

prompt decisions based on sound facts.

Of course all other Q.I. Press Controls’ products will be presented at

Ifra as well: the recently introduced new mRC, the, for the newspaper

presses increasingly attractive, IDS (Intelligent Density System) and

the ABD (Air Bustle Device) for automatic fan out control. With these

innovative intelligent high-tech solutions, Q.I. Press Controls can help

newspaper and semi-commercial printers to reduce waste and shorten

makeready times without compromising their customary high

product quality.

www.qipc.com Hall 8 Stand 238

Quark’s Compatible Enterprise and

Dynamic Publishing Solutions

Quark will present Quark Publishing System ® 8, QuarkCopyDesk

® 8, and QuarkXPress ® Server 8, marking the complete compatibility

of Quark’s enterprise solutions with QuarkXPress

8. Now customers can leverage the superior design capabilities of

QuarkXPress 8 with the flexible, automated workflow of QPS ® in their

publishing environments.

Together these offerings connect key publishing tasks and technologies

to help customers lay the groundwork for Quark ® Dynamic Publishing

Solution.

Built on an open standards-based architecture, QPS 8 provides a flexible

framework for marketing departments, agencies, and magazine

and newspaper publishers to manage their publishing workflows.

Through compatibility with QuarkXPress 8, QPS 8 delivers greater

design capability for the delivery of print, Web, and Flash ® output, and

— through the universal file format of QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkCopy-

Desk 8 — allows publishers to preview, edit, and output high-fidelity

documents created anywhere in the world.

QuarkCopyDesk 8, Quark’s text and picture editing software, and

QuarkXPress Server 8, the composition and rendering engine that

powers publishing workflows and business applications — both

core components of QPS — are also compatible with QuarkXPress 8.

QuarkCopyDesk 8 inherits QuarkXPress 8’s new intuitive interface,

advanced typographical control, and support for East Asian text, as

well as improved page and baseline grid features, and operating system-level

drag-and-drop functionality.

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In addition to compatibility with QuarkCopyDesk 8, QuarkXPress Server

8, and QuarkXPress 8, QPS 8 introduces:

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as hyphenation and spell checking for more than 30 languages, enabling

advanced international collaboration

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multi-page preview, multiple asset check-in, metadata tagging,

custom grouping, and full text search functionality

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the need to switch back and forth between QuarkXPress and Illustrator

for editing

QPS is the most flexible and easy-to-use workflow system available

today. QPS offers XML-based Job Jackets technology to evaluate

design and content accuracy in order to prevent errors early in the

production process.

Only QPS offers ready-made integration with Alfresco Enterprise 2,

the leading open-source content management system. In addition,

it is the easiest workflow system to set up because it is configured

through a graphical user interface instead of a browser interface or

text-based configuration scripts.

“Quark Publishing System 8 is the most flexible, cost-effective, and

easy-to-use publishing system available today,” said PG Bartlett, Senior

Vice President of Product Management for Quark. “Its compatibility

with QuarkXPress 8, combined with the power of QuarkCopyDesk

8 and QuarkXPress Server 8, helps customers build the foundation for

dynamic publishing.”

www.quark.com Hall 10 Stand 240

System Brunner:

Print Expert Suite

System Brunner will exhibit its new Print Expert® Suite at IFRA

for standardization, process calibration and monitoring of all

output stages in digital workflows, using flexible scanning devices

and appropriate measuring elements and software.

On the stand will be Proof Checker - for quality evaluation of prints

and digital proofs.

Plate Checker, claimed to be the fastest and most precise measurement

of printing plate characteristic curves. Printcurve Checker, a

precise measuring of print characteristic curves and Print Checker,

a measuring system for print process diagnosis with quality rating in

newspaper printing.

Together with its co-operation partner QuadTech Inc., System Brunner

will also show an inline color control system for web presses with

priority on gray balance, integrated Eurostandard and process monitoring

for highest quality demand.

QuadTech CCS-Instrument Flight® inline with its new SpectralCam

is a key factor within the scope of Color Management and guarantees

the highest degree of color fidelity and economy. It is claimed to be the

only ink regulation system on the market today that works according

to gray balances.

Balance Navigator® is an integrated software module that automatically

carries out color and contrast corrections – easily, safely and

with repeatability.

www.systembrunner.com Hall 8 Stand 460

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Print

ABB with Newspaper

Production Workflow

ABB – the specialist for integrated newspaper production workflow,

press automation, and press retrofit – will present their

full range of integrated workflow solutions for the complete

newspaper production process at the IFRA Expo in Amsterdam.

One highlight will be the newest version of MPS Insight, a production

tracking system for production mangers in the office or on the go.

MPS Insight allows authorized users to view actual tracking data from

page make-up, plate production, reel supply and handling, the printing

presses, and multiple mail room devices. For the first time ABB

will present the mobile system version which allows data display on

mobile phones and PDAs.

ABB will also show their other fully integrated solutions for the entire

newspaper production process – from page planning to dispatch.

MPS Cockpit, the central planning, managing, and tracking system

is one critical component. The latest versions of MPS PageManager,

for page planning and assembly; MPS PlateWorkflow, for automated

plate production; and MPS InsertManager, for the sale and production

of inserts and supplements will also be presented.

ABB will explain their retrofit solutions for newspaper printing – a

market where significant sales growth can still be achieved. These

solutions include modernizing drive and control systems as well as

total conversion of presses to shaftless operation.

www.abb.ch Hall 8 Stand 440

Compact or XXL

Scholpp‘s professional Solutions

The global newspaper industry is currently looking for solutions

to raise efficiency and production flexibility in comparison to

other competitive media. Press construction is developing in

new directions, and customers worldwide are searching for pioneering

technology that will bring them growth and success. Investing in

new technology also requires investing in innovative solutions in facility

planning as well as machine transport, move-in and construction

methods. An international total solution provider for the relocation

and installation of industrial machinery, Scholpp Montage GmbH

(Stuttgart) is presenting new ideas and enhanced capabilities Ifra.

As always, the Scholpp stand will be a communication hub for the industry

where project managers present highly refined, tailor-made,

complete solutions. A reliable and leading partner of machine manufactures,

printers, and publishers, Scholpp has set the standard

in the newspaper industry since 1972 when it comes to, efficient and

modern, transport; construction; and disassembly solutions.

Regardless if it is special cranes, air cushioning technology for transporting

heavy equipment, tailor made cable winches and tackle, custom

made traverse, movable mechanical lift frames, or individual

ramp construction – specially developed equipment, and highly qualified

employees will solve even the most demanding situations.

Scholpp draws on a professional global network handling move-in

and construction of new machines; warehousing of used equipment;

and initial start of operation. Regardless of the need, Schlopp guaranties

efficient solutions. With multiple references in the newspaper

industry, Schlopp continues to gain experience in this growing market

and justify is reputation as the know-how center.


Following successful completion of the KBA Commander and Colora

projects at Rizzoli Corriere della Sera (RCS) and Poligrafici Editoriale

across multiple locations in Italy at the start of this year, a new project

at Ringier Print in the Swiss city of Adligenswil has been started. By

2009 the WIFAG OF 790 – in operation for 15 years – including reel

changers, folding units and super structures will be dismantled and

exchanged for a three of the newest generation of WIFAG 371. Additionally,

installation of three MAN Colormans are on the agenda, one at

the Neuen Osnabrückner Zeitung, one at the Lübecker Nachrichten,

and one at the Freien Presse Chemnitz. At Dansk Avis Tyrk in Glostrup

close to Kopenhagen a KBA Commander 6/2 Large Format with

2.4 meter roll width is in transport and construction. Other current

Schlopp projects include the move-in of a Commander at Rotationen

Nykobing in Mälmo as well as five KBA Commanders with 27 towers

at four locations of the Turkish Ciner Group in Adana, Ankara, Istanbul

and Izmir. For 2009 an additional KBA Commander at Yedioth Aronoth

in Tel Aviv is planned as well multiple KBA and MAN projects in India

and the Middle East.

In addition to new machine business, Schlopp is currently involved in

large international transport projects of existing equipment. A KBA

Express is being moved from the Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten

in Linz to the CMAC print center in Erfurt. A Man Colorman from the

Rheinpfalz in Oggersheim is on the way to Uruguay; and, a WIFAG OF

790 from Rinfier in Switzerland is being transported to the Shreveport

Times in the United States.

www.scholpp.de Hall 8 Stand 260

ven solutions from EAE, such as the EAE Control Center of the “Baltic

Star” generation, which offers a monitor with a page ratio of 16:10.

Naturally this control center is equipped with an enhanced softproof

system, which provides a distinct improvement in color fidelity.

The topic of cost reduction at printing houses is also playing a major

role at this year’s Ifra Expo. Despite large investments in modern

production technology, there is still a lot of potential for savings. EAE

would like to join you in discovering this potential. Many of the MES

(Manufacturing Execution Solution) products from EAE are designed

with the cost savings factor in mind. They include proven solutions

that can drastically cut waste, like the well-known presetting system

“Print,” and the “V.I.P.” system mentioned above, including its “Cost”

mode, which determines production costs on the basis of actual and

target data.

The desire to cut costs leads to another focus of the EAE portfolio:

Press-Retrofit. In many cases, an EAE retrofit can help postpone expensive

new investments. Our trade fair team can address the individual

situation in your printing house.

www.eae.com Hall 8 Stand 245

The EAE crew is looking forward to see you

GEW G UV curing for newsprint

IFRA PREVIEW

GEW

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(EC) Ltd. will launch its new IsoCure system for curing of

Scholpp S h l Montage M t GGmbH, bH as a ttotal t l solution l ti provider, id offers ff a convin- i

inks on web offset newspaper presses that would otherwise

cing solution that can handle even the heaviest equipment and most use conventional cold-set inks. The system enables press use

complex facility requirements without compromising safety or dead- to be expanded to printing of new types of products.

lines

IsoCure can be fitted to existing presses, enabling printers to produce

high quality work on coated and uncoated paper with UV inks. Printing

„EAE loop“ helps in daily Work

can be either UV or a combination with cold-set litho.

IsoCure may also be new press specified or retro-fitted on a variety

of printing and coating machines including in-line, sheet-fed, central

EAE Ewert Ahrensburg Elektronik GmbH will present a number

of new items at this year’s Ifra Expo in Amsterdam, including

the product “EAE loop.” Our trade fair team will be happy to sa-

impression and bridge over conveyers from 50cm (20”) up to 195cm

(77”).

Traditionally accepted as a “green technology”, GEW has gone a step

tisfy your curiosity about the new product and tell you how the “EAE further in UV curing by replacing conventional power supplies with

loop” can help you in your daily work.

its energy efficient electronic e-Brick system. Comparable benefits

Other new items concern the EAE product “V.I.P.”, an interdepart- include a 30% reduction in running costs with 20% more UV output

mental, intersite order planning system, which has been among our and reduced carbon emissions from the printing plant.

company’s successful products for several years. With this solution, In plants where the ambient air is heated or cooled, substantial sums

our developers have closed the final gaps in our portfolio of servi- of money can be wasted as the treated air is extracted by the UV sysces.

They have successfully and completely integrated the shipping tem in cooling the lamps and removing ozone. The IsoCure design

room into order scheduling and have also succeeded in integrating eliminates this hidden cost since no exhaust fans and ducting are re-

the complete insert management process into the workflow of order quired for cooling as normally required on conventional UV systems.

planning.

GEW manufactures energy saving UV curing systems for all makes of

In addition, of course, they can also provide information on the pro- printing presses and supplies both original equipment manufacturers

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as well as UV upgrades for existing equipment. Since 1991 the company

has built itself a strong reputation as the global market leader of

web-based UV curing systems. Based near London, England, GEW

manufactures all its products in-house, which are available together

with spare parts and after-sales service in every continent through its

satellite offices and distribution network around the world.

www.gewuv.com Hall 8 Stand 015

Goss International continues

New Ways for Print Theme

At IfraExpo 2008 Goss International is demonstrating innovative

technologies for web offset production with its theme – ‘New

Ways for Print’.

The company will showcase its latest press, finishing and workflow

solutions, emphasizing how automation, integration, versatility and

commercial capabilities can add value and create new opportunities

for newspaper publishers.

Goss International will be highlighting the compact FPS press featuring

slide-apart units, the Magnum press with new three-form inker

and shaftless drive options, and the latest Universal and Uniliner

presses for applications ranging from four to twenty-four pages per

impression. The Universal and Uniliner presses have a host of new

features including a semi-automatic plate change option, new compact

configurations using “T90” layouts, improved heatset/coldset

operation with Goss DigiRail inking, and the addition of Sinapse interactive

training simulators.

The Goss Lifetime Support program reflects the company-wide philosophy

of optimizing performance and competitive lifespan of every

press system. Covering service, parts, training and enhancement options,

representatives will be on hand at Ifra to discuss opportunities

to maximize reliability, productivity and quality from current and future

installed press equipment.

Eric Bell, European marketing manager for Goss International concludes,

“The combination of powerful technologies and integrated

workflows enables us to provide newspaper printers and publishers

with competitive advantages and new opportunities in the print arena.

We have a range of flexible solutions across the entire product and

service portfolio to suit every size business and we look forward to demonstrating

their benefits in Amsterdam.”

www.gossgraphic.com Hall 8 Stand 420

INNOTECH’S Panorama System

to debut in Europe

Innotech announces first European sale of its Panorama Centerfold

System to Union Druckerei of Weimar, Germany for installation on

their MAN Regioman Press. The system enables production of

4-page wide centerfold as well as newspaper and magazine inserts

with a variety of gatefolds. This will enable the printer to produce

highly versatile advertising formats. Innotech specially modified the

Panorama System to suit the needs of Union Druckerei to make gatefolds

of varying widths and orientation with practically no change-over

time.

Innotech, a New York based manufacturer of press auxiliary equipment,

has been building customized equipment for commercial printers

for the past 18 years with installations in America, Europe and the

Far East. Panorama system uses “INNOFORMER”, the geometric air

bar plow, for high speed folding with no set-up time.

First installation of Panorama Centerfold System at a newspaper

went into production in August 2006 at El Tiempo in Bogota, Columbia

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and has enabled the newspaper to offer special advertising opportunities

to its customers.

www.innotechequip.com Hall 8 Stand 150

KBA focus on Cortina

and Commander CT

KBA’s focus at IfraExpo in Amsterdam will be on its innovative

Competence platform comprising the ultra-compact Cortina

(waterless) and Commander CT (conventional) newspaper

offset presses, whose extensive automation, flexibility, cost efficiency

and user-friendliness are the way of the future.

KBA’s two compact web presses, the highly automated Cortina (waterless)

and Commander CT (conventional), herald a new trend in

newspaper printing.

Alongside the most advanced newspaper press technology on the

market and the many benefits it offers users and operators, the KBA

stand will also be promoting some conventional and not-so-conventional

products for coldset and heatset production.

At the end of August there were 19 compact press lines totalling 99

towers on KBA’s reference list: 15 Cortina (75 towers) and 4 Commander

CT (24 towers). Along with a number of 4/2 installations they include

four 6/2 versions and the first 4/1 version. The first triple-wide

Cortina came on stream shortly before IfraExpo at Nordsee-Zeitung

in Bremerhaven, while a multi-unit Commander CT 6/2 will ship early

next year to the Daily News in New York. In the summer Gulf News in

Dubai placed KBA’s first order from outside Europe for a multi-unit

Cortina with a bank of dryers for hybrid coldset/heatset production.

Alongside automatic plate changing, dedicated cylinder drives and

some unique features that include rollers locks and cylinder bearings,

the Cortina and Commander CT’s reduced headroom – a four-high

tower is just over 4m (13ft) high – offer some decisive benefits compared

to traditional web presses. Added to which they are much more

convenient to operate (lifts instead of stairs) and also more cost efficient

(smaller capital investment in plant and buildings, lower energy

consumption, less maintenance).

www.kba.com Hall 8 Stand 530

Screen to demonstrate On-demand

Newspaper System

Screen will give a live demonstration of a remote Digital on Demand

system for newspaper production.

The new on-demand system from Screen is based on the Truepress

Jet520. At the show the system will be used to print the most

current editions of major newspapers such as Daily Mail, The Guardian,

Le Monde and El Pais. Each newspaper will be processed with an

online Hunkeler finishing system. Visitors can receive their personal

copies daily at the Screen stand.

One special component of Screen’s on-demand production system is

NewsWorker – a workflow system specifically developed for newspaper

production. NewsWorker, a plug in for Adobe InDesign, is a production

tool that automatically optimizes, pre-flights, prepares, and

coverts files to PDF.

The Truepress Jet250 is the ideal short-run newspaper press, especially

for the tourism industry and the business world. A combination

of pre-press technology from Screen and Piezo DOD (Drop on Demand)

technology from Epson, the Truepress Jet 250 offers the highest

level of precision, quality, and reliability.

For major newspapers worldwide, providing timely reporting of breaking

events often has repercussions in production concerning speed,


color, and quality. Truepress Jet250 provides a new competitive advantage.

With the Truepress Jet250 complete facsimile editions of

newspapers are produced in perfect color; with a print quality undistinguishable

from offset; and at speeds of up to 1,000 newspapers per

hour.

The production of full color newspapers on publishing date any where

in the world is a good example of how Screen supports multiple segments

of the print industry with future oriented systems.

Regarding color production, Screen can look back at 50 years of innovative

leadership in screening, half-toning, and color management.

Screen couples this technological know-how with an equivalent production

capacity with the degree of precision required to manufacture

such systems.

www.screen.com Hall 8 Stand 495

Sinapse Print Simulators

Sinapse Print Simulators are showing a wide range of new simulator

training possibilities at IfraExpo.

New features for Sinapse newspaper press simulators include

a high resolution image display – available now with Goss and other

newspaper simulators from Sinapse.

Under the new company name Sinapse Print Simulators for the first

time, the company is showing the following equipment and capabilities

in Amsterdam:

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Sinapse Print Simulators will also be seen on the Goss International

and ABB exhibitor stands in Amsterdam.

www.sinapseprint.com Hall 8 Stand 301

technotrans with new Cleaning Systems

The focus at the IFRA Expo 2008 for technotrans is helping companies

reduce their operating costs through process optimisation

and stabilisation for all aspects of newspaper printing.

One of the highlights will be the portfolio in the new product area of

cleaning systems: The innovative contex.c offers more blanket length,

short washing times, and less cloth consumption; the unique contex.

mb, which cleans with a small, moveable brush; and contex.lb that

cleans the blanket with one continuous brush. technotrans is the only

supplier world-wide to offer three solutions in this area all of which

help to protect the environment and considerably reduce operating

costs at the same time.

The premiere of the latest product development within spray dampening

solutions will also be presented by technotrans: the deltaspray

system. Innovations such as the patented, self-powered nozzle cleaning

system, which ensures a continuous cleaning process during the

entire production, and automatic shutters offer impressive features

such as ease of use and outstanding performance. Significantly longer

nozzle service life cycles and reduced maintenance expenses are

decisive arguments for the cleaning system.

Furthermore technotrans will present the delta.f cross-flow filtration

unit integrated in its delta.sd dampening solution circulator, the delta.

sdf. The system is an extremely space-saving, easy to install solution

which recycles dripping and reflex water from the return flow of the

spray dampening units using special ceramic membranes without

any consumables and returns it to the process. Because of the integrated

automatic self-cleaning process delta.f supports the continuous

efficient production process while at the same time reducing disposal

costs as well as the need for new additives.

In addition technotrans will show the world‘s largest and most powerful

pump TCH 200/16 for the application area of central ink supply and

a number of turn-key system solutions for UV ink supply.

All innovations presented at IFRA are the result of a close co-operation

with press manufacturers and end users. In this way technotrans

is continuously expanding its offering of products for the newspaper

printing industry.

www.technotrans.de Hall 8 Stand 391

Trelleborg Printing Blankets

IFRA 2008 will herald a new era for Trelleborg Printing Blankets

and its recently acquired subsidiary,

MacDermid Printing Blankets, with the newspaper show providing

the first opportunity for both companies to appear together on an exhibition

stand.

IFRA will be the venue for a re-launch to the market of the Rollin brand

of offset blankets, made by MacDermid Printing Blankets, while Trelleborg

Printing Blankets says it is planning to introduce a significant

addition to its Vulcan range for the newspaper sector, although for

now the company is giving no further details.

„There has been a great deal of work going on behind the scenes since

MacDermid Printing Blankets joined the Trelleborg stable, and IFRA

is the perfect platform for us to inform customers about our joint

plans for the future,“ says Dario Porta, President of Trelleborg Printing

Blankets. „It‘s a very exciting period because the synergies and

strengths of the two companies enable us to provide a unique range

of blanket solutions. The newspaper sector is increasingly important

for us and we‘ve had a high take up of our metal-blacked blankets in

particular.“

Both the Vulcan and Rollin brands will be promoted at IFRA with updated

logos, which represent the new image of the group going forward

www.trelleborg.com Hall 8 Stand 475

Web Press Corporation:

cost saving Measures

IFRA PREVIEW

Web Press Corporation and its international subsidiary, Web

Leader International, Inc., invite commercial printers and

newspaper printers alike to learn how to improve their print

quality at the same time they increase their ROI during upcoming IfraExpo

2008.

Web Press Corporation (WPC) is the only major player in the press

manufacturing arena still building its machinery on USA soil. WPC

prides itself on using quality materials and backing its product line

with a parts warranty that can extend up to four years. Their major

seller, the Quad-Stack 4 over 4 color printing unit has revolutionized

the printing industry, due to its “CBC” or continuous blanket contact,

compact size, solid configuration, and ability to reduce waste and stay

in registration.

The technology used to configure the Quad-Stack, known for its ability

to add color to most brands of single-width, one around web-offset

press lines, can also be utilized to manufacture single or dual color

units. Multiple units, roll stands or splicers, and WPC’s quality folders

can be combined to form complete press lines that are totally customized

for individual customer’s needs. A variety of inking systems,

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folder capabilities, and control systems are only a few of the available

options.

Current WPC customers are printing the full gamut of newspaper and

semi-commercial offerings, from single page advertising inserts, to

multi-section newspapers, to full-color glossy magazines.

www.webpresscorp.com Hall 8 Stand 451

Wifag evolution is the

top performance Solution

WIFAG has expanded its product portfolio of newspaper printing

presses to better meet customer demand for greater

productivity, flexibility and semi-commercial capabilities.

Thus WIFAG is offering top performance printing units in design sizes

4/2, 6/2 and 4/1. Besides printing units with a blanket-to-blanket construction,

9-cylinder satellites are also available. The product family

includes autopasters with up to 1.50 m roll diameters as well as 2:5:5

and 2:7:7 folders.

Systems for semi-automatic plate changes have already been tried

and proven in practice and make it possible to reduce makeready

work.

New systems for fully automatic plate changes are now being installed

on the first customer systems. WIFAG has developed largely automated

solutions for variable web widths. To meet semi-commercial

requirements, WIFAG offers configurations with UV dryers or heat-set

gas dryers.

Optimized sequences for startup and production changeover boost

productivity while reducing waste. Image-data-based control systems

for color registers and cutting-off contribute to uniform printing

quality and lessen the workload. WIFAG is currently delivering the first

fanout control functions based on image data to customers. Remote

maintenance functions facilitate the maintenance and service of WI-

FAG printing presses.

www.wifag.ch Hall 8 Stand 250

Postpress

IDAB WAMAC Depalletiser -

making a hard Job easy

IDAB WAMAC will show the new Depalletising Unit DPU 400 for automatic

feeding of printed matter directly from pallet to hopper. The

Depalletiser was breaking news at Drupa 2008 as it is a completely

new innovation in the handling of copies - making a hard job easy.

The DPU 400 feeds the hopper by lifting off, one by one, batches of

printed matter stored on pallets. The batches are moved to a special

device that recreates the shingled copy stream and conveys it to the

hopper. The DPU 400 can be connected to any type of hopper and offers

an ergonomic and efficient handling of hopper feeding. The Depalletiser

in conjunction with a Palletiser , can provide a simple and

efficient supplement storage system. The supplements are stacked

to pallets instead of being wound up and the Depalletiser takes care of

the “unwinding”. For customers with Winding systems, external produced

supplements delivered on pallets can be automatically transferred

to Winding units by the Depalletiser. The DPU 400 has the latest

technology available in the market: Laser sensors, vision control and

state of the art software.

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In addition IDAB WAMAC will present the complete product range of

mailroom and distribution equipment; High speed inserter PST 400,

trimmer MF 8.30. For printing plants running at press speeds up to 70

000 we offer the TS 300 mailroom system.

www.heidelberg.com Hall 8 Stand 330

Muller Martini: grow with us

Every newspaper publisher is faced with the same challenge:

When is the proper time for the necessary investment? At the

IFRA Expo in Amsterdam (27-30 October) Muller Martini provides

the answer: Thanks to modular systems customers can grow

with the market.

When newspaper printers improve their position on the free market

with semi-commercial hybrid print products and thus generate

new earnings, they can do it on the one hand thanks to new technologies

on the printing press, and on the other hand with new systems

in the mailroom. Muller Martini has recognized that the newspaper

publisher’s chances lie chiefly in the increase of the utilization rate

of their systems – for example with in-line systems for stitching and

trimming. Pre-printed products for newspapers (or parts thereof) can

be stitched and trimmed just as well as individual magazines.

But it isn’t just about a higher utilization rate in the mailroom. Just as

important is the question of the right investments – and particularly

the right time for the investments. This is a challenge that newspaper

producers and machine manufacturers both face: The amortization

cycles for printing presses and mailroom systems are very long-term,

the trends in the newspaper industry are, however, getting ever shorter.

Muller Martini’s answer to this critical question is: Modularity.

Modular solutions such as the ProLiner inserting system and the Co-

Liner pregatherer system make it possible to invest properly at any

time. The ProLiner can be configured with a certain number of feeders

to meet current production requirements, and later expanded with increasing

volumes. This way customers can grow with the market, true

to the Muller Martini motto “Grow with us.”

But modularity also means being able to optimally absorb fluctuating

volumes in the context of weekly production and this way ensure the

most economical cost structure possible.

That is why Muller Martini has provided the CoLiner pregatherer system

to assist the ProLiner inserting system. It can be easily docked

into the inserting line and offers maximum flexibility in the smallest

of spaces.

www.mullermartini.com Hall 8 Stand 400

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