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MediaSpan’s SkyQue upgraded
The next step in publishing is now on-line with the latest system from the US-based MediaSpan. The company recently demonstrated newest addition to their content management suite, SkyQue during IFRA Expo in Hamburg. Designed for today’s multichannel world, SkyQue is a browser based SaaS deployed solution offering outstanding functionality and performance.

Another order for manroland
In future four 32-page COLORMAN autoprint presses will print newspapers at Druckhaus Ulm-Oberschwaben (DUO). The company has invested in two COLORMAN autoprint presslines for its printing centers in Ulm and Weingarten, Germany, each consisting of two presses. DUO is pushing the envelope as far as delivery time is concerned: ordered in August, the first pressline is scheduled for installation at the end of March 2011. Without interrupting production, the plan calls for the new presslines to be installed one after the other in the existing buildings where competitor and GEOMAN presslines from manroland are running at present.

Schur receives world’s
single biggest inserter order from India

Kottayam-based, the Malayala Manorama Ltd, one of the top publishers in India, has placed the world’s biggest inserter order ever with Schur Packaging Systems. The multi-million euro order consists of 26 inserting systems, with a capacity of 35,000 cph each, 13 folder grippers of the new model TGG 3200, 13 TS 800 stackers and NTTS 30a0 stacker based 26 stack-pack lines locally manufactured in India.

The leading Malayalam language regional newspaper with ten printing plants in the state of Kerala, Malayala Manorama has decided to modernize their printing facilities. The new mailroom including inserting, programmed bundling, etc will be installed in conjunction with the new Smartline and Frontline presses from Manugraph. The stream is split to two inserters equipped with two hoppers, for two inserts with future possibility to be expanded to four. The new ergonomic hopper loader A520 for easy feeding of supplements will be part of the system. The inserters feed the two stack-pack lines locally manufactured at the Schur Newstech joint venture in Mumbai India. The gripper lines are also connected to a stacker TS 800 positioned on the inserting floor for supplement production.

“We are very honoured to be the chosen supplier for this prestigious order and we thank the management team of Malayala Manorama headed by technical director George Jacob for the confidence,” commented Ulrik Sthaalros, managing director of Schur Packaging Systems. “Malayala Manorama, Newstech India and the earthswhile IDAB WAMAC have a long relationship which started way back in 1986, when the first Wamac Mailroom was installed in our plant in Trivandrum,” stated George Jacob, adding, “During the years we have had a close co-operation and we are confident that we will be supported in the same positive way by Schur. Long term reliable and trustworthy partners are important for us to grow in this competitive environment.”

Dversified Jagran group
makes a move with fresh identity

India’s leading media and communications group, Jagran Prakashan Limited has recently launched the corporate identity of the brand with a new logo. The word ‘Jagran’ means ‘awakening’ and the most powerful depiction of this idea lies in the rising sun. As a media conglomerate, their objective is to create enlightenment and there can be no better face for the brand than the sun dispelling the darkness and ushering in light and warmth to the world.

“This is indeed a proud moment for the organisation as it launches a cohesive corporate identity for the brand. Over a period of time, Jagran Prakashan has diversified into multiple platforms including print, OOH, activations, mobile and internet, which with the launch of the new identity falls under one big umbrella,” commented Basant Rathore, vice president-strategy & brand management, Jagran Prakashan Limited, adding, “Currently, the group’s perception is driven by the flagship brand - Dainik Jagran. There is limited awareness of the other operations. This is only natural, given that the other businesses are nascent. However, as we move forward, and as our other businesses gain momentum, it was important for us to make a move from a respected newspaper to an admired media conglomerate. This will help us enhance and communicate our breadth of offering and scale.”

Dainik Jagran group publishes three brands of newspaper in 73 editions with 200 plus sub-editions from 31 different printing facilities across fourteen states of the country.

Sendai’s new facility becomes operational
- marking successful start-up of Mitsubishi 4x1 ‘DIAMONDSPIRIT’ press
Headquartered in Sendai City – the capital of Miyagi Prefecture and largest city in the northeast region of Japan, Sendai High Speed Offset Ltd hosted a celebration on November 10, 2010 to commemorate the completion and start-up of its new printing plant. The event was attended by Manabu Yamagishi, president of Sendai High Speed Offset; Ichiro Kifune, managing director of Nikkei Shimbun and Ken Watabe, president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, and all attendees expressed their highest expectations of the new Sendai plant and the state-of-the-art Mitsubishi 4 x 1 ‘DIAMONDSPIRIT’ press.

Established in 1985 by Iwate Nichinichi Shimbun Group as a contract printer, Sendai High Speed Offset had already installed one Mitsubishi newspaper press and this line was subsequently expanded in 1987 and in 2004 to meet demands for greater colour page capacity and eventually enabling to print 48-page broadsheet newspapers with twelve colour pages. In order to raise colour page capacity from twelve to sixteen pages by replacing the existing old 4 x 2 press, the company decided to build the new Sendai plant in April 2009 and acquire one Mitsubishi 4 x 1 ‘DIAMONDSPIRIT’ press. Operated by the Mitsubishi press control system with automated features including ink presetting with CtP interface, automatic colour register control and dual web tension control, the Mitsubishi 4 x 1 DIAMONDSPIRIT press for Sendai is rated at 70,000 cph with a cutoff of 546mm (21.5 in) and a web width of 1,626mm (64 in). The press line is configured with two 4/4 tower printing units, four 2/1 tower printing units, one 2:2 double rotary folder and six reelstands.

Gavin O’Reilly continues
as WAN-IFRA president

The chief executive officer of Ireland-based Independent News & Media PLC Gavin O’Reilly will continue as president of WAN-IFRA until June 2011, following a vote by members of the global organisation. O’Reilly, who became president of WAN-IFRA in December 2009 following the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, was due to step down in December 2010. But his term was extended by a unanimous vote of the WAN-IFRA annual general meeting.

On the occasion, Martin Kall, chairman of the management board of Swiss-based Tamedia AG, was elected first vice president of WAN-IFRA, He succeeds Horst Pirker, the former chairman of the board of Styria Media Group in Austria, who had been slated to become WAN-IFRA president in January 2011, but stepped down when he resigned from Styria in September. Tore Stangebye, CEO of Norway-based Berner Gruppen, was re-elected treasurer.

Another groundbreaking project for Goss
With commitment to build the most modern platform in the industry, Brown Printing Company announced the acquisition of the world’s first Goss Sunday 3000 web press with an extended 75-inch web width. The 4-unit 32 pages press will be capable of producing saddle stitched and perfect bound product up to 9” wide, a first for single-circumference web presses. Brown will equip the press with closed loop colour, as well as automated register and ribbon controls that increase efficiency while maintaining the high level of quality their customers have come to expect. The installation is expected to be completed by July 2011.

“Brown’s facilities are among the most modern and efficient in the US. In fact, the last Sunday 3000 press installed in the country, back in 2008, was also purchased by Brown,” explained Volker Petersen, president and CEO, “We continually look for ways to improve our productivity in order to better serve our customers.” As per Jochen Meissner, Goss International president and CEO, “Brown Printing has been a longstanding leader in bringing the advantages of the latest high-speed, wide-web technology to its catalogue and publication customers. We are grateful for this opportunity to extend our relationship and work with the team at Brown on another groundbreaking project.”

Cobra-8 becomes faster
To fulfill the requirement within their customer base for a Violet CtP machine with a higher throughput than the standard Cobra-8 output speed, HighWater Products Ltd recently announced speed improvement to their Cobra-8 product line. Now, a dual-resolution Cobra-8 will offer 26 B1 plates per hour at 175 lpi and 16 B1 plate per hour at 250 lpi. “This enhancement was possible due to the renowned quality and integrity of our precision laser-optics system which has enabled us to provide the customers high productivity and exceptional imaging quality within a single Cobra-8 system,” commented Richard Warren managing director at HighWater Products Systems.

“We are especially pleased with the high volume of sales achieved in India due to our distribution partner Monotech who have installed over 30 Cobra-8 units and with the release of the Cobra-8-S we are looking forward to increasing the installation base specifically amongst the service bureau segments in the Indian market,” said Peter Flynn, sales director at HighWater Products. “Simplicity and reliability have been hallmark of HighWater Cobra & Python CtP’s and the ability to provide higher quality and better speed will add to the strength of these products in Indian market. The product upgrade will offer tremendous value advantage to our existing customers as well,” added TP Jain managing director, Monotech Systems.

ABP orders new press from WIFAG
-adds to their WIFAG OF370 high speed presses
At the beginning of September 2010, ABP Pvt Ltd ordered another press from WIFAG, comprising four full colour towers, four autopasters and other accessories. Scheduled to be delivered, installed and commissioned by WIFAG in early 2012, this new press will provide an additional 32 full colour broadsheet page capacity.

This order for WIFAG is the result of a successful and well established partnership with ABP Ltd. WIFAG is proud to accompany ABP into and through the next phase of the press life cycle. With this first order, WIFAG is re-starting successfully after an extensive restructuring phase. Re-launching the business with the existing product portfolio is a viable option for WIFAG due to the confidence and trust of customers who are real partners.

ABP Pvt Ltd is the publisher of the Bengali-language Anandabazar Patrika, one of the largest circulated newspapers in the world, with a daily circulation of 1,173,750. ABP also prints The Telegraph, the highest circulated English daily in Eastern India. Recently, the company began commercial production with their high speed, double wide, double circumference WIFAG OF370S presses, each with a maximum speed of 84,000 copies per hour. The presses are housed in a new, purpose designed building on a green field site just north of Kolkata.

Expanding capability
with new Goss Newsliner press

Tianjin Evening News Group, who produces five daily newspapers including its flagship title, Tianjin Today Evening News, has ordered a new 4x1 Goss Newsliner press to enhance capacity and flexibility while achieving cost and productivity advantages. Scheduled for installation in July 2011, the new press line will allow production of two separate publications through one folder and maximize savings on consumables.

The group has been a long-term Goss press user, and currently operates four 2x2 (single wide, double circumference) Universal press models and three 2x1 Universal presses. Comprising eight units, the new double-width, single circumference Newsliner press will be configured as two four-over-four towers, with one folder, two Goss CT50 reelstands and a complete mailroom system. Rated at 80,000 copies per hour with a web width of up to 1562 mm, the press has been specified with a Goss 2:3:3 jaw folder featuring double independent folding couples and an upper former. Cantilevered support for plate cylinders also provides greater stability and repeatability at the highest speeds to ensure the Goss Newsliner 4x1 press remains among the most productive presses in its class. Other advanced features include a specially modified ‘triple raceway’ bearing system for greater precision and easier operation, optional Goss DigiRail digital inking, and an enhanced fully-automated splicing system.

Li Shengli, vice president of Tianjin Evening News Group appreciates the strong working relationship with the Goss International team, saying, “Our experience with eight Goss presses over the years has been very positive. In addition to the competitive features of the equipment, it is the professionalism and reliable service of the whole team that has given us confidence to go for this new investment.”

Big deal!
Quad/Graphics recently confirmed an order for two new Goss Sunday web presses with DigiRail digital inking specifically designed for the production of retail inserts, and enhancements for several Sunday presses and folders at their facilities in the US, including installation of award-winning Goss Zero-Slip Nip technology. Goss will also equip the both 2,500-feet-per-minute (12.7 m/s) press systems with Contiweb FD pasters, Ecocool dryers, QPL automated plate changing technology and Omnicon controls. Quad/Graphics currently operates more than 40 wide-format Goss Sunday presses throughout the United States. The company has also installed more than 150 Goss Pacesetter and Universalbinder finishing systems since 1980. Shown from left to right in happy mode are Andy Thomas – Goss International sales manager, Tim Sands – Quad/Graphics vice president of press operations and Graham Trevett – Goss International vice president of Sales, at the Graph Expo show 2010.

Initiative to facilitate sharing digital news
Ongo Inc, a start-up company in the US soon to launch a consumer service for reading and sharing digital news and information from multiple publishers, announced it has received a $12 million initial round of financing from Gannett Company, The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company. Ongo Inc will introduce the Ongo service before the end of the year. “We are building Ongo to reflect the many ways consumers prefer to read, organize and share digital news,” said Alex Kazim, Ongo Inc’s founder and chief executive officer. “We’re gratified three such influential media companies recognize the value of what Ongo is creating, and we look forward to opening our doors soon.” The Ongo service will be launched at

Prabhat Khabar launches
another edition from Bihar

Accomplishing yet another feat, Ranchi based newspaper Prabhat Khabar stepped in Muzaffarpur (a culturally rich region with a potential market of North Bihar) in October 2010. Established in the year 1984 in Ranchi and relaunched in the year 1989, the newspaper is also being published from Ranchi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Deoghar, Kolkata and Siliguri.

Xavier Vidal-Folch re-elected
president of World Editors Forum

Xavier Vidal-Folch, deputy director of the Spanish daily El Pais, has been re-elected president of the World Editors Forum.

Vidal-Folch was re-elected for a two-year term by the board of WEF, meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Before he agreed to run for a new term, Vidal-Folch declared that he would accept only if he could serve a shorter period than the two-year traditional term of office.

Harald Stanghelle, the political editor of Aftenposten in Norway, was also re-elected vice president of WEF.

Printpack India poised to be a
mega event of South and East Asia

January 16-21, 2011 Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
- crosses 14,500 sq m area 60 days in advance, attracting almost all major newspaper machinery and solutions providers
To be organised by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) jointly with IPAMA (Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association) from January 16-21, 2011 in the much upgraded exhibiting halls at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Printpack India 2011 - an international exhibition on printing, packaging, converting, signage and allied machinery industry is all set to open its doors of business opportunities for all. To make the show rather effective and comprehensive in response, ITPO and IPAMA arranged promotional campaign across the country for spurring prospective participants, and now are ready to reap the advantages of their efforts.

The exhibition will provide a diversified and rich experience for participants as well as visitors in all the areas of graphic art industry, besides deliberations and exchange of ideas for joint-ventures and exchange of technological know-how with leading overseas manufacturers. To bring out the daily updates during the six-day event of Printpack India, publication of ‘Daily Bulletin’ has also been planed by IPAMA in association with Print& Publishing magazine.

The net area booked as on November 16 has reached up to 14,500 sq m, with over 260 exhibitors, including almost all major newspaper machinery and solutions providers.

The first-of-its-kind
Goss Sunday at Japs-Olson

Japs-Olson Company recently placed an order for a new eight-unit Goss Sunday 2000 web press to be configured for highly automated direct-mail production. Equipped with the exclusive Goss Autoplate fully automatic plate changing and Automatic Transfer technologies, allowing four-colour job changes to be completed without stopping the operation, this Sunday press will interface with an inline finishing system. Goss International will also supply a Contiweb splicer, Ecocool dryer and its Omnicon control system. Installation will begin at the Japs-Olson facility in St Louis Park, Minnesota in mid 2011. The new press will complement an eight-unit Sunday 2000 press with Automatic Transfer capabilities installed in 2007.

With eight Automatic Transfer printing units, operators are able to complete a makeready for a new job on four idle units and then bring those units on impression while simultaneously taking the four units printing the previous job off impression. Bypassing the AT feature allows printing of up to eight colours.

18th Printing
South China in Guangzhou

The first exhibition on publishing, printing, label & packaging industry of China in 2011
Being one of the most influential international printing exhibitions in China for seventeen years, the 18th South China International Exhibition on Printing Industry (Printing South China) will be grandly held again in Guangzhou at China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex, PR China during March 09 - 11, 2011. Organised by authoritative governmental parties and experienced event organisations including Administration of Press and Publication of Guangdong Province, China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd and Guangdong Provincial Publishing Group; alongwith wide coverage of exhibits showcase catering the whole industry chain of publishing, printing and packaging altogether, this comprehensive printing exhibition fulfilling all needs of professional buyers at one-stop-purchase is foreshadowed to create a flourishing scenario coloured with fruitfulness and popularity.

The previous edition in the year 2010 occupied 45,000 sq m with 627 exhibitors from sixteen countries/regions, attracting 45,362 professional visitors from 91 countries/regions as well as over sixty delegations formed by local and overseas associations and enterprises. Perpetuating its excellence of the past, the upcoming event is expected to reach 60,000 sq m of exhibition area with around 900 exhibitors. As the very first printing exhibition of China in the year 2011, the show will outperform with a more extensive showcase of state-of-the-art technology and solutions in the publishing, printing, label-printing & packaging industries.

The show would be divided into six special theme zones including: ‘offset/flexo/gravure printing machinery zone’, ‘screen printing equipment & materials zone’, ‘printing ink/consumables/materials & accessories zone’, ‘post-press converting/paper packaging zone’, the ‘pre-press zone’ and ‘digital printing zone’. Each zone will focus on a specific printing category, where different printing equipments and accessories would be categorised by its nature and displayed in the particular zone, resulting in a wide-ranging yet delicate showcase.

Development of low-carbon green economy, cycling economy, as well as motivating social transformation on increasing low-carbon practice has become the key components of economic development. In response to the government, the Printing South China also endeavours to promote the concept of ‘low-carbon green printing’ to the industry players. The organiser will invite professionals from governmental and technical sectors for expertise and strategic sharing on low-carbon printing, as well as technological demonstration on the latest low-carbon products. Besides, a display zone for winning pieces of the second ‘China Rotogravure Premium Competition’ will be specially arranged in ‘flexo/gravure printing zone’. Not only the zone enriches visitors’ industry know-how through a glance of state-of-the-art technology, but will also bring a chance to find their ideal business partners.

Concurrently with the 18th Printing South China, ‘the China International Exhibition on Label Printing Technology’ (Sino-Label 2011) and ‘the 18th China International Exhibition on Packaging Machinery & Materials’ (Sino-Pack 2011) will also be held.

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