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OneVision continues global expansion
-opens first subsidiary in the Asia Pacific region

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ontinuing their successful worldwide growth strategy, OneVision Software AG, one of the leading suppliers of innovative software solutions to simplify print and media production, has established their first subsidiary in the Asia Pacific region, namely OneVision Software (Asia Pacific) in Singapore. This wholly owned sales and service company has commenced its operation, effective October 01, 2009.

The company has appointed Peter Loh, formerly sales and marketing director of Atex in Singapore, as managing director for their Asia Pacific subsidiary. Working within the industry for more than fifteen years, Peter Loh has extensive knowledge and experience regarding the specific needs of printers and publishers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

OneVision software solutions are already well established in the region’s publishing industry. Leading publishers such as Fairfax (AU, NZ), Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sin Chew Media, Star Publications (M) Bhd, Singapore Press Holdings or Bangkok Post do already rely on OneVision software solutions in their daily production.

“Establishing new subsidiary in Singapore is a logical step in our worldwide growth strategy. It underlines our commitment to the region, enabling us to provide best possible service and support to the customers in the Asia Pacific region,” commented Hussein Khalil, CEO of OneVision Software AG.


T Venkattram Reddy leads INS
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t seventieth annual general meeting, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has elected its new office bearers for the year 2009-10. T Venkattram Reddy, chairman of Deccan Chronicle, has become president of the new executive committee of INS, succeeding Hormusji N Cama of Bombay Samachar Weekly; while Kundan R Vyas (Vyapar –Janmabhoomi Group), Ashish Bagga, (India Today Group) and Rakesh Sharma (Hindustan Times, Patna) will be deputy president, vice president and honorary treasurer respectively. V Shankaran is the officiating secretary general of the society.

Other members of the new executive body include: Dr BS Adityan (Vaarantari Rani), L Adimoolam (Health & The Antiseptic), Girish Agarwal (Dainik Bhaskar, Mumbai), Samahit Bal (Pragativadi), PV Chandran (Grihalakshmi), VK Chopra (Dainik Asam), Devendra Darda (Lokmat Times, Nagpur), Jagjit Singh Dardi (Charhdikala Daily), Ravindra Dhariwal (Navabharat Times), Manajit Ghoshal (Mid-Day, Gujarati), Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Kanpur), Pradeep Gupta (Dataquest), Dr Ram Lakhan Gupta (Nishpaksh Samachar Jyoti), Shailesh Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Varanasi), Shekhar Gupta (Loksatta, Mumbai), Sanjay Hazari (The Tribune), Mohit Jain (Economic Times), KN Tilak Kumar (Prajavani), Ravindra Kumar (The Statesman), Dr R Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), Atul Maaheshwari (Amar Ujala), Jayant Mammen Mathew (Malayala Manorama Weekly), Vilas A Marathe (Dainik Hindustan, Amravati), Naresh Mohan (The Sunday Statesman), Paresh Nath (Woman’s Era), Abhijit Pratap Pawar (Gomantak, Goa), Maheshwer Peri (Outlook), RMR Ramesh (Dinakaran), Somesh Sharma (Rashtradoot Saptahik), Manoj Kumar Sonthalia (Kannada Prabha), CR Srinivasan (Sandhya Times), Kiran B Vadodaria (Sambhaav Metro), M Venkatesh (Hindustan Times, New Delhi), Vijay Darda (Lokmat, Nagpur), Vijay Kumar Chopra (Punjab Kesari, Jalandhar), Pratap G Pawar (Sakal), Abhay Chhajlani (Nai Dunia), MP Veerendrakumar (Mathrubhumi), Jacob Mathew (Vanitha), Bahubali S Shah (Gujarat Samachar), and Hormusji N Cama (Bombay Samachar), Biju Varghese (Mangalam Weekly, Kottayam), Kiran Dhondopant Thakur (Tarun Bharat, Belgaum), Akila Urankar (Business Standard, Mumbai), KRP Reddy (Sakshi, Hyderabad), and SB Adityan (Maalai Malar, Chennai).


manroland establishes direct
presence on Southeast Asian markets

Job van Hasselt appointed new
managing director with headquarters in Kuala Lumpur

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stablishing new regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, including a network of sales and service offices spread over the entire region ( such as in Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta), manroland has set up a direct local presence on the Southeast Asian market. Job van Hasselt has assumed overall responsibility for the region apart from acting as managing director of manroland Malaysia.

“In the new facilities, support and administrative functions for all regional companies will be combined under single roof. This move allows us to establish a lean company that is carried by the sales locations in the region. Service to our customers will be improved through moare rapid and efficient processes. This new structure makes it possible, in close consultation with my local colleagues Jeffrey Goh and Tim Klappe, to provide even better all-round service to customers and to equip them with all the advantages of our products and services as well as knowledge of the right processes,” commented Job van Hasselt.

Besides printing systems, the manroland portfolio includes a comprehensive range of services (printservices, printcom, printnet, printadvice). The company has a large installed base of sheetfed as well as commercial and newspaper web presses in the region. This geographic area includes Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Strategic partnership between
Sweden and WAN-IFRA

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o advance media development and press freedom worldwide, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced an ambitious strategic partnership.

The agreement, which represents SIDA’s first major partnership with a private sector organisation, will take advantage of WAN-IFRA’s unique position, knowledge and expertise as the global association of the world’s news publishing industry, in the defence and promotion of press freedom, quality journalism, editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses and technology. The partnership will create and test new tools and methodologies for effective media development strategies to promote democracy and freedom of expression.


Subroto Chattopadhyay to head ABC
At recently held 61st annual general meeting, Subroto Chattopadhyay (chairman of The Peninsula Foundation) unanimously elected as the chairman and Vijay Darda (chairman of Lokmat Group representing Lokmat - Marathi daily) as the deputy chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2009-2010. Ravi Pisharody (president of commercial vehicle business unit, Tata Motors Ltd), Vikram Sakhuja (CEO - South Asia, Group M Media India Pvt Ltd) and Aritra Sarkar (ABP Group) are newly elected members to the Bureau’s council of management.


STR 100: a convincing alternative in mailroom

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t Guangdong China Sunshine Media, the STR 100 standard conveyor from Ferag takes copies off from a new 75,000cph Goss newspaper press. Solid construction and high dependability are where this conveyor scores its main points.

Guangdong China Sunshine Media is an integrated media concern that has experienced rapid growth in recent years. A subsidiary of the Guangzhou Daily Press Group, Sunshine Media has played an important role in shaping developments in the Chinese media market. Today, an attractive design and full four-colour printing define the image of the company’s over fifty daily newspapers and twenty magazines.

To gear up for meeting the growing demands of the market, Sunshine Media had already installed a Goss Newsliner press and to take copies off from this press, Ferag was able to offer an economically priced and – more importantly – reliable alternative in the form of the STR 100 standard conveyor. Two STR 100s take products straight to the stackers, with grippers holding the copystream at the folded edge for secure guidance down the line. Products are also transported overhead, enabling a free choice of line routing. One JobWrap underwrapper is located behind each of the stackers to provide protection of the bundles on the way to the point of sale.


WAN-IFRA to organise
‘Pressmen Training’ at Noida

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AN-IFRA will organise ‘Pressmen Training’ at Noida from November 23-24, 2009. Bert Teljeur, an expert in production management in web printing plants, will lead the training focusing on press configurations, cylinder configurations, how to decide on configurations based on the kind of production, pros and cons of press automation, ink and dampening systems, maintenance and press acceptance procedures. It will be useful for technical directors, production heads, production managers, press managers and press operations managers.

For more details, contact: v.antony@wan-ifra.org


Concentrating on strengths
With great things in mind: Marcel Weber (Ferag AG), Joe Colletti, (WRH Marketing Americas), Gary Hughes and Tony Hebert, (Transcontinental Northern California), Barry Evans (WRH Marketing Americas) (from left to right).

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he American multimedia concern, Hearst is treading new paths. Its highest-circulation daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, will be printed at Transcontinental Northern California in Fremont, which is investing $ 200 million in a new printing centre in Fremont near San Francisco.

By investing in innovative technologies, Transcontinental is providing publishers with attractive advertising options. High-quality inserts, brochures, magazines and zoned editions – all are included in these added-value options. And here, Transcontinental is banking on the team of Ferag/Goss. Goss is supplying two Magnapak systems, each with an inserting capacity of thirty supplements for two main products; while Ferag is supplying fifty Jet Feeder hoppers, five MultiSertDrum inserting drums equipped with RollStream (each with an inserting capacity of twelve supplements into one main product), five DiscPool winding/unwinding systems, ten MultiStack compensating stackers, and twenty SmartStrap strapping machines.


ABB receives press automation
orders from WIFAG

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he integrated workflow, press control and press retrofit specialist ABB has announced a whole host of orders from the press manufacturer WIFAG for automation of a number of its presses at five sites in four countries including Germany, France, Spain and Italy.


Colorman, XXL to print the
Mittelbayerische Zeitung in 2010

Well-known landmark in Regensburg : the Steinerne Briicke

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o ensure smooth production, the Mittelbayerischer Verlag, with its newspaper Mittelbayerische Zeitung made a future-oriented investment decision. The publishing house ordered a highly-automated Colorman, XXL autoprint newspaper press from manroland, which is scheduled to start production in a redesigned printing center in January 2010.

The new press will be used to print products of up to 72 pages and has a web width of 1,890 millimeters, a cylinder circumference of 940 millimeters, and a maximum speed of 45,000 revolutions per hour. As short make-ready times are becoming increasingly important, manroland provides customised solutions with the highest level of automation. This includes the fully-automated APL plate loading system as well as highly-automated inline control systems for colour register, cut-off register, and ink density control.

With 13 regional editions and a daily circulation of around 130,000 copies, the Mittelbayerische Zeitung is a regional daily newspaper with headquarters in Regensburg, Germany. The Mittelbayerisches Druckzentrum, an independent subsidiary of the Mittelbayerischer Verlag, is a modern, high-performance, dependable newspaper printer that has been in business for over sixty years. Apart from Mittelbayerische Zeitung, the company also produces Sunday and weekly newspapers, freesheets, magazines, and advertising supplements as a contract printer. Its print portfolio is widely varied: from medium circulations right up to circulations running into the millions.


The Hindu becomes ppi
Media’s new customer

– to automatically facilitate their newspaper production


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iming to strengthen their market position, Kasturi & Sons Ltd (The Hindu) commissioned ppi Media, a subsidiary of manroland AG, at the IFRA Expo 2009 to automate their newspaper production. The contract includes the installation of the PlanPag software for production planning as well as AdPag for the pagination of classified pages and AdMan for ad production. ppi’s solutions will be integrated in the CCI Newsdesk editorial system, the ad order entry system developed by The Hindu itself, and IBM’s Nica content management system.

Both the high degree of automation in newspaper production using ppi Media’s software as well as the company’s many years of experience in the Indian market were important reasons for The Hindu to place this order with the German company. Furthermore, ppi’s expertise in integrating other suppliers’ products enables such projects to be carried out in a quick and uncomplicated manner. Installation and integration of these ppi systems at The Hindu will begin in the second quarter of 2010 and end on schedule by the end of 2010.

The Hindu will be using these new ppi solutions to pursue very ambitious targets. “We want to strengthen our position in the market and expand. Cutting-edge production and a high degree of automation are the basic requirements for achieving this objective,” sated K Balaji, director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd.

For ppi Media, this order is an important step into the Indian newspaper market. “We’re very pleased about The Hindu’s decision in favour of more automation, highest quality and ppi Media,” commented Norbert Ohl, COO of ppi Media, during the signing of the contract in Vienna.

With a circulation of 1.4 million and a range of 4.6 million readers, The Hindu is among the fifty largest daily newspapers in the world, while on a national level, it takes second place among the English-language daily newspapers. Since inception in 1878, the daily newspaper has been setting high standards in the printing industry: its editions are regarded as benchmarks for high-quality print in India, its journalistic work as reputable, authentic and credible. With its headquarters in Chennai (formerly Madras), The Hindu is produced at 13 locations on a total of 15 presses, employing 3,500 individuals. Another publication from this group is Business Line, the second largest financial daily in India.


Pressline gets good response in Moscow

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he 22nd POLYGRAPHINTER 2009, an international exhibition for printing equipment, technologies and materials, held in Moscow (Russia) from Oct 28- Nov 03, marked significant response for Pressline. The company received several enquiries from potential customers during the expo. Pressline is a regular exhibitor at this event.


Singapore to host Digital Media Asia 2009

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AN-IFRA debuts the event to present the most advanced digital media platforms driving new revenues for the newspaper industry

Focusing on content monetisation on emerging digital media platforms, WAN-IFRA is to organise Digital Media Asia 2009 (Nov 18-20) at Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. The event will present the best minds, best case studies and best concepts for driving new revenues from content syndication on: online media, mobile media and e-reading.

The mass adoption of digital technology is accelerating the power-shift to consumer-controlled media, communications, news and retail. As the industry transforms itself, nimble organisations are using rich media to increase their reach, gain new audiences, generate new business and extend their revenues. This conference aims to explore how cutting edge organisations are currently using the most advanced digital media platforms for profitably syndicating contents from newspapers, magazines, broadcasters or books. It will provide attendees key insights for developing their knowledge of today’s media industry challenges and opportunities and equip them with the necessary skills for creating new business in digital media field.

Suppliers from the online, mobile and e-reading industries will be showcasing their latest and most innovative solutions at Digital Media Asia’s solution kiosks. This platform provides attendees and visitors to gather information on how to make the most out of their contents on all available publishing channels.

The event includes three dedicated one-day conferences: Online Media Asia (18 Nov), Mobile Media Asia (19 Nov), and e-Reading Asia (20 Nov). And every conference will have three sessions, focusing on: Successful strategies for monetizing the web, Boosting online revenues, Innovative ventures on digital media; Redefining the mobile media landscape, Learning from different markets, Mobile initiatives for increasing media reach & revenues; and eReaders – update on global situations & developments, Experiences from early adopters, Technology updates and hands-on testing; respectively.

So, it will be an advantageous event for publishers, CEO, managing directors, IT directors, business development directors, and head of research from newspaper, magazine and book publishing companies as well as executives in charge of strategy and new business from any kind of media company or content producer interested in increasing their reach and expand their audience and profitability with the help of emerging media platforms.

For more details, log on:www.wan-ifra.org/dma


QuarkXPress 8 training resources for beginners

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uark announced a host of valuable QuarkXPress 8 training resources created by industry experts to help first-time users get started with the software, while also sharing time-saving tips-and-tricks for professional designers and printers. The training resources cover the new user interface, typographic control, and Flash capabilities built into QuarkXPress 8, as well as the best ways to accomplish everyday designing, printing, workflow management, and colour management activities.

For more details, visit: http://8.quark.com


Spreading the Message

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or the first time, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India has brought out a publication, Spreading the Message, to disseminate information regarding the key programmes and policies of the Government in the information, broadcasting and film sectors. The compendium compiled aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the policy initiatives taken by the Ministry in the light of the changing profile of the media and entertainment industry.


Bringing solace through relief material

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ijay Kumar Chopra, CMD and chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group seen with the 263rd truck of relief material meant for village Theekarian at R S Pura sector in J&K. Sunil Sharma, Rajinder Puri, Ashish Singla, Himanshu Vitthal, Manjit Dhiman, Gurmukh Singh Beniopal, Sanju Batra, Vinod Vashisht, Sanjiv Puri, Vikas Vijan, Gurnam Singh, Monu Sethi, Gurinder Singh and J B Singh Chaudhary were also present at the occasion.


New website for Sports Newspaper Association

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o highlight its work in the promotion of the interests and freedom of the sports press, the International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN) has launched a new website, (www.press-iasn.org), conceived for media executives, sponsors, and the sports press audience at large.

Founded in June 2008, Paris-based IASN acts as the sports arm of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), and is dedicated to: the safeguard of the ethical and economic interests of sports newspapers; the promotion of the role of sports newspapers as a marketing tool for the brands associated with sport; the fight against racism and xenophobia in sports; the promotion of sports and reading among children; the support to volunteerism in the sporting world; and the promotion of the use of sport as a tool in development policies.


WoodWing brings in
Enterprise 7 publishing system

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he Netherlands-based WoodWing Software has unveiled the next generation of its Enterprise publishing system Enterprise 7 which offers unprecedented flexibility when it comes to the integration of social media into modern multi-channel publishing environments. Also, the planning of editorial content can now be based on instant analysis of online reader interests, while the new Search 2.0 provides highly relevant results when doing research.


Hamara Mahanagar and
Dinakaran debut in New Delhi

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njoying remarkable success in Mumbai, Mahanagar Media Network Pvt Ltd recently launched Delhi edition of their Hindi daily Hamara Mahanagar.

Also, continuing their expansion plan, Dinakaran, the largest circulated Tamil newspaper, was also debuted in Delhi, making its 12th edition.


ECRM celebrates fortieth anniversary

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S-based ECRM Imaging Systems is celebrating its 40th anniversary of successful operation. Established in 1969 as an OCR manufacturing company, ECRM has grown into one of the global leaders in imaging technologies for the graphic communications industry.


PRB Act 1867 to be amended

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overnment of India will soon amend Press & Registration of Books Act (PRB Act) 1867 on a larger scale, as the existing provisions of the Act are inadequate to cater to the phenomenal growth of the print media in view of the liberalisation of the government policies. Though the Act has been marginally amended several times between 1870 and 1983, it is still needed to be changed and media representatives have also desired to contemporize the Act, said Ambika Soni, the Union Information & Broadcasting minister, speaking at the All India Editors’ Conference recently organised in Srinagar on social and infrastructure issues, and Indian Magazine Congress 2009 in New Delhi.


Production underway at
Newbury on UK’s first Uniliner press

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inding opportunity for expansion in today’s UK newspaper market, the Newbury Weekly News Group recently started production on its new Goss Uniliner press. The independent printer and publisher has almost doubled its printing capacity at its Newbury facility to eet increased demand for contract printing services. The double-width Uniliner press has been installed at ninety degrees to an existing Goss Universal press.

Newbury Weekly News Group publishes many titles, including the award-winning newspaper Newbury Weekly News, free weekly newspaper The Advertiser, monthly Newbury Business Today and Out & About magazine, along with other supplements and special publications produced throughout the year. The company also prints more than thirty separate contract titles.


Alarming sign for Indian English dailies?

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uring Jan-Jun 2009, most of the English dailies in India registered a drop in circulation, according to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). Of the 52 editions of various dailies that were surveyed, only seven, including two editions of the same newspaper, registered a higher circulation compared with the previous round of ABC. During Jul-Dec 08, twenty editions of the 49 surveyed, had marked an increase in circulation. ABC releases circulation data every six months and different editions of newspapers are reported separately.

Deccan Chronicle, whose nine editions were reported together, is the only major newspaper to have registered a higher circulation—13.33 lakh to 13.49 lakh. Other newspapers to report a higher circulation during this round include: Nagaland Post, Dimapur, Assam Tribune, Patna & Ranchi edition of Hindustan Times, Hitavada, Nagpur and Hyderabad and Nagpur editions of The Times of India.

The Times of India in Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore saw a 4.4 percent decline to 4.83 lakh copies. The paper also saw declining circulation in greater Mumbai (-6.73 percent), Lucknow (-13.89 percent) and New Delhi (-10.5 percent), while circulation rose in Nagpur (16.7 percent) and Hyderabad (4.41 percent). Figures for the Pune edition were unavailable while there was no half-year-ago figure for Ahmedabad, where the paper now sells 1.90 lakh copies. The Hindu saw a 6.39 percent drop in circulation and now sells 13.6 lakh copies.

Bangalore Mirror dropped 29.79 percent to 88,350 copies. Business Standard saw lower circulation in all eleven editions that were surveyed, and in New Delhi, where it had the highest circulation, the business daily saw an eighteen percent drop in circulation to 26,461 copies. All eight editions of The Economic Times saw declining circulation. In Mumbai, where the paper had the highest circulation, it fell 11.76 percent to 2.03 lakh copies. The Statesman in Kolkata saw a marginal drop in circulation to 1.66 lakh copies, while the New Delhi edition of the paper fell 11.92 percent to 6,187 copies.

Besides, other dailies who marked fall in circulation include: Deccan Herald (by 6.89 percent), The Hindu Business Line (five percent), The New Indian Express (10.4 percent), and The Telegraph (4.09 percent).


Australian printers
continue relying on Ferag

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t Ormiston, Queensland, Fairfax Media has invested 30 million dollars in a new production centre. Ferag has supplied state-of-the-art mailroom technology with an MSD2-C MultiSertDrum, an SNT-U rotary trimming system and a StreamStitch stitching component. The chosen line configuration will allow Fairfax Media Ormiston to go on the offensive not only in newspaper production but also in the commercial market.

All components in the new Ferag installation can be connected to each of the two folder deliveries by a UTR conveyor, with print products only passing through the individual process steps as and when required. Ormiston is one of 26 production centres owned by Fairfax Media throughout Australia and New Zealand. Together they produce 400 newspaper and magazine titles each week for more than 10 million readers. Presently, the company is running production on Ferag technology at a total of seven facilities.

Besides, Hannanprint in Sydney has been working with rotary gatherer-stitcher technology for nine years. In round-the-clock production, its two drums remain stable at high speed. The two production lines were originally envisaged for high-circulation jobs from 100,000 copies upwards, but Hannanprint is also using them for the economic and efficient processing of 15,000-copy print runs. In a 24-hour period, the two Ferag drums produce well over a million products.

At the Noble Park facility in Victoria, the third installation incorporating a UniDrum went into production last year. Hannanprint intended to process circulations in the millions around the clock on six days of the week. Processed volumes are mainly magazines and newspaper supplements, which in turn have advertising products and add-ons inserted inline. Configuration of the system allows the gathering-stitching and trimming line to be used in parallel with the inserting line for different publications. Hannanprint has also equipped the new UniDrum with the latest technology, which includes QualityEye. This quality monitoring system assures that only perfect products reach the distribution phase, and that production remains equally stable at a high performance level.

Offset Alpine Printing, one of Australia’s largest web and sheet offset printers, began production on a UniDrum 350 at its Lidcombe (Sydney) facility. In addition to circulations running into the millions, the rotary gathering-stitching system is also being used for jobs with a maximum of 15,000 copies. Automatic PreTronic CV format presetting makes sure of efficiency down into the lower circulation brackets. PreTronic CV means it’s possible to get ready for the follow-up job while production is up and running. When the changeover comes, all relevant components are motor-adjusted in just a few minutes at the press of a button on the touch screen.

The UniDrum 350 went into operation with six UniServer infeed stations and an SNT-35 trimming drum alongside a newly installed 48-page heatset web-offset machine. “With the UniDrum from Ferag, we can transfer the new momentum that comes with the printing machine through into postpress processing and achieve a massive gain in productivity across a broad product and circulation spectrum,” stated Michael Kinninmont, managing director of Offset Alpine Printing.


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