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Newspaper technology lies @ drupa 2012
With the technologies going ahead covering hardware and software equally in all segments of graphic arts industry, newspaper production relevent offerings shall also be the key features at upcoming drupa’ 12. We give hereunder the details of some of such exhibitors and their offerings.
ABB, one of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for the newspaper industry, will focus on its newest modular retrofit solutions for newspaper and commercial presses at drupa. At Hall 06 (Stand E18) an extension to MPS PlateWorkflow, ABB’s system for the management and automation of the plate production process will be presented. This new ‘Press Register’ module automatically repositions the images on the plates to compensate for any misalignment of the press. They will also be presenting some press-specific solutions for Wifag presses, in particular the APOS positioning system as a replacement for existing, obsolete systems, including the latest releases of ABB’s other production planning and management systems which include: MPS InsertManager for the comprehensive management of inserts and direct advertising with complete integration of the commercial and production systems, MPS Cockpit for the order-oriented resource management and planning of the entire production process, and the production management systems for newspaper presses, MPS Production.

Ferag AG will be ready with innovations and developments for the production of newspapers, magazines and advertising titles at Hall 15 (Stand C25) showcasing TapeFix, an inexpensive alternative for inserting supplements as part of the newspaper production process, a new way to secure insert collections. TapeFix takes the place of a wrapper, making sure that the collections stay together.

In newspaper production, the trend is increasingly towards top performance – with the shortest production routes from the folder delivery to the loading docks. Everything points towards the online inserting process, as can be assured by Ferag technology alone. Production on the inserting system is at 75,000 cph. Now, the Accraply application module can be integrated in front of the JobStack 90 compensating stacker inlet. The solution shows how the MemoStick advertising format can also be used on simple, inexpensive online configurations incorporating components from WRH Marketing AG’s JobFolio series.

Offering quite a large portfolio under the slogan ‘power to succeed’, FUJIFILM Corporation will unveil its largest ever presence at drupa 2012, with its exhibition space in Hall 8B (Stand A25) extending to 2,020 sq m - the largest in the company’s history for this show.

At drupa, their solutions will include: advanced inkjet systems delivering benchmark quality and productivity across a wide range of print applications; plate production solutions designed to maximise efficiency, minimise cost and improve a printer’s environmental footprint; and advances in workflow and colour management software that will help a printer better manage work across multiple print processes. The company also announced the launch of Brillia HD LH-PXE, a positive working thermal CtP plate for long-run commercial sheet-fed and web applications.

Goss International enters packaging field with a number of world debuts in addition to commercial and newspaper markets, and shall be present in Hall 17 (Stand A59/C59). Exhibiting under the theme of ‘See Things Differently’, Goss International will be emphasizing its industry-leading technology and visionary approach. They will demonstrate how the latest advances in automation, formats, configurations and supporting technologies can be harnessed to provide customers with the power to produce more impactful, immediate and cost-effective printed products with lower waste and less environmental impact.

In the Newspaper Zone, the event will mark the first global presentation of a new Goss Magnum HPS single-width, one-around high-speed press, capable of up to 70,000 copies per hour, designed for heatset, coldset or combined production. The Colorliner CPS (Compact Printing System) press joins the Goss FPS (Flexible Printing System) press in the Goss family of ‘true compact’ newspaper press solutions. The new tower on display at drupa 2012 will feature ergonomic, Goss Autoplate fully automatic plate-changing technology, as installed on hundreds of Goss press units worldwide.

As per Goss International president and CEO Jochen Meissner, “Driven by the challenges that our customers are facing, Goss has adopted a different perspective on adding value. The new products and technology applications that we are showcasing at drupa 2012 offer alternatives designed to help printers expand their opportunities. Our technologies, adapted, developed and fine-tuned to specific needs, can improve margins and provide higher value products to publishers, brand managers, readers and consumers.”

Krause at Hall 08B (Stand A22) will showcase the latest version of imposition software KIM (Krause Imposition Manager) alongwith present workflow solutions for the commercial and newspaper applications and CtP technology for the future oriented newspaper production. For the newspaper segment they will also showcase the JetNet workflow system, the Smart’n’Easy Jet with Fin processor for the entry level segment and the high performance system LS Jet Multiformat with PowerLoader and up to 6,000 plates loading capacity from pallets, currently the only high speed newspaper CtP system along with BlueFin processor. In conjunction with the Krause BlueFin processor it can produce up to 350 plates per hour in a space-saving straight configuration with multiple plate formats in direct access.

Muller Martini at Hall 14 (Stand C21-1, 2) will be shocasing a completely new inserting system for the production of newspapers and mailshots with an optimal price-performance ratio.

Demonstrating their capacity for innovation QI Press Controls at Hall 17 (Stand A24) will introduce their most recent development for web offset presses: the mRC-3D self-cleaning depth detection camera. The double-sensor technology not only doubles the possibilities but can also cope more effectively with depth; which is the reason for the 3D designation for mRC’s latest detection camera. This concept proves its great added value particularly well in case of unsteady paper web routings and/or surfaces. QI Press Controls will also emphasise how this innovative high technology contributes to reducing costs, minimising press running time and reducing downtime. Apart from this, they will be showing its full range of computerised quality control on rotary presses.

mRC-3D camera with double sensors protected by an AIMS (automatic ink mist shield) clicked in place in front of the camera.

Present at Hall 02 (Stand B46) technotrans will be exhibiting for the seventh time at drupa. This year technotrans’ focus will be on energy-efficiency, the conservation of resources, lower consumption of additives and reduced press maintenance. The easiest way to make more profit is to reduce costs. This simple rule is the basis of technotrans’ slogan for drupa 2012: ‘Blue Check – profitable print production’. At their booth, visitors will take advantage of a free ‘Blue Check’ for cost-efficient print production for their company. It will review current equipment and provide an analysis detailing areas where improvements could be made. This could cover dampening solution filtration, ink supply, energy-saving and heat recovery options, etc.

More retrofit orders to ABB
ABB, one of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for the newspaper production industry announced a major order from Le Télégramme de Brest, France, for retrofitting controls, drives and management systems on its two Wifag OF370 presses. Le Télégramme de Brest is one of France’s leading regional newspaper publishing houses. The project represents the third large order for ABB’s modular retrofit solutions for Wifag presses in three months. “We investigated various possible solutions and came to the conclusion, that the ABB proposal was the best means to meet our aims. The competence of ABB, the guarantees they offer and reliability were key arguments in our decision,” commented Claude Rozec, technical director at Le Télégramme de Brest. Christian Villiger, worldwide head of ABB’s activities in the printing business, is delighted with the order. We see this as a clear sign that our modular retrofit solutions meet the needs of owners of this generation of presses.”

Meanwhile, ABB has announced a further major press retrofit order for a Wifag OF370 press. The new order comes from the Dallas Morning News in Plano, Texas. The scope of the order includes new APOS positioning systems for two printing towers, new ABB ACSM1 drives for the same two towers, plus hardware and software upgrades for the five MPS Control Consoles in use on the press. The decision for ABB was clear. “ABB has consistently engineered alternative solutions which extend the life cycle of our TKS and Wifag presses,” conveys Bill May, vice president production at the Dallas Morning News. Jeff Gelfand, head of sales for ABB Printing in North America, adds, “This is the first US order for ABB’s APOS positioning system, which uses standard industrial components to replace the obsolete proprietary system previously in use.”

Sava offset printing blankets
launched in the Indian market

Associating Memory Repro Systems (P) Ltd, New Delhi and Press-Sence, Chennai as their distributers SAVATECH introduced offset printing blankets with ‘Advantage’ brand in the Indian market at the launch functions organised in New Delhi and Chennai. Vesel Mitija, technical advisor and Tezak Matej, area sales manager of SAVA Printing Blankets, Salvonia were present to make the technical presentations amongst select invitees from varied segments of print industry. SAVA blankets are equally popular for sheetfed offset, packaging printing, coating, heat-set and cold-set web offset, continous form presses and metal decorating.

NBG brings in new technology
to print ‘true colour’

To serve their customers better in India, Ballabgarh (Haryana) based NBG Printographic Machinery Co Pvt Ltd will now be offering QuickSet Ink Pre-Setting solution, which help web offset printers to print ‘true colour’ not just ‘acceptable colour’, that too with minimum waste. US-based QuickSet Corporation has appointed NBG as their exclusive distributor for India to provide Quickset Ink Pre-Setting.

Indian exhibitors at drupa 2012
Offering extremely cost effective solutions to printers worldwide by setting new standards in print quality, productivity, efficiency and reliability Grafitek International, an ISO-9001-2008 certified company is specialist in advanced press technology in web offset press markets emphasing on reliability and life-time customer support through a network of factory trained service engineers, agents and distributors spreading across the globe. They will be present at the Hall 15, (Stand B22) in drupa 12.

Manugraph shall be occuping two stands facing each other in Hall 06 (Stall E 80-1, 2) with 241 sq m space. They will be displaying in static condition the M360 tower of 36,000 cph and Hiline Express tower of 50,000 cph, the solutions to the current and emerging printing requirements. M360, a single width, single circumference press is the latest addition to the Manugraph stable originally designed by MDGM, USA. And with UV or Heatset package installed, Hiline Express becomes the machine of choice for newspaper printers, who also wish to do high class semi-commercial colour work on a wide range of substrates. With Hiline Express, newspaper printers can thus produce colourful inserts, supplements, magazines and brochures, as well as daily newspapers with hybrid printing is also possible.

For the first time, MGE Graphic Systems India (MGE India) will have a presence at drupa at Hall 16 (Stand A45-3). Along with units from PressMate range of dampening, dosing and filtration equipment on display, their technical staff will also be available to discuss the various other types of ancillary equipments they offer from India, including ink pumps and distribution systems, online and offline coaters and both UV and IR drying systems. So one can visit their stand to find out how MGE is helping printers to get the best from their presses.

On the line of aggressively exploring overseas markets and operating with adequate strengths to offer suitable printing machines for newspapers, books and semi commercial printers, an ISO 9001:2008 certified web press manufacturer Prakash Webtech Pvt Ltd, at Hall 15 (Stand D55), shall be participating in drupa 2012 displaying their 4 high tower Speedster 36000 featuring automatic registration control with close loop system, remote inking with automatic ink presetting, new user friendly phaser design, latest sleeves to overcome cantilever design and remote operations control desk with touch screen. The company’s four high tower to print 4+4 (546mm cut off) comprises four nos blanket to blanket printing stack mounted one upon another.

Ronald Web Offset Pvt Ltd at Hall 15 (Stand A08) will be displaying state-of-the-art innovative space saving design of Ronald web offset machine.

The Printers House Pvt Ltd at Hall 16 (Stand C47-1) will be participating in drupa to further explore overseas market. The company has already consolidated its leadership position in Bangladesh, CIS and Algerian markets.

New and existing customers in Bangladesh continue to repose faith in TPH with huge orders. Unique Groupa, a leading well diversified corporate house of Bangladesh, has chosen TPH as their partner for their new venture to print newspaper titled Dainik Amadeshomoy. Their new Orient X-Cel press of 560 mm cutoff, comprises two 4-Hi towers, two 3-colour Satellite with stack & one folder. Transcraft Ltd, the publishers of Prothom Alo & Daily Star in Bangladesh, reinforced their business ties with TPH by ordering two add-on Orient Super 4-Hi towers of 560 mm cutoff for their existing Orient press at Dhaka. Dainik Azadi, Chittagong also added-on a 4-Hi tower to their existing Orient Super press of 578 mm cutoff to increase colour pagination resulting in better advertisement revenues.

The opening up of North African market has augured well for TPH as it has secured a major order from a leading newspaper company in Algeria. The order is for an Orient Super machine of 560 mm cut off consisting of two 4-Hi towers and a 2-Hi tower with one folder and four auto reel changers. Besides, TPH’s partnership with KBA Germany has yielded another success in Uzbekistan. TPH has secured order for one 4-Hi tower press from a book printer in this country. TPH has also supplied a small press to a book printing customer in Almaty, Kazakhstan. A leading Vietnamese Government owned newspaper printing company has bought a 578 mm cutoff Orient Super press to print an 8-page regional newspaper in tabloid format in 2+2 colour.

The latest offerings shall also be displayed by NBG Printographic Machinery Company (P) Ltd at Hall 03 (Stand D35) and by Shree Refrigerations Pvt Ltd at Hall 03 (Stand E91).

New visualizer tool Color-Logic
-to remove guesswork from decorative effects

Color-Logic, developer of the Process Metallic Color System, has begun shipping their new visualizer tool, enabling graphic designers and brand owners to visualize the complete array of Color-Logic metallic and decorative effects on their designer workstations. “Our new Color-Logic FX-Viewer permits designers and brand managers to accurately visualize all Color-Logic metallic hues and decorative effects. The Color-Logic FX-Viewer is an integral part of the basic Color-Logic software, which creates five-colour files for printing with metallic inks or with white inks on metallic substrates. Using our software, designers can both create and view the metallic look and special effects of Color-Logic files right on their desktop workstation monitors, and thus verify visually, in one easy step, how their designs will appear when printed. It is no longer necessary to cycle through costly design iterations or expensive proofing to verify decorative effects,” conveys Mark Geeves, director of sales and marketing, Color-Logic.

World’s press welcomes
release of Turkish journalists

WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have welcomed the release of four Turkish journalists held for over a year on spurious charges of aiding a terrorist group, and called on Turkish authorities to do more to respect freedom of the press. Notably, Nedim Sener, Ahmet Sik, Coskun Musluk and Sait Çakir had been arrested and accused of involvement with Oda TV, a news website that authorities allege acted as the media wing for the so-called ‘Ergenekon’ conspiracy.

Atex continues streamlining
operational workflow across the world

One of the ten largest newspapers in China, Jin Wan Bao is using Atex Advertising to control its entire advertising operation, from ad order-entry to placement and billing. Since go-live, Atex Advertising has improved Jin Wan Bao’s customer service response times and accuracy. With Atex Advertising, the newspaper has streamlined the operational workflow by eliminating manual processes involved with tracking duplicate bookings and consolidating data for advertising reports.

Besides, Media company De Persgroep has extended its agreement with Atex to deploy its innovative advertising platform across the group. Atex Advertising powers more than 300 of the most diverse, prestigious and demanding media companies in the world today. Driven by the need to attract new advertising customers and increase revenue potential, companies like De Persgroep use Atex Advertising to develop innovative strategies that enhance the value of their ads by linking them with content to deliver highly targeted advertising aimed directly at the consumer. Thompson Media Group LLC also signed an agreement with Atex to help it transform from a print-based to a digital content provider. The US media company selected Atex Web CMS to provide online versions of its publications and improve editorial workflows.

Meanwhile, extending its Latin American presence, Atex has opened a new office in Colombia. It is Atex’s second office in Latin America. It positions the firm to both support its existing customer base and maximize Colombia’s growth opportunities. “By setting up regional offices, I’m certain that we will dramatically increase recognition within our target audience and better serve local customers,” said Alexandre Carvalho, regional CEO, Atex Latin America.

Speakers from five continents to
address 1,200 newspaper delegates

Dipankar Das Purkayastha, CEO and president of ABP,
India among the first confirmed speakers

The global summit meetings of the world's press are set to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, during September 02-05, 2012, under the theme ‘Shaping the Future of the Newspaper’. The speaker line-up for the 64th World Newspaper Congress and 19th World Editors Forum could hardly be more international, with speakers from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America on the podium. Organized by WAN-IFRA, the event is expected to bring together more than 1,200 newspaper publishers, chief editors and other senior executives from more than 100 countries.

Among the first confirmed speakers, one is from India: Dipankar Das Purkayastha, CEO and President ABP. Other confirmed speakers include: Carlos Fernando Lindenberg Neto, CEO, Rede Gazeta, Brazil; Michael Golden, vice chairman, The New York Times Company and former publisher of the IHT, USA; Tomas Brunegård, CEO and president, Stampen AB, Sweden; Gregory Hywood, CEO Fairfax, Australia; Trevor Ncube, deputy executive chairman, Mail & Guardian, South Africa; Laura Evans, chief experience officer, Washington Post, USA; Mohamad K Alayyan, publisher and chairman, United Jordan Press, Jordan; Pichai Chuensuksawadi, editor-in-chief, Post Publishing - Bangkok Post, Thailand; Florian Bauer, CEO, Vocatus, Germany; Rainer Esser, CEO, Zeit, Germany; and Juan Señor, partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group.

Sessions will cover topics that are crucial to publishers and editors who are looking for print and digital success: around the world in 60 minutes - trends from key regions; Global report on innovations in newspapers, from the Innovations International Media Consulting Group; winners shaping the future - best cases from inside and outside the industry; leadership - steering the new news organisation through unchartered waters; revenue - pinpointing sensible growth and new revenue strategies; audience - reeling in readers and advertisers the right way; print's prospects for tomorrow's publishing ecosystem; and digital revolution - paid content, tablets and smartphones.

Alongside the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum, the Info Services Expo will present innovative solutions from the international suppliers’ community. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry and discover cutting-edge products, services and technologies.

Hindustan now pans UP and Uttarakhand
Hindustan Media Ventures Limited (HMVL) recently launched its flagship newspaper Hindustan’s 10th edition in the state of UP from Moradabad. With this, the newspaper completes its footprint across the two states of UP and Uttarakhand. Moradabad edition has started with a strong 1.1 lakh copies, a number that is unsurpassed in that zone. Moradabad launch comes on the back of the recent launch of Aligarh edition which continues to progress by leaps and bounds; setting new benchmarks of journalism and reader connect. With Moradabad edition the newspaper is now printed from 18 centres across the states of UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi with a total readership of 3.75 crore.

“Through the launch of our Moradabad edition, Hindustan now serves the entire footprint of UP Uttarakhand – two progressive and prosperous states with a rich cultural heritage and a unique region of UP that has placed India on the global map through its exports of over Rs 2,200 crore of brass artifacts annually,” said Benoy Roychowdhury, ED, HMVL commenting on the launch. Sharing his views on the launch, Amit Chopra, CEO, HMVL said, “With our launch in Moradabad, we mark the completion of our journey of expansion that began in 2005. We now serve this economically powerful and culturally rich zone. As in our other markets, Hindustan will work to create reader delight through a high-quality newspaper and continuous engagement. We will become partners in progress for the citizens of the region. I am confident that Hindustan will emerge as the preferred newspaper for the people in this region.”

“The core proposition of Hindustan is 'Tarakki ko chahiye naya nazariya' – central to our brand and activation campaigns. We approached Moradabad with this very distinct perspective. Our election campaign “Aao Rajneeti Karein” reflected our commitment towards the state of UP and creating positive social impact,” says Rajan Bhalla, head-marketing, strategic businesses, HT Media.

MGE India brings Hydrair
ink supply system to India

In partnership with Hydrair, MGE India slowly expanding their product offerings and are excited to offer ink supply system at most competitive prices. This UK based company has already installed/supplied their system to many newspaper organisations producing established titles of newspapers. The range of Hydrair equipments include: Chieftain pumps with hydraulic motor and control system.

World’s most read daily
‘Dainik Jagran’ opts QI Press Controls

Jagran Prakashan Limited (JPL) has chosen QI Press Controls to supply 68 mRC+ cameras for automatically controlling colour register. A flagship newspaper of JPL, Dainik Jagran is the largest read daily not only in the country but also in the world. Dainik Jagran group is publisher of seven brands of newspapers in 97 editions with 200 plus sub-editions and two monthly magazines printed from 31 different printing facilities across 14 states in five different languages.

Working with world’s smallest register marks that are hardly visible for the human eye, the mRC+ cameras will be placed on five different Manugraph presses. 56 mRC+ cameras will be installed on four presses consisting of seven towers and one folder and the remaining 12 on a press consisting of six towers and a folder. “This is a very important order for us to state that we deliver proven and reliable solutions. It also proves the effects of our continuous efforts to provide high standard services through a highly skilled technical team speaking the language of the customer,” conveys Vijay Pandya, managing director of QI Press Controls India.

“Our mRC+ automatic colour register control solution will contribute to the cost efficiency by automating the production process and the guaranteed delivery of a high quality printed product. It is clear that printers in the newspaper market are now aware of the fact that automation is a must in order to continue business and to encounter their everyday challenges. At drupa 2012, we will be present at Stand A24 in Hall 17, to unfold our total solutions for printers discovering how they can meet and exceed the daily challenges a printing company is faced with,” he adds.

Success continues!
Pressline installs more machines with newspaper and book printers

The dominions of Pressline in the newspaper sector continues with their latest supply to the Norwegian Church Aid, South Sudan with the configuration of their model Prima consisting of 4/4 tower with two mono units and a quarter page folder.

With some new installations at leading book printers, Pressline’s presence in the publishing industry for printing books and magazines also continues gaining momentum significantly. While the installations at SDR Printers (Ghaziabad) started the trend with the launching pad of the latest innovations of Pressline, i.e. the ‘Double roll stand with semi automatic pasting and splicing (DRS/SAS), Bhagat Printers (Chennai) opted 4/4 PRIMA tower with quarter page folder, DRS/SAS, being impressed by the low wastage and time saving features.

Apart from the above, Pressline's Prima with same configuration has been commissioned at Lakshmi Offset, Sivakasi, and Meenakshi Offset Printers, Chennai. Shivkrupa Offset Printers, Ahmedabad installed Pressline 30 for printing their single colour books and have already planned for four colour printing as a next move. The latest and most prestigious installation of PRIMA 30 equipped with infeed - outfeed drive is at Chirag Offset Pvt Ltd (Yuvraj Printers), Ahmedabad. Some reputed publishers like Orient, Blackswan, Oxford University Press, Laxmi Publications, Ratna Sagar, Sultan Chand & Sons, Universities Press, Arihant Publishers, Nageen Prakashan, Pitambra Books are already getting their books printed on Pressline’s machines.

On the occasion of world’s biggest show of the printing industry ‘drupa 2012’, Pressline is going to launch their upgraded version of DRS/SAS in India, which now will be available as DRS/AS to further cut down the efforts of the operator and make the splicing and pasting automatic. It will be an ideal and most economic substitute for the high-end and expensive auto splicers. These splicers will be a great attraction for Asian and other developing countries where printers can't afford costly versions of splicers to save cost of precious paper by reducing wastage.

Opting IMPIKA technology
Australian fulfillment and market communications leader, SEMA purchased iPrint eVolution printers for installation in Sydney and in Melbourne. The twin-engine-duplex printers are part of a strategic project to position SEMA to serve clients in the growing variable data market space. Regarding technology, service and support, SEMA is partnering locally with Fuji Xerox Australia, IMPIKA’s distributor in this geographic area.

SEMA acquired iPrint eVolution continuous feed printer as a first step in building a discretionary marketing platform for Australian marketers. The scalable iPrint eVolution platform is configured minimally with two printheads and four channels of colour allowing full colour processing at 76 mpm (1024 A4 equivalents per minute, two-up at a standard resolution of 600 x 600 dpi). Printer outputs can be doubled by the addition of two print heads and quadrupled for duplex printing with the addition of a turn bar and a second tower.

Norwegian printer chooses
Wifag automation solution

After a long and extensive investigation to modernize press controls and add new closed loop controls for density, colour register and cut-off register, BT Trykk opts for Wifag to implement the in-house, state-of-the-art Wifag ‘Platform Plus’ controls and thereby start the replacement of the existing controls. In cooperation with 3T Control for the closed loop controls, this is an exciting premiere in Scandinavia. For the first time such a comprehensive package will be realized on a Wifag press. The Wifag OF 370 press line comprising 9 towers and 2 folders was commissioned in 1998.

BT Trykk is part of the Media Norge, the largest media company in Norway, with strong positions in national and regional media as well as printing such as Bergens Tidende, VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten BA and Haugesunds Avis. Printed at BT Trykk, Bergens Tidende is Norway's fourth largest newspaper and largest regional newspaper that reaches approximately 2,60,000 readers every day.

New version of WoodWing Enterprise
With release of version 7.6 of its multi-channel publishing system Enterprise, WoodWing continues to make multi-channel publishing easier and more efficient, providing publishers with a large array of improvements and new features both for print and digital publishing. The new solution will help publishers take full advantage of the high resolution of the new iPad. “Publishing their content to print and online platforms as well as to tablets is already a part of the daily business of a growing number of magazines, newspapers and corporate publishers worldwide. Now it’s important to continue to improve the efficiency of multi-channel publishing, in order to bring the resources required to a minimum,” conveyed Erik Schut, president of WoodWing Software.

New management team at
manroland web systems GmbH

To manage the challenges of the industry powerfully and sustainably in an economically difficult environment, manroland web systems GmbH introduced the new team at the top. Uwe Lüders, chairman of the Board of L Possehl & Co mbH will be managing director of manroland web systems GmbH. In the new management team, Peter Kuisle will be sales, service, and marketing director; Dieter Betzmeier will take the responsibility of order processing and technology director; Franz Gumpp, purchasing and production director; Dr Daniel Raffler, human resources and company development director; and Dirk Rauh will be commercial director.

Elated with remarkable success!
In terms of orders, production capacity and company turnover, this financial year has been the most productive year ever for The Printers House Pvt Ltd (TPH). Apart from consolidated its leadership position in Bangladesh, CIS and Algerian markets, the company installed several machines in the domestic market also.

One of India’s leading media groups, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited placed repeat orders for five new press lines for their Gaya, Aligarh, Lucknow and Varanasi centres. There are two identical presses at Varanasi. The five lines of Orient Super web presses are for 20 pages each with all essential automation features including Motorisation for registration and spray dampening.

TPH is honoured to have another major newspaper publisher as its customer, Sandesh – the leading Gujarati newspaper, for a 20 page full colour broadsheet newspaper press. The company also received repeat orders from their existing customers. The new Orient X-Cel (36,000 cph) press was ordered for Lokmat’s Sholapur and Akola centers in Maharashtra. These two 20-page presses have all automation features including Automatic Reel Changers. With this, Lokmat, one of the biggest customers of TPH, has 12 ‘Orient’ presses.

Leading English newspaper of the North-East region, Assam Tribune recently installed an OrientX-Cel web offset press at Guwahati. For printing a 20-page broadsheet newspaper, the press has various automation features like brushmist dampening, pneumatics, motorisation, pneumatic disc brakes, etc. One of the TPH existing customers having several ‘Orient’ presses, Sadin also increased the pagination for their two presses located at Guwahati and Dibrugarh. Both the locations have add-on 4Hi towers of Orient Super (30,000 cph) with a cut-off of 560 mm.

The company also received orders from several leading book and commercial printers. Upkar Prakashan (Agra) placed orders for two presses to augment their book printing capacity. One press is Orient X-Cel model with two 4Hi towers, while the second press is for printing books in two colours. Upkar Prakashan has seven existing presses from TPH.

Besides, Manipal Technologies Ltd (Manipal) ordered an Orient Super press consisting of two 4Hi towers with folder and quarter page folder; Mumbai-based Parksons Graphics placed an order for Orient Super 4Hi tower press; Sai Offset (Kolhapur) opted Orient Super 4Hi tower web press; and Magic International (Noida) chose a single colour web press. All these presses are capable of giving a book size printed output.

WAN-IFRA appoints
representative in Bangladesh

In a move to bring WAN-IFRA’s services closer to local publishers, WAN-IFRA has appointed Drik Picture Library Ltd, the leading picture and news agency of Bangladesh, as its representative in Bangladesh. As each country in the Indian sub-continent displays unique characteristics and challenges, the representation will help to address the specific needs of Bangladesh’s publishers and will include local media events and training.

“We are very happy to appoint Drik Picture Library as our representative in Bangladesh. Our relations with Dr Shahidul Alam, managing director of Drik Picture Library will go a long way, and, with Drik’s respected position in the country, it will enable seamless rendering of all WAN-IFRA services to the publishers in the country,” said Magdoom Mohamed, managing director of WAN-IFRA South Asia. “Drik has found a natural partner in WAN-IFRA, as both are trade organizations with a human right's mandate. The Newspapers in Education programme is also an area where the mutual interest in media and education of both organisations provide synergy. Drik’s pioneering role in new media and ICT creates a clear path for the partnership to utilise the dynamism in Asian media and propel it to new heights,” added Dr Shahidul Alam.

Printing Summit concludes in Berlin
– conveying, latest technologies, trends and business strategies helping many newspapers thrive during challenging times. Held in Berlin, Germany, during March 21-22, 2012, WAN-IFRA’s third annual Printing Summit concluded successfully providing publishers and printers a fresh insight into the best uses of the latest technologies, while exploring how creativity in print advertising can maximize revenues. The event opened with an inspiring message to publishers: despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, the latest technologies, trends and business strategies are helping many newspapers and printers thrive during challenging times.

The conference featured numerous best-practice presentations from international production executives during sessions on new concepts for business; innovation and efficiency; new ideas for more quality; the power of print; and green and profitable. Germany’s Die Zeit is a case in point. The weekly’s circulation, reach and advertising income have been steadily increasing in recent years. “We are weekly and that comes with some advantages, but regional daily newspapers also have their own advantages. In the end, every strong brand has chances to improve its position in the market," said Rainer Esser, CEO of Die Zeit, who opened the two-day conference, organized by WAN-IFRA. Dr Esser mentioned that total revenue rose by 104 percent from 2003 to 2011, largely because of the company’s focus on multimedia packaging, improving each product and platform (print included), reaching the right audience with the right content (particularly, younger audience), and knowing and understanding its community.

Kasturi Balaji, managing director of Kasturi & Sons presented the Japanese-style inline colour control system for their presses. Besides, Gary Hughes, chief executive of Transcontinental printing company in Canada, reported about lean production at several production locations; Knud Kraft, manager of the printing division for Druckhaus Spandau, Axel Springer AG, showed how retrofitting equipment can be used as an innovative strategy; Hansjürg Stihl, head of Druckzentrum Winkeln (St. Galler Tagblatt) in Switzerland shared his experience of carrying out a complex retrofit project; Alexis Lozano Medina, director of Artes Gráficas del Atlántico in Spain, using the island of Gran Canaria as an example showed how small print runs can be produced efficiently not only by digital printing, but also on a large offset press; Erik Elyn, printing plant manager for Coldset Printing Partners in Belgium, presented how this printer is increasing quality and lowering waste with a colour density control system; Assaf Avrahami, chief executive of Yedioth Information Technology in Israel, illustrated how the company is making every kilowatt count in production; and Sally Pirri, production manager of The Globe and Mail, Canada, and Gary Hughes, chief executive of Transcontinental printing company near Toronto, presented motivational strategies to improve quality.

Showing confidence in
proven mailroom technology

The existing Schur mailroom at APM Print will be upgraded with one A955 inserting line. The high capacity inserting line will be equipped with four hoppers in order to meet various customer demands with maximum flexibility. The compact design of the A955 inserter turned out to be a great advantage for this project. The A955 inserter will be in production together with three other Schur inserting lines.

In 2007 a Schur mailroom was installed at the APM printing plant in Beograd. The installation included three A855 inserting systems and three stacking/packaging lines. In order to match the increased production requirements, APM Print now decided to upgrade the existing mailroom equipment.

To achieve the best result in this context, the new equipment will be integrated with the existing lines in an optimal way. In addition to the A955 inserting system, two new TGG 3200 folder grippers will be part of the modernized mailroom. The stacking/packaging line will be equipped with TS800 high capacity stacker, UB 01 under wrapper and TM01-RT cross strapping line. The bundle production line will be installed in direct connection to the new A955 inserter.

Founded in the year 2003, APM Print became the first independent printing house in Serbia. Since 2010 APM Print is part of the Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, based in Zurich – Switzerland. Among many other titles, APM Print in Beograd is printing Serbia’s daily No. 1 Blic.

Brunch, the lifestyle magazine
from HT Media gets a makeover

Celebrating its 8th anniversary of its weekly in the month of February, HT Media Limited (HTML) unveiled recently the new avatar of Brunch - popular weekly lifestyle and entertainment magazine from Hindustan Times launched in 2003. Brunch is currently circulated complimentary with HT and select editions of Mint on Sundays and is the largest read English lifestyle magazine in India with a circulation of 13.1 lakh copies and growing.

The revamped Brunch will offer a host of new features including weekly contests and feature series, celebrity columns, and stories with web codes that can be scanned for exclusive supplemental content. Brunch has one of the best line-up of celebrity columnists in India with Vir Sanghvi, Rajiv Makhni, Seema Goswami, Shikha Sharma and Sanjoy Narayan being regular contributors and they will continue to write for the magazine in its new avatar. The brand promises its readers ‘The Good Life’ week after week with gripping content that covers various lifestyle and entertainment related genres like Fashion, Celebrities, Food, Fitness, Music and Technology.

“It is the same magazine we all fell in love with all those years ago, but with an exciting new look and feel and more entertaining and interactive content, Brunch just made Sundays better!” commented Poonam Saxena, editor of Brunch Weekly, on the launch. “We decided to give Brunch a makeover for the benefit of our readers. We wanted to give our readers a clutter free, sharp, witty, entertaining, and interactive start to their Sundays. All the favorites are still there, we have simply upped the ante on the design and content. The new, arresting masthead and crisp and clear pages give Brunch a contemporary edge. We are certain that readers will love Brunch’s new style,” added Rajan Bhalla, head – corporate marketing & magazines, HT Media Ltd -one of India’s foremost media companies, and home to three leading newspapers in the country in the English, Hindi and business news segments – Hindustan Times (English daily), Hindustan (Hindi daily, through a subsidiary) and Mint (business daily). Hindustan Times was started in 1924 and has a more than an 85-year history as one of India’s leading newspapers.

Open for entries
Specifically created to reward and encourage companies and individuals in the development and use of lenticular printing throughout the marketing and communication mix, the second edition of the Lenstar Lenticular Print Award (LLPA) is open for entries! All applications and materials must arrive no later than April 16, 2012 to be eligible for this award. The results will be announced on the second day of drupa (May 04, 2012) at the “drupa innovation park” during the award ceremony.

Organized in the context of the drupa Messe, with the support of drupa innovation park (dip) and drupa print media fair 2012, the name ‘Lenstar Lenticular Print Award (LLPA) supported by drupa 2012’ has been adopted for this year’s edition.

Fellowship opportunity for women journalists
Creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills, the International Women’s Media Foundation is now accepting applications for the ‘Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2012-13’, named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2012, and the fellowship will run from September 2012 – March 2013.

One outstanding woman journalist will be selected to spend seven months in a tailored programme with access to MIT’s Center for International Studies, as well as media outlets including the Boston Globe and

The New York Times. The flexible structure of the programme provides the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills covering topics related to human rights.

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