Concerns are rising about the selective news consumption habits of US readers in this election year. Facing decreased circulation numbers and poor advertising spend, some large cities, which for decades had dual and dueling daily newspapers—one leaning Democratic, the other with Republican...
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Both Goss and manroland have 96-page web offset presses, the Sunday 5000 and Lithoman S, respectively, which produce an astonishing gross output of between 3.6 million and 4.3 million pages per hour. These 112-inch-wide systems work particularly well in Europe because printed product sizes are much more flexible there. "In the US, dedicating machines for single products, such as magazines, may go away in the future," manroland's Lapinski said. "This press is ideal for both small and large page counts." If and when a new production model is adopted in US printing plants, Lapinski sees the Lithoman S ultimately challenging gravure for high-volume retail, catalog, magazine, and insert products. Computer-to-press prepress technology for web offset has considerable advantages in costs and throughput time compared with printing cylinder engraving and cylinder handling for the rotogravure process.
Lapinski believes the fast pace of innovation will continue for newspapers in print. "We'll see hybrid cold- and heatset presses, and more UV applications," he predicted. And, of course, there'll be more reconfigurations and upgrades. "Whatever can be added to machines for new products, new markets, and new revenue streams," that's the bottom line according to manroland and the other offset press manufacturers.