Newspapers Require Automation and Flexibility-Press Manufacturers Respond

Newspapers, while under great pressure, are still a $200 billion industry worldwide, with 15,000 paid titles. Even as newspaper titles decline in the U.S., still more than half of the world looks to the newspaper for news and, in emerging markets, newspapers are a status symbol.

Newspapers, like magazines, still have some other advantages over online or mobile delivery methods: readers tend to linger over print ads vs. digital ads, their readers tend to be more affluent, and consumers still look to Sunday coupons for savings.

That being said, newspapers are under continued attack from digital competitors. Leading press web offset press manufacturers Goss, KBA, and manroland are doing their part to help their newspaper customers, as reflected in the technology they are presenting in the NEWSPRINT Pavilion at PRINT 13, offering increased automation and efficiencies as well as increased flexibility.

Continuing its “See Things Differently” theme, Goss International (Booth 2312) is emphasizing unique advantages and opportunities for commercial, newspaper, and packaging printers. Making its North American debut at PRINT 13 is the new Goss Magnum Compact press, allowing show visitors to see live demonstrations of the press’ Autoplate system.

According to Goss VP of Newspaper Sales Wesley Clements, the Magnum Compact “is the world’s first 2x1 press with Autoplate.” The Magnum Compact was developed to meet the demands of customers looking for an automated, cost-effective press that will support multiple business models—for the newspaper, semi-commercial, and book markets—as well as ultra-short runs.

Goss is also using PRINT 13 to highlight recent and upcoming projects in the Americas, such as the Sunday web presses, a triple-width newspaper press at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Goss-Ferag finishing solutions, and creative aftermarket projects.


Extensive automation

Just one booth over, KBA North America (Booth 2321) is presenting its Commander CL newspaper web offset press, via video review. This compact web press, equipped with extensive automation in the paper logistics, plate changing, production planning, presetting, operation, control, and monitoring, prints with maximum productivity and cost efficiency, says Eric Frank, Marketing Vice President.

A section of the booth is devoted to educating attendees about Service Select, a complete line of customized service products designed to maximize the productivity and profitability of a customer’s KBA press. Recently, Service Select has expanded its programs into web offset, a new special area within the booth will focus on this segment’s exact needs. Attendees will be able to see live press analysis presented by the firm’s knowledgeable technical team.

KBA’s inkjet technology is also on display, as more and more newspaper publishers are seeking to print small, last minute regional sections—four- to six-pages in copies ranging from 1,000 to 10,000—on a high-volume inkjet web press. KBA’s RotaJET 76 is receiving a great deal of interest from newspaper printers.

Under the banner “Secure the Future” of print, manroland web systems (Booth 3143) is presenting information about its full portfolio of service and press products.

Broadsheet-to-tabloid flexibility with the Three-Around solution breathes new life into existing newspaper press equipment. The plate cylinder prints three sheets in a single revolution, rather than two, allowing up to 50% more copies per hour in non-collect runs. The Three-Around retrofit can be used to create an entirely new business model for today’s newspapers.

manroland web systems’ response to the market need for adaptability is the COLORMAN e:line. The blanket-to-blanket newspaper press allows for step-by-step expansions and format changes throughout its life, giving it the reputation as the most flexible and future proof machine on the market.

Also being shown are FoldLine digital finishing solutions, offering options for variable boadsheet and tabloid sections and page numbers for personalized issues.