Newspapers, while under great pressure, still represent a $200-billion industry, with 15,000 paid titles globally, as fellow MyPrintResource editor Joann Whitcher pointed out in this year’s PRINT 13 Show Daily . Even as newspaper titles decline in the United States, more than half of the world...
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Newspapers, while under great pressure, still represent a $200-billion industry, with 15,000 paid titles globally, as fellow MyPrintResource editor Joann Whitcher pointed out in this year’s PRINT 13 Show Daily. Even as newspaper titles decline in the United States, more than half of the world looks to printed newspapers for news. In emerging markets, they are status symbols. And like their magazine counterparts, newspapers have 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.
At the quadrennial North American trade show this past September, leading web-offset press manufacturers Goss, KBA, and manroland did their part to help newspaper customers. In the Newsprint Pavilion, Goss International emphasized advantages and opportunities for commercial, newspaper, and packaging printers. Making its North American debut in Chicago was the Magnum Compact press, allowing show visitors to see live demonstrations of its Autoplate system for a single-width offset newspaper press. Autoplate technology enables the changing of all plates automatically in less than 230 seconds. The new press was developed to meet the demands of customers looking for an automated, cost-effective solution that will support multiple business models—for the newspaper, semi-commercial, and book markets—as well as ultra-short runs.
Also, the Goss Sunday press celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. Large and small printers continue to choose these gapless-blanket press models for commercial, publication, catalog and now packaging printing. The manufacturer has reported an increase in Sunday press installations for retail inserts, direct mail, and non-stop job and edition changes with its Automatic Transfer (AT) technology.
KBA North America presented 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, according to marketing VP Eric Frank. KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet technology also was on display, as more newspaper publishers seek to print small, last-minute regional sections—four to six pages in copies ranging from 1,000 to 10,000—on high-volume inkjet web presses.
Meanwhile, manroland web systems touted its broadsheet-to-tabloid flexibility with a Three-Around solution that can breathe new life into existing newspaper press equipment. The plate cylinder prints three sheets in a single revolution, rather than two, allowing up to 50 percent 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. Pressline Services also showcased its press system using a plate cylinder capable of printing three sheets in a single revolution. 3Volution (or 3V) is another three-around printing system that creates cutoffs between 15.75 inches and 14.5 inches depending on current press cutoff, and can run in a straight or collect mode. The press is capable of producing its original cutoff as well as its new cutoff. This system works with single- or double-wide presses.
manroland’s 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 shown were FoldLine digital finishing solutions, offering options for variable broadsheet and tabloid sections and page numbers for personalized issues.