IFRA Expo was a highlight for manroland. Along with subsidiary company ppi Media and digital printing partner Océ, the team presented groundbreaking printing systems and services on a crowded stand.
COLORMAN e:line: that’s the name of the new flagship for newspaper printing that manroland presented as a world premiere. The first press of this type in blanket-to-blanket design and with a totally new appearance will be installed in 2012 at the Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag in Kempten, Germany. The concept is based on modular packages that can be retrofitted, automation modules for example. Automation with autoprint was another important topic at the show. Meanwhile twelve newspaper printing houses are producing with this system that was introduced at IFRA Expo 2008. And more are joining them: the WAZ Mediengruppe for example is investing a low double-digit million euro sum in two 48-page COLORMAN, XXL autoprint presses that will be installed in a completely new building. Under the term pressupdate, manroland also offers services for presses in the field: with Refurbishment, presses are thoroughly checked and refurbished, whereas Retrofit offers modernization. Within the scope of Reconfiguration, new manroland technology can also be combined well with newspaper printing systems from other manufacturers. And then there are Upgrade solutions. On the second day of the show, customers and visitors had the opportunity to visit Herold Druck and see a COLORMAN, XXL autoprint in action.
Great interest in ppi Media and Océ
IFRA Expo was a complete success for manroland’s subsidiary company ppi Media. Two large orders were booked during the show: ppi Media will install the centralized planning and production system PlanPag, and the classified pagination system AdPag, at Media Norge AS in Norway. The Schwäbischer Verlag is to extend its AdMan ad production system with a module for integrating third-party jobs, and has also ordered the preflight check solution pdfPerfect. On the show stand, the Hamburg-based software specialist ppi Media demonstrated among other things the customer portal OM portal for order planning and production, as well as the new solution Cockpit mediaPreflight for all media channels. Further highlights were AdX, the cross-media ad solution that can be integrated with SAP, and the Content-X editorial solution.
manroland’s cooperation partner Océ placed the focus on digital newspaper printing. The company has extended its inkjet portfolio and launched the new systems Océ ColorStream 3500, Océ JetStream 1400 and Océ JetStream 3000 onto the market. This permits up to 2140 tabloid newspapers each with 36 pages to be printed per hour, which is efficient not only for special-interest topics and short runs. Moreover, already ten years ago Océ established the Digital Newspaper Network (DNN) that enables international newspapers to be printed directly at a remote location close to the readers. From November this year, the Swiss Post will be printing personalized newspapers with an Océ JetStream 1000. And from December 2011, Interval, a French print services provider, is to produce national and international newspapers by digital printing on an Océ JetStream 1400.