Makeready features and print quality were differentiating factors, as NEEF + STUMME premium printing GmbH & Co. KG has again invested in a 16-page Goss M-600 web press for its facility in Wittingen, Germany.
The company, which specializes in full-service print production for the highest quality magazines, corporate publications and commercial products, placed the order for the four-unit M-600 press at the drupa trade show in Germany. Installation will begin in late 2012. Goss International will equip the system with an Ecocool dryer, JF65 folder and Goss Omnicon control and automation technology.
NEEF + STUMME currently operates four Goss M-600 presses. However, president and managing partner Andreas Bauer says choosing the Goss platform again was not an automatic decision as the company updates its web capacity. “Our team conducted a very methodical evaluation of all of the 16-page presses available, including visits to installation sites throughout Europe,” Bauer explains. “The technical specifications for the leading models proved to be nearly identical, but our study confirmed that Goss Autoplate, advanced presetting and workflow features continue to give the latest M-600 model a clear edge in job-change speed and efficiency.”
Bauer considers the 16-page format ideal for the premium-quality publication and commercial requirements of the NEEF + STUMME client base, which include some of the largest and most well-known brands in Europe. He says the M-600 presses complement large-format sheetfed perfectors that the company operates.
“NEEF + STUMME has a well-deserved reputation in the German market for modern capabilities and uncompromising print quality,” explains Jochen Meissner, Goss International president and CEO. “Their investment in the latest-generation M-600 press is a strong endorsement that this model is the makeready and print quality leader in the 16-page sector.”
NEEF + STUMME earned first place in both the web and sheetfed magazine categories and was a finalist in the catalog category in the most recent Druck und Medien Print Awards. With nearly 250 employees, the company is one of the largest printing operations in Northern Germany and provides sheetfed and offset production as well as complete digital prepress, bindery and fulfillment services.