With commissioning now complete on its new two-tower Goss Newsliner 4x1 press, Tianjin Evening News Group has expressed ‘unreserved satisfaction’ at performance figures achieved since installation. Key to these findings is the new capability to produce two separate publications through one folder.
In choosing the Newsliner press, Tianjin Evening News Group was looking for a high-specification press rated at up to 80,000 copies per hour that would enhance capacity and flexibility while achieving cost advantages. With a web width of up to 1562mm, the new double-width, single circumference Newsliner press is configured as two four-over-four towers. It has a Goss 2:3:3 jaw folder featuring double independent folding couples and an upper former providing the crucial ability to simultaneously handle two individual titles with different circulations. This provides cost benefits through maximizing savings on consumables while boosting press utilization. The press is also equipped with ink registration and ink leveling systems.
Tianjin Evening News Group has been a long-term Goss newspaper press user, and the latest installation complements production off four 2x2 (single wide, double circumference) Goss Universal and three 2x1 Universal presses. Mr. Li Shengli, vice president of Tianjin Evening News Group considers the strong working relationship with Goss International a vital ingredient to the success of this project, “Naturally, the advanced features and overall capabilities of the equipment is first and foremost when making an investment of this magnitude and significance, but it certainly helps in the decision when you can trust your technology partner. Our experience with eight Goss presses over the years has been very positive. In addition to the competitive features of the equipment, it is the professionalism and reliable service of the whole team that has given us confidence in this new investment.”
Using the proven Newsliner double-width platform often favored in Asian markets, Goss International developed the 4x1 model to exploit all the available benefits of straight-run printing for publishers requiring multi-edition products. As well as the modifications to the upper folder, this encompassed a raft of developments aimed at enhancing quality and operational stability of the 4x1 cylinder format. The 4x1 Newsliner model features plate cylinders redesigned to reduce deflection and improve registration. Cantilevered support for plate cylinders provides greater stability and repeatability at the highest speeds, and a specially modified ‘triple raceway’ bearing system gives greater precision and easier operation. Other advanced features include optional Goss DigiRail digital inking and an enhanced fully-automated splicing system.
Among the leading titles now produced on the Goss Newsliner press, is the flagship broadsheet Tianjin Evening News, which averages 32-40 pages per edition and has a circulation of 350,000 copies. The new 4x1 Newsliner press is also boosting efficiency in daily production of tabloid Baohai Morning Post, which has a pagination of between 56-72 pages and a circulation of 250,000 copies.