Fairfax Media Chooses manroland for Newspaper Production
Posted: 5/28/2014 | By: Press Release | manroland web systems
Fairfax Media Limited chose manroland web systems to make its
newspaper production fit for the future. The two companies are proud
partners in a pioneering restructuring project. During the last year,
the newspaper production at two printing sites of the company has been
adapted to the new market conditions. The upgraded and relocated presses
started to produce end of April 2014.
In June 2014, the Fairfax Media printing sites in Chullora (close to
Sydney) and Tullamorine (close to Melbourne) will be closed. The
production of the newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The
Australian Financial Review – thanks to manroland web systems'
press updates – are already produced at the printing sites
in Ballarat and North Richmond since April 2014.
Future oriented upgrades
Both sites are already
equipped with UNISET presses from manroland web systems.Requiring the
latest technologies and the capacity needed for the higher production
volumes, the two companies started a large-scale press.update project.
As part of this project four GEOMAN printing towers and one folder from
Melbourne were moved to be installed at the printing site in Nth
Richmond last year. One of the GEOMAN towers has been equipped with a
specially developed turning bar system for a higher page output with the
Geoman web combined with the UNISET.
The extension of the UNISET in Ballarat also includes a new reel
splicer, a new printing tower & new folder. The GEOMAN tower from
Melbourne has been retrofitted for heatset production and now joins the
installation in Ballarat. manroland web systems delivered a new dryer,
chill rollers & a 2nd specially developed turning bar unit which
enables variable web widths for printing square tabs and tabloid
products with a variable square formats to be produced.
In combination with a new folder and complex superstructure for the
production of both – newspapers and commercial products the heatset web
can run in to one of the UNISET folders for mixed heatset and coldset
production. An additional quarter fold has been fitted to optimize
heatset production at Fairfax Media.
All relocated Geomans were given extensive e-upgrades during the
installations as were the existing Unisets to enable the joining of
Geoman & Uniset presses running combined with each other.
Continuing this project as Phase 3 which is currently being
implemented is a complete GEOMAN press being moved and reconfigured from
Melbourne to the Fairfax printing site in Wellington / New Zealand. The
GEOMAN has also been given extensive e-upgrades as part of the