Agfa’s Largest Newspaper Order: CTP at West Ferry

By: E&P Staff

Agfa UK announced yesterday at the Newstec trade show in Brighton, England, that it was awarded its largest newspaper order from a single site.

Placed by West Ferry Printers, the order includes nine Polaris XCV-S platesetters, Arkitex workflow software, and a five-year contract for N91v violet-sensitive photopolymer plates. The first Polaris is to be installed at the end of June; all the equipment should be in full operation by October.

The Polaris XCV-S systems will output approximately 35,000 plates per week in three single-plate and two panorama sizes. The plates will supply West Ferry’s 18 Goss presses, which print approximately 23 million copies per week for titles such as The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily and Sunday Express, The Guardian, The Observer, and Financial Times.

West Ferry had considered converting to computer-to-plate output for several years. “We waited for violet technology as we believe that it offers a number of advantages, such as longer life of the diode and lower cost of replacement,” its chief executive, Bill Wenman, said in a statement.

The order follows installation of four Polaris XCV-S systems at the Trafford Park plant, jointly owned by Guardian Newspapers Ltd. and the Telegraph Group Ltd.

Established in 1986 when printing of the southern editions of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph moved from Fleet Street to London’s Docklands, West Ferry also was under joint ownership, by the Telegraph Group and Express Newspapers.

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