French Free Weekly Chain Orders Third Goss Mainstream

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By: E&P Staff

Imprimeries IPS, a publishing chain of French free newspapers, has ordered its third Goss Mainstream 80 web press for its Chateaurenard plant in southern France, Goss announced Monday at the Print 05 equipment show.

The press is expected to be online in early 2007.

The new Mainstream 80 is a double-width 4 x 1 press that combines a four-backing-four configuration with Goss Sunday press technology that includes gapless blankets.

IPS?s two current Mainstream 80 presses have been in production since 2002 at its plants near Lyon and Amiens. Like the new order, the presses are configured with four four-high towers, a 2:5:5 folder with double quarter-fold and five Goss Contiweb FD automatic reelstands with auto-loading.

The new press will have the capability to print up to 64 tabloid pages in full color.

IPS President and CEO Francis Cartoux said at the Chateaurenard plant, as at its other plants around France, printing is oriented to producing 64-page full-color tabloids. ?The Mainstream press concept fits our priorities exactly because, in addition to its superior speed, it enables us to halve the number of webs we print compared to our single-width presses,? he said in a statement. ?Our productivity consequently has increased by at least 50%, and we benefit from the ability to vary content in increments of four tabloid pages.?

About two-thirds of the plant?s productions are weekly free papers between 16 and 64 pages with press runs of 20,000 to 350,000, Cartoux said. The plant installed its first two Mainstream presses in 2002. ?Both preceding machines have fulfilled our technical specifications totally,? he said.

IPS is a subsidiary of SPIR Communication group. The company publishes 184 free papers with combined weekly press run of 17.5 million copies. It also prints 110 regional news publications.

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