‘Globe and Mail’ Extends Transcontinental Contract

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By: E&P Staff

The Globe and Mail, the Canadian national daily based in Toronto, has extended its contract with Transcontinental’s Mississauga plant to print the newspaper for the Ontario market. The five-year extension takes the contract to 2015.

Transcontinental, Canada’s largest independent newspaper printer, has been printing Bell Globemedia’s Globe and Mail in Mississauga since 1993. Now producing more than 200,000 copies daily, Mississauga is one of six Transcontinental plants across the country, from Halifax to Vancouver, that print the Globe and Mail.

The Globe and Mail and the Mississauga print plant have been named three times to the International Newspaper Color Quality Club, among 50 papers worldwide. For powerful ad impact and enjoyable reading, “we put a high priority on the quality of our printing,” said Globe and Mail Operations Vice President Andy Ritchie.

The seventh-largest North American printer and the fourth-largest print media group in Canada, Transcontinental produces flyers, books, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, directories, and other commercial products. It also is Canada’s second largest community-newspaper company, a magazine publisher, and direct distributor of advertising.

Adding to capital investments of about $200 million Canadian it will make over the next two years, Transcontinental also announced Tuesday that it will spend $53 million Canadian to upgrade some printing operations with automated finishing equipment and three new Goss International presses, to replace seven older presses. Two of the new presses will print magazines, catalogues, directories, and other commercial products at two plants; the third will print books in another plant.

The presses use technologies developed by Heidelberg Web Systems, which Goss recently acquired, that are expected to “significantly improve productivity, flexibility and overall product quality,” according to Transcontinental.

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