Goss Strong in Latin America

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By: Meg Campbell

Despite inroads made by European competitors, Goss International continues to lead in press sales in Latin America, where the press maker recently announced several sales and installations.

“Latin America is a “windows” market,” explains Ernesto Oliveira, vice president of Latin America Operations for Goss. “As one window closes, another opens.” Currently, he says, a number of windows are open, in particular Colombia and Venezuela.

In Venezuela, the daily El Tiempo is the first Latin American paper to order a Goss Magnum. The order consists of a Magnum 8 tower add-on to an existing older-model press and a Magnum 4 with UV curing capability. El Tiempo’s publisher will use the extra capacity to produce the paper’s three editions as well as two magazines that it currently only distributes with the Sunday edition of the daily newspaper.

The Magnum 8 is the new, two-around version of the press — the first of which just went into Ottaway Newspapers’ Seacoast Media, Portsmouth, N.H. (E&P Online, Nov. 2, 2005).

In Panama, Goss has sold a Universal 75 with three towers, two folders, and one vertical dryer to the daily La Prensa, where it will replace a Goss Urbanite and enable the daily to print a full-color paper and semi-commercial products.

Meanwhile, Peruvian daily El Comercio, a longtime Goss customer, has ordered a Goss Community SSC press with two four-high towers, two zero-speed splicers and an SSC folder for a new printing facility in northern Peru. The new press will be used to improve distribution and market share in that part of the country.

El Comercio is the latest of many Community SSC buyers in the South American Market. Over the last 12 months, Goss has taken orders in the region for more than 70 printing units of its popular singlewidth, one-plate-around model.

More Community SSC Orders

Venezuela’s daily La Verdad is adding a new Goss Community SSC press, with five four-high towers, to its existing Community installation to increase turn-around time.

In Mexico, commercial customer Litografia Magno Graf of Puebla has ordered a Goss Community SSC to expand production of its main newspaper title, Sintesis, into the Mexican states of Veracruz and Morelos. The new 14-unit press will be configured with one two-high and three four-high towers, one folder and four zero-speed splicers. “This sale was one of the fruits of purchasing Heidelberg’s commercial division,” Goss’ Oliveira points out.

Colombian publisher Diario Del Sur will install a new Community SSC with one two-high and two four-high towers and a new folder with a 223/4-inch cut-off, which will be used to print a sports daily newspaper, Diario Deportivo, as well as supermarket circulars.

Finally, O Povo will be the first Brazilian newspaper to install a four-high Community SSC built in Shanghai China, Oliveira says.

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