By: E&P Staff
Montreal-based Quebecor Media announced that its Sun Media Corp. unit plans to spend more than $110 million (Canadian) to move and modernize printing and packaging operations at Le Journal de Montreal.
To include three MAN Roland presses and the latest inserting equipment, the investment is the largest in the paper’s history. The new offset presses will provide capacity to print a full-color daily, and the new automated post-press equipment will support a range of section, supplement and freestanding-ad inserts.
“This investment maintains our long tradition of innovation and positions us to remain the largest-circulation French-language daily in the Americas for many years to come,” Le Journal President and Publisher Lyne Robitaille said in a statement.
The Journal is among the few remaining Goss Cosmo users. MAN Roland sales exec Gary Day would not disclose the model and size of the presses, saying a confidentially agreement remained in force.
The new 200,000 square-foot facility, in Saint-Janvier-de-Mirabel, is expected to be operating by spring of 2007. The existing building in Montreal will continue to house the newsroom, prepress operations, ad sales department, and administrative offices.
Besides the 265,533-circulation tabloid Journal, parent Sun Media publishes seven other dailies in Canadian cities, nine local dailies, and almost 200 weeklies, as well as buyers guides and specialty publications.