Singlewide, Doublewide, Worldwide for Goss

By: Jim Rosenberg

Since spring, Goss International has taken orders for single- and doublewide presses from customers on three continents. Southern Louisiana’s Jennings Daily News bought a Goss Community to replace its Harris V-15 — a choice that followed installation of a Community in 2001 at the Ruston Daily Leader, in northern Louisiana. Goss Regional Sales Manager Sam Pernice called the two Fackelman Newspapers presses “almost identical.”

To meet advertisers’ demand for full color and gain the capacity and flexibility to also print local weeklies, the Daily News will use seven units, arranged as one four-high, three mono units and a folder.

Another return customer, Sing Tao Newspaper Group, bought a 14-unit Community (two four-highs and three two-highs, with 22-inch cut-off) with a 10-web folder, with which it will print its Los Angeles edition and magazines in a new plant. The sale followed last year’s orders for Community presses for its San Francisco and New York plants. The new folder, according to Goss Marketing Director David Stamp, is based on technology used in the Goss Universal and C700 insert folders. “This will be the first installation of a new 10-web folder on a Community press anywhere in the world,” Stamp said.

The press will print eight of the 40,000-circulation L.A. edition’s 32 broadsheet pages in full color. Sing Tao Vice President Tim Lau said the Community’s modularity enables future addition of towers “to make the whole newspaper full-color.” The new folder, he added, will be of benefit as the plant takes on commercial work. The press will be fitted with a quarterfolder with crosshead perforator and two nipping rollers.

Sing Tao’s order includes eight splicers, remote ink controls with presetting and automatic registration to help reduce makeready and start-up time and waste.

Announced just this morning, Greensheet, the publisher of free classified advertising tabloids in several cities, ordered 20 Goss Magnum units and two folders, to be installed next spring in a new multi-purpose facility for its headquarters operation in Houston, where an aging Harris V15D press runs five days a week to print 750,000-800,000 copies.

The 12 editions distributed in Houston average 72 pages and 60,000 copies each. “Each edition currently takes around three hours to print. The new Magnum will do it in less than half that time and, with its automated registration controls, we will be producing satisfactory copies much, much sooner,” said Operations Director Ted Stiles.

The Magnum will have two four-high towers and six two-high towers running up to 12 webs through a Goss Universal folder. An additional SSC folder was ordered to provide maximum pagination flexibility. The 22″ cutoff — three-quarters of an inch less than the old press — will save paper, with no change to tabloid format.

The Magnum will more than double color capacity, “and with the reduced production times,” said Stiles, “we will also have ample opportunity for taking on more commercial print jobs.”

Off the coast of South America, Goss sold a Community to HCU Communications for its new plant in Chaguanas, in central Trinidad, where HCU will be able to print its own titles (The Probe, Weekend Edition Probe, weekly newspapers, entertainment weekly Rainbow Flava, fortnightly Bollywood publication Masala World, and monthly magazines Kids Today and Uhuru).

The press “will mean that we will be able to produce our high-quality newspapers to our own production schedule and will no longer have to depend on a third party for this service,” said Circulation Manager Cashyap Sharma. “We now publish six titles, so the cost of printing will be greatly reduced once the new press is installed.” Production on the Community is slated to begin next month.

The press will be configured as two four-high towers and one three-high, with five automatic splicers and a jaw folder. Plates will come from a thermal platesetter, which Sharma said will provide “more time to print and the opportunity to fully explore the contract market.”

Existing South American customers went to Goss for additions and upgrades. El Comercio, Lima, Peru, last year began a three-phase color-capacity expansion of its 6-year-old keyless Newsliner, with the aim of being able to run 28 color and 36 black-only pages per edition, up from 20 color pages and 44 in black and white.

Goss already had converted the three four-high towers and five two-highs to a 50-inch web width. To that original configuration, a two-high was added to unit 5, then another couple was installed in the level B of the same unit’s bottom frame, creating a four-high unit. The last phase called for putting another printing frame on unit 4 to create a two-high unit capable of running the web through either frame.

“We had a Newsliner tower in our plant … and it was the same cut-off that they had,” Goss Latin America Operations Vice President Ernesto Oliveira told E&P. The tower was split — half of it being stacked on the two-high and the remaining portion available for possible use elsewhere on the press, one of two installations in South America featuring Goss’ original augur-type keyless inker.

Farther south, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile SA (Copesa) used the Goss Enhance program to upgrade its Metro presses in Santiago for production of different formats from the same equipment and a newspaper format new to Chile. Enhancements include both a paper width increase and a paper width reduction, allowing changes to the size of titles and creating a unique tabloid format.

Copesa Operations Manager Mario Troncoso said the enhancements allowed for clear product differentiation by allowing the main title, La Tercera, to become larger and the other two dailies (one a free five-day) to decrease in size “so that they are the same format as other tabloid newspapers in Chile.”

“They used all the web-width capacity of the Metro presses,” said Goss’ Oliveira. So La Tercera is now “a tall tabloid,” measuring 16? inches, or one-quarter of the 66-inch-wide web.

Copesa also prints two magazines — a weekly and a monthly.

To improve quality and productivity, other enhancements include folder airbags to help eliminate paper jams and new second-fold timed rollers for setting the speed of paper entering and leaving the folder in order to reduce the potential for ink offsetting and the number of waste copies.

“During the lifetime of a press we require the flexibility to improve our technology as the demands of our customers dictate,” Troncoso said, citing the Enhance program for the ability “to upgrade incrementally … remain competitive” and “modify products to seize a competitive advantage.”

For the second time this year, Goss received a three-site order from a Turkish newspaper printing company (E&P Online, May 12). Dogan Yayin Holding bought 40 units of Universal 45 presses, all with 56cm cut-off. In two separate projects, Goss will add to two sites in Turkey, then install a third press line at Dogan Yayin’s plant in Frankfurt, Germany.

Now running Goss single- and doublewide presses at its seven print sites, Dogan Yayin went to Goss for more when it sought the “high-quality color with maximum impact [that] is the staple requirement of Turkish newspaper publishing,” said CEO M. A. Yalcindag. He added that the “improved color production capacity” of the German plant is expected to bring “significant new print contracts.”

In Turkey, Ankara will get 14 units configured as three four-high towers and one two-high, creating a 20-footprint press line with 70 units and four folders, and Izmir is to add a four-high and a two-high to make a 20-footprint press with 56 units and four folders. The German plant’s new press consists of five four-high towers with a 1:2:2 jaw folder.

Dogan Yayin’s Dogan Printing Co. produces a number of Turkey’s leading titles, led by its flagship national daily broadsheet, Hurriyet. Its Frankfurt plant also prints prominent international titles, including The Wall Street Journal.

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