Two Dozen Local Editions, Efficiently Produced

By: E&P Staff

Press release from issuing company.

The leading newspaper in Alsace, Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, appears daily with 190,000 copies divided into 22 different local editions. The language of the content is for the most part French, but five editions continue to carry articles in German. For the company, the question was how to produce the different regional editions efficiently, and also assign and integrate the inserts.

The central location in Strasbourg on the Rue de la Nuée Bleue is not under question. Which means that the new mailroom technology had to be installed with production up and running. “A real challenge” according to Jean Lenain, who as DNA’s Technical Director looks back on an intensive period, not least because only twelve months passed between placing the order with Ferag and the start of full production.

Two new production lines (off Wifag presses), each with an MSD MultiSertDrum inserting drum, a RollStream precollecting system with six hoppers, two MultiDisc winding/unwinding systems and five MultiStack stackers (with topsheet production), make up the new configuration. A large share of the increased efficiency of these installations is down to the PKT bundle conveyor which automatically takes the bundles to the eleven loading docks on the lower floor.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the former Elsässische Neueste Nachrichten boosts the flexibility of its production sequences and achieves a marked rise in productivity. In a dynamic and hard-fought French newspaper market, the successors to the visionary Heinrich Ludwig Kayser – printer, publisher and press pioneer – can look to the future with confidence.

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