Wifag evolution for English Print Site

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By: Jim Rosenberg

The United Kingdom’s Trinity Mirror and Guardian Media Group Regional Newspapers selected Wifag to supply four evolution 371 presses at the Mirror Colour Print plant in Oldham, England.

Delivery is slated to begin early next year, with all presses expected to be operating by summer of 2006.

Announcing the two groups’ equipment purchase, Trinity Mirror’s chief executive, Sly Bailey, predicted they will have “the most advanced printing presses in the world.”

British media put the investment at ?45 million; Guardian’s Manchester Evening News reported that it includes four new inserting lines. In addition to Trinity Mirror’s national titles, the two-group deal also calls for the site to print GMG regional papers for 15 years.

Among titles the Mirror Colour plant now prints on its MAN Roland Colorman presses are the Manchester Evening News, Manchester Metro titles, 20 area weeklies, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and People.

Each press is to consist six full-color four-high towers, two 2:5:5 jaw folders and six reelstands. Wifag’s newest press, developed to accept upgrades as further digital capabilities become practical, the evolution 371 lines for Oldham are to be equipped with image-based closed-loop color register, cut-off register, and ink-density controls.

According to Wifag, the presses also will be “prepared for CtPress,” meaning that they can be fitted with the
bars required for on-press plate imaging when the
customer is ready. “The key point of being prepared
for such a technology,” said Wifag spokesman Eric
Jaeggi, “is not only to leave the space in the
printing couple to include an imaging bar, but also
have the basis control platform to make such a
technology possible.”

This past summer, North Jersey Media Group, in Hackensack, N.J., became the first to order Wifag’s evolution 371, which it will install in its Commercial Printing Division’s Rockaway plant.

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