Wifag Sells First Nine-Cylinder evolution

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By: E&P Staff

Publisher W. Girardet KG, D?sseldorf, Germany, ordered a Wifag evolution 473 in nine-cylinder satellite configuration for the Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei GmbH & Co KG, Wuppertal, the first sale since its launch at Ifra 05, in Leipzig.

W. Girardet has three generations of shaft-driven and shaftless Wifag presses in daily production. The evolution 473 will further increase the company’s color capacity and will complement the other Wifag presses. The building’s foundations are to be modified to support the additional press.

W. Girardet publishes the Westdeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest regional dailies, in 20 editions, with a daily press run of approximately 160,000 copies. It also produces the 70,000-circulation D?sseldorf Express, the Solinger Tageblatt under contract, and about a million copies of weekly shoppers. The publisher has interests in various newspapers, service providers and local radio stations and operates wz-newsline on the Web.

Also available as a triplewide press, the evolution 473 will be built for W. Girardet as two doublewide printing towers, one 2:5:5 jaw folder and two fully automatic autopaster A reelstands with automated roll loading and automatic core disposal. The press section will be equipped with closed-loop control of cut-off register, circumferential register and ink density based on image data. A semi-automatic plate changer will simplify plate handling, especially for edition changes.

The sale of Wifag’s first shaftless nine-cylinder press also is the first Wifag evolution press sold in Germany with full image-based closed-loop control equipment. Production start-up is planned for August 2007.

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