WP Co. Orders Mitsubishi Presses for Community Papers Plant

By: E&P Staff Post-Newsweek Media Inc. in February ordered new presses from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for a new press facility to be built for its community newspaper division in Maryland.

The division, which started when the Washington Post Co. bought The Gazette paper group in Maryland, now publishes 42 weekly and twice-weekly newspapers, reaching 40 percent of Maryland's population. It also prints 12 newspapers by contract for U.S. military bases in the area.

The Diamondstar presses, have gained a following in Japan with 18 presses installed or on order there, but this marks the first U.S. Diamondstar order.

The order calls for a press line of six tower units, two folders, and six reelstands. Together this will allow for process color on every page of a 96-page broadsheet or two 96-page tabloids, at 90,000 copies per hour.

"This press will give us the physical capabilities to bring color to our newspaper that is almost unlimited," Chuck Lyons, CEO of Post-Newsweek Media, said in an article published by The Gazette. "Small advertisers will be able to use color in their ads without spending hundreds of dollars. A lot of small and medium advertisers make up our base, so this is truly significant."


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