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Goss International highlights Growing Success at Ifra

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

October 9th, 2006 – Underlining its exhibit theme, "Growing Success", at IfraExpo 2006 Goss International is announcing several strategically important achievements in the company''s drive to provide a competitive edge for publishers and printing companies in today’s marketplace. Customer successes highlighted at the show indicate innovation through technology, application and execution for providing the power to flourish in an increasingly challenging industry. World''s first Flexible Printing System Following the successful launch at Drupa 2004 of the innovative press combining enhanced levels of quality, productivity and flexibility, Goss International is fulfilling its commitment to deliver its Flexible Printing System. Quality achieved on the Goss FPS press during exhaustive testing has exceeded expectations, achieved not just through innovative design but automation of many processes that bring variability into the printed product. The first order, from Independent News and Media, exemplifies the flexible design philosophy through its unique configuration and versatility of application. Printing towers with both four pages and five pages across the printing cylinder will provide heatset or coldset operation as well as mixed heatset and coldset products for editorial convenience and advertising quality. “We are working closely with Goss to make this the most productive newspaper and news magazine printing plant in Europe,” explains Alan Lambert, plant manager for the new Independent News & Media print site. FPS press for F.D. Hoekstra Boom, Holland The second Goss FPS, and the first in mainland Europe, also highlights innovation in business approach and technology applications. F.D. Hoesktra Boom’s pioneering spirit is emphasized through an inventive press specification – both units and folder prepared for potential changeable cut-off – as well as its new press hall, designed to allow for future expansion and changing requirements. “We want to be best positioned to be able to seize new opportunities and explore unanticipated avenues in the future. This is one of the key advantages provided by the Flexible Printing System,” states Bauke Jaap Hoekstra, CEO of Hoekstra Boom. Colorliner for New York Times For the New York Times, Goss International will supply a twelve tower Colorliner press system as well as a major press enhancement program. The combination order of a twelve tower latest generation Colorliner press – including many advanced technologies featured on the Goss FPS press – and web-width reduction on the five existing Colorliner presses reflects a vision shared between The New York Times and Goss of how new technology, ideas and enhancements can continuously improve the impact and value of printed newspapers. First Magnum 4 press in Europe As well as innovation leadership in the large double-width press sector, Goss International continues its leadership in single-width press technology with the latest high-value Magnum presses. The new four-page 560 mm cut-off press for Agderposten Trykk AS, Norway, will comprise nine footprint shaftless Goss Magnum 4 four-high towers, nine reelstands and three Goss N-40 folders, all with quarterfold. “This is extremely important for the newspaper sector in Norway where price pressure has increased substantially in recent years. The added flexibility of the configuration will also increase our production capacity, enabling us to produce a variety of different products,” confirms Nils Gauslaa, managing director, Agderposten Trykk AS. Goss Universal 75 presses for new format titles Two new Goss Universal 75 presses with a novel 70 cm cut-off and 100 percent heatset capability have been chosen by Sodimco in Belgium to produce a new newspaper format. These features in the single-width two-around presses will enable production of a 64-page, 100 percent heatset newspaper product from each press in the new 35 cm x 25 cm format. Furthermore, the two presses will be installed duplex enabling a maximum 128 pages when all four printed webs are sent to one folder. Not the only new departure for the customer, the installation will also allow Sodimco tighter control of its work through bringing the majority in-house. According to Bob Brown, CEO of Goss International, the illustrations of “Growing Success” highlighted at IfraExpo are not isolated examples. “A company can say a lot about its products and services. What really counts is what its customers are saying. With increasing frequency and clarity, leading publishers and printers around the world are saying they trust in our innovation, infrastructure and execution. They are saying it with their investment decisions and with the progressive rationale behind these decisions. As competition intensifies, this will continue to define the most successful publishers and printers and differentiate Goss International.”




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