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IGPM, France, invests in two Goss web offset presses to increase productivity

Monday, December 11, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

December 8th, 2006 - In response to an increasingly deadline-driven environment, commercial printer IGPM has invested in two new Goss presses, one M-600 C system and one 32-page Sunday 4000 system, to meet growing demand for fast turnarounds and high-quality print. The new presses will both be used to print mailers, magazines and catalogs and will be installed at the company's facility in Saint-Etienne, France. The investment, which will enable the company to reach higher production speeds, will be conducted in two steps - first, the start-up of the Goss M-600 press in December 2006, followed by the installation of the Goss Sunday 4000 press in October 2007. "In order to stay competitive in our market and meet customer satisfaction, we were looking for a high-quality, high-speed press to automate our processes and increase production capacity," explains Bruno Riouffreyt, production director at IGPM. "The M-600 press was chosen for its high speed, excellent printing quality, versatility and its rapid makeready capability, including the Autoplate plate changing system that will enable us to produce short-run jobs with address or language changes. Additionally, the capacity and speed of the new press will enable us to replace two existing 16-page presses." The Goss M-600 press series, designed for a wide range of commercial and publication applications, has earned a worldwide reputation for proven print quality and reliability with more than 2000 units installed on five continents. With a speed of up to 55,000 impressions per hour, the M-600 C press at IGPM will include extensive features for quality enhancement and control, such as an integrated densitometer, blanket washers and the complete range of Goss software solutions. The order also comprises two JF-55 jaw folders. The new press will have a web width of 965 mm and a cut-off of 625 mm. President at IGPM, Pascale Noailly-Soulas, concludes, "Goss presses are technology driven and known for their print quality, production stability and automated systems. Our investment in new equipment was geared towards maintaining our position in the 16-page market. By choosing two JF-55 folders, we can continue to offer technical solutions to our customers and products from four to 64 pages in magazine format. We are confident that our investment will open up new opportunities for us in different markets." IGPM produces a diverse range of commercial print jobs that include mailers, mail order catalogs, magazines and institutional reports. For example, the company prints the well known free-daily commuter newspaper 20 minutes. Its customers include communication agencies, local government, large companies, wholesalers, publishers and territorial institutions. Based in Saint-Etienne in the Loire region of France, IGPM is a privately-owned commercial printing firm. Founded in 1982, the company had a change of shareholders and management in 2000 and currently employs 83 staff. It was awarded the "Imprim' Vert" (green printing) label in 2004, for implementing industrial strategies on environmental protection. IGPM plans to enhance its product mix with future investments in a second prepress line and complete lines of finishing equipment.




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