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Gannett uses GMG InkOptimizer at major metro US newspapers and USA Today

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

Tuebingen – GMG Americas, the US office of Germany-based GMG, supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, announces that Gannett Co., Inc., a leading international news and information company, is using GMG InkOptimizer at its major daily newspapers throughout the U.S. In addition, every USA Today newspaper in the world, read daily by over 2.3 million people and printed in five countries, is optimized using separations produced by GMG InkOptimizer. Gannett made its decision to install GMG Optimizer after careful evaluation of suppliers, systems and services, determining that GMG delivered the best solution and support, maximum savings, and consistent image quality.

Ink reduction becomes particularly attractive for newspapers, where jobs are printed in long runs. Less ink means presses that can run faster and, with less water used, web breaks are reduced. GMG InkOptimizer, popular with large printers, automatically reduces the amount of chromatic colors, promising significant ink savings on the press, while delivering better consistency, maintaining quality, and improving printing conditions. While images remain identical – both to the eye and as measured by instruments, the amount of color ink used is significantly reduced. Press make-ready is faster and make-ready waste is reduced. Drying times and run performance are also improved, often allowing faster press speeds. GMG InkOptimizer supports the full range of industry-standard data formats and can handle PDF files directly without interpreting them, preserving data integrity and making format conversions unnecessary.

Gannett's ink optimization efforts were highlighted in its 2007 annual report. One of the company's continuing production goals is to improve print consistency worldwide, across all media. Using GMG InkOptimizer, there is less reliance on the individual chromatic colors and, thus, less color variation. By improving image quality and consistency, Gannett newspapers become more attractive compared to competitive media. The newspaper has also been able to reduce waste and improve efficiency–supporting the company's focus on financial discipline.

"As a company, we have a worldwide commitment to our readers to produce the best, most consistent product possible," comments Austin Ryan, Vice President/Production, U.S. Community Publishing, at Gannett. "We also have an obligation to our shareholders to build the most competitive, cost effective manufacturing methods in the world. GMG is a dependable partner whose products have supported these commitments."




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