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Goss Community SSC press continues to be a popular choice in South America

Monday, March 05, 2007

Press release from the issuing company

March 2nd, 2007 – Goss International has taken orders in the last 12 months for Community SSC presses with a total of more than 70 printing units in the South American market, confirming the widespread popularity of the press among both regional and national printers throughout the continent. Since its introduction in 1962, the single-width, one-plate-around Goss Community SSC press system has become the world’s most popular web press for newspapers, with over 35,000 units sold. According to Goss International vice president of Latin America Operations, Ernesto Oliveira, “With the South American printing industry undergoing rapid change, the emphasis is on increased technological development and better productivity. There is also a significant new generation of web offset capacity being installed throughout the industry.” Oliveira says Goss International is a major supplier of newspaper press systems to the South American market, and the Community SSC press has the print quality, versatility and ease-of-use features to make it a long-term, reliable and economic choice for many newspaper printers in the region. Diario La Verdad, Venezuela Diario La Verdad of Maracaibo, Venezuela, one of the fastest growing titles in South America, has added a new Goss Community SSC press with five four-high towers for production of its daily newspaper La Verdad. According to Juan Carlos Abudei Nuller, president and editor in chief of Diario La Verdad, “Satisfaction with our existing Community press influenced our decision to purchase another, which will give us the improved print capabilities and shorter turnaround times we require to accommodate a rapidly growing circulation. It will in fact reduce our production time by more than half from seven to two hours for the full print run and will enable us to provide more flexibility for meeting the changing demands of our advertisers and readers.” The new press at Diario La Verdad will also include five zero-speed splicers and a folder with upper former. With a 21.5 inch (546 mm) cut-off, the press will produce 55,000 or more copies a day of La Verdad, a standard broadsheet, with 40 pages, 20 in full color. El Comercio, Peru Peruvian daily newspaper, El Comercio, has invested in a Goss Community SSC press to improve distribution and boost circulation figures in the northern region of the country. To be installed at a new facility 430 miles north of its existing facility, the new press has been ordered with two four-high towers, two zero-speed splicers and an SSC folder. Ignacio Prado, director at El Comercio, comments, “We have been running a Goss Newsliner press since 1997 and are confident that the Community press will be just as successful. The new press facility will not only improve our distribution in the north of the country, but, once established, it is planned that we will increase our circulation and market share in the region. Reliability of parts and technical support were other crucial factors in the decision for us and we are secure in the knowledge that Goss International will continue to support us in reducing our waste and meeting the changing needs of our customers.” Litografia Magno Graf, Mexico Litografia Magno Graf of Puebla, Mexico, has invested in a Goss Community SSC press to expand the production of its main newspaper title, Sintesis, into the Mexican states of Veracruz and Morelos. The new fourteen-unit press will be configured with one two-high and three four-high towers, one folder and four zero-speed splicers. Commenting on the decision to buy the press, Armando Prida Noriega, general director of Magno Graf, says, “We have invested in the Community press to expand our capacity and offer very high print quality. We have chosen to work with Goss International because we trust them to supply durable, robust equipment, exactly configured for our needs.” El Informador, Venezuela El Informador has a long history of web offset printing. As one of the first newspapers in the country to print in color, it has always invested in the latest technological innovations to meet the growing demands of its readers. A new 20-unit Community SSC press at El Informador will include five four-high towers, five zero-speed splicers and a folder with upper former. With a 21.5 inch (546 mm) cut-off, the press will produce 55,000 or more copies a day. According to Mauricio Gomez, owner, “As one of the newspapers with the highest circulations in the mid-western area of Venezuela, we have chosen to invest in the Goss Community SSC press as it offers us the versatility for printing color newspapers and semi-commercial products. Apart from being easy to use, it will enable us to improve quality and increase our productivity.” Diario Del Sur, Colombia Diario Del Sur has invested in a new Community SSC press that will include one two-high and two four-high towers and will be installed with a new folder with a 22 ¾ inch (578 mm) cut-off. The new press will be installed in a new building at its plant in Bogota, Colombia, next to its existing livery of Community SSC presses, dating back to the 1960s. The new press will be used to print a sports daily newspaper, Diario Deportivo, as well as a number of small products for local supermarkets and grocery stores. President of the Group, Hernando Suárez, Diario Del Sur, comments, “We are excited with the level of technology presented on our new Community SSC press. We have had positive experiences in the past with our existing Goss branded presses which is why we chose Goss for this latest investment.” Ernesto Oliveira concludes, “The Community SSC press continues to be an extremely popular press across Latin America and it also exemplifies Goss International’s commitment to continual product development. The press is highly flexible and easily upgradeable, making it ideal not only for new press investments, but also as an addition to existing presses, including presses made by other suppliers. By enhancing product versatility and functionality in this way, we are keeping pace with the changing requirements of the market, to ensure that our customers always have a range of options to maintain their competitive edge.”




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