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Goss International champions offset at IPEX 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Goss International continues its theme 'New Ways for Print' at IPEX 2010, reflecting the company's focus on innovations that help customers optimize existing operations or break away from traditional production constraints. The theme – as exemplified by key technologies such as the Sunday 5000 press, Ecochill drying, Triliner enhancement and Goss Folia production capabilities – will be represented and demonstrated throughout the Goss International exhibit in Hall 7.

"'New Ways for Print' underlines our ability to deliver initiatives that help printers upgrade their capabilities or differentiate themselves by pursuing new opportunities and business models," comments Jacques Navarre, senior vice president of sales, marketing and product management for Goss International. "This ethos is hard-wired throughout the Goss International infrastructure and typifies our approach to customers and to product development. We are not distracted by the perceived boundaries between processes, but have focused on the dynamics that shape the demand for print and keep our customers competitive."

At IPEX, Goss International – incorporating products of the Shanghai Electric Printing & Packaging Machinery group, that is: YAWA, AKIYAMA, FEIDA, PURLUX – will extend this principle to a broader audience, including packaging and sheetfed printers. The coalescence of the two companies is expected to bring new levels of corporate strength and agility to Goss International. The company also anticipates an interchange of technologies and market knowledge enabling more customers to benefit from innovation, value, choice and responsiveness. IPEX 2010 will be the first presentation of Goss products and SEC products together in Europe.

Key products highlighted on the stand will be:

Goss Sunday 5000 press
Goss International's claims for its unique Sunday technology have now been proven on a public platform, consistently producing high-quality results from the 2860 mm-wide web at Grafiche Mazzucchelli in Italy. Since installation of this, the first 96-page Sunday 5000 press, it has rapidly become the touchstone for larger printer/ publishers looking for an industrialized production model that can help them to compete and win. The second Goss Sunday 5000 press is currently undergoing installation and commissioning at Spanish commercial and publication printer ALTAIR.

"The Sunday 5000 press is not only a technological triumph in its own right," says Jacques Navarre. "The fact that we are able to take visions developed with our customers and complete the research and development, engineering, build and installation within a two-year period bears testament to the agile business we are creating for the future. Agility is one of the foundations of our business going forward, as we integrate the expertise and activities of SEC into our worldwide network."

Goss Folia press
The Goss Folia press is highlighted on the stand to illustrate another rapid transition from concept to reality. Launched at drupa 2008, the press has undergone continued development and considerable market evaluation. As a result, Goss International asserts a groundbreaking achievement in developing not only the fastest perfecting 'sheetfed' press available but also one that provides a lower carbon footprint by running at 30,000 iph without a dryer.

Leading-edge automation
Elsewhere on the stand, Goss International exhibits a range of springboard technologies designed to enable customers to rapidly improve ecological credentials, production capabilities and financial viability. These include the latest Ecochill drying technology, which improves web control and eliminates condensate.

Goss packaging solutions
Goss International will also introduce the technology with which it will offer an alternative solution to the web packaging market. The Goss Vpak press uses sleeved and gapless technology to change impression-cylinder diameter and hence repeat length. The press units have been designed to deliver the flexibility of the flexographic process with equivalent speeds and quality of gravure, creating a new opportunity for packaging printers.

Akiyama MEGA Jprint perfecting
As a wholly-owned company of Shanghai Electric Corporation, Akiyama – a leader in sheetfed perfecting – will run its MEGA Jprint press live at IPEX. The presentation will highlight new features on the press including the ability to automatically change all plates simultaneously in three minutes. The MEGA Jprint was developed to improve the productivity and flexibility of sheetfed perfecting. Its B1 cylinders have a unique 'impression-to-impression' configuration which means that each side of a sheet is printed by separate units, positioned one above the other, with their own plate, blanket and impression cylinders. This enables the entire sheet to be printed on both sides without the need to leave gripper margins on the tail edge of the sheet. The system also optimizes sheet handling and registration with a subsequent press speed of 15,000 iph for four-over-four jobs.

YAWA die-cutting and foiling
Complementing the Goss web packaging offering, the range from YAWA has been designed to deliver versatile converting for packaging printers. Able to handle paper, cardboard, corrugated board, plastic and other materials, the products provide automatic inline creasing, embossing, thermal embossing, die-cutting, stripping, blanking, foil stamping and hologram stamping with speeds up to 7,500 sheets per hour. The versatile YAWA PRO-F106 die-cutter will be shown working live at IPEX. It has been specially designed for die-cutting and quality hot-foil or hologram stamping in a single operation. Differing from a standard dual-purpose foil stamping and die-cutting device, the YAWA PRO-F106 is capable of foil stamping, die-cutting and stripping. A new infeed and control system gives highly accurate positioning that enables holograms to be applied at high speed.

Goss Purlux 1200 saddlestitching
The Goss Purlux 1200 saddlestitcher is a complementary solution to Goss Pacesetter technology. Together the products cover a wide range of binding requirements in the mid range from 10,000 to 16,000 cph. As the latest generation of saddlestitchers, the Goss Purlux 1200 saddlestitcher maintains high value in a design that specifically targets the need for fast and regular job changes. From the highly reliable double grippers to a double-scoring position for covers, it has been designed to eliminate misfeeds and dropped signatures. In the stitching section, adjustments to the trimmer infeed are designed for fast makereadies and the trimmer itself is the latest design with quick-change facilities for optional devices.

Feida automated guillotine systems
Accurate, fast and automated, Feida equipment has been developed to offer high productivity post-press operation to sheetfed printers. The system exhibited at IPEX features complete control, with minimum physical effort, over lifting, jogging, cutting and restacking of printed sheets at a speed of up to 48 cutting cycles per minute. The guillotine itself features a sophisticated positioning system with fast and accurate adjustment and high clamp pressure for clean cutting with maximum safety. A wide cutting throat has the capacity to cut any sheet substrate, from paper to board, with a maximum pile height of 165 mm.

"IPEX 2010 provides the perfect opportunity to present our strengthened structure and a wider product portfolio," states Navarre. "It is also a glimpse of the future as we target broader sectors with our new partners. All the pieces of the puzzle are not in place yet but we will work more closely with the SEC companies as the relationship matures. From a purely Goss International perspective, we are showing the latest updates on key technology developments first presented at drupa 2008. They are now successfully installed and fulfilling expectations. Our other focus is, of course, our existing customer base where new initiatives continue to help drive efficiencies and enable printers to expand beyond the confines of their traditional production and markets."




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