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Buffalo News to Invest $25m in KBA Coloras

Press release from the issuing company

The Buffalo News in New York State is to buy two Colora press lines from KBA. One of the two KBA Colora press lines for The Buffalo News in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. The two largely identical presses will print the company's title daily, The Buffalo News, which has a circulation of around 230,000 copies on weekdays and 320,000 copies on Sundays. The first of the new presses is scheduled to come on line in December 2003, the second in spring 2004. The two Coloras, which will be installed at the paper's existing site in downtown Buffalo, will replace five 44 year old letterpress machines. "We will be able to print a colorful, high quality newspaper, which is vital to the continuing success of The Buffalo News", said Robert J. Casell, Executive Vice President at The News, who is also responsible for the paper's printing operations. "We will go from the 1950s to the 21st century." High-Powered Flexibility The shaftless presses will have a cylinder circumference of 43" and a web width of 50". They will be able to print 75,000 newspapers per hour, compared to 45,000 with the current presses. Each press line can output 24 full-color broadsheet pages in straight production. "Readers are going to see a cleaner, crisper, better-looking Buffalo News, and I'm very excited about that," editor Margaret M. Sullivan explained. "I'm so proud of what we do as a newspaper - the content of the paper - and now it's going to look great, too." Each press line will be configured with five complete or partial four-high towers plus two H-type units. The rolls will be fed to the ten KBA Pastostar reelstands by a KBA Patras M rollhandling system. Ten angle bars with bay windows plus two folder assemblies, each with three formers positioned side by side, will support a wide choice of layout options. The double folder specified for the first press line, comprising a KF 5 jaw folder (2:5:5 cylinder ratio) and RF 3 gear folder (3:2 ratio), a RF 3 gear folder for the second press and a delivery for 160 broadsheet newspapers will furnish a high level of flexibility with regard to page count. The high color capability of the KBA Colora tower press is proving popular with newspaper printers in the USA. The photo shows the Colora at another newspaper in North America Each press line will be controlled and monitored from three EAE consoles. The complete installation will be equipped with a Print 4 job scheduling and press preset system, also supplied by EAE, plus a service and diagnostics PC. Digital prepress data for presetting the ink keys will be transferred online via a RIP interface. Fully automatic ink feed for black and process inks, KBA BASKO web-tension control and automatic color and cut-off register controls will reduce make ready time and waste to a minimum while enhancing press productivity and print quality.

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