October 30, 2002 -- "Against muted expectations, ifraEXPO was very successful for us," said MAN Roland board chairman Gerd Finkbeiner, MAN Roland, summing up the event. "We had lots of visitors and a great deal of interest at our stand. We were very pleased to see that all key customers, some from abroad, were there and were quite interested in our latest developments."
And in Barcelona MAN Roland presented a number of these innovations to the public for the first time:
The CROMOMAN in the four-page configuration now produces up to 70,000 copies per hour, and is also available as a six-page system.
The UNISET is now available with a printing speed of 65,000 copies per hour, and features shaftless AC drive technology.
The REGIOMAN now produces up to 75,000 copies per hour.
The GEOMAN now has an output of 77,000 copies per hour and the COLORMAN is now available in a 24-page configuration.
Also, MAN Roland's AUROSYS material handling system is now fully integrated in the PrintNet workflow. PrintNet, the software-based networking capability, is a joint project of MAN Roland and ppi Media that links all business and production processes, from prepress to finishing.
Cooperation agreements with ppi Media, SandyScreen, basysPrint, Fujifilm, and Eurografica were announced at a press conference and were met with a great deal of interest. Cooperation agreements like these, and the networking of production processes made possible by PrintNet, can significantly reduce costs and increase print quality. For newspaper publishers, particularly now, lower costs at increased quality are decisive capabilities, and very often a matter of survival.
Another happy event at ifraEXPO were the award presentations of the International Newspaper Quality Club: 13 MAN Roland customers received awards for the high quality of their newspapers. These were: in Germany the Augsburger Allgemeine, the Pforzheimer Zeitung, the Main-Echo, and the Schwäbische Post; in Great Britain the Daily Mirror; in Australia the Sydney Morning Herald; in Canada the Toronto Star; in Sweden Dagens Nyheter; in Slovenia Delo; in the US the Democrat & Chronicle; in Ireland the Irish Independent; in Italy L'Arena; and in Poland Rzeczpospolita.
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