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Leading Slovenian newspaper company buys COLORMAN from MAN Roland

Press release from the issuing company

March 19, 2003 -- By signing the purchase contract for a COLORMAN newspaper web offset press from MAN Roland, Slovenia's largest newspaper publisher, DELO d.d., started the final phase of investment into its new printing centre in Ljubljana. The high-performance offset rotary, which will replace a 1994 UNIMAN, is scheduled for delivery before the end of the year, and to start producing in May 2004. COLORMAN replaces UNIMAN of 1994 In 1998, DELO d.d. had begun building a new printing centre in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. The first phase of the extensive modernization project included the installation in that year of a new UNISET press from MAN Roland. With the two dailies DELO and NOVICE, adding up to a total circulation of 183,000 copies a day, DELO d.d. covers more than 50 per cent of the Slovenian newspaper market. Counting also inserts and other weekly publications, the company prints about 120 million copies annually on its two MAN Roland presses UNIMAN and UNISET. Main product: DELO, a Quality Club Award-winning daily The new COLORMAN with a speed of up to 40,000 cylinder revolutions per hour is earmarked primarily for printing the daily DELO. The paper has for the past six years been prize winner in the International Newspaper Quality Club, and received the highest number of points for Color Quality at ifraEXPO 2002 in Barcelona. The new press will additionally produce six other regional papers, shortly also to appear daily. More and better colour, less waste Above all, the installation of the COLORMAN enables DELO d.d. to increase the use of colour from the present eight to 32 four-colour pages, to improve colour accuracy and quality, and reduce makeready times while cutting waste. Besides, the newspaper company will become much more flexible with the new 16-page pressline - regarding both the page count and the placement of contents. As ordered, the COLORMAN from MAN Roland includes two reel splicers, two eight-couple towers, a turner bar unit, a 2:5:5 folder, plus electric drive and control equipment linked to the MAN Roland process automation system PECOM.