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Gannett's Newsquest to publish with a MAN Roland GEOMAN

Press release from the issuing company

April 17, 2003 -- Oxfordshire, England — Gannett’s Newsquest Media Group will be installing a GEOMAN next March to help produce some of the more than 300 local newspapers the company publishes in England and Wales. The six-unit double-width press will be equipped with two folders and be capable of outputting 96 tabloid pages in full color at the rate of 75,000 copies per hour, running in straight mode. It will be installed in a new press facility that will be built on Newsquest’s Oxfordshire site. In replacing a 32-year-old machine, the new GEOMAN will meet the printing needs of Newsquest’s operations in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, and handle other assignments from the Group. The task will include producing The Oxford Mail, the Swindon Evening Advertiser, The Oxford Times, and Wiltshire’s Gazette and Herald series. “With a perfect complete solution, MAN Roland put together just the best proposal,” says Paul Davidson, chief executive of Newsquest. “We are looking forward to working with them on this major investment.” Davidson’s remarks were echoed by Gerd Finkbeiner, chairman of the MAN Roland Group. “We are very happy about this mark of confidence we received from such a renowned UK newspaper company,” he noted. “MAN Roland will do everything to turn this exciting challenge into a strong partnership between our companies and into a great economic success for Newsquest.”