July 3rd, 2008 – Times Printers, based in Singapore, has added its seventh Goss M-600 press with Autoplate technology. The facility, equipped almost 100 percent with Goss presses, specializes in publications, catalogs, directories and general commercial work.
With a focus on employing the most advanced technology available and using it to deliver high-quality, cost-effective products worldwide, Sonny Tan, head of printing at the parent Times Publishing Limited, comments, "Our business has become far more automated, technology-intensive and international over the last five years, and this will continue at an even faster pace. It is of the utmost importance that printers continuously invest in new technology to remain competitive in a digital age."
Times Printers has set its sights on expanding its customer base in the United States and Europe. Tan says the demands of existing and prospective customers in those regions and in Asia and the Middle East are similar. "Print buyers worldwide are going to continuously bring us shorter run lengths and expect higher quality and faster turnaround times," he predicts. "Exceeding these expectations must be at the core of our investment strategy."
For nearly a decade, Goss M-600 systems have also been at the core of the investment strategy for the full-service company. The new Goss M-600 press at Times Printers is configured with four Autoplate automatic plate loading units, one JF-48 folder, a Contiweb SH40 splicer and an Ecoweb dryer. It runs one web at a maximum speed of 48,000 impressions per hour.
High print quality and a robust design ideally suited for the rigors of high-productivity daily operation distinguish the 16-page M-600 press, according to Tan. He says the Autoplate fully automatic plate changing system also provides distinct makeready advantages, reducing changeover times and freeing operators to perform other tasks.
While maintaining and operating a common M-600 platform delivers advantages, Tan is quick to point out that ongoing developments are vital. "Goss International's commitment to continuously enhancing the mechanical capabilities as well as the controls and the digital workflow tools has been one of the most important attractions that keeps us coming back to the M-600 model," he explains. "Local technical support resources also set Goss International apart from other press suppliers."
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