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Goss customers lead newspaper print quality awards in 2004

Press release from the issuing company

July 5th, 2004 – Goss International customers have succeeded in achieving recognition in the top print quality programs and awards in 2004. In recent announcements from the International Newspaper Color Quality Club and the SNAP Committee, Goss press users are highly visible among the best quality printers of the newspaper industry. At the June 20th ceremony sponsored by Goss International at the National Press Club in Washington, USA, the winners of the 2004-2006 International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) were awarded their membership. Of the 50 best performing newspaper titles that qualified for membership, 12 were printed on Goss presses in Europe, Asia and the Americas, accounting for 24% of the total membership. These included ABP (India), the first ever newspaper publisher in India to win the award. Similarly, the launch in 2003 of the SNAP (Specifications for Newsprint Advertising Production) Certificate Program has been very successful for Goss press users. This year, an unprecedented 64% of SNAP Certificate recipients are Goss users. These successes follow the fourth consecutive United Kingdom newspaper quality award in 12 months to Surrey & Berkshire Newspapers, part of the Guardian Media Group and located West of London, England. Having won the top newspaper quality award from all three of the UK’s leading printing trade journals in 2003, Surrey & Berkshire Newspapers has just won the first award of 2004 printing on its Goss Colorliner press with Goss digital inking. The International Newspaper Color Quality Club is organized jointly by Ifra, NAA and PANPA to enable newspapers to benchmark their printing and reproduction quality at international level. This year, the 10th anniversary of the competition, 180 newspaper titles from 34 countries were entered. SNAP is the standard that coldset commercial printers and newspapers use to enhance reproduction quality and provides guidelines for the exchange of information. Created in cooperation with the NAA (Newspaper Association of America), the SNAP Certificate program helps printers and newspapers in achieving SNAP specifications, as well as supporting development of American National Standards Institute and International Standards Organization standards. The awards gained by Goss customers across both the INCQC and SNAP initiatives were gained using a variety of Goss branded single and double width press systems, confirming the quality credentials of all formats of Goss press system. “Goss International is committed to working closely with our customers in order to achieve consistently high print quality standards,” comments David Stamp, Goss International Global Marketing Director. “Over the last ten years, since the Color Quality Club started, Goss users have been continually acknowledged as leaders in their field. “The existence of both of these award programs encourages our customers to demand the highest levels of performance from their presses. Goss International would like to offer congratulations to all those successful customers who continue to demonstrate how global bench-marking, improvements in reproduction, printing techniques and quality all benefit the global newspaper industry,” concludes David Stamp.