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Goss ENHANCE order provides multi-web printing capacity in Chile

Press release from the issuing company

July 14th, 2004 – Chilean Newspaper Publisher, COPESA (Consorcio Periodístico de Chile, SA), has installed a series of enhancements from the global Goss ENHANCE program to upgrade its existing Goss Metro presses. The order was placed to enable Copesa to produce different formats from the same press equipment and introduce an entirely new newspaper format to Chile. The company, based in the Chilean capital, Santiago, was founded in 1950 and has over 1000 employees. The Goss enhancements for the Santiago facility include both a paper width increase and a paper width reduction. These new capabilities have provided the publisher with the ability to change the size of its existing titles and create a unique new format for the tabloid category in Chile. Mr. Mario Troncoso, Operations Manager at Copesa said, “The new Goss enhancements have allowed us to increase the size of our main title, La Tercera, and to decrease the size of our other two newspapers, La Cuarta and La Hora, so that they are the same format as other tabloid newspapers in Chile. This has created clear differentiation from the Tercera format and given us greater all-round flexibility, which will help with the positioning of the newspaper in our market.” Copesa currently prints two daily newspapers, La Tercera and La Cuarta, with weekday circulations of 150,000 copies each. It also prints La Hora a daily free newspaper, one weekly magazine title, Qué Pasa, which has a circulation of 20,000, and one monthly magazine title, Paula with a circulation of 55,000. In addition to the web width changes, the company has also installed a number of enhancements to improve quality and productivity from its Metro presses. These include folder airbags to help eliminate paper jams, and new second-fold timed rollers, which provide the ability to set the speed the paper enters and expels from the folder, not only reducing potential problems ink offsetting but also dramatically reducing waste copies. Mr. Troncoso comments, “The new Goss enhancements provide us with the ability to improve our Metro presses without the need for significant capital outlay. During the lifetime of a press we require the flexibility to improve our technology as the demands of our customers dictate. This program enables us to upgrade incrementally and as finances allow, to remain competitive within our industry, and, in the case of La Tercera, to modify products to seize a competitive advantage.” Ernesto Oliveira, Goss International Vice President for Latin American Operations concludes, “We are extremely pleased that we have been able to provide a cost effective solution to Copesa. The new Goss ENHANCE program is aimed at those publishers wishing to improve the flexibility of their existing equipment, both Goss and competitor presses, without investing in a whole new press system. Goss International has a long term focus on ‘Innovation for Business’ and the Goss ENHANCE program represents significant investment to provide advanced technologies to the market.”