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Goss Uniliner press ordered for Niederosterreichisches Pressehaus

Press release from the issuing company

December 18, 2003 – Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus (NÖP) in St.Pölten near Vienna has recently placed an order with RPS Printing Supplies Trading, the Austrian Goss agent, for a new Goss Uniliner web offset press as an extension to their existing KBA Journal, vintage 1992. The new press is equipped with independent drives and consists mainly of two Megtec splicers, two Goss four-high towers for 4/4 printing, one angle bar system and one Goss jaw folder with a cylinder ratio of 2:5:5. The new Goss Uniliner press will be supplied with the same press control system as the existing KBA press and a similar plate lock-up mechanism to provide full compatibility of both presses. The press can either run separately with the two Goss four-high towers at a speed up to 75,000 copies per hour or in combination with the two webs, which are printed on the KBA press (altogether 4 webs or 8 ribbons), into the new Goss folder. In addition, the press can run one web from one Goss tower into the existing KBA folder and at the same time run independently from the second Goss tower into the new Goss folder. The main production of the newspaper publishing department of Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus is the daily newspaper Niederösterreichische Nachrichten (NÖN) which is printed in 28 local editions with a total run length of up to 300,000 copies. Additionally, the company produces a large number of different local newspapers and supplements, resulting in a three-shift-production from Sunday evening through Saturday noon. Harald Knabl, Managing Director of the publishing group, explains the reasons for this investment: “This extension was now necessary as not only the volume of NÖN has grown significantly but also the customers demand for more color and higher quality has increased enormously.” Alfred Mayer, Managing Director of the printing plant at NÖP, adds: “Naturally, our decision for an extension with Goss components was not easy. At the end, we were convinced after two excellent visits to different Goss users in Europe and the impressive flexibility of Goss and RPS in the realization of our needs.” RPS General Manager Thomas Reichl calls the order for the new Goss Uniliner pres a tremendous progress in the German-speaking newspaper landscape. “The need for expanding existing presses will significantly increase in the future, and Goss is in a leading position to cover this market niche successfully.”