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Staffordshire Newspapers orders shaftless Goss Universal 70 four-high tower to meet new color and pagination demands

Press release from the issuing company

October 3rd, 2005 – Goss International has taken an order from Staffordshire Newspapers Ltd for a four-high Goss Universal 70 tower addition. The new tower addition will be installed at the Burton-on-Trent printing site and is scheduled to be on production by Spring 2006. Jim Black, Managing Director at Staffordshire Newspapers Ltd, comments, “The basis of our decision to invest in the Goss Universal tower addition at this time is the success of our own company and the demand from our advertisers for increased color capacity and pagination. The Universal tower offers the high-quality color we require in order to remain competitive in the market.” Black continues, “We have been a long-term Goss press user and have enjoyed a strong business relationship with Goss. We naturally turned to them to provide the extension to our existing Goss press, and if business success continues to grow, there will be further scope for investment in the future.” The shaftless Universal tower addition will be positioned at right angles to the existing Goss press line and will increase color output by 16 pages for tabloid titles, enabling Staffordshire Newspapers to meet the rising demand for full color advertising. The Goss Universal press range is known worldwide for its high quality and flexibility making it the ideal choice for a tower addition project. Martin Catford, Goss UK Sales Manager Central at Goss International, relates, “Like a growing number of newspaper printers worldwide, Staffordshire Newspapers are taking advantage of the benefits of investing in additional Goss tower units. This cost-effective solution enables printers to capitalize on their original investment in Goss press equipment by increasing color capacity through the latest technology, without having to replace the original press.” Staffordshire Newspapers Ltd is a family-owned business, serving the local community through a number of regional publications including its own daily title, the Burton Mail, four paid-for weekly titles and a free weekly title, The Advertiser, which has a distribution of 64,000 copies as well as publishing a number of local magazines. In addition, the company provides printing services to a growing number of contract print customers. Staffordshire Newspapers Ltd is one of four regional newspaper publishing companies owned by Iliffe News and Media Ltd, a division of Yattendon Investment Trust (YIT). The group owns enterprises in the UK and Canada in the newspaper publishing, television, electronic media, marinas and property industries.