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MAN Roland strengthens newspapers with Applied Innovations at NEXPO

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McCormick Place, Chicago — MAN Roland, the global market leader in newspaper printing systems, brings Applied Innovations to NEXPO. MAN Roland’s exhibit, #7039, at NEXPO 06 is all about the bottom line, as the world’s leading web press manufacturer introduces a variety of proven Applied Innovations that make newspapers more appealing and profitable. “Newspapers need to reduce their production costs, increase their color capacities, appeal to a broader audience and utilize their presses for a wider variety of work,” says Vince Lapinski, COO of Web Operations at MAN Roland Inc. “Our Applied Innovations help them achieve all that and more.” History in the Making MAN Roland is the only press manufacturer to bring the compact Berliner format to this side of the Atlantic. Gannett’s Journal and Courier installation has begun and with the project on-time in Lafayette, Indiana, they will go on-edition with the first Berliner format GEOMAN in North America later this year. The MAN Roland Berliner format is the focus for many in the industry and is being considered a viable option by a host of other newspapers, as it is sized right for success. Its ability to attract broader groups, such as women and younger readers with its more manageable size along with the fact that advertisers are happier too, as studies show their ads attract more reader’s views and deliver greater retention with the compact format. The Applied Innovations encompasses MAN Roland’s Press Concepts, which includes the company’s complete line of newspaper web presses. MAN Roland’s REGIOMAN has made the company the leader in the 4/1 configuration. Between 2001 and 2004 1149 REGIOMAN printing couples were installed at newspapers all over the world. Another successful installation of the REGIOMAN has begun at Baton Rouge’s The Advocate. The GEOMAN has put MAN Roland at the top of the standings in that segment as well. Papers moving to GEOMAN include the Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News, both in Colorado, and the Journal and Courier in Indiana. The press is also performing at customer sites like Detroit Newspaper Partnerships, where they successfully went on-edition with six new GEOMAN presses in 2005. MAN Roland’s UNISET press is in the spotlight at many prosperous newspapers, such as Jefferson City’s News Tribune, which went on-edition with their new UNISET 75 in February 2006. The Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota also features a UNISET press and is the very first 3/2 press in North America. This paper was recently featured in a front page story for a major U.S. newspaper, which highlighted Bismarck’s strength as a profitable newspaper. MAN Roland’s COLORMAN is also making its presence known in North America, with Quebecor World’s Sun Media anchoring their new facilities in Montreal and Toronto with COLORMAN presses. The new machines will feature some of the most innovative technologies and systems offered to the industry, only by MAN Roland Meanwhile, the company’s COLORMAN Tower Add-On program, which revitalizes old presses with new color capabilities, is the solution of choice for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Florida Sun-Sentinel. Advanced Automation The MAN Roland exhibit (#7039) puts Applied Innovations into action with advanced automation in quality control, job changeover, process support, AUROSYS and the company’s printnet networking system. This year the exhibit will feature a fully integrated PECOM system, the latest print simulator for training and printnet networking. printnet’s comprehensive networking offers perfection in workflow for sales, prepress, press and postpress. The production management system from MAN Roland’s ppi Media division automates the production process from end to end. Every phase can be planned, controlled, monitored, then statistically evaluated to maximize workflow efficiency. Other innovations that will star at NEXPO include TECOSYS for automated web tension control, automatic cut-off register control, QuickStart rapid ramp-up software, inline ink density control, and automated color register, just to name a few of the many innovations MAN Roland offers the newspaper industry. The Home Team Advantage “Total support for the life of your press” means enhanced service and support for MAN Roland customers as the company premieres printservices, a comprehensive collection of service, training, support, consultation, project management and spare parts functions designed to focus on customer performance, productivity and profitability. “Newspapers are under pressure to do more for less,” says Vince Lapinski. “Our innovations in the fields of Automation, Press Concepts, Application and Added Value are unsurpassed in the industry. We provide newspapers with a choice of technologies and systems that will help secure their future in the industry and enable them to be more productive, more attractive and more profitable. Our proven innovations will make it all happen. See for yourself at the MAN Roland exhibit, #7039.”

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