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Turkish newspaper group installs Goss Colorliner tower additions for increased capacity for its leading title Sabah

Press release from the issuing company

May 5th, 2006 – Merkez Yayin Holdings, based in Istanbul, Turkey, is increasing its color capacity and flexibility by installing seven shaftless Goss Colorliner printing units. The units will be incorporated within two new four-high towers and will enable the publisher to print an additional 16 pages in full color. The investment follows the increased circulation and color requirements of its leading newspaper title Sabah, and will develop the plant into a cutting-edge newspaper production facility to match not only today's, but tomorrow's requirements. The installation will take place in three carefully planned stages to match the dynamic Turkish newspaper market without interrupting the production on the existing press equipment. Selim Gulmen, managing director at Merkez Yayin Holdings, comments, “As a business we wanted to gain the biggest increases in capacity, flexibility and efficiency with the minimum capital investment. Goss has worked with us to understand our needs, and together we have produced a completely flexible and future-proof solution.” The first stage of this project – the installation of a four-high Goss Colorliner 80 printing tower – was completed in November 2005. The second stage will be the conversion of a mono-unit into a four-high tower with the addition of three Colorliner printing units. The third stage will involve upgrading the controls system on the Colorliner press and the company's two existing Goss HT70 presses to harness the latest systems available enabling pre-setting across all three presses using a single network. Sedat Yazar, technical manager at Sabah relates, “For me it's key to ensure a seamless transition from our existing technology to the new, latest technology without disrupting our current production. So far we have achieved our goals on schedule, within budget and with production continuing 24/7.” Once the installation is finished the new press will be capable of printing up to 112 tabloid pages with 96 pages of full color. Ian Buckley, director of projects and press commissioning at Goss International concludes, “In the time it takes most people to carry out a feasibility study, Sabah has identified their needs, sourced the equipment and executed the project. Sabah has taken a radical route to upgrade its print facility to the latest cutting-edge technology whilst ensuring that production keeps rolling every day and night. It is not unusual to see people upgrading the sub-systems that make up a print facility to give them the benefits of the latest technology, however, what is unusual is to see it happen at such a pace. I suspect we will see more projects carried out at this pace in the future.”

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