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Southwest Offset Printing adding second Goss M-600 web press

Press release from the issuing company

May 24th, 2007 – Southwest Offset Printing will add a highly automated Goss M-600 web press, the second at its Gardena, California facility. CEO Greg McDonald says the company is investing to meet the growing volume demands of customers, and to continue to offer superior waste reduction and makeready features. Installation will begin in July of 2007. “Goss International has the most advanced technology and a proven ability to execute in support of that technology,” according to McDonald. “We have seen this with our existing M­600 system, and the new press will make us even more responsive and efficient in the short-run publication sector.” The new eight-unit, two-web press will feature the Autoplate fully automatic plate changing system, closed loop controls and Goss Web Center components for automated presetting and workflow. Goss International will also provide an Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls. A JF-45 folder with a 4/8 page module will allow the press system to produce signatures with between four and thirty two pages. Southwest Offset Printing specializes in newspaper and publication printing and offers complete prepress, heatset and non-heatset web printing and postpress capabilities at two facilities near Los Angeles. The company currently operates ten web presses, including the M-600 system installed in 2002 and a 96-couple Goss Mercury press used to print a regional edition of The New York Times. “We have established an exceptional relationship with Goss International on multiple levels,” explains McDonald. “That has led to a level of collaboration that allows us to maximize the unique advantages of their press technology. The M-600 press is currently the best selling 16-page web press in the world. More than 2,000 printing units have been installed in a wide range of configurations capable of printing at 45,000 to 70,000 impressions per hour.