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Unipress, Portugal, orders world's first 80,000 cph Goss Uniliner press

Press release from the issuing company

February 19th, 2007 – Unipress of Granja, near Porto, in Northern Portugal, has placed an order with Goss International for a shaftless double-width 560 mm cut-off Uniliner press. The press has been ordered to provide the additional color capacity and pagination required for the publisher’s stable of newspaper products and will be the first Uniliner press in the world designed to run at a maximum speed of 80,000 cph. The new Uniliner press will be highly specified with the latest in newspaper technologies and will include Goss DigiRail digital inking, automated color and cut-off register controls and automatic web-width change. This will enable the publisher to use any web-widths between 1300 and 1600 mm – offering maximum flexibility and minimum start-up times. Antonio Costa, general manager at Unipress, comments, “Our decision to invest in a new press at this time was based on the need to offer our clients the best printing quality in full color while increasing our efficiencies through advanced levels of automation. After investigating all suitable solutions we made our investment decision based on the flexibility of the Uniliner press. The ability to change our web-widths automatically, provides us with fast and efficient changeover of products with minimal down time. In the publishing world every second counts so this will ensure that we offer our customers the best possible service.” Unipress has been using a Goss Universal 45 press for several years and will continue to do so once the new Uniliner press has been installed at its facility. Costa explains, “As an existing Goss press user we were keen to extend our relationship with Goss International. The Uniliner is not a replacement of our Universal press but an extension to our current capacity. We are finding that we frequently require greater and greater color capacity so the two presses will work together to produce our various titles including leading titles Público and the sports paper, A Bola.” The new 80,000 cph Uniliner press will be configured as two four-high towers and two reelstands, and the units will be installed at 90 degrees to the press line in order to cope with space limitations at the facility. The order also includes a 2:5:5 jaw folder, ink presetting from the RIP and automatic web-width change. The new press will be capable of producing 64 full color tabloid pages in collect mode – a 200 percent increase in color capacity over the publisher’s existing press line. Costa continues, “From our point of view, the active role played by Goss International’s agent for Portugal, Tecnimprensa, during the press lifetime is also key to this order. We are happy to work with them to benefit from their experience in aiding the smooth operation of our presses.” Duarte Alves de Sousa, executive partner of Tecnimprensa, states, “We are very proud to be selected in such a challenging and demanding project. Unipress was looking for an all-in-one press which would bring them the highest level of printing quality, flexibility, productivity and cost-efficiency. Goss International has understood their needs exactly and was able to present an unbeatable tailor made solution that will set a new standard in the Portuguese newspaper printing industry.” Eric Normand, senior vice president and general manager at the Goss International facility in Nantes, France, where the press will be manufactured, concludes, “This is the first sale of the Goss Uniliner press in Portugal and the first in the world that will run at 80,000 cph. As such, this is a key investment in the Portuguese newspaper market. The new press will provide Unipress with a very high level of flexibility which will equip them well in the competitive marketplace by affording them the ability to adapt to developing market trends.” The new press is due to be installed during the spring of 2007.