Printers operating Goss M-600 presses swept the web offset categories at the recent 7th Asian Print Awards ceremony, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The accolades follow similar distinctions for M-600 press users in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Each entry in the 7th Asian Print Awards was evaluated for print quality by an independent judging team consisting of 10 international print professionals from Australia, Belgium, China, England, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
In the 'Web Offset - Coated Stock' category, the Gold award went to C&C Joint Printing Company (Shanghai), for In Style magazine, while Silver was won by Times Printers of Singapore with the magazine, Her World. Both Goss customers also won the Gold and Silver awards in the category of 'Web Offset – Lightweight Coated (LWC)', in the case of C&C (Guangdong) for its printing of Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professionals, and by Times Printers for Newsweek magazine.
According to the Asian Print Awards organizers, the objective of the annual event is "to raise the standard and promote the achievements in excellence of Asian printing". The judges commented that the web offset category was "the hardest category to judge due to the overall excellence".
"We are proud that all the web offset winners were Goss press users," comments Tim Mercy, vice president of commercial web sales for Goss International in Asia. "This demonstrates that the M-600 press, in the hands of skilled operators, continues to deliver the highest level of offset print quality.
The results at the Asian Print Awards followed similar recent successes in Europe where, among others, Boylan Print Group championed M-600 press capabilities. The company was named winner of 'The Agfa Ireland Award for Magazines' during the 2009 Irish Print Awards at the end of November. The achievement was for its print production of Click Magazine on a Goss M-600 press that was installed only a year ago. This honor followed acclaim at the UK PrintWeek awards a month earlier, where Artisan Press won both 'PrintWeek Catalogue Printer of the Year 2009' and 'PrintWeek Consumer Magazine Printer of the Year 2009' for products printed on a range of Goss press systems including two M-600 presses.