Police Press of Cairo, Egypt has ordered a Goss Community SSC press to maximize revenue opportunities in contract printing books and tabloid-format newspaper products. The decision to install its first web offset press is attributed to confidence in the Community SSC technology, its productivity and ongoing technical support.
Ordered through Youssef Allam, Goss International's Cairo-based agent covering Egypt, Libya and the Sudan, the press will be configured as two four-high towers, with two SSC folders able to handle up to eight webs each and featuring quarterfold and double parallel capability. The configuration will allow Police Press to print two webs of 16 tabloid pages or one web of 32 tabloid pages in a single pass. The press has also been specified with two zero speed reelstands to allow straightforward and reliable splicing without stopping the press.
An independent printer founded eleven years ago, Police Press is a commercial venture established by managers of the pension fund of Egypt's national police force. As such, according to Adel Allam, owner and managing director of Youssef Allam, the Goss Community SSC system was chosen first and foremost as a means of generating revenue.
"Through its standards and reputation, Police Press is winning important contracts and has a clear vision of how its business can continue to develop," comments Allam. "As a trusted supplier of a wide range of graphic arts equipment and expertise to Police Press, we assisted them in making a comprehensive study of the options to achieve the most advantageous business model. It was clear that the time was right for the company to install a web press, and thorough analysis indicated that a Community SSC press would best suit the requirements."
Police Press currently runs eight sheetfed presses on a daily basis and operates a digital production workflow, into which the new Community SSC press line will fit seamlessly. Allem describes the facility as exemplifying the high discipline and ideals of the institution it represents, with quality and efficiency among the key principles of its business ethic.
Among other products, the Goss Community SSC press will print schoolbooks for national distribution to fulfill a contract with the Egyptian Ministry of Education.
According to Paul Feeney, Goss International sales manager for Middle-East and Africa, Police Press has shown great discernment in its choice of both press and partners for this investment. "With the best-in-class Community SSC press and the first-class support of Goss International, Police Press will be ideally equipped to launch its web offset service. With a workforce of around 500, not to mention a leading print academy in the Middle-East and Africa, training around 80 percent of print students in the region, the pedigree of Youssef Allam is unparalleled. Police Press knows it is in the very safest hands."