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Goss Colorliner tower additions for Gannett Worcester UK facility

Press release from the issuing company

October 15th 2003 – UK newspaper publisher Newsquest, owned by the Gannett Company Inc., is expanding its existing Goss Metro™ press with two new shaftless Goss Colorliner 70 four-high towers giving additional production capability in 2004. Paul Wesley, Production Manager at Newsquest (Midlands South) explains, “The Goss Metro press at our existing site produces an excellent range of products to an extremely high quality standard. We have chosen to upgrade the control system to centralized controls, add two new four-high towers to provide the extra color capacity and refurbish the existing Goss Metro pressline.” The refurbishment will involve new plate and blanket cylinders as well as replacing the existing 2:1 rotary folders with 2:3:3 jaw folders. He continues, “The addition of the two new Goss Colorliner towers effectively doubles our print capacity from 15 couples to 31. We will also be gaining the additional benefits of improved print quality and lower running costs, particularly when related to waste.” Following an extensive trial, the Goss Digital Inking system has been chosen for use on both the new towers and the existing Metro press line. Goss’ digital inker, recently the recipient of a 2003 GATF Technology Award, is an innovative inking system that maximizes pre-setting accuracy and ensures density stability to achieve IFRA print quality standards on a consistent basis. It is this accuracy that contributes significantly to lower waste and improved product quality. The new order will consist of two new four-high Goss Colorliner 70 towers with two-form digital inking, one Goss CT50 three-arm reelstand, one new 2:3:3 jaw folder and one refurbished 2:3:3 jaw folder. David Richardson, Sales Executive, Goss UK states, “Newsquest is just one of several major groups in the UK where digital inking has been chosen for incorporation into their recent press purchases. During the next few years we are likely to see a considerable take-up of digital inker retro-fits as printers and publishers continue the drive to improve the quality of the printed product whilst simultaneously reducing the cost of production through lower waste.” Paul Wesley comments, “In addition to the new digital inking system both a color register guidance system and automatic blanket washing system are to be included within the project. The combination of all three systems will allow the additional equipment to be fully integrated into our existing press facility and reduce the levels of waste we produce.” Goss will be utilizing its wide experience of global tower addition and enhancement projects to coordinate and execute this important order from Newsquest (Gannett). With an extensive track record in complex tower addition projects, Goss will manage the entire order through its multi-discipline project management approach, to ensure performance in accordance with the agreed project schedule. Shane Lancaster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Goss Preston comments, “We are delighted to be partnering the Newsquest (Midlands South) team for this exciting project. Having worked together for many years we look forward to assisting them in increasing the level of color offered through their various titles. “The complementary technologies employed at Worcester will clearly demonstrate that the addition of shaftless towers, jaw folders, digital inking, register controls and blanket washing systems, together with a carefully thought-out program of press refurbishment, provides an excellent alternative to a new greenfield site.” According to Dick Sutis, Goss International President, “Goss International now offers market leading capabilities in complex tower addition projects. The Gannett Company will benefit from Goss’ professional project management and installation team skills.”