Prasit Hetrakul, company president of publisher Si-Phya Publishing Co says, “We chose KBA and a Colora press again because we have been so pleased with the performance, reliability and print quality our existing press line has demonstrated day in and day out for the past seven years. Other factors which played a key role in the decision-making process were the punctual installation and commissioning of the press – which is tailored to suit our highly specific needs – and the excellent service support provided by KBA and its Thai agency, Intergraphics in Bangkok.”
Si-Phya Publishing Co is a well-known Thai media company owned by the Hetrakul family. Founded in 1964, the Bangkok Daily News newspaper originally had a circulation of 40,000 copies. Today, daily circulation is more than 700.000 copies and even tops 800,000 when the winning lottery numbers are published on two days each month. Produced by a staff of 800, which includes 200 freelance journalists and editors, the Bangkok Daily News is published in two editions and is very popular in Thailand thanks to its liberal, democratic style.
Slated for delivery at the end of April 2004, the new Colora press consists of five printing towers with 40 printing couples, seven Pastostar RC reelstands, a double KF 3 jaw folder (cylinder ratio 2:3:3), three EAE control consoles and a diagnostics PC. Maximum rated output is 75,000 copies per hour in double production, cylinder circumference 1,066mm (42″) and maximum web speed 11.1mps (2,185fpm). The press is engineered to accept reels up to 1,575mm (62″) wide. Mounted on a steel substructure, the four-high towers will support a variety of web leads for 4/4, 2 x 1/1, 1 x 2/2, 1 x 4/2 and 1x 1/1. Coupled with four turner-bar decks and five insertion decks this provides maximum flexibility in colour imposition.
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