News Limited invests $52m in new print centre

The new press, which will be the largest in Queensland, will be capable of printing 160 pages of back to back four colour. It will also offer full trimming, stitching, gluing and folding capabilities, and is capable of producing two products simultaneously.

John Hartigan, chairman of News Limited says the major investment underlined the company’s commitment to newspaper publishing in Townsville, one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

Hartigan says, “The introduction of the new press means the Townsville Bulletin, already one of Australia’s leading regional dailies, will become an even more compelling proposition for both readers and advertisers.”

He adds, “Furthermore, North Queenslanders will also benefit from a big improvement in the quality of The Australian, Weekend Australian, The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail, which are all printed in Townsville.”

Jason Scott, general manager of North Queensland Newspapers says the introduction of the new press was the single most important event in the 150 year history of the Townsville Bulletin.

Scott says, “The introduction of world-class printing means the paper will finally have the look and feel to match its editorial standards. The announcement is a huge vote of confidence not only for the Townsville Bulletin, but also in the local economy. This is terrific news for both our readers and our advertisers.”

He concludes, “People are already writing epitaphs for newspapers but the reality is that the industry is still building more presses today than it ever has.”

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