News Corp is investing in upgrades and retrofits for its manroland Goss web systems at its Yandina printing site on the Sunshine Coast, with a new Planatol gluing system and a retrofit of its existing Uniset and Regioman presses.
With the upgrade, manroland says the press can now produce narrow formats that are usually printed on heatset presses, work that News previously outsourced.
Andreas Schwöpfinger, technical service director at manroland Australasia, says, “With the upgrades and retrofits, News Corp in Yandina will be future proof in several respects: the customer can react better and more flexible to the growing market demands and handle more orders in-house.
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“At the same time, they can execute existing jobs with higher quality and more efficiency. The new formats offer a real added value and a stand-alone factor.”
The control system for the presses has also been retrofitted, with improvements to its availability and system communication boosting its efficiency. A control retrofit according to manroland Goss, receives all components such as colour and web control, infeed, folder and reel splicer as well as helping to integrate the upgrades.
The gluing system enables gluing of a standard format.
The changes come after News Corp entered a landmark deal with long time rival Fairfax earlier this year, with plans to share printing facilities. Fairfax closed two of its plants as part of the agreement, with some of its work from its Ormiston facility in Brisbane having been transferred to the News site in Yandina.
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