Beijing Daily will install a new heatset Goss web press to support a plan to expand beyond its current newspaper production capabilities and seize new commercial printing opportunities.
The four-unit Goss M-800 press featuring a four-pages-around by four-pages across (4x4) cylinder configuration will go into production in late 2012 at a facility in Beijing where more than 300 employees print more than two million newspapers daily.
Jia Fudong, vice director for printing operations at Beijing Daily, says, “We now print coldset newspapers only at our facility, but demand for commercial products and heatset retail inserts is increasing in our region.”
He expects commercial print volumes will continue to increase over the next five years and says the new press, the first M-800 model to be installed in China, will produce a wide range of products and formats. He adds that print quality expectations and page counts have increased in Beijing and run lengths have remained stable.
A Goss PCC-2 pinless folder will allow the new M-800 press at Beijing Daily to produce heatset products at up to 80,000 copies per hour in straight production or 40,000 copies per hour in collect mode. Goss International will equip the new system with a Contiweb FD paster, Ecocool dryer and its Omnicon press control and digital workflow technology.
Jia adds, “When we decided to expand into the commercial arena, we also decided on the clear leader in commercial web press technology. Goss International has earned the position as the most prestigious supplier through innovative and reliable technology, through superior print quality and through a local support staff that we have great confidence in.”
Tim Mercy, vice president of sales for Goss International, says the ability to print magazine, tabloid and other formats in straight or collect mode makes the M-800 model a good fit for the varied requirements of Beijing Daily. He says, “This is also an excellent option for commercial printers looking to diversify with a four-around press that complements existing two-around presses such as Goss M-600 and M-500 models.
Beijing Daily forms part of the Beijing Daily Group that manages nine newspapers and three magazines as well as web sites, a publishing house and a television broadcasting station. The Group publishes several circulation newspapers in the area, including Beijing Daily, Beijing Evening News, Beijing Morning Post and Beijing Suburbs Daily.