A new heatset press installation will take Beijing Daily beyond newspaper production to new commercial printing opportunities.
The publisher has ordered a four-unit Goss M-800 press with a four-pages-around by four-pages across (4x4) cylinder configuration, for commissioning late this year.
More than 300 employees at the facility print more than two million newspapers daily.
“Demand for commercial products and heatset retail inserts is increasing in our region,” printing vice director Jia Fudong says. He expects commercial print volumes will continue to increase over the next five years and says the new press, the first M-800 in China, will produce a wide range of products and formats.
Print-quality expectations for those products are increasing along with page counts in the Beijing area, while run lengths are stable, Jia reports.
A PCC-2 pinless folder will allow production of heatset products at up to 80,000 cph in straight production or 40,000 cph in collect mode. The press will have a Contiweb FD paster, Ecocool dryer and its Omnicon press control and digital workflow technology.
Goss sales vice president Tim Mercy says the ability to print magazine, tabloid and other formats straight or collect makes the press a good fit for the varied requirements of Beijing Daily. “This is also an excellent option for commercial printers looking to diversify with a four-around press that complements existing two-around presses,” he says.
Beijing Daily is part of the Beijing Daily Group, a media company that manages nine newspapers and three magazines as well as web sites, a publishing house and a television broadcasting station. The group publishes the leading circulation newspapers in the area, including ‘Beijing Daily’, ‘Beijing Evening News’, ‘Beijing Morning Post’ and ‘Beijing Suburbs Daily’.