Two of manroland Goss’s highly-automated Colorman e:line presses will be printing the Korean Economic Daily when it celebrates its sixtieth anniversary in 2024.
A new order from South Korea’s Hankyung Media Group for two six-tower presses are expected to deliver “the most powerful and automated production line for daily newspapers in Korea” according to executive director Hyun Seung-Yoon.
Hankyung Media is building a new production plant on a 3,700 m² site in the Bupyeong National Industrial Complex in Incheon.
Hyun said a major focus of the project was to make the 60th anniversary edition in 2024 the best printed of all newspapers in Korea. “With these features, the production line naturally also offers many attractive advantages for contract printing orders from the Korean newspaper market,” he said.
manroland Goss international sales and service vice president Heiko Ritscher says management and project teams are working to a business model that focusses on becoming the largest newspaper contract printing company in Korea, in addition to the high-quality printing of its own daily newspaper.
The two manrolandGoss Colorman e:line presses for the Korea Economic Daily will each comprise six printing units, six reel splicers, two folders and a comprehensive automation package. The e:line series is rated for output of 95,000 cph, enabling Hankyung Media to produce 190,000 newspapers an hour, or up to a million newspapers a night.
The aim is to achieve cost-effectiveness with reduced unit costs for the production of large circulations, as well as smaller subcontracted circulations – thanks to the high level of automation.
Before signing the contract, a delegation from South Korea saw similar printing presses and had the automation functions and performance potential demonstrated, a factor which contributed to success in this project, deputy sales vice president Alwin Stadler says. “The success story of the Colorman e:line continues in the Asian market.”
A new Colorman e:line went into production at Reiff Media in Offenburg, Germany in February.
Pictured (from left to right) Park BumSuk (chief executive of AllesInternational), Kim Dong-Suk (printing manager), Heiko Ritscher, manrolandGoss chief executive Franz Kriechbaum, Kim Jung-Ho (Korea Economic Daily president and chief executive), Park Hae-Jun (general affairs director), Hyun Seung-Yoon, Lee Seo-Jun (finance director), Jung Hee-Jun (production director), and Ryoo Won-Seok (management support general manager); (above) the Colorman e:line at Reiff Media