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Panpa Bulletin : April 2006
30 | PaNPa bUlletiN april 2006 ProDUctioN one of India's fastest grow- ing media corporations, HT Media Ltd, has in- creased the capacity at it's Delhi plant by buying 10 QuadTech Autotron Newspaper 2800 Regis- ter Guidance Systems for it's five tower Citylineline presses and three tower Colorman presses. Mr B.S. Shesh, Associate Vice President- Production at HT Me- dia, who publishes the leading national paper Hindustan Times, said, "The QuadTech equipment has significantly improved the efficiency of our presses. For ex- ample start-ups are quick and easy, and register correction at a reel splice is smartly handled. This saves precious time and drastically cuts waste." The modularity of the Au- totron Newspaper 2800 system provides newspaper printers with uncompromised register controls on multi or single unit presses. By offering an integrat- ed approach to register control, the system can accommodate a multitude of different web paths and imposition plans. The Au- totron Newspaper 2800 system has the ability to expand from a single web to multi-tower press runs by a simple selection from the operator console. Using a number of different control modules such as color, folder length and web guiding, the Au- totron Newspaper 2800 system guarantees quality standards throughout the print process. "The Autotron Newspaper 2800 is probably the most flex- ible piece of equipment of its kind on the market. It performs equally well on both our Manu- graph Cityline and MAN Color- man presses," said Shesh. The installations at HT Media are representative of the recent boom in the Indian newspaper industry as a whole. India has bucked the global trend of de- creased newspaper sales, with rapid growth in both regional and national titles. This has been attributed to several factors, per- haps most significantly a rise in literacy among the population in more rural areas. "The last few years have seen many changes in our industry," said Shesh. "There has been a big swing towards back-to- back colour pages, which has increased the revenue we make from advertising. In turn, this has lead to more investment in equipment and plant expan- sion, exemplified by the signifi- cant increase in the number of publishers with four-high print- ing towers. "The boom shows no sign of stagnation. There have been numerous newspaper launches recently with many new tiles emerging in different regions. As the competition for readers in- creases, so does the importance of producing a quality news- paper that stands out from the rest." RURAL Press's recent upgrade to a Trendsetter News 100 at the North Richmond site means Rural Press now have similar equipment at seven sites - gaining the title as the largest Trendsetter News user in Australia and giving rise to a new training program. According to Bob Lockley, GM of Rural Press Printing, this scale of operations has resulted in a new collaboration with Kodak GCG. "For the first time Kodak is providing a new training program for Rural Press engineers, which enables us to do first line support on CtP equipment to resolve any issues as they arise quickly. "Future installations will de- pend on any technology changes but as the imagesetters become redundant, it would be intended at this point to put in the Trend- setter News solution," Lockley confirmed. Rural Press operates a stable of 160 regional and metropoli- tan newspapers, 55 agricultural newspapers and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Rural Press's 16 web printing plants in all states of Australia and Canberra means that Rural Press requires a lot of plates to generate more than 430 individual mast- heads: 1.3 million per annum in fact. In 2002 Rural Press was facing a three-fold increase in the demand for colour in its publications, and was seeking a solution that would enable it to manage this growth and improve the quality and look of its publications. Two years down the track, the specialist regional and agricul- tural publisher was so satisfied with the Kodak-Creo solution that it commenced a series of major CtP installations involving a mix of Trendsetter News 100 and 150 systems across additional sites in Australia -- North Richmond, Canberra, Ballarat, Ormiston and Mandurah. A further two years on, the latest installations of two Trendsetter News 50s at Murray Bridge in March and two Trend- setter News 100s planned for June in Launceston, will see Rural Press with the largest installed base of Trendsetter News platesetters in Australia: 14 systems across seven sites. Bob Lockley states that of all the CtP options available, he consid- ers the thermal solution the best performing, offering the speed and reliability needed by newspa- pers. "The Thermal CtP solution gives us higher quality and the ability to use Staccato proven FM technology, to ensure a market edge in the newspaper industry," he observed. "The Trendsetter News platesetters were selected for their compatibility with our operations and suitability for the newspaper market." An integral part of the in- stallations have been the Nela Autoloaders and Vision punch benders and conveyors, which have proven a boon to produc- tion. Lockley cites the labour-sav- ing capabilities, safety aspects and speed of the Autoloaders as major benefits. Rural Press was so impressed with the perform- ance of the Vision punch benders that these were added to the origi- nal specifications for the North Richmond site and The Canberra Times. "Using punch benders and conveyors aid consistency as the correct plate is produced every time," he said. "When you're run- ning full colour on every page, there are many plates to bend, which can become very labori- ous. With plate benders, printers can use their time more efficiently to complete other tasks." "Our partnership with Kodak has been very successful and we are looking forward to a continu- ing relationship," he said. Quadtech impresses in india rural Press now the largest trendsetter News user in australia rural Press general manager of printing bob lockley is happy with his new trendsetter News 100.