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Panpa Bulletin : February 2010
www.panpa.org.au Tech turns printers into profit heroes NEWS PAPE RS and magazines are entirely a sustainable resource. No eucalypt or any other native species are used in manufacturing newsprint in Australia. The wood that is pulped for news- print manufacture comes from soft- wood plantation forestry operations. When the trees are harvested, the bulk of the timber produces materials for housing and construction, while the residue and off-cuts are scooped up to make paper. Unsuitable trees, plus sawmill residue, go to the news- print manufacturer. Newsprint used in your newspa- pers is renewable. It comes from both plantation softwood and other forest industry by-products, such as wood- chips. Also included into the mix is recycled fibre from old newspapers and magazines. Our readers regionally have a great record of recycling. Australia leads the world with some 77 percent of newsprint recycled. If newsprint is recovered clean and dry, and is uncontaminated, it can be reused time and again. As well as being reprocessed back into newsprint, it can be an important ingredient in the manufacture of card- board and other paperboard, such as the coating on plaster sheeting for housing and construction. It is used to make egg cartons, home insulation and even cat litter. In Australia, the excess recycled ma- terial is exported to Asia. These developments have been driven by the industry. In 1991, the newspaper and magazine publishing industry voluntarily established the Publishers National Environment Bureau in Australia (PNEB). It has led to Australia being a world leader in recycling, championing the “good news story” that the printing and publishing industry has a proven track record of sustainability through its association with paper manufac- turer Norske Skog. It has encouraged extended pro- ducer responsibility, diversion of waste from landfill and initiatives to reduce the industry’s impact on climate change. PNEB spends $A100,000 annu- ally supplying materials to schools on positive environmental impacts of recycled fibre and the sustainability of the newspaper industry. Through its member companies, it donates at least $A1 million in adver- tising space to Australian State and Commonwealth governments every year so they can promote their paper recycling initiatives and achieve- ments. A new PNEB chair has been ap- pointed recently. She is Ms Creina Chapman, Manager Corporate Af- fairs, News Ltd. Industry deserves climate ‘street cred’ THE Goss FPS press has been re- ferred to by some as a “visionary’s press”. In the case of the newest instal- lation, the American newspaper Free Lance-Star is in every respect a trailblazer. Having identified the trends in reader and industry behaviour some three or more years ago, the family-owned newspaper realised a dramatic change was required to retain control of its fate. Never having been risk-averse, the vision of Free Lance-Star was chal- lenging: to turn it from newspaper printer and publisher to a commer- cial plant with its newspaper as the primary client. For this to really work, the compa- ny’s goal was to achieve a facility so meticulously planned, specified and equipped that, from a single touch, a reel of newsprint is delivered and a finished product printed, in just one pass of the press. “It’s print or be printed,” said pub- lisher Josiah Rowe. “We don’t own any other facilities, so this invest- ment is to allow us to set ourselves up to be a commercial printing facility that runs around the clock. The technology with the new press doesn’t scare me.” The Goss Flexible Printing Sys- tem was attractive from the outset, according to Rowe. Featuring reelstands at 90 degrees and a total height of a little under 9m, the com- pact press design meant an impres- sive cost reduction in constructing the new building. Due to open its new 8,500-m2 plant this month, the paper will begin operating the first Goss International FP S press in North America. Configured as four triple-wide tow- ers, it has a 21-inch (53.3 cm) cut-off, variable web width and digital ink- ing. With two 2:5:5 jaw folders – one of which is equipped with a quarter- folder – the new press is capable of 90,000 broadsheet copies per hour in collect production. The Free Lance-Star also added a Goss Ecocool heatset dryer with inte- grated chill rolls to one of the towers to provide maximum product versa- tility and there is an option to install a second, depending on demand. Operations Director John Jenkins anticipates 25 percent of output becoming heatset in the future, on products other than the main title. Goss International was also the principal supplier of the post-production equipment, installing a 34-head dual-out Goss Magnapak inserter and a CMC JRW polywrapper, while Goss U.S. partner Ferag supplied the press gripper, four stackers and press buffering systems. With automation and integration key to the development of the new future-oriented facility, Free Lance- Star had an overriding goal to reduce complexity. As well as being the first FPS in America, the paper will be the first to employ automated reel-handling de- veloped jointly by Goss and Westfalia Technologies, the first customer to use Goss Omnizone II control software to manage postpress; and the first to preside over a plant-wide MIS system engineered by Goss International. Equipment and software integra- tion efforts that have been under way at Goss for several years. Built with open standards and APIs, it is designed to communicate and interact with a wide variety of systems – from the delivery of news- print to the recording of the finished paper out the door. Omniview will provide Free Lance- Star with real-time operating and production cost data, as well as ink consumption data. “This type of installation is why we designed the FPS press the way it is,” said Doug Gibson, Goss International vice president of newspaper sales. “Free Lance- Star shared the vi- sion so they have been able to truly exploit its unique attributes. Part of the challenge is getting newspapers comfortable with heatset. It’s not as difficult as it used to be, and to me, heatset is simpler to oversee than UV. People will be able to see first-hand that there is no magic involved with a newspaper printing heatset.” [Attribute: Some information reprinted, with permission, from News & Tech January 2010 issue] The technology with the new press doesn’t scare me” “ A mid-size American news- paper leads the world with technology investment to beat the economic downturn The Free-Lance Star . . . creating a commercial plant with the newspaper as the primary client www.pneb.com.au LILLIAS BOVELL explains how newspapers are one of the most environmentally sustainable industries in our economy – and don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise Lillias Bovell PNEB Pioneer trailblazes CTP upgrade Offices of the Murray Pioneer . . . publishing six newspapers and running a commercial print centre REGIONAL newspaper the Murray Pioneer has become the first newspaper title in South Australia to upgrade its existing Agfa CTP system to use the N92-VCF chemistry-free plate technology. It has made the modifications required to switch the existing Advantage Xs CTP system to run the N92-VCF chemistry-free violet photopolymer plate. As part of a low-cost upgrade, the existing VPP68 processors have been modified to function as clean-out-units, eliminating the need for new equipment. The processors now run in a closed-loop setup without the need for any plumbing or drainage for waste. Water is required only for the rinsing of rollers when the gum is renewed. This move to chemistry-free means no more developer and replenisher are required. They are replaced by a simple wash-out gum (VCF Gum). Agfa’s Newspaper Manager for the Oceania region, Steve Marshall, said cost reductions were achieved by the reduction in water usage, reduced waste disposal and the purchase of just one solution, VCF Gum. Processor cleaning was now simplified by means of a rinse with fresh water. The new technology allowed newspapers to “significantly reduce their costs”, Mr Marshall said. “Beyond the savings and environmental benefits, violet chemistry free (VCF) offers a far more consistent plate by removing all the processing variables of plate-making,”he said. The Murray Pioneer is the flagship of six titles, including the Loxton News, The River News (Waikerie), The Border Times (Northern Mallee), The Bunyip (Gawler, Barossa & Light) and The Mid North Broadcaster . The Murray Pioneer is published Tuesdays and Fridays while all other papers in the group are Wednesday publications. Fiona Rasburn 18 | The PANPA Bulletin | MARCH 2010