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Panpa Bulletin : March 2007
PANPA Bulletin March 2007 15 news Germans set plate changing record Rösler Druck, a printery in the town of Schorndorf near Stuttgart, has set a world record for the most printing plate changes in 24 hours. A six-color ROLAND 700 DirectDrive with double coating system was used for 412 plates (103 forme changes) during the successful attempt. The attempt involved printing a four- color catalogue of 2800 pages, with plate changing after every 1000 good sheets. An official notary checked sheet counter totals, counting sheets printed and plates consumed three times within the 24-hour period. According to MAN Roland, Short runs and short makeready times are an emerg- ing trend. The company said such produc- tivity in short-run printing would not have been heard of only a few years ago. Goss International will present its comprehensive product portfolio to the print media industry at Print China in Guang city from April 10-14. Joining forces with its Chinese joint- venture company, Shanghai Goss Graphic Systems, the company will run live dem- onstrations of its new shaftless web offset press based on Magnum press technology at its stand. "Despite the challenges print media is facing globally, the Chinese printing market continues to enjoy a high growth rate and ample opportunities," says Goss International president Richard Sutis. "We will showcase bright ideas and value-added solutions to Print China 2007 that will enable printers to lower costs, strengthen productivity and develop new business opportunities." According to Goss, the company has a strong market position in both the com- mercial and newspaper printing industries in China and other Asian markets. "The Goss Newsliner, Universal, Magnum and Community presses are just a few examples of advanced newspaper printing systems that have set the industry leading standards in China." The 30th annual industry forecast from the US-based Printing Industries of America and Graphic Arts Technical Foundation has just been released. The 144-page publication, PIA/GAFT Technology, Trends, Tactics, features more than seventy articles from 54 authors The Forecast highlights some of the fol- lowing issues: • trends in the United States and other economies • changing dynamics of print markets, including catalogues, books, labels, digital printing, newspapers, etc. • maximising workflow options • pre-media and pre-output concerns • media and output options • post-press and finishing developments • innovations in inks, papers, and other printing materials • value of education and training • instituting specifications and standards • environmental concerns. According to PIA/GATF president and CEO Michael Makin, PIA/GAFT has always strived to provide information on leading- edge technologies for its members. "We believe it is our responsibility to champion the use of print and provide our members with the knowledge they need to survive and thrive in today's multimedia competitive environment," he said. The 2007 PIA/GATF Forecast: Technology, Trends, Tactics is shipped to all GATFWorld recipients as part of their annual subscrip- tion. It is also available for purchase for US$199. For more information visit www.gain.net MASI meets Fiji media The Media Association of Solomn Islands (MASI) is busy gearing up for the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) conven- tion in Honiara, Solomon Islands, this May. During a recent visit to the Pacific Community Regional Media Centre in Suva, Fiji, the head of the MASI Secretariat, Alfred Sasako, met with numerous local media professionals to discuss the event. During his visit to Suva, Sasako also met with PINA president Ken Clark, PINA executive member radio Matai Akauola and Pacnews editor Makereta Komai, fem- LINKPacific coordinator Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat media officer Johnson Honimae and Communications Fiji managing director William Parkinson. PIA forecast "We will showcase bright ideas and value-added solutions to Print China 2007 that will enable printers to lower costs, strengthen productivity and develop new business opportunities." Goss heads to Print China A special session on the media freedom crises in Fiji and Tonga will be included in the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) convention in Honiara, Solomon Islands in May. Media Association of Solomon Islands president John Lamani said the association is taking the initiative on this latest threat to freedom of expression. "What is happening in Fiji and Tonga is the most serious threat to freedom of information and expression in our region since what happened in Fiji after the 1987 coups," he said. "We need to highlight this and we need to rally regional and international support for our colleagues in Fiji and Tonga." Lamani said promoting and defending media freedom was one of the reasons he and others backed the establishment of PINA. The convention's theme will be The Role of the Media in Building Pacific Economies. PINA puts media freedom on the agenda