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Panpa Bulletin : August 2011
www.panpa.org.au Ferag Australia Pty Ltd Unit 6b / 190–196 Bourke Road Alexandria, NSW 2015, Australia Phone +61 2 8337 9777 Fax +61 2 8337 9788 email@example.com w ww.ferag-australia.com HighspeedSetting Quick set-up times Fine adjustment while running HighspeedFoilwrapping 30,000 polybags per hour Automatic roll changer HighspeedFeeding JetFeeder: fast and dependable Wide format spectrum HighspeedRepair IRC Repair system High net output Highspeed Polybagging PolyStream 054_300_PolyStream_190x122_E_AUS 1 09.08.10 16:01 PRinT PRofilE FIJI SUN The PANPA Bulletin | AUGUST 2011 | 17 fiji goes with fuji COMPUTER-to-plate technology is about to hit Fiji. Tabloid daily the Fiji Sun will become the first newspaper in the country to move to the technology, deploying a new Fuji semi-auto sys- tem next month to replace its imag- esetter equipment. The investment is a result of strong business growth at the newspaper publisher over of the past two years. “It’s no secret that the 126-year- old Fiji Times, when run by News Limited, was the dominant player in the market,” says Fiji Sun publisher, Peter Lomas. “We have changed that in the past two years. “We now dominate market share and produce the biggest newspa- pers, not just in Fiji but in the South Pacific. It’s a nice place to be. “We have had to rapidly expand our print centre because of our growth.” One of the reasons for choosing Fuji’s CtP offering, including Fuji PRO-V plates, is its popularity with nearby commercial printers. “Fuji is proven in the local mar- ket,” Mr Lomas said. “We have been able to establish a mutual support agreement with one commercial printer that has an identical set up.” The print centre was established at the same time as the Fiji Sun in 1999. The Webco team based in Tauran- ga in New Zealand initially installed five units of a Goss Community press. It has almost doubled in size since then. Increasing demand is now forcing Mr Lomas and his colleagues to plan to move the print centre from its original location in Walu Bay, Suva. Right now, though, Webco staff are upgrading a Eurotherm digital dual drive and two 100hp motors, to make sure the press can run the Fiji Sun’s weekend papers smoothly. Those editions can be as many as 188 pages. Mr Lomas said: “We are planning to move the press centre into an adjacent building, which has plenty of height and will allow us to put in a four-high tower.” The Goss Community has been expanded since the early days to nine units, three of which handle colour, plus an SE folder. Mr Lomas said an additional UoP (universal offset press, or tri-colour unit) and extra stack were installed earlier this year in an effort to keep pace with new business and increas- ing book sizes. The print team – eight press hands, as well as three each in the management, pre-press and plat- eroom teams – have plenty keeping them busy. Their focus is “newspapers, news- papers, newspapers”, Mr Lomas says enthusiastically. There is almost no commercial work, except for a Mandarin news- paper for the local Chinese com- munity. Demand for newspaper-inserted magazines and wraparounds on the seven-day-week Fiji Sun and its sister publications seems insatiable. Each day, the company publishes a tourist edition, called the Bula Sun (bula, meaning hello in Fijian), which is distributed to hotels, resorts, and placed on tourism flights and cruise boats. “When you get up in the morning in a major Fiji resort, we’ll be there to tell you over breakfast what Julia Gillard’s up to, or what’s happening in the AFL,” continued Mr Lomas. Some of the weekly inserts include Garam Masala – a Bollywood lift- out that is popular not just with the Hindi population but many Taukei, or indigenous Fijians, too. A similar special, called Showtime, is produced separately to cover the gossip and big releases out of Hol- lywood. A tourism and lifestyle supplement is printed on 52gsm newsprint, and trimmed and stitched internally. Some of the most popular inserts focus on sport – a passion of the nation. The plant prints Fiji Football News and Fiji Rugby News. The portfolio is rounded out by a Fijian-language weekly Na Siga Vou, a fortnightly government newspaper Fiji Focus (which is inserted in the Fiji Sun) and the quarterly Univer- sity of the South Pacific journalism newspaper Wansolwara. Mr Lomas said: “Newspaper growth is still strong in this part of the world. It will be for years to come.” The Fiji Sun press gang take a quick time out before setting up to print the next day’s Sun And digital printing is around the corner Digital printing could open up even more opportunities” “