Posts tagged: web offset

Web Offset Consolidation – manroland Web Systems and Goss to Merge

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 5, 2018

A few years ago, the prospect of two major offset press manufacturers merging would have easily dominated the headlines. And there was never a great number of preeminent manufacturers of web offset commercial printing and newspaper presses. Together with KBA, Goss and manroland Web Systems were among the big three, complemented by a handful of much smaller, more specialized manufacturers mainly in Japan and India. A few other manufacturers left the market recently such as Swiss newspaper press manufacturer Wifag.

Goss and manroland have a long history of press manufacturing but had a mixed past since the first big slump in web offset press demand following the year 2000. manroland started the millennium as a subsidy of the German heavy industry conglomerate MAN, then became an independent company in 2006, and went bust in 2007. Following the insolvency, manroland was split into a sheet-fed and a web-fed group, the latter being acquired by the German manufacturing holding Possehl Group. The recent history of Goss is even more protracted. After being spun off from Rockwell in 1996, Goss filed for chapter 11 in 1999, and again in 2001, blaming the downturn in press demand. A group of banks as creditors sold the business to MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners. At that time Heidelberger Druckmaschinen had its ambitions set on entering the web offset business and invested heavily. Soon after Heidelberg did shed all low margin businesses to dress books before going public and Goss did pick up the web press activities in 2004. This doubled the global headcount at Goss to about 4,000. In 2010 the Shanghai Electric Group acquired Goss, adding it to its range of (sheet-fed) offset press and finishing equipment manufacturing brands. In 2015 the private equity firm American Industrial Partners acquired Goss. All the while both companies shed thousands of jobs compared to its heydays in the early 2000s

Under the terms of the proposed deal Goss and manroland Web Systems will combine their businesses. Details are still being negotiated, and everything depends on regulatory approval. The main site of manroland Web is Augsburg in Southern Germany. The main site of Goss is located in Durham, New Hampshire. Both have sales and service organisations as well small parts/components manufacturing locations across the globe. The current shareholders, American Industrial Partners and the Possehl Group, will continue to co-own the combined company. The Possehl Group will hold the majority and the combined operation will be headquartered in Germany. Subject to regulatory approval, the merger is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018. For the time being both companies will continue to operate independently.

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From Mobile Apps to Marbled Paper: GPO Today

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 2, 2012

When I visited Washington last May to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on the Government Printing Office (GPO) I received an invitation to visit their facility at 732 North Capitol Street NW. With Dscoop7 taking place in Washington two weeks ago, I finally had the chance to take them up on their invitation. I recommend that you have a look at the blog I wrote after my Congressional subcommittee testimony. There have been some interesting changes since last May.

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Sheetfed inkjet scales up for drupa with Komori and Konica Minolta

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 Mar 1, 2012

Komori and Konica Minolta revealed a digital printing alliance this week. At the beginning of the week Konica Minolta released details of the firms’ collaboration in toner-based technology with Komori selling an OEM’d version of the bizhub Pro C8000 cut sheet colour machine to the commercial print market. It also revealed that the two firms would show a prototype inkjet printing system at drupa, but revealed little detail.

Later in the week, at the pre-drupa media conference held at Messe Dusseldorf, Komori revealed more details of what would be shown. First off there will be systems, not a single system, with one 29” (74cm) wide sheetfed machine and another 20” (52cm-wide) webfed machine. Both are four-colour and both use 1,200dpi Konica Minolta print heads and offer a choice of three quality/speed settings.
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A Great Hybrid (Inkjet/Web Offset) Print Sample

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 7, 2012

 

In this video blog I discuss a marvelous print sample that was produced by SPC, Specialty Print Communications. What I find particularly interesting about it is how it combines two technologies: high-speed process color inkjet and web offset lithography. With leading edge technologies such as this, you often need a well-designed print sample to show off your new capabilities. SPC does that very well. So first, here are the specifics. On the web offset side, this was done on a Goss Sunday 2000 press using process colors and a 175 line-per-inch halftone screen. The press is also capable of laying down spot gloss, either UV coating or varnish. On the inkjet side, the images were produced by a Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system set up to produce process color at 600 dots per inch in two 4.16” bands across the page. SPC notes that you need to leave a 4” space between the inkjet bands, which they refer to as channels. The piece was printed on a 7-pt.NewPage TrueJet gloss cover stock.

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manroland finds a new owner in Possehl

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 19, 2012

… well almost. The Possehl group is only taking over the Augsburg site and the creditors committee can only give a recommendation which buyer and which investor concept to pursue. Although the recommendation is a strong one, the final decision will be made at a forthcoming meeting of the creditors. Still for a company the size of manroland having agreed on a concept in less than two months after declaring insolvency this is quite a fast pace of events.

The concept is to split manroland into three independent units, based on its three separate manufacturing sites. The new investor, Possehl, is only taking over the Augsburg site, which produces the bulk of the web-fed offset presses (and understood to be the most competitive part of manroland). manroland enjoys a very strong market position in web-fed presses and the service business alone should keep the site afloat. Currently 2,200 employees work at the Augsburg site, which will be brought down to 1,500. Read more »

Kodak’s Prosper S10 Imprinting System Now Capable of Process Color

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 11, 2010

When Kodak first launched the S10 Imprinting System, the users were only printing monochrome or spot color with it. Process color printing was the next logical step. Today Kodak announced the first customer to run process color with an S10 Imprinting System. It’s a U.S.-based direct marketing company called Lehigh Direct. This type of “hybrid” on-press use of inkjet in conjunction with web-fed offset presses is a fascinating opportunity. So interesting, in fact, that InfoTrends recently wrote a white paper on this topic and used a Prosper S10 Imprinting System customer, Wilen Direct, as an example of this developing trend. The white paper (entitled “Opportunities for High-Speed Monochrome and Color Inkjet Mounted on Offset Web Presses”) is available for free through Kodak on the Prosper page of the Kodak web site. I recommend that you have a look at this document because it describes and defines key aspects of the use of inkjet and offset in hybrid combinations. I also believe that Kodak is in a very good competitive position to lead this developing market, which is another reason to pay attention to this announcement. When InfoTrends finished its white paper in March, Kodak had not yet specified a release date for on-press process color capability with the S10 Imprinting system. Here we are now in August and it’s arrived, which is very good news for Kodak and for those users who want to take advantage of the best that offset and inkjet have to offer together.

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