German church publisher Bonifatius has committed to a new heatset press as part of a 10 million Euro modernisation programme.
The company is going back to manroland for a a Rotoman Direct Drive, which will replace an older manroland 16-page press.
With a staff of almost 100, the operation is the largest subdivision of Bonifatius in Paderborn, which owns the publishing house, bookshops and a church newspaper.
The new four-unit press will be commissioned in the middle of this year, and will have a cylinder circumference of 630 mm and rated speed of up to 65,000 cph. It will have an extra former and automation functions including fully automatic production changes, inline ink density control and dynamic cut-off register.
"We are convinced of our business model and therefore we are investing in the expansion of our printing house and as a result in the development of digital media products," says managing director Rolf Pitsch. "Naturally the most innovative technology available is part and parcel of this process for us."