Goss’s first FPS press installations are busy and on target, with extensions announced at two of the first three.
A busy Goss FPS at Independent News & Media in Newry, Northern Ireland, is being extended with the addition of two more towers, one of them heatset-equipped.
The decision was announced by chief executive Anthony O’Reilly at an investment conference on the eve of DRUPA. The expanded press will be able to print 120-page glossy magazines in a single pass.
The plant opened last year, printing a daily 100,000 run of a Dublin commuter newspaper and a wide range of other work has followed. The initial configuration has three coldset towers and two heatset towers, the latter in a five pages-wide format.
In the Netherlands, the Goss FPS press at F.D. Hoekstra Boom in Emmeloord (above) started production in mid-April. Technical director Hans Emmink says the new press went from printing its first test run with the mailroom equipment on Monday to achieving all of its initial production goals on the following three days.
The 87,000 cph press comprises two double-width towers and a 2:5:5 modular jaw folder equipped with stitcher, skip slitter and quarterfold.
The press also has fully-integrated Goss press controls including extensive presetting, predictive maintenance and self-learning technologies.
A heatset upgrade at the ‘Free Lance Star’ in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has already been announced (left). An Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls is being added to one of the four 6x2 towers at the independently-owned US newspaper. gx