The complex business of ensuring press capacity is where it's wanted

Print facilities may be closing - often to release the value of city real estate - but a number of new projects give hopoe for the future of printed newspapers.

Relocation of the world's first Goss Magnum Compact is underway, with the press now removed from Advance Publications Staten Island headquarters.

The six tower press has been removed to a staging area prior to installation at Advance's 114,000 circulation daily Newark Star-Ledger in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

The project is one of several now underway by teams from US-based ImPressions Worldwide which demonstrate the complexity of moving and relocating presses around the world.

In snowy Skelleftea, Sweden, where the company is working with local specialist DCOS to remove and relocate a Goss Magnum to the Post & Courier in South Carolina, the eight-tower, two-folder press had to be trucked to Gothenburg because of a shortage of containers in Europe. And at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, where an old double-width press has been replaced by a 32-unit Magnum, delivering heat and colour in a new print centre.

The height of the old double-width TKS required a month of shoring the lower level, setting up a gantry and some building demolition, before the first unit could be removed.

The gantry was used to remove the top unit of the first TKS tower and place it onto a crib. From there the unit was skated through what used to be a glass wall and into the lobby, continuing through a concrete wall into which a new large doorway has been cut, and finally through the mailroom to a recycling bin in the loading dock. A grand if ignominious exit.

Pictured from top: No containers, but a Compact tower is on its way to the US; the top TKS unit is removed in downtown Spokane, and (above) a forklift is used to move one of the Staten Island towers

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