John Henry buys site to drive new Boston Globe steel
Another major American publisher with a non-media owner is making a commitment to the future of printed newspapers.
Notice has been served on the venerable and once-bright yellow Goss press that prints the Boston Globe with the acquisition of a building to accommodate its move and print technology update. The former New York Times operation – now owned by Red Sox and Liverpool FC owner John W. Henry – will update press and mailroom technology with a move out to the southern suburb of Taunton.
Purchase of the 31,000 m2 building for US$20.3 million was completed last week, with plans to have new press equipment running there by early 2017. It will also print the New York Times, the Boston Herald – which shut down its own plant in 2008 – and other papers.
Chief executive Mike Sheehan says the move will lead to a far more efficient printing operation. Currently about 1000 of the Globe’s 1900 full and part-time staff work in production-related roles.
“It’s a critical pillar in our future, the ability to produce newspapers faster, more efficiently, and at lower cost,” he says.
Local businessman Henry bought the 143-year-old newspaper and its nearby Worcester Telegram & Gazette title, websites and direct mail business – plus a half share in the Metro Boston newspaper – in 2013 for $70 million from the New York Times Company, which had owned it for 20 years.
New 64/72 page press ‘most productive in Europe’
Privately-owned French printer Groupe Maury has commissioned its tenth Goss Sunday heatset press. The four-units-plus-four-units Sunday 3000 duplex is printing a variety of promotional products for major retailers at the plant in Manchecourt.
PFF-3 and PCF-3 folders and Rima rotary trimmers enable formats which differentiate their customers and attract maximum attention: “The press offers high speeds and has the capability to fold paper to produce up to 60 different products, making it possible for us to offer a very wide portfolio to our customers,” says chief executive and owner Jean-Paul Maury.
Familiarity with the Goss Sunday and compatibility are among benefits. The new press has a top speed of 90,000 impressions per hour, and a web width of 1830mm – a new width for the company and the first of its type in Europe. Gapless blanket sleeves and quick plate change ensure fast job changeovers, while pinless folders reduce paper waste.
“We print runs between four and 12 million copies on this press which is a significant improvement over what we were able to do before,” Maury says. “With its speed – it’s the most productive 64/72 page web offset press in France and even in Europe – and reliability, we aim to print 40 thousand tons of paper each year with this press.”
Maury’s Manchecourt site prints weekly and monthly promotional circulars as well as catalogues and directories for leading French supermarkets, building supplies chains and other national retailers.
Museum of Printing Expands to New Location
The new building better suits the museum’s evolving mission of education, preservation and exhibition of graphics arts materials and equipment. The new facility is also on a single floor, fully handicapped accessible, with dedicated areas for workshops and lectures. The Museum will also expand its role of hosting educational events
“The relocated facility will house a world class printing and graphic arts library and museum,” said President Frank Romano. “There will be more dedicated space for exhibits, events, and workshops, plus stores for letterpress and related equipment. It will also offer more interactive exhibits.”
Two Libraries in One
A unique feature of the museum will be that it will house two libraries; one for general reference of typographic books, type specimen books and specialty publications. The second will be the Romano Graphics Arts Library for scholars and researchers with over 5,000 books, many rare, plus extensive graphic arts ephemera. Part of the Museum’s collections includes the original type drawings used to create U.S. Linotype fonts.
“The Museum of Printing has existed for 37 years with no endowment. A passionate group of members and volunteers has made this possible. Expanded exhibit space will make the Museum/Library the largest printing and graphics arts museum in the world and the only one with a collection of phototypesetting machines and documentation,” added Executive Director and Founder Kim Pickard.
The museum will remain open at its current location in North Andover, Massacusetts, throughout the summer and fall of 2015. The new facility will open in early summer, 2016. Currently on exhibit is the Lance Hidy retrospective, the Anna Hogan wood cuts and a collection of Mark Fowler prints. A major fundraising program will be inaugurated to upgrade the facility and tailor it to the Museum’s needs
Manroland reports order spike
“New business is at levels not seen for many years, which is great news for manroland and the industry,” says manroland Australasia managing director Steve Dunwell. “Their factories are at full capacity.”
Since the start of 2015, manroland web has won new orders for presses and service upgrades in excess of 100 million Euros, with all segments of the business successful.
A number of Lithoman and Rotoman commercial presses – including three 96-page Lithoman press lines – are destined for ten different countries. Colorman e:line, Uniset and Cromoman newspaper presses are on order to be installed in eight countries, and FoldLine and FormerLine digital finishing systems are destined for seven different countries. On the sheetfed side, more than 200 print units have been sold in the last three months.
“The market is now ready and active for the industrial digital printing with digital inkjet presses and manroland web system FoldLine and FormerLine finishing solutions,” says Dunwell.
He says that while no new ANZ orders are included, web presses with a value of 50 million Euros were sold in the region from 2012-2014… 100 per cent of the new commercial web market in that period. “Our worldwide market share is increasing, 36 per cent in 2014 and is climbing year on year,”