Wall Street Journal to bring broadsheet back to Europe & Asia

The Wall Street Journal in mid-September will relaunch its European and Asian editions as full-color, global broadsheets. The editions will be available Monday-Friday and will replace current compact newspapers in those regions. WSJ Europe converted from broadsheet to compact in 2005, in a bid to save some $10 million annually.

News Corp.-owned Dow Jones said the revamped print and digital editions will provide regionally relevant content targeting financial capitals including London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris and Shanghai. WSJ will also launch new iPad and Android editions for subscribers in those regions.
Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of WSJ, said moving to a single global broadsheet edition will result in about 50 percent more news content. “The global Wall Street Journal reflects our international ambitions and our desire to deliver a singular Journal experience to readers in the world’s most economically important cities,” he said in a statement. “The new print, iPad and Android editions will center on our peerless reporting, including our expert coverage of business, finance and economics and our global coverage of politics and policy, as well as our extensive reporting on arts, culture and entertainment.”

The global editions will be based on the U.S. WSJ with modifications for readers in Europe and Asia including regionally relevant front sections. They’ll also include hallmark WSJ features including What’s News, Business & Tech, Money & Investing, Opinion, Mansion and Off Duty.

Meantime, WSJ rolled out its first mobile-only product. Named after its What’s News briefs, which appear on the front page of the print edition, the mobile app will offer a collection of the day’s most important news stories.

Friesens Installs 73″ Manroland R900 HiPrint XXL

The Manroland R900 HiPrint XXL sheetfed press.

An eight-color Manroland, format 8, R900 HiPrint XXL, featuring a raft of automation modules has been commissioned at Friesens Corp. located in Altona, Manitoba.

As North America’s premier book, yearbook and packaging manufacturer, providing publishers, self-publishers, institutions, businesses and schools with quality, in-house services in 350,000 square feet of production facilities, it’s no surprise to know Friesens is in the business to meet their customers’ needs.

When preparing to invest in a new workflow, Friesens determined which crucial criteria best served their clientele: high performance, innovation, substantially increased capacity and radically streamlined production. All of these key requirements were met by Manroland Sheetfed utilizing a golden format in the book imposition world, a 73″ wide XXL super format. This provides an imposition of up to 64 pages, printed both sides in one pass or for added streamlining, the ability to slit-down a 64-page format into a two-up, 32-page imposition, in-line.

Sean Springett, U.S. and Canadian marketing manager for Manroland Sheetfed noted, “What Friesens has accomplished is very rare, they increased their productivity by four times their current workflow, the combination of perfecting, press speed and sheet size, all in a single-pass press, has afforded a competitive edge unmatched by other book printers in a sheetfed press, specifically in North America.”

The R908 HiPrint XXL is equipped with InlineColorPilot, the world’s most automated and accurate color management system capable of registering full ink reads within three sheets, at full press speed. Once read, the fast ink train will make any required color change parameters. Coupled with InlineRegister, Friesens is able to control circumferential, diagonal and lateral register on-the-fly, fully automatically during any sheet read sequence ensuring spot-on quality and the fastest VLF make-readies.

Curwin Friesen, CEO of Friesens Corp., stated, “We are extremely excited to push the boundaries of size, speed and automation with the addition of the XXL press to our production line-up. This installation demonstrates our long-term commitment to our book publishing customers and ensures our employee owners have advanced equipment to help them succeed in the North American print market.”

Integrated into every Manroland Sheetfed press is the press management system, the IntegratedPilotPlus, a CIP3 and JDF compliant system where job parameters are automatically sent to the press from prepress reducing makeready times and maintaining on the run job changes, such as air settings or ink profile changes, any modification to the original file are saved and automatically updated to the original job specifications, especially important for repeat work.

Byron Loeppky, production manager, commented, “Our Manroland project is one of the most complex and involved expansions in our history. Our staff and team did a tremendous job in achieving a successful installation all the while meeting the delivery needs of our customers. A major installation like this requires teamwork on every level and our staff and leaders delivered brilliantly.”

Michael Mugavero, CEO of Manroland Sheetfed, US and Canada , also stated, “Printers frequently voice concerns about their customers perceiving print production as a “commodity,” with no significant quality difference and few (if any) service advantages from one operation to another. The Friesens’ team focused on ways to better service customers; by unlocking Large Format’s potential for their operation. Being a leader among printers, Friesens is using processes, systems and technology to create exceptional quality, more quickly and with less waste; thereby, providing more tangible value and achieving greater customer satisfaction.”

APP to increase PEFC products following Indonesian certification

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is to sell paper and board made from PEFC-certified Indonesian wood fibre for the first time.


The move, expected by the end of the year, follows the award of Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification to cover 306,400 hectares of APP suppliers’ plantations.

A further 1m hectares is in the final stages of certification, the group of paper and pulp manufacturers in Indonesia and China said. It has 2.6m hectares of available forest. Previously APP imported its PEFC supply.

In the UK, the change will primarily affect APP’s Extra Print premium pre-print uncoated woodfree range (60-400 gsm), APP’s best-selling UK product, sold through APP’s sales arm Calington.

Extra Print is a long-standing PEFC product but APP having access to its own source of PEFC fibre is likely to lead to an increased availability of PEFC-certified products for UK printers in the long term, something which may affect prices.

In the short term, the company, which has 15 mills in Indonesia and China, with another under construction, said there would be no impact on UK pricing.

The certification is the latest step in APP’s initiative to rehabilitate its reputation , launched in 2013, by halting use of virgin rainforest and pushing for the end of all deforestation on the archipelago. It has since started work with “critical partner” NGOs such as Greenpeace and the Indonesian government in a bid to become 100% certified. The group has developed an online ‘dashboard’ so customers can track where their supply comes from.

UK and European director, sustainability Lee Henderson said: “We’ve built legality, now we’re starting to build on that with the PEFC. It’s not only risk mitigation for our customers but also to provide that reassurance and gain credibility within the community as a whole. “There are European Union timber regulations as well, we’ve got to prove the legality side of your fibre. This all helps with risk mitigation. “We have a legacy, there’s 15 years of negativity that stakeholders have had about the APP. We’ve had to work very hard to address this.”

It plans to focus on developing products, some bespoke, in its core market of graphical board for packaging applications. Currently this represents 75% of APPs European sales, saving its lower-return commodity products for home markets.

“We are in the growth areas and growth markets where we are working with research and development, we’re working with converters, with brand owners and to develop ideas,” Henderson said.

“The Rainforest Alliance report was critical. We were social pariahs and environmental pariahs among certain groups and we’ve had a complete mindset gear change.”

He added: “The UK and Europe is a crucial market to us. We’ve had to introduce these measures not only from a commercial point of view but also from a business health and vitality point of view. We want to be here. We want to have a sustainable business for the next 80 or 100 years.”

Nebraska’s Sarpy Museum to Rebuild Historic 1885 Printing Press

An old press dating back to 1885 will soon find a new home at the Sarpy County Museum based here, reported the Omaha World-Herald. The press was discovered in the basement of TriPointe Coffee House, which is located in the former Papillion Times building.

Jim Miller, a volunteer at the Sarpy County Museum, told Ben Justman, executive director at the museum, about the press, which was used from the late 1800s to the 1960s, when the Papillion Times was owned by the Miller family.

Commenting on the idle press and its need for restoration, Justman said, “It’s not doing any good sitting in the basement. It’s such a nice piece of history, so it needs to come up.”

Justman was awarded a $1,500 grant, which he will use to restore the printing press and make it operational for presentations and demonstrations.

According to the World-Herald, the press weighs between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds, and in order to move it out of the TriPointe Coffee House, it will need to be taken apart and reassembled.

“I’m really glad the two Miller brothers {Jim and his brother Jack} are around because they’ll really help with the technical know-how,” relayed Justman, adding that he will also try to track down pieces from other printers from the same time period.

The restoration project will be funded by a grant through Questers,  a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects. According to the paper, Corps of Discovery #1504, the local Bellevue chapter, provided $220 toward the project, while the Nebraska Questers, a statewide chapter, provided $1,280.

Justman told the paper that he hopes by restoring the press, people will be able to see how different life was more than 100 years ago