LSC Awarded Multi-Year Print Agreement with Bauer Media Group USA
LSC Communications has signed a multi-year agreement with Bauer Media Group USA, the number one seller of magazines at retail in the country. Beginning in January 2018, LSC will print 17 of Bauer’s popular print titles including Woman’s World, First for Women, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, Closer Weekly and J-14, among others.
According to Thomas J. Quinlan III, chairman and CEO of LSC Communications, “With Bauer as one of the most successful magazine publishers in the world, LSC is honored to have been selected for our optimal print production and mailing solutions. We look forward to continuing to support Bauer’s vision for many years.”
Steven Kotok, CEO and president of Bauer Media Group USA, commented, “LSC offers the high-quality, customer-focused printing services and superior production capabilities that a reader-driven publisher like Bauer requires. With well-located plants and industry-leading mailing solutions, they are perfectly aligned to service Bauer as we continue to invest in and grow our print business.”
ProCo buys second RMGT Ryobi LED-UV press
ProCo has boosted its litho firepower with the purchase of a second RMGT Ryobi LED-UV press.
The Sheffield-based firm confirmed the order for the Ryobi 924 with supplier Apex Digital Graphics at Ipex last month. The press is currently being installed and will be fully operational before Christmas. The investment takes ProCo’s litho spend this year to more than £1.6m.
The first LED-UV press – a Ryobi 925 – was installed in August. The latest order is for a four-colour version of the same machine, but with an extended delivery and higher-powered LEDs.
An LED-UV curing unit is incorporated into the configuration for near instant drying of the sheet. PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control enables the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run.
The two Ryobi presses have replaced two five-colour Manrolands, which have been sold on. One went out in the summer and the other will be decommissioned after Christmas.
The firm said moving from the B2/SRA2 format to SRA1 has meant it can now be more competitive on a wider range of work, particularly longer runs.
“Our previous conventional litho presses were beginning to show their age, so rather than having the ongoing maintenance costs we looked at the ROI and decided on this second new press,” said ProCo production director Graeme Parry.
“The first press gave us more firepower in terms of the different sheet size and obviously running a lot faster. It was previously taking two or three days for work to dry in some cases plus the print runs were longer anyway because it was only half a sheet size.
“With the common sheet format across both machines it will make planning a lot simpler, and give us the ability to switch work between machines when needed.”
The new press will also give the company more flexibility for printing onto plastic substrates. It currently handles this type of work on its large-format kit but can handle longer runs more easily with the Ryobi machine.
ProCo, which last year purchased the remaining stake in Stansted-based Concept Communications group, which it brought under the ProCo banner, also runs four HP Indigos across its two sites, including an HP Indigo 10000.
The 150-staff company, which is tracking turnover of around £16m for its current financial year, also operates two Agfa Anapurnas on the large-format side, both of which were installed in the summer.
Los Angeles Times Journalists Take Step to Unionize Newsroom
A committee representing newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times took an initial step Monday to form a union by asking the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election.
Earlier this year, a group of more than 40 Times journalists launched efforts to have the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America represent the newsroom in collective bargaining.