Dutch print shop to get retrofit from QIPC-EAE

“Following the lead of the Amsterdam branch, the print shop of Persgroep Printing in Best will also have access to the measurement and control systems of Q.I. Press Controls – Engineering Automation Electronics (QIPC-EAE). The 3 WIFAG Evolution OF 375S presses at the print shop in the southeast of the Netherlands, near Eindhoven, will receive a full retrofit.

The QIPC-EAE Performance Package combines the measurement and control systems of QIPC with the control systems of EAE. “To avoid problems in the future, we had to modernize the register control system. When we decided to switch to QIPC for our registry control, it gave us a reason to simultaneously upgrade our already existing EAE operating systems,” says Arjen Witlox, director of Persgroep Printing.

The mRC-3D cut control system, IDS-3D color and register control system and the upgrade to Desk 7 including Tablet 7 are aimed at more efficiency and waste savings, according to QIPC-EAE.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

Blackshear Times sold to MC Gardner Publishing

“MC Gardner Publishing Company has bought The Blackshear (Georgia) Times, the paper reported. The change happened with the July 3 issue, the paper said.

Times Editor and Publisher Robert M. Williams Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, were the owners of the paper. Matt Gardner, formerly of Baxley, Georgia, and Folkston, Georgia, and his wife Carrie, were planning to move to Blackshear, where Matt was to become the latest editor and publisher in The Times’ 150-year history.

The paper covers Georgia’s Pierce County.

Matt Gardner represents a third generation of his family in the newspaper business, the paper said. He was made the managing editor of the Baxley-News Banner in 2009 and editor of the Charlton County Herald in 2016.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019

APTech to receive PODi assets

“The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) will receive all of the content assets from PODi, APTech and Caslon announced.

PODi is an industry association promoting digital printing. PODi is managed by Caslon.

APTech will determine a path forward after a thorough review of what has been transferred. Caslon has provided management of PODi since 1996.

APTech has been in the process of transforming into an organization that is focused on the future of print and serving and supporting those who print, according to the organization. The decision to take on the management of the PODi assets is strategic in nature to support the print community.

“We want to thank PODi leadership for the significant contributions of relevant industry content that they have developed and made available for almost 25 years,” said Thayer Long, president, APTech. “This research helped transform the industry and bring about the digital age.”

APTech leadership is currently reviewing the inventory of content to determine the best path forward to effectively provide the existing research to the print community, APTech said.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019

Atlantic introduces metered model

“The Atlantic has launched a digital subscription service offering three new subscription plans and introducing a metered model on its website, the publication announced. Readers can now see five articles each month before being asked to choose an annual subscription. The publication has created digital, print and digital, and premium bundles. In a letter to readers, Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: “My dream is that the steps we take in this period—a difficult one for our industry, as you no doubt know—will guarantee that our magazine will celebrate its bicentennial as a flourishing and indispensable creator of the world’s best journalism.” The letter said readers would see more changes in the months to come, including a fresh look and new digital experiences.”

Source: News&Tech,2019

Helena-West Helena World finds new owner

“GateHouse Media, owner of The Helena-West Helena World (Arkansas), has a deal to sell the paper to local entrepreneur Chuck Davis, the paper reportedhttps://www.helena-arkansas.com/news/20190905/local-businessman-enters-into-agreement-to-purchase-world-continue-legacy

The transaction was expected to happen Sept. 9.

“This change in ownership will allow The Helena-West Helena World to continue serving this great community, and we are delighted that closure is being avoided,” said Matt Guthrie, GateHouse regional vice president.

“We need to control our own destiny,” Davis said of his investment. “Our investment group feels that the newspaper is an integral part of this concept.”

The Sept. 6 issue was the last Helena-West Helena World publication under GateHouse ownership. Davis said he plans to reboot weekly publishing and is looking at online publishing also, the paper said.

Existing subscribers to The Helena-West Helena World will get refunds from GateHouse Media no later than Oct. 6 for the balance of their subscriptions.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019