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New Zealand newspaper gets a $30 million facelift

Tuesday, 28 August 2007
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"The new production facilities will give The Press the capacity to push production boundaries, raise standards and give readers a better end product," said Chris Jagusch, general manager.

The new printing press will be equipped with state-of-the-art colour capabilities and speed and specialised publishing equipment to manage pre-printed sections and packaging. Printing for the southern edition of the Sunday Star-Times and other community newspapers will also take place on the new press.

The usual suspects – KBA, MAN Roland and Goss – are each battling it out to be chosen as the supplier. Ditmar Zutt of MAN Roland said that a final decision was yet to be made. "It’s up in the air at the moment," he said. "The three of us [KBA, MAN Roland and Goss] are waiting to see what happens."

Space limitations mean that the new press and publishing equipment will be located outside of the existing premises in Cathedral Square, which Jagusch described as "too restrictive to house the type of technology and support facilities required for modern newspaper production."

"About 80-90 staff … will need to relocate to the Greenfield site," Jagusch explained. "We will consider selling our Cathedral Square site."

Expected to be operational in 18 months, the new facilities will aid the development of The Press considerably, according to Joan Withers,(pictured) Fairfax Media’s New Zealand CEO.

"Combined with the continuing investments we are making in new editorial systems and the integration of New Zealand-wide news gathering, this initiative will give The Press the infrastructure it needs to continue to grow, and serve the needs of the newspaper’s circulation area well into the future," she said.

"The Press has an exciting future as a newspaper, and as a business."

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