Posts Tagged ‘Goss’

  • Goss to print labels on full-size web presses

    Web press manufacturer, Goss International, better known for its high-speed newspaper and heatset presses, is setting its sights on the label market. As a first time exhibitor at this year’s LabelExpo it will promote the benefits of printing labels on big, fast, web presses.

    Goss sees its Sunday Vpak presses as an alternative to flexo and gravure for printing wraparound and in-mould labels, shrink sleeves and pouches, claiming it offers the same production versatility on flexible and non flexible substrates with the ability to print unsupported films as thin as nine microns.

    Goss Vpak 500

    While the benefits of offset printing on board and paper are understood for sheetfed applications, Goss contends that a broad spectrum of production advantages offered by web offset are not yet fully appreciated. The web press manufacturer argues the Sunday Vpak presses have the ability to print at the same premium quality as sheetfed, often in excess of double the output speeds, on less costly substrates and to finish in-line thus reducing work in progress and cutting lead-times.

    “We’re excited to be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe for the first time. This key European trade show gives us a perfect opportunity to showcase Sunday Vpak capabilities to brand owners and converters. We want to emphasize how this game-changing, web offset solution can meet their growing demands for higher print quality, lower costs, shorter runs and faster turn-around times.” said David Muncaster, director of EMEA business development for packaging at Goss International.

    Goss will have on display the Vpak 3000 and Vpak 500 on stand 7L22 at the Brussels Expo on September 24-27. The two machines offer six standard web-widths from 521mm to 1905mm. They feature quick-change sleeve technology and come with the Goss Sunday gapless blanket technology.

    “Consumer markets are looking for ever more variety from brands they know and trust, so the requirement to cost effectively produce more packaging variations in smaller quantities is a trend that will continue to build,” said Muncaster.

    The rise of SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) is one of the key drivers behind the growth of web offset in packaging today, claiming the web offset ROI advantage versus flexo and gravure becomes evident when looking at the cost of plates and plate imaging, which becomes more critical as the number of image changes increases.


  • Goss debuts Magnum Compact tower at China Print

    Goss International unveiled the Goss Magnum Compact 4-Hi tower on the morning of 14 May 2013, right at the start of the China Print exhibition in Beijing this week. Naresh Khanna, publisher of Print21’s sister magazine, Indian Printer & Publisher reports from Beijing.

    Goss has been discussing the new machine with prospective customers over the past few months. In the presence of Chinese government and print industry officials as well as the Asian media, Goss president, Rick Nichols (pictured right), introduced the highly automated single-width tower followed by a brief demonstration of its standard built-in auto plate loading system.

    The 4-Hi press tower is only 2.2 meters high and is constructed on rails so that the two ink and dampening trains on either side of the central cylinder configuration are pushed apart for easy maintenance.

    The opening of the inker units allows simple, single-level access to blankets, rubber rollers and ink ducts for cleaning and setting. The extremely ergonomic automatic plate loader is a flat waist-high horizontal table that also removes the old plate in a reusable condition – all in 30 seconds.

    The compact tower has multiple shaftless motors with the result that each cylinder level and inker module is driven totally independently, as is the infeed roller, providing maximum flexibility and control over changeover waste.

    With its low height, the 50,000 newspaper copies an hour press can be easily installed in plants already running single width presses. The Magnum Compact is also targeted at the book printing that can benefit from re-use of plates and the sem-commercial print market for which UV or heatset curing systems can be installed in line.

    The Magnum Compact product management and design team from three continents was present at what clearly represents an innovation based on listening to the colour quality and productivity needs of the huge number of single width newspaper and book printers around the world.

    Chris McPherson an Australian newspaper publisher and printer based in Shepparton Victoria said, “As the head of a family-owned newspaper organization and a long-time Goss Community press customer I am impressed by the new concept design that speaks to our modernization needs.”