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  • Manroland and Goss now one business


    The 80-page Lithoman: now manufactured by merged outfit Manroland Goss Web Systems

    Web press giants Manroland Web Systems and Goss International are now one business, with the successful completion of their merger just taking place. The new combined company will operate under the brand name Manroland Goss Web Systems.

    Market forces dictated the merger, with the web offset market worth a fraction of what it was pre-GFC, most estimates say the number of heatset and coldset web presses sold these days is only between 10 and 20 per cent of that a decade ago, with sales of newspaper webs in particular having collapsed.

    In Australia manroland has become the dominant market player over the past decade, with almost all web offset presses installed here since 2008 coming from the Augsburg factories.

    The new company Manroland Goss has more than 1000 staff and will be headquartered  in Augsburg, with current manroland Web Systems CEO Alexander Wassermann becoming chief executive of the business, while his Goss counterpart Mohit Uberoi takes a place on the Board.

    In Australia Manroland Web is a sales and service agency owned by the German operation and headed by Dennis Wickham, which sells and services both web and sheetfed presses.

    Both businesses have been through the mill in recent years, Goss spent a couple of years in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, while manroland Web Systems is half of the former manroland that went broke five years ago and split into two, the web business being bought by German industrial conglomerate  Possehl Group, whilen the sheetfed arm was bought by a UK industrialist..

    The number of web offset manufacturers has been shrinking for some time, Goss itself bought Heidelberg’s web offset business, which it had bought from Harris some 30 years ago. KBA still manufactures web presses but sales are few and far betrween, while a trio of Japanese manufacturers Komori, Mitsubishi and TKS see little success outside their domestic market.

    First announced on 1 March, the two web offset press manufacturers – previously arch rivals – said they have come together to form a global market presence and offer a broad product range, technological excellence, long-term comprehensive customer support, and e-business in the web-fed printing market.

    Effective from Friday (17 August), the combined company, which will operate under the brand name Manroland Goss Web Systems, said it “will work actively with all customers on a positive development of the web-fed printing business”.

    Manroland Web Systems chief executive Alexander Wassermann will become chief executive of the new company, with its global headquarters in Augsburg, Germany and North American headquarters in Durham, New Hampshire.

    Mohit Uberoi, previous chief executive of Goss International, will remain with the business as a board member and will assist the management team with business integration.

    The current shareholders of Manroland Web Systems and Goss International, Possehl Group and American Industrial Partners (AIP) respectively, will both remain shareholders of the new company, supporting the established business-building strategy.

    The Contiweb business, which offers drying and web-handling products, as well as Manroland’s web production business are not included in the transaction and will remain independent as AIP and Possehl portfolio companies, respectively.

    Wassermann said: “Both Manroland Web Systems and Goss International were on a sustainable path to success. We will strengthen this path by increasing our global reach, continuing our innovative and focused R&D activities, and enhancing our market presence through targeted consolidation.

    “Our customers will be able to choose from an even broader portfolio of products and services, supported by the industry-leading e-commerce platform Market-X.”

    Manroland Goss Web Systems will concentrate on four main business areas. System Solutions will encompass highly-automated press and post-press equipment, including pre-owned offerings and press relocations, and Engineered Solutions will focus on mechanical, automation and closed-loop systems for all types of presses.

    Service Solutions, meanwhile, will offer “best-in-class service” in parts, labour, tele-support and performance-based service agreements while E-Commerce Solutions is an electronic marketplace that will offer efficient ordering and logistics performance for all suppliers to the web offset industry.

    The company, which will employ more than 1,000 staff, said it will leverage both firms’ successful structural and technological developments of recent years within new product development.

    It also intends to develop a lean business structure in line with overall market trends to build a strong business platform for the future.

  • 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.”