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  • Drupa kick-off – automatic for the printing press from manroland websystems

    Hannanprint opts for autoprint, the radically new operating system for its new 96-page web press for Sydney, manroland autoprint; PMP may also bite the bullet for ´no touch´ printing on its Perth press.

    From the first press conference of drupa comes news likely to transform how printing is done in Australia. Reaffirming manroland web system´s technology leadership, Peter Kuisle, director of the resurgent web press manufacturer, confirmed that at least one of the two huge web presses destined for Australia will be fitted with the latest in automated control, the autoprint system.

    Describing it as fully automated press control, he said the technology means the press actually controls itself, leaving the operator to act as a supervisor of the production. It is the culmination of manroland´s ´one touch´philosophy, which is still a work in progress although sufficiently developed to change how presses operate.

    A new autoprint operating panel has not a single button, rather relying on an iPad-style touch bar. The system comes in different forms with an expert mode that allows the operator more control for those really tricky jobs.

    Kuisle confirmed the Hannanprint press will have the complete autoperint and said PMP is considering whether to pay the extra money.

    It was just one of the fascinating highlights that emerged from the first press conference on the day before the show opens. manroland is a much smaller company than the behemoth that was here four years ago. It shares the pre-booked stand with manroland sheetfed copmpany, as it cooperates with the UK-based buyout in markets around then world.

    The market for its products, newspaper and commercial web presses, is less than a third of what it was four years ago. It is operating on a business plan that calls for a turnover of €300 milion per year. Half of that will necessarily come from service while the rest, €180 million this year, is from new machinery. It´s tough going and it comes as no surprise that manroloand websystems will not hit its revenue targets in this first year of its new life.

    Kuisle said they were continuing with all the press brands and formats while adding a focus on working with Oce on a digital intergration partnership. manroland supplies the paperhandling and finishing systems while Oce sells its high-speed inkjet engines into the newspaper market, where its partner has traditional market leadership. The first sophisticated joint development was announced as going into a French newspaper and magazine company, Rivet Presse Edition.

    Sounding upbeat and positive, Kuisle projected a confidence that the company is now stronger than ever, with access to more capital from its new owner, Possehl. The glory days of the first half of the decade when manroland sold €2billion presses every year is not likley to ever return, but courtesy of manroland web systems this drupa starts off with a determined and optimistic svision for the future of printing.