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Webco brings Manugraph presses to locals

Tuesday, 02 December 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

Tauranga-based Webco scores the single width Manugraph agency for Australia and New Zealand.

The addition of the Manugraph agency to Webco’s product portfolio comes in the wake of the Manugraph acquisition of US-based web offset press manufacturer, DGM, two years ago. Webco Limited is the current DGM agent for the region and has a large number of installations in New Zealand.

Earlier this year, Manugraph and manroland also ended the technology sharing agreement between the two companies, opening a potential conflict of interest for the manroland and Manugraph agent in Australia, MAN Ferrostaal.

Brendon Whitley, Webco managing director, said there had been an increasing convergence between the Manugraph and DGM manufacturing and sales operations so the decision to have a single representation in the region was a logical one.

The US-made DGM presses are well-known in New Zealand where there are up to 70 units in operation at sites such as Business Media Press which has three towers and Guardian Print which has two heatset towers.

In contrast, the single width Manugraph Cityline Express presses can be found in Australia at the APN sites at Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Ballina.

"With Manugraph and DGM, we’ve now got the widest variety of equipment to suit the single width market, whether it’s add-ons to existing equipment, hybrid presses or straight DGM or Manugraph presslines," Whitley said.

While Manugraph and DGM come from two very different print backgrounds, the fruits of their convergence are starting to take shape. At the drupa exhibition the company released the 430 MAX single width tower, rated at 45,000 copies an hour, which is manufactured in both India and the US.

Also new was the Manugraph DGM 1240 folder which is set to become the standard folder for Manugraph DGM presslines.

With the combination of the Manugraph DGM product lines, Webco is looking to open a new office in Brisbane in January 2009 to service the existing Manugraph APN sites in the future.

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