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Miller Newsprint Ltd Installs KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System for Remote Publishing of Newspapers in Malta
Newspaper production in Malta goes digital with KODAK Technology and gains support of leading European publishers
LA HULPE, BELGIUM, Oct.8—Malta-based Miller Newsprint Ltd has gone into production shortly after installing a KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System. Miller Newsprint Ltd is part of the Miller Malta Group and a major shareholder in Newsfax International, London, UK – the UK’s largest independent newspaper contract printer. The company’s newspaper and magazine business division currently distributes more than 2,500 daily, weekly and monthly titles, and regards media distribution as its core activity. The investment in the VL4200 Printing System will enable early morning delivery of titles from around the world, providing an anticipated 50% increase in daily sales volume.
CEO Malcolm Miller states: “Our investment in the VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System means we can print newspapers digitally and radically change newspaper production and distribution in Malta. A key part of this investment is our relationship with Kodak – the company’s support and commitment have been superb.”
There is a large UK and international population in Malta, both tourist and resident. Previously, Miller Distributors used airfreight to transport newspaper titles. But by printing the titles digitally on the island using the VL4200 System, Miller Newsprint can provide a range of popular newspapers ready for distribution at dawn each morning. Miller continues: “The KODAK Technology means we can supply newspapers around the clock to more than 1,000 outlets across the Maltese Islands.” To date some 6,000 copies a day are being printed on the VL4200 and Miller will be increasing both the volume and number of titles in the coming months.
Daily European newspapers for travellers from around the world
Miller Newsprint Ltd prints, distributes and delivers major global brands, such as The Financial Times, The Economist, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic, together with most of the UK national press, including those printed or just about to start on the VL4200 which includes the following titles: the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Star, The Financial Times, Daily and Sunday Express, People, The Daily Mirror, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph. Miller Newsprint operates 24 x 7 to meet the demands of each publication. The Group has a retail arm with outlets across Malta, including five outlets at Malta International Airport and bookstores, other kiosks and convenience stores across the islands. The company also hand delivers newspapers to hotels, offices and individual homes around the islands.
The move from web offset flown copies to digital printing is a big step forward for Miller Newsprint: “Travellers from around the world expect to find their daily newspaper here,” continues Miller. “With the VL4200, we’ve the capacity to increase the number of titles available and provide a wider choice. We can print tomorrow’s newspaper and have it ready for distribution by dawn."
“The VL4200 is the most cost effective on the market, and always delivers excellent quality – the first copy and the last are always perfect.”
Reducing carbon footprint
Another great advantage of printing newspapers locally is that Miller Newsprint reduces its carbon footprint, as newspapers no longer need to be flown in daily. “The VL4200 has given us the option to change the way we do things – digital technology is the way forward,” says Miller. “With the easy transfer of PDF files and digital printing systems like the VL4200, newspapers can now be printed locally for a global market. If the whole industry moved in this direction, it would be a massive boost for the environment.”
Miller Newsprint is more than satisfied with the impact of the KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System. “Printing digitally on the island gives publishers more control, the readership a better product, and makes us a far more environmentally conscious organization,” says Miller.
“We’re delighted with the support we’ve received from major publishing houses. There is already talk of using Kodak's Newspaper Technology and adopting a similar printing strategy in up to six other locations in Europe.”
The KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System operates at 125 meters per minute (410 feet per minute) at a resolution of 600x360 dpi. It comes with a range of productivity-boosting features, such as continuous ink replenishment during production so that jobs can run continuously.
KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals spanning more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
RotOcéan prints daily newspapers on Reunion Island using the KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System
LA HULPE, BELGIUM, 22 July 2010—Reunion Island is for the first time to receive daily newspapers on the same day they are published thanks to RotOcéan’s investment in KODAK technology. The printing house, which is based on the French island of Reunion, will print local, national and international newspapers using a KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System. The installation of the inkjet system marks RotOcéan’s latest investment in Kodak innovations – the company is already equipped with a KODAK MAGNUS Platesetter, KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Plates and a KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press.
Reunion Island is a small island in the Indian Ocean, 9,500 km from Paris. Prior to RotOcéan’s installation of the VERSAMARK VL4200 System, the island received its national and international newspapers by air, at least one day after their publication.
“RotOcéan is putting an end to 20 years of outdated newspapers on the island, and we’ll be introducing a number of other prestigious titles,” says Hubert Pédurand, Director and Joint-Manager of RotOcéan. “Our investment in the high-speed, high-output VERSAMARK VL4200 System means the island’s residents and visitors can enjoy newspapers on the day they’re published. The titles will be distributed by ARDP, a subsidiary of PRESSTALIS, in the same or almost identical format to those printed in mainland France.”
Playing it safe
RotOcéan opted for the KODAK VERSAMARK Printing System because in their opinion it is the most cost-effective method for producing short print runs and is the most flexible way to compete with new media: “Printing newspapers digitally is already a reality in New York, Dubai and Malta,” explains Pédurand. “It’s the ideal way to provide local areas with renowned national and international titles, and respond to the immediacy of electronic media.”
RotOcéan installed a VERSAMARK VL4200 System with two finishing lines, one for newspapers and the other for books. Offering variable cut dimensions, the system is capable of four-colour printing on paper weights from 45 to 160 g/m2 at a rate of 128 m/min.
“The KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 System is very easy to use. It enables us to achieve outstanding print quality in the right quantities, with practically no waste or rejects and with very fast reprint times, which makes us a more environmentally friendly company,” adds Pédurand. “And because newspapers are printed on the island using the VL4200, they no longer have to be transported by air, which means carbon dioxide emissions are dramatically reduced.”
In addition to the VERSAMARK VL4200 System’s technical performance, Pédurand is impressed with the support RotOcéan is receiving: “The quality of the after-sales service provided by Kodak and its local partner, PAPECO, were significant factors in our decision to purchase the VL4200 – after all, it will be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so maximizing uptime is crucial.”
Producing more than just newspapers
Besides the VL4200 System, RotOcéan also has a downstream HUNKELER double line and HEIDELBERG folder, which are used for daily newspapers and print-on-demand books respectively. Following its increase in capacity, RotOcéan is also targeting the marketing and promotional documents sector, including retail catalogues with variable data.
To guarantee controlled and consistent print quality, the line is equipped with an AXODE 1080 system, incorporating functions to control head registration and a full-page document view at high speed. The on-board DATAMATRIX system allows 2D coding using identification/correction algorithms. This opens up a wide range of new opportunities, including transactional mail, transpromo and direct marketing applications, and ensures the front-to-back registration of printed documents.
Established in 1999, RotOcéan is the result of a long shareholding tradition of printing publishers with partners such as Temoignages, a local press publisher and the oldest press printer on the island, and Graphica, a renowned offset printer. RotOcéan is based in Sainte-Marie and employs seven people.
Hellenic Miller Newsprint Improves Offering and Strengthens Customers Ties With KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System
Following success of Malta partner, Cypriots can now read newspapers at breakfast
LA HULPE, BELGIUM, March 29—New Cypriot newspaper printer Hellenic Miller Newsprint, a joint venture between Hellenic Distribution Agency ltd. and Miller Distributors ltd., will start printing 25 foreign titles after investing in the KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System.
Local production slashes costs
“Over the past two or three years newspaper sales have declined because of prices being driven up by rising air freight costs,” explains Michalis Iacovides, Managing Director and owner of the operation that distributes almost all of the foreign newspapers in Cyprus. “As an island we’re reliant on air transportation, and with rising air freight costs set to continue, it made commercial sense to invest in our own printing capabilities.”
Costs were not the only issue – delivery times were also having a big impact on sales. Iacovides explains: “A few titles that were being printed in Greece or Turkey were arriving by 8:00 am and available in shops by 9:00 am to 9:30am. Most of these will now be available for breakfast – at the same price as before. Indeed, some titles were not arriving until the next day, and again they will now be printed by breakfast.”
Following the success of Miller Newsprint in Malta
Hellenic Miller Newsprint has followed in the footsteps of its counterpart, Miller Newsprint in Malta, which made the same move 20 months ago after facing the same cost and delivery pressures. Since then, all 60 international titles that it distributed are now printed on site – resulting in a 20% rise in newspaper sales, attracting more readers thanks to competitive pricing and same-day availability.
“Some customers have said they receive their paper here earlier than they do at home,” says Malcolm Miller, chief executive of Miller Group. He explains that initially setting up the operation was challenging because publishers were concerned about how successful the venture might be. The company also had to overcome people’s negative perception of what they envisaged the printed products would look like. “When the Financial Times said it was behind us, it became easier to get people on board,” continues Miller. “The investment has made us a far more flexible organisation, which has made us more competitive. Previously, a plane would land with only 100 copies and that is all we would get, which meant sales were limited and demand could outstrip supply. Now, if we need more we can easily print them. The investment has also dramatically reduced the environmental impact of our operation.”
Kodak proves an easy choice
Following the joint venture with Miller Newsprint, all the files are sent to Malta first thing in the morning, and then on to Hellenic Miller Newsprint for production of the Cypriot titles. Even with the success in Malta, the decision was not taken lightly, says Iacovides: “I was sceptical in the beginning – production is a big responsibility to take on. But after talking with a number of publishers we decided this was the best solution. Run lengths have fallen to the point where this digital press provides a perfect fit.”
Iacovides admits that the choice to partner with Kodak was an easy one: “We knew the Kodak solution would be totally reliable and we haven’t been disappointed. The quality of the KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System is excellent. Kodak provided us with all the expert support we needed, which was very reassuring. We’re pleased to report that we’ve haven’t experienced any problems.”
Circulation expected to rise
The KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System runs at 125m/min (410ft/min) at a resolution of 600dpi x 360dpi. Initial results since the installation have been encouraging: “Interest has been strong so far and we anticipate a significant increase in circulation now we can complete production in Cyprus,” concludes Iacovides. “I’ve been very impressed with Kodak’s professionalism. The company listened to what we wanted to achieve and supported us every step of the way.”
The Hellenic Miller Newsprint installation highlights how Kodak’s innovative technology can help print service providers respond to market pressures: “We are happy that our first newspaper customer has been so delighted with the performance and capabilities of the KODAK VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System that he has decided to invest further in a joint venture with Hellenic in Cyprus,” says Jack Knadjian, Business Development Director, Newspaper Digital Printing Solutions, EAMER at Kodak. “Mr. Miller is the best example of a visionary entrepreneur. He has bravely transformed his business in Malta and is reaping the rewards. It’s great to see the VERSAMARK VL4200 Printing System play such a pivotal role in this process.”
The press was officially launched at an inaugural party, co-hosted by the Financial Times, with the Finance Minister of Cyprus as guest of honour.
Howard Hunt Set to Revolutionize Direct Mail Market with KODAK PROSPER 5000XL Press
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 5 2011—Howard Hunt Group, a leading marketing services provider, recently installed a KODAK PROSPER 5000XL Press at its 250,000 sq.ft site in Dartford, Kent.
With a £60m turnover and key clients from a spectrum of business sectors including Utilities, Telecoms, Financial Services, Travel, Retail, Government and Charities, Howard Hunt Group is ideally suited to maximize the unique capabilities of Kodak’s innovative inkjet technology. Howard Hunt Group is at the cutting edge of marketing services, supplying a wide range of marketing services, including data services, digital marketing and direct mail.
“Because we believe that KODAK Stream Technology will revolutionize direct mail, adding a PROSPER Press is a strategic move for our company,” says Lucy Edwards, Assistant Managing Director at Howard Hunt Group. The Howard Hunt Group 'promise' is to deliver the right message at the right time across the right channel. “The speed and high volume capabilities of the PROSPER press, combined with the intelligent use of data and digital marketing, means this device will help our clients communicate across all channels more effectively.”
“The PROSPER Press completes another part of our strategy to develop a fully integrated marketing and communications offering,” adds Edwards. “Today’s world requires high levels of personalization and relevance. This device embraces this concept and enables direct mail to become virtually ‘real time.” With its ability to deliver millions of high quality color pieces of direct mail, the PROSPER Press complements our capabilities in social media and mobile communications, email marketing and web delivery for our clients’ integrated, sophisticated and targeted marketing campaigns.”
To help Howard Hunt Group get the most out of its investment in a PROSPER Press, the KODAK MARKETMOVER Business Advantage Solutions team completed a Digital Diagnostic Service prior to installation of the press. MARKETMOVER Solutions consultants conducted a comprehensive assessment of Howard Hunt Group’s business to validate its business strategies, determine priorities, identify the factors for success, and recommend the required actions to help minimize risk and maximize return on investment.
“We have researched the market for the best solution and Kodak is our partner of choice,” says Luke Pigott, CEO of Howard Hunt Group “The installation of the PROSPER Press is the culmination of a 12-year partnership, business understanding and long term strategy between Kodak and Howard Hunt Group.”
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Howard Hunt and be a part of their plans to revolutionize and build their direct mail business,” says Mark Clark, Regional Business Manager, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak.