[By Newspapers & Technology]
January 5, 2007
The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., has ordered a Flexible Printing System press from Goss International Corp. to anchor its new production facility.
The paper is the first U.S. property to order the FPS, introduced in 2004. Goss previously sold FPS presses to papers in Ireland and the Netherlands.
The Free Lance-Star is buying a triple-wide FPS, configured as four towers. The machine will have two 2:5:5 jaw folders, five formers and four pasters. The order includes postpress equipment from Goss and Ferag as well, Goss said.
The press will enable The Free Lance-Star to produce, in full color, 48-page broadsheet products running straight, 96-page broadsheet products running collect, and semi-commercial products with ribbon widths up to 36 inches, Goss said.
The postpress order includes Ferag press gripper and storage systems and a dual-delivery Goss Magnapak packaging system with 34 stations. The Free Lance-Star will equip the Magnapak for polywrapping as well as inserting, Goss said.
Installation of the press and postpress components is expected to begin in 2008.
Newspapers & Technology will have additional details about the Free Lance-Star order in the February issue. #
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