manroland Goss web systems launches Prima Controls Group

New group to focus on controls, drive upgrades and remote service provider

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Alexander Wassermann, CEO, manroland Goss.

After obtaining intellectual property rights to the assets of Harland Simon following the company’s insolvency in October 2018, manroland Goss web systems has announced the launch of the new group focused on controls, drive upgrades and remote support programs for all newspaper press brands, Prima Controls Group.

Made up of former Harland Simon Engineers and Technicians and led by senior manager of Engineered Solutions, Steve Withers, Prima Controls Group is focused on providing the proven solutions for different makes and models of newspaper press equipment, utilizing their over 100 years of press controls experience to create new opportunities for success in newspaper printing, as well as support the large installed base of controls and drive systems and remote support programs already in place throughout the world.

“With the launch of Prima Controls Group, we believe that we are in the best position we have ever been to offer support and enhancements to the newspaper market,” said Ron Sams, vice president of Sales for manroland Goss web systems. “We now have the expertise and the portfolio with solutions for press controls and drive upgrades at every size and for every brand on the market.”

Prima Controls Group senior project manager, Shawn Wright sees the benefits of being a part of manroland Goss web systems. “Now that we are supported by the combined resources of the new manroland Goss web systems company for both manroland and Goss press equipment, this opens the door for a completely new level of collaboration that was not possible in the past.”

With the establishment and industry launch of Prima Controls Group, the team is now fully engaged in discussions with print providers of all sizes within the newspaper industry, creating best-in-class solutions made for the challenging requirements of newspaper production.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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