Swiss media house invests in Commander CL newspaper press

Scheduled to come on stream in summer next year

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Shortly after signing the contracts (back row, left to right): Stefan Segger, sales director, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Urs Zieri, managing director, Somedia Partner AG; Bruno Rothmund, press manager, Somedia Partner AG; Peter Rickenmann, managing director, Koenig & Bauer (CH) AG; (front row): Günter Noll, sales manager, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed, and Paul Frei, supervisory board president, Somedia Partner AG (1) *picture taken before corona pandemic

Swiss media house Somedia Partner is investing in a highly automated newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer. A Commander CL will be installed as a replacement for a competitor’s press at the print center in Haag in St. Gallen Rhine Valley and is scheduled to come on stream in summer next year.

The new press will then be used to print more than 120,000 daily and weekly newspapers every day. Urs Zieri, managing director of Somedia Partner AG, “We wanted to and indeed needed to, invest in a new press. The discussions with Koenig & Bauer were straightforward and focussed on partnership from the very beginning. The overall package simply felt right. We are convinced that it was the right decision to go with Koenig & Bauer.”

The Commander CL comprises three four-high towers, a KF 5 jaw folder, a section stitcher and three Pastomat reel stands with a stripping station and Patras A paper-reel transport system.

Over the past years, European newspaper printers have frequently opted for presses from the highest performance class made by Koenig & Bauer. “Given the situation presented by general market developments, we are delighted to see that companies like Somedia Partner believe in print and are making investments. We are also very satisfied with the level of orders we have received for newspaper presses. Further projects are in the pipeline and decisions are expected soon. Above all, the products currently in high demand when making new investments are flexible, practice-oriented and automated presses, and we have an outstanding image in this respect with our trio represented by the Commander CL, Commander CT, and Cortina,” says Stefan Segger, sales director at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Web fed.