Goss Graphic Systems China’s intelligent book printing solution

GGSC cooperation with Beijing Zhongke for Wisprint M-700 Series

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General Manager of Beijing Zhongke Printing Zeng Xinqiao is highly appreciative of the cooperation with and is looking forward to becoming the first user of Wisprint M700s book printing solution.
General Manager of Beijing Zhongke Printing Zeng Xinqiao is highly appreciative of the cooperation with and is looking forward to becoming the first user of Wisprint M700s book printing solution.

Beijing Zhongke Printing and Goss Graphic Systems (China) Co, Ltd (GGSC) recently signed a strategic cooperation project for a book printing press with a total investment of more than CNY 100 million (approximately Euro 13 million). A first in China, the M-700s intelligent demonstration production line for book printing, will be located in Beijing Zhongke. Experts in the Chinese printing industry believe that this new project will begin to challenge the traditional book printing market in the country.

The Wisprint M-700 is a highly automated mid-range commercial web press for short to medium run-length market designed for book and commercial operations with the high print quality and a maximum rated speed of 40,000 impressions an hour. The highly automated web offset solution for Beijing Zhongke will enable high-quality and efficient book production, rapid market expansion, and continuous performance improvement. The M-700s will facilitate a move towards a more intelligent printing facility and comprehensively realize the integration of printing, folding, page inserting, bundling, stacking, and other processes.

The Chinese book printing market has undergone rapid changes in recent times. With new expectations for improved quality, faster turn-around, and a reduction in labor costs, traditional book printing on sheet-fed offset presses is unable to meet the increasing demands and higher specifications expected by publishers.

Beijing Zhongke Printing is a leading printing company in the country and a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. After an in-depth study of the book production process, the company decided to move to web offset printing and also to automate and integrate this part of the process with the post-press and binding processes. According to Peng Yong, GGSC general manager, “The M-700 series is the highest specification option from GGSC in the book printing sector. I believe this new printing solution will elevate Beijing Zhongke Printing to new heights and strengthen its leading position in China in the national book printing field.”

 The Goss Graphic Systems Wisprint plant in Shanghai Photo GGSC
The Goss Graphic Systems Wisprint plant in Shanghai Photo GGSC

Goss Graphic Systems (China) is a global press supplier with a history in press manufacturing dating back to 1939. Known for its quality manufacturing capability, GGSC offers a wide range of products for the newspaper, book printing, print packaging and commercial printing sectors under the Wisprint brand.

General Manager of Beijing Zhongke Printing Zeng Xinqiao is highly appreciative of the cooperation with and is looking forward to becoming the first user of Wisprint M700s book printing solution.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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