Le Telegramme opts for the ultimate COLORMAN e:line

Autoprint high-end technology from manroland Goss

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Le Telegramme
The image shows a COLORMAN e:line printing press, photo manroland Goss archive

The media group Le Télégramme, based in Morlaix – Brittany (France), has decided in favour of the future-oriented technology of the COLORMAN e:line with its comprehensive automation equipment “auto print” and placed an order with manroland Goss for two 64-page tabloid presses.

  •  Le Télégramme relies on the technology and know-how of the Augsburg printing
    experts for its new installation.
  • State-of-the-art PECOM operation technology with SlidePad operation and
    flexible MobilPad application equip the French media group for future demands.
  • Both companies are building on a long-term service partnership.

The new press lines are scheduled to be installed and commissioned by mid-2022. After commissioning, the COLORMAN e:line will produce the daily circulation of the newspaper Le Télégramme with more than 180,000 copies and 19 local editions. The new comprehensive equipped installation consists of a total of four reel splicers, four four-high printing towers and two folders that will completely replace the existing printing presses of the renowned brand of the former Swiss press manufacturer WIFAG.

COLORMAN e:line control closed-loop systems

The COLORMAN e:line presses include a comprehensive automation package, starting with presetting and automatic alignment in the reel stands, complete web guiding monitoring with automatic web tension control, APL (automatic plate loading) with pivoting robot arms in the printing towers and motorised fully convertible folders.

State-of-the-art Inline control systems developed in-house, such as IDCmicro automatic ink density control and fan-out control, round off the overall package. The ground-breaking inline control systems have been successively developed together with manroland Goss’ own subsidiary grapho metronic Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH in Munich since the early 2000s, initially for the world’s most successful manroland commercial press series LITHOMAN and ROTOMAN. Over the past 10 years, these inline control solutions have gradually become established in the newspaper press sector as well.

Fully networked – PECOM-X leading newspaper production into the future

The customer will benefit from the highest control accuracy of the various regulation
and control systems. Furthermore, the networking of the individual components
through data management in the PECOM-X control and console system provides
the prerequisite for fully automatic operation of the presses – manroland Goss‘
autoprint technolgy. Equipped with such a high degree of automation, the lowest
possible waste values can be achieved during production start-up and production
run.

Strong partners in a challenging market environment

Statement of Édouard Coudurier, president director general Le Télégramme, “The manroland Goss COLORMAN e:line press, thanks to its printing speed and developed automation enables Le Télégramme to continue to offer its readers a high-circulation, a multi-issue newspaper under optimal conditions in terms of quality, time and profitability. Le Télégramme is therefore pursuing a dual strategy based on dense local coverage in print and on the internet, combined with an accelerated development of new digital services (video, podcasts, thematic newsletters, and many more).

“In today’s complex and demanding newspaper environment, which is certainly struggling, it shows that it can be possible for newspaper publishers to achieve a corresponding pay-back by investing in the state-of-the-art newspaper press technology. We are pretty much delighted having been selected by Le Télégramme for this interesting project,” says Dietmar Dotterweich, deputy vice president sales of manroland Goss web systems GmbH.

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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