At IPEX 2014 March 24-29 in London, Goss International will highlight the broad scope of applications and opportunities made possible through its ongoing development of web offset technology and support capabilities.
Advances in the Vpak technology and the new Magnum Compact press come under the spotlight, as well as investments in unique Sunday presses and a UK-first hybrid M-600 system.
“We have responded to the changes in our industry environment by redesigning our business model to ensure competitiveness, longevity and ongoing support for customers,” said Eric Bell, marketing services director. “As well as the recent restructuring around regional parts, service and support centers, the company has also been diversifying its product portfolio to serve customers in neighboring markets where Goss expertise provides an edge.”
Goss technical expertise, process knowledge and high-tech industrial manufacturing have now been applied to all high-speed web markets with presses for commercial applications, newspaper, magazines, direct mail, catalogs, books and specialist publications, as well as flexible packaging, labels and folding carton production.
The packaging market is an example where, since Goss last exhibited in the UK, the company has developed and installed Vpak web offset presses. Goss is also opening its first dedicated packaging technology center in the U.S. for demonstrations, testing and educational programs.
In the commercial web sector, Goss retains worldwide technology and market leadership. New UK investments in Goss technology have been among the most high-profile developments in the graphic arts industry over the past year. These have involved a large-scale investment by Polestar in new press systems, including three Sunday 5000 presses to be installed shortly, and a new 48-page Goss Sunday 4000 press for York Mailing at the former Pindar site in Scarborough, which has just come into operation. Goss will also soon announce a new hybrid M-600 press order, the first of its kind in the UK.
Another development is the successful launch of the Magnum Compact press, the most highly-automated single-width press on the market. The press is suitable for book, newspaper and semi-commercial printing in runs as low as 500 copies. Goss will showcase its unique features at a series of open house demonstrations this spring, and the first orders are expected to be announced publicly in March.