TRIBUNE PUBLISHING CO. ADDS NEW PLATESETTERS AND PROCESSORS FROM FUJIFILM

New Equipment Increases Productivity, Improves Quality, Provides for Business Growth

COLUMBIA, MO., August 1, 2011 – At a time when many printers are deferring capital expenditures because of the economy, Tribune Publishing Co. in Columbia, Mo., is making a major investment to improve print quality and grow its commercial printing business.

Tribune Publishing today announced the addition of two Krause LS-Jet 250 platesetters with two Glunz & Jensen Interplater 85HDX processors to the company’s plate processing line.  FUJIFILM North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division, provided the equipment.

“When we began to plan to replace our existing platesetters we had three goals,” said Andy Waters, Tribune Publishing president and general manager.  “We wanted to increase productivity, improve quality, and grow our business.”

The upgrade replaced equipment that was reaching the end of its life cycle and nearly doubled plate throughput for each line.  The increased throughput has enabled Tribune Publishing’s prepress operators to save valuable time in the production cycle for each job. The new equipment also has resulted in lower maintenance costs.  Additional cost savings have come from switching from YAG technology to modern violet lasers and plates. “We’re getting more impressions from each plate before it starts to wear and has to be replaced,” Waters said. “That results in lower production costs for us and, ultimately, our customers.”

At the same time, the new technology has dramatically improved print quality.  “With the addition of the Krause LS-Jet Platesetters and Fujifilm LP-NNV violet plates, we have better control over dot gain resulting from the plate being near linear,” Waters said.  In addition, the design of the LS-Jet and the repeatability of image placement on plate has reduced plate remakes and press downtime for quality issues.

“The investment in our plateroom has kept us ahead of our competition in terms of quality and cost control,” Tribune publisher Vicki Russell said, “and that’s never been more important for our customers than it is now.”

For more information about commercial printing services offered by Tribune Publishing Co., please visit www.tribunepublishing.com.  To learn more about CTP solutions offered by the Graphic Systems Division of FUJIFILM North America Corp., visit www.fujifilmgs.com.

 

About Tribune Publishing

Tribune Publishing Co. is an award-winning, cold-web offset commercial printer centrally located in Columbia, Mo., serving customers throughout the United States. The company’s 48-unit Goss Universal 45 is among the largest press installations of its kind in North America. In addition to its commercial printing division, Tribune Publishing also has newspaper and online media divisions that publish the Columbia Daily Tribune and www.columbiatribune.com.  For more information, please visit www.tribunepublishing.com.

 

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company.  The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service.  The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras.  The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry.  The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets.  FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services.  For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter.  To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies.  The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*.  Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.  For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

 

For more information, please contact:
Howard Lippin
Fujifilm
914.789.8329
hlippin@fujifilm.com

 

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