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Saudi Publisher Al-Jazirah to Boost Print Capacity and Flexibility

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Saudi Publisher Al-Jazirah to Boost Print Capacity and Flexibility

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Al-Jazirah Corp. of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has partnered with Goss Intl. to upgrade, refurbish, and relocate its presses. Scheduled to be in full print production by the end of the second quarter 2013, the project involves reconfiguring a total of 88 Goss Universal singlewide press units.

The investment has been driven by a need to increase production capacity at its Riyadh center, and to enhance color flexibility and semi-commercial/ heatset capabilities. "Middle Eastern newspapers were years ahead of the global hybrid trend, and we have been installing press systems with heatset capabilities into Saudi press halls for many years," said Stephane Jaunasse, Goss Intl. customer service manager.

"We have a long-standing partnership with Goss Intl., and they were the obvious choice for this ambitious upgrade project," said Nabil Sahl, production manager, Al-Jazirah Printing. "We have confidence in their continued support and believe that Goss can help us to gain greater visibility for semi-commercial print placement, ensuring the daily title fully reflects the level of expectation among readers today and maintains a market-leading position."

The initial phase focused on relocating a 2 x 1 Goss Universal press comprising 13 four-high towers, two folders, and 15 reelstands from northeastern France to Riyadh. This press will be installed into a modified press hall, refurbished, and configured as two press lines: one of seven towers and one of six towers. …

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