Canadian Sheetfed Printer Chooses Goss for First Web Press

Line Chamberland, vice president (left) and François Chicoine, president (second from right), founders of Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine in Quebec, Canada, have signed a contract to add a new Goss Sunday 2000 web press. Shown with the couple are Goss International sales managers Christophe Bertrand (right) and Jean Lemieux.

The family owned sheetfed printing specialist Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine in Quebec, Canada will add its first web press—a Goss Sunday 2000 system—in 2011. Shown from left to right at the contract signing are Pegguie Chicoine, Lucien Chicoine, Kerby Chicoine, Goss sales manager Jean Lemieux, Line Chamberland, François Chicoine, Goss sales manager Christophe Bertrand, Valérie Chicoine and Vick Chicoine.

SAINT-GERMAIN-DE-GRANTHAM, CANADA—In mid 2011, one of eastern Canada’s leading sheetfed printers will add its first web press, a Goss Sunday 2000 system with a 57-inch web width. Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine, will establish a new Imprimerie F.L. Web division and add a new building near its 22,000-square-foot sheetfed operation to house the four-unit Goss press.

The family-owned business was founded in 1986 by the husband-and-wife team of François Chicoine and Line Chamberland.

“Ultra-modern technology and personalized service is our formula for competing with the larger printers,” explains Chicoine. He says the Sunday press is the right complement to the company’s sheetfed presses because it can match the print quality and deliver web offset economic advantages.

“We have a lot of experience with high-quality perfecting and we look at the Sunday 2000 press as a tool for perfecting at much faster speeds,” according to Chamberland. “Goss International has also supported many commercial printers throughout the world in their expansion into web offset, and this gives us a lot of confidence.”

The new Sunday 2000 press at Imprimerie F.L. Web will feature Goss Omnicon controls and the automated Goss Web Center workflow system. Goss International will supply a Contiweb CS splicer and an Ecocool dryer with the system as well as a PCF-1 combination folder and a PFF-2 former folder.

Gapless blanket technology and the wider 24-page format are expected to provide quality, productivity and efficiency advantages over typical 16-page web presses, according to Chicoine. “By equipping the press with high-performance pinless combination and former folders, we will also be able to offer our customers a tremendous variety of product formats,” he adds.

The location of the company midway between Quebec City and Montreal has given it an advantage in serving both metropolitan areas.

The owners got their start by producing stationery at their home and gradually grew the company by adding technology while sustaining excellent customer service. Today, the printing firm provides comprehensive prepress, printing and finishing service and serves a diversified client base that includes small companies and multinational corporations. The couple’s five children are now shareholders and managers, providing a second-generation of family ownership.

“As a family business, we specialize in giving our customers the highest quality products and lightning-quick turnaround times,” explains Chamberland. “Expanding into web offset is the next logical step for us, and we are doing it with the most advanced press technology available today.”

Source: Company release

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