Goss Gears Up for Drupa
The manufacturer will profile installations that are utilizing its Automatic Transfer (AT) Sunday presses for continuous printing. More than a dozen presses with the Autoplate and Automatic Transfer technology combination are now in operation worldwide, including eight-unit presses that complete full-color job changes on-the-fly.
During a pre-Drupa Webinar with industry journalists, Goss International CEO Bob Brown noted successful installations of eight-unit Sunday 4000 presses with Automatic Transfer at the Cox Target Media Valpak manufacturing center in Florida and at a Transcontinental facility now printing four-color books non-stop.
He also reported that, due to building construction delays, the first Goss FPS press purchased in the United States will not come online until this fall. Since first ordering it, The Free Lance-Star newspaper in Fredericksburg, VA, has since opted to add heatset capabilities to the four-tower, 72˝-wide, triple-width press.
Sheetfed printers that added their first Goss web presses (Sunday 2000 models) last year included Boyd Brothers in Florida and Trade Secret Printing in Canada. “We see this as a market opportunity going forward,” according to Brown.
In disclosing the company’s financial results, he reported new order intake worth $1.065 billion in 2007, and a 2008 starting backlog of $655 million in equipment orders. Sales in the Americas region were $466 million last year.
Brown also pointed out that Goss continues to invest 5-6 percent of sales toward R&D activities.