Heatset Web Offset Presses — Hot Rumors Cool Off

Before the Heidelberg Web Systems news broke, Goss International announced that it will have a major presence at Drupa, and will present future concepts to drive web printing.

With a Drupa theme of ‘Today…Tomorrow…The Future,’ the Goss show presence promises products, services and developments that demonstrate innovation and execution.

Full Product Lineup

Press towers on display at Drupa will represent Goss’ worldwide innovation, design and manufacturing capabilities, the company contends. Goss will have presentations and information on all press systems, including the Goss Colorliner, Goss Global Newsliner, Goss Uniliner, Goss Universal and Goss Community product ranges.

“Through the blending of our new creative thinking with our employees’ years of experience in high-performance web press design and manufacture, our Drupa presence is designed to satisfy both current and future markets,” asserts David Stamp, Goss International worldwide marketing director. “Our Drupa concept underlines the whole theme of Goss’ continued commitment to customers for today, tomorrow and the future.”

Meanwhile, KBA North America has released details of another new product it will roll out at Drupa: a 70,000 cph, high-automation, commercial web press—the Compacta 217. The new press will target the high end of the 16-page market and complement the 1997-vintage Compacta 215.

According to KBA officials, the Compacta 217 was engineered to address a shift in market orientation as players gear up to face emerging challenges. With run lengths diminishing, demand is growing for a higher level of automation to ease paper handling, cut run waste, reduce makeready and changeover times, afford easier access to subassemblies, and enhance press capabilities, reliability and cost-efficiency.

Good ROI on Equipment

“KBA remains committed to providing press solutions that provide our customers with the necessary quality that they are looking to achieve, while maintaining a low-cost production platform and rewarding a return on investment,” notes Gary Owen, KBA Web Press division director of marketing. “Combined, these qualities are reflected in all of our latest product array.”

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