COLDSET UV PRINTING — LIGHT NEWS DAYS
THE NEWSPAPER industry has seen better days. Facing greater competition from Internet resources, all-news cable TV channels and free tabloid dailies, the once-venerable broadsheet business is now, itself, making headlines. Many reports on the newspaper industry involve consolidation, fire sales or massive layoffs.
Still, newspaper printers have found ways to remain profitable. One option is to produce commercial work during press downtime. Some coldset printers have added UV drying systems to their presses to enable the printing of advertising inserts and related materials.
Take Eagle Web Press of Salem, OR, for example. The company, which traces its roots to 1970, boasts a staff of more than 90 employees and 50,000 square feet of production space that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is also a company that is no stranger to change. Once known as Blue Mountain Eagle Web Press, the firm's original location suffered an explosion resulting from a gas leak that destroyed the building. The company, however, endured.
Eagle Web Press was built on printing local weekly newspapers. Once making up almost 100 percent of the overall business, broadsheets now consist of less than 20 percent of today's production. Catalogs, brochures, saddlestitched books, telephone books, college class schedules, magazines and small digest books are now the norm.
"We are a newspaper plant with a large segment of our work coming from commercial accounts," notes Mike Connor, plant manager. "It is very important to us to have this work."
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The pressroom at Eagle Web Press is equipped with Goss Community S/SC units fitted with Prime UV lamps. The company utilizes inks from Flint Ink and Joules Angstrom. It has been offering the coldset UV process for two years.
"Many of our current customers have changed to printing on coated stocks with UV inks," Connor says. "We have also attracted many new customers with the technology."