Gateway Press — GPO Work and Beyond
In an effort to bolster its commercial end, particularly with an eye towards catalog work, Gateway Press has placed an order for an eight-unit, 38˝ MAN Roland Rotoman web offset press. The package, which includes automated plate changers, closed-loop color control and other ancillary gear, comes with a price tag of about $11 million. With a top speed of 65,000 cph, the machine is scheduled to touch down by next June.
“The new press has several different options and the speed is tremendous,” Burrice points out. “That’s really going to give us a jump in long-run catalog and magazine work.”
Embry notes that Gateway used a four-person committee, evaluating over a six-month period, to seek out the most appropriate press for its needs. In picking the Rotoman, Embry notes the model complements Gateway’s current press configurations well.
“Over the past few years, our sweet spot has been the 32-page, four-color signature format,” he says. “To be able to produce this format at over 50,000 per hour should make us competitive in the markets that we serve. We’re occasionally asked to print up to eight-color work or to add gloss or dull coatings. Our competition is often limited to five or six colors. So this press will enable us to be flexible and competitive in the future.”
In the short term, Gateway Press is unlikely to deviate from its current path. Burrice hints that the company may take a long look at digital printing, though it will likely take a strong urging from its client base to push the company beyond the cursory glance stage. Considering the Rotoman press expenditure, Burrice doesn’t anticipate any significant outlays beyond a possible folder or two.
Maintaining the state and federal work base is essential. More than anything, it is building the commercial portfolio that tops the goal list for Gateway Press. That area may be the best avenue toward growth, according to Burrice.