The study will cover the end-to-end value chain, from paper making and logistics to the printer and onto the press itself. Initial efforts, including the publishing of a white paper on the impact for suppliers and customers, have drawn on the technical expertise of PrintCity member companies UPM Kymmene, MAN Roland, MEGTEC Systems and Sappi. The group also intends to offer a cost calculator for use by interested parties.
Andy Keil of MEGTEC Systems is spearheading the project. "There has been a huge interest in the study we are undertaking," he says. "Everybody involved understands that the economic viability of switching to larger roll diameters in the short- to medium-term will need careful assessment because it will require printers to invest in new pasters and roll handling equipment. Plus many mills would need to make substantial investments, too."
Keil adds that the group welcomes input because an issue of this import needs the widest possible discussion. (www.printcity.org)