Printing presses due for upgrade in new contract

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THREE printing presses will receive upgrades as part of a seven-year contract.

Multimedia organisation Johnston Press, which owns The News, has reaffirmed its relationship with Agfa Graphics, a prepress supplier to the newspaper industry.

The seven-year contract covers a complete upgrade of the prepress facilities at printing sites in Dinnington, Portsmouth and Carn in Northern Ireland.

This will include the replacement of all 10 existing Polaris platesetters with the latest Advantage N-XXT machines, new Agfa Attiro clean out units producing Agfa’s N95VCF chemistry-free polymer litho plates as well as upgrading the group’s Agfa Arkitex workflow software systems.

David Crow, managing director at Johnston Press print and logistics, said: ‘This agreement has been a long time in the making but, having reviewed all the offerings from other vendors, we are pleased to select Agfa in what has been of a long-standing working relationship. Agfa has improved its current equipment and software systems enhancing performance and reducing maintenance.’