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First Pacific UV Printing At The Fiji Sun

First Pacific UV Printing At The Fiji Sun
Celebrating on April 5, 2017, the first Fiji Sun insert printed with UV technology are (from left): Fiji Sun chief engineer Mesake Mekemeke, senior printer Hirdesh Chand, lead colour hand Joana Bueta, Webco managing director Brendon Whitley and Fiji Sun head of production operations Mitiani Vela. Photo: RONALD KUMAR
April 06
11:09 2017
  •  UV curing system enables the Fiji Sun to print quality colour on coated paper like commercial printers do with their glossy paper on sheetfed presses.
  • We are a fully full colour newspaper now. No more old-fashioned black and white pages.

A major Pacific printing first was rolled out at Walu Bay, Suva, this week.

The Fiji Sun introduced what is known as UV technology as part of a further upgrade of its growing web press production site.

It becomes the first newspaper in the Pacific — including New Zealand — to use the groundbreaking UV technology.

At the same time the Fiji Sun installed three more four-high colour towers, giving the Fiji Sun five and moving totally away from black and white printing.

Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said the American PRIME UV curing system enables the Fiji Sun to print quality colour on coated paper like commercial printers do with their glossy paper on sheetfed presses.

“We can use this not just for special sections in the newspaper but also for things like advertising inserts, catalogues and flyers,” Mr Lomas said.

“We’ll be able to provide more services to our customers.”

The towers and UV upgrade are a further investment of well over $1 million by the Fiji Sun’s owners, C.J. Patel.

It highlighted the CJP group’s confidence in Fiji and the Fijian economy.

The PRIME UV system from the United States of America was installed by the Fiji Sun’s press supplier Webco, from New Zealand.

The complete upgrade and training was personally overseen by Webco managing director Brendon Whitley.

Webco engineers and electricians from New Zealand and Indonesia were in Suva for this.

The addition of the three more four-high colour towers means the press crew can print 40-page sections all in full colour.

“We’re a fully full colour newspaper now,” Mr Lomas explained.

“No more old-fashioned black and white pages.”

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