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Fiji Sun Upgrades Printing Press

Soon with every dollar spent on a Fiji Sun newspaper, a reader can expect an even bigger, brighter and better quality newspaper. This will be realised after workers from Webco
05 Mar 2017 11:13

Soon with every dollar spent on a Fiji Sun newspaper, a reader can expect an even bigger, brighter and better quality newspaper.

This will be realised after workers from Webco New Zealand and Webco Indonesia complete installing three more four-high colour towers on the printing press.

The installation will see the Fiji Sun press crew able to print a 40-page section all in colour in one run. No longer will some parts of bigger papers have to be printed in black and white.

Ten press engineering and electrical specialists from Webco were yesterday working at the Fiji Sun production centre in Walu Bay.

Webco managing director Brendon Whitley — a press expert and former newspaper production manager himself — is with them leading the installation.

“This is more than double the colour capacity, pretty much in line with the bigger provincial papers in New Zealand, if not a little bigger,” Mr Whitley said.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said the Fiji Sun was also installing special features to its press. This will be something never seen before in the Pacific Islands.

“It again illustrates the commitment of our owners, C.J. Patel, to continually invest in developing quality for our readers and advertisers,” Mr Lomas said

“We are building a newspaper that, like our country, punches above its weight.

“Same time we are embracing the digital age with multi platform options that provide even more news and information channels for Fijians everywhere.”

Mr Lomas highlighted how the Fiji Sun had gone from producing newspapers of 32 pages to now having up to 180 pages in its Saturday editions.

Independent Australian-run research showed the Fiji Sun has the highest readership in the Fijian print media. International metrics showed the same across Fiji Sun’s Internet platforms.

The Fiji Sun had led the newspaper way with the first use of CtP (computer to plate) technology and the first two four-high towers on the press.

Now it is leading the way by becoming the first always-all-in-colour newspaper.

“Bigger, brighter, better is getting even better,” Mr Lomas said.

 

About Webco:

Webco, based in Tauranga, New Zealand, is the leading newspaper press company in Australia and New Zealand. It also does extensive work internationally, especially in Southeast Asia.

Feedback:  ivamere.nataro@fijisun.com.fj



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