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FLEXO Magazine : July 2007
3 2 F L E X O J U LY 2 0 0 7 w w w . f l e x o g r a p h y . o r g nEwspapErs T he Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, MA (home of Smith College) has traded in its 40-year old offset iron for the latest high tech flexo press. Publisher Aaron Julien is investing $10 million into this project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008, and was recently approved by the Northampton Planning Board. The NNE (Newspapers of New England) acquired the Gazette last year; they also own the Concord Monitor, which prints flexo; the Valley News in Lebanon, NH, another flexo site; and The Greenfield Recorder (MA), which runs offset. With the Hampshire’s new Cerutti press acquisition NNE will now have three of its newspapers running flexo. One of the first newspapers to go flexo was the Providence Journal (RI). The industry has come a long way since then. Interestingly, a majority of newspapers that started out flexo are still flexo today. Man Roland USA, KBA, and TKS all press manu- facturers, at one time or another, were building and still can build sustainable flexo presses. In fact, Man Roland’s Flexoman in Charlotte, NC and KBA’s Colormax II at the Wichita Eagle are still going strong. A little known fact is many offset innovations were originally knock-offs from flexo presses. Doctor blades and ink trains are two such examples. However, offset printing still suffers from rub-offs, trolley roller marks and show through. Flexo is the cleanest printing process in the industry. Julien, formally an attorney, is the latest pioneer in going flexo. At present, more than 90 percent of the newspapers in the USA are currently publishing on offset presses. It begs the question: Why flexo? And why spend so much money on newspaper presses in a volatile climate where the Internet and online publishing is taking over? “We are spending money on both print and the Internet,” said Julien. “You need both parts of the equation to be successful in today’s market.” According to Julien, the decision to go flexo came about after The Daily Hampshire Gazette Goes Flexo By Hoshin Seki Flexo is the way to go for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Installation of a Cerrutti S4 press, will be completed in the near future. Photos used in this article are typical of
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