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Danish newspaper publisher cuts waste by more than five per cent

Danish Newspaper Publisher, Sjaellandske Medier recently decided to start using the Anturafount CS1 from Agfa Graphcs to  its use of the N94-VCF plates. They have since achieved tremendous paper waste reduction, reports Agfa

The publisher dates to 1871 and since then it has expanded by several mergers between a number of regional newspapers.

Sjaelland, also called Zealand, is the largest and most populated island, located in the south-east of Denmark.

Today the company employs 500 people covering most of Sjælland with offices in 28 cities, publishing four daily newspapers (Frederiksborg Amt Avis, Dagbladet, Nordvestnyt, Sjællandske) and 32 weeklies.

Furthermore, the company diversified its business by running an advertising agency with various online services, including a local radio station and making TV productions.

Sjaellandske Medier pressFactory Manager Niels Grinsted and his employees rely on Agfa Graphics’ service and support team to keep the plate-making and printing workflow optimised:.

'Their quick response time and professional knowhow regarding different aspects of the printing workflow such as experience with plates, gum and fount, has contributed to improve our final printed results,” reports Mr Grinsted.

“We use an Arkitex Newsdrive workflow to control our CtP system which consists of two Advantage N engines with online Clean-out units, imaging on N94-VCF chemistry free plates. 

“Recently we decided to start using the Anturafount CS1, which is a perfect match for the N94-VCF plates.'

This was the conclusion of an Agfa Graphics f-IQA report (Fountain ISO Quality Assesment), based on the analysis of six distinct water samples from their fountain setup installation: tap water, de-mineralised water, re-hardened water, fresh fountain solution, used fountain solution and the fountain additive.

The f-IQA is one out of a set of six IQA modules which will become commercially available iin the future. In the end this resulted in an optimised fountain solution setup, meant to work in combination with different paper types and variable run lengths of 2.500 to 250.000 copies.

A good and stable fountain solution setup strongly determines the final print quality on press says Mr Grinsted, adding: 'The Anturafount CS1 helps to keep the blankets clean while printing and it reduces our start-up paper waste by another 5-7%'. Sjællandske Medier A/S has a lean and quality strategy by which they continuously strive for state of the art quality and reduction of waste.

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