manroland Opens Augsburg PTC

Jon Robinson
November 19, 2009

German press maker manroland AG has converted a “time-honoured” hall – built in the late 19th century – at its Augsburg factory into the new Print Technology Center to advance newspaper and commercial web offset printing.

The Print Technology Center (PTC) site once housed the August Riedinger engineering works, which manroland describes as a secret ammunition factory during the Second World War. At the end of the war, it was used as an assembly hall for Poly automatic presses and, more recently, as a testing site.  

“The PTC Augsburg is an investment in the future of web offset,” said Paul Steidle, Executive Board Member for manroland Webfed Printing Systems. The company describes its PTC activities as a 3-step training program – basic training, in-depth training and advanced workshop.

manroland PTCThe PTC holds a COLORMAN XXL, with APL logistics, for what the company refers to as its practical-training sessions, along with a heatset printing system and a full prepress department for newspaper and commercial web printing. The PTC site also offers management training courses, and PraxisSeminar or PraxisDialog events. On an annual basis, manroland hosts training courses for about 1,000 customers and partners.

PTC also holds what the company refers to as its printcom laboratory to look at technical findings for inks, dampening solution and types of paper. The site is also set up for printnet and postpress seminars.

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