The Beijing Daily newspaper operation is part of Beijing Daily Group (BDG), which, after its founding in March 2000, now controls 10 newspapers, three magazines, associated online properties, a publishing house and a television broadcasting station. BDG also operates unique entities like Beijing News Plaza Hotel, Printing Center, News Training Center and the Beijing News Development Corporation. The company has total fixed assets worth more than 5 billion RMB ($875 million).
BDG’s main papers have a daily circulation of over 2.3 million with a distribution network that covers the entire country and some oversea areas. With the installation of the 32-page Goss M-800 press, however, BDG is intent on becoming a leading player in its regional commercial print market.
“The new press has already been called on to produce a wide range of products and formats,” stated Jia Fudong, Vice Director of Beijing Daily’s printing operation. “Demand for commercial products and heatset retail inserts continues to increase alongside quality expectations in our region.”
Previously running an exclusively coldset operation, Beijing Daily’s new heatset Goss web press features a four-pages-around by four-pages-across (4x4) cylinder configuration. It is capable of printing up to 80,000 16-page signatures per hour in straight production mode. The four-unit press system also incorporates a Goss Ecocool heatset dryer and Contiweb FD paster, as well as a Goss PCC-2 pinless folder.
The double-circumference M-800 press utilizes design elements from other Goss presses, including Sunday models, such as multi-drive technology, bearer-less cylinders and a 12-roll inking and dampening system.