Inkjet printed newspapers come to Jersey

KP Services has set up a newspaper printing operation in Jersey, Channel Islands, using two Kodak Prosper 6000P presses.

This facility will print the Jersey Evening Post as well as the majority of U.K. national newspapers for distribution in Jersey and Guernsey. The combined circulations will add up to over 35,000 newspapers each day. The print runs for these titles vary from less than 300 to more than 15,000.

Jack Knadjian, managing director, KP Services (Jersey) Limited, explained: “This is a test bed for us, and a test bed that will prove that over 35,000 copies of newspapers can be printed digitally every night on two presses. This equipment and model also provides so many more commercial opportunities that will be exploited to the full in due course.”

KP Services is a collaboration between Kodak and Guiton Group Limited, which publishes the Jersey Evening Post. This new venture has allowed the Guiton Group to replace its elderly offset press but at the cost of partnering with Kodak. Kodak’s stake in the venture will be sold along with the rest of the Prosper business.

As well as the Prosper presses, the new venture also includes four Hunkeler Combi-Solution newspaper finishing lines, which are essential to the overall concept. These can produce short runs of newspapers in different formats, ensuring that the inkjet newspapers have a similar look to the offset editions.


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