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    Rotation printing presses for newspapers and books – fast, very accurate and economical.

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    Rotation printing presses for newspapers and books – fast, very accurate and economical.

Intensive discussion on maintenance topics

13.05.2016 - Retrofit, service and maintenance are currently among the special challenges facing managers at newspaper printing companies. It therefore comes as no surprise that this subject in particular was intensively discussed also at the 2016 //wifag User Meeting in Fribourg, Switzerland.

The //wifag customers were especially interested this year since so much had taken place since 2014, the year of the last user meeting in Lucerne. They came to Fribourg from across Europe to share experiences and to network.

It was the first time newly designated Delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO Martin Tschumi was able to welcome the //wifag customers from the newspaper sector. Tschumi provided an overview of the corporate group, noting that besides printing presses/services, it mainly conducted business in packaging. The subsidiaries Polytype and Mall-Herlan produce printing presses for decorating cups and tubes as well as complete production lines for printing metal cans and bottles.

CEO Martin Tschumi emphasized the major significance of //wifag newspaper customers for the overall wifag//polytype Group and the willingness of the corporate management to safeguard maintenance and retrofit services for newspaper rotary printing presses. After //wifag Services Manager Hugo Haymoz had introduced the new structures in his area, several very detailed presentations were given. Head of Automation Thomas Zehnder took on the task of introducing a series of automation possibilities and retrofit products while Sales and Project Manager Martin Santschi gave a summary of recent //wifag projects.

Hugo Haymoz

Hugo Haymoz

Even when newspaper printing presses can be assigned to a given series, they are actually always one of a kind. These custom solutions then continue each time a press is reconfigured and retrofitted, thereby reinforcing its uniqueness. That is why the attending experts in newspaper printing were so fascinated to see what had already been reconfigured and further developed in other //wifag machines and what //wifag has to offer beyond that.

Newspaper printing plants have long service lives, sometimes in excess of 20 years. Suppliers constantly discontinue individual parts. It is not always so easy for the //wifag service team to come up with substitute solutions, which if possible, are also expected to improve performance and/or operation. The pace of technical progress is especially fast in the segment of control systems. The user meeting therefore had the task of updating interested users on the latest state of the art.

Pascal Clemençon from the Scandinavian representative office of //wifag provided myriad topics for discussion when he analyzed the changes in service and maintenance philosophy within the printing industry at the end of the presentations. The challenges are growing ever larger for everyone keen about the technical availability of the means of production – be it at newspaper companies, at local service providers or within the Fribourg service team of //wifag. The reason is the diminishing financial leeway in many quarters, which makes the decision of undertaking new investments but also retrofits more difficult and arduous.

Regular inspections and preventive maintenance are steadily more important, as is close collaboration between users and machine manufacturers. Another key objective of the //wifag User Meeting in 2016 was to strengthen the basis of trust for this collaboration even further.

Swiss converting solutions now provided by WIFAG-Polytype Technologies

06.01.2015 - High-tech coating and laminating technology in Switzerland now has a new name: Polytype Converting AG – the globally renowned solutions provider based in Fribourg (Switzerland) – was incorporated into WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG on January 1, 2015. With this step, the wifag//polytype corporate group has completed the integration of its Coating & Laminating and Printing & Drying/Moisturizing divisions. For customers, this now means unique process expertise is available from a single source.

Fribourg/CH, 05.01.2015 - The sales team at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG also welcomed a new addition at the start of 2015. With many years of experience in sales management and converting, 47-year-old Pablo Bagiella made the switch from Kroenert BMB to wifag//polytype in Fribourg.

Pablo Bagiella now has a unique portfolio of development expertise at his disposal. WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG not only represents high-quality Swiss mechanical engineering, but also offers virtually unlimited possibilities thanks to in-house digital and control technology and development skills for all common substrates (inks, lacquers, primers and functional layers). The in-depth process knowledge of the integrated technology company allows for tailored solutions to be realized from the outset.

The next step
Since WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG was established on July 1, 2014 through the renaming of the renowned printing press manufacturer WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG and the integration of the dryer specialist Pagendarm (Hamburg), additional focal points have been added to the portfolio. Thanks to the cross-divisional Digital and Automation Competence Centers, wifag//polytype customers can already benefit from trendsetting possibilities.

The development team comprised of around a dozen chemists and process engineers who switched from Ilford to wifag//polytype plays an increasingly important role in the new wifag//polytype portfolio, as does the greatly expanded in-house technical center at wifag//Polytype.
Customers can now incorporate four highly flexible test systems in their R&D process here. The Techma-3 or FlexCo (flexible coating) line allows for the finest possible grading when applying the coating and during speed and dryer control, for example. With the Techma-4, wifag//polytype has also been able to implement digital inkjet printing on foils or aluminum surfaces. This technological breakthroughfrom the Swiss printing and converting specialists has generated a lot of interest, particularly in the flexible packaging branch.

In recent months, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG has also undergone a restructuring process and now focuses increasingly on customers and projects. More than ever before, a network of carefully selected partners is helping to offer technology “made in Switzerland” and “made in Europe” at competitive prices.

Ernst Meier, Head of Sales Coating Solutions, on the reorganization: “We at wifag//polytype offer our customers real added value through close cooperation between our machine developers and the control and digital printing specialists, not to mention chemists and process engineers. The customers expect technological concepts that guarantee a stable industrial process. Anyone who is able to offer all of the required solution expertise from a single source will reach this goal with much greater speed and reliability.”

Visit us at ICE USA and ICE Europe
The new converter options will also be the focal point at the WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG stand at ICE USA in Orlando, Florida and ICE Europe in Munich, Germany.

From February 10 to 12, 2015, the company will be presenting its latest innovations at stand 1000 at the OCCC in Orlando. Exactly one month later from March 10 to 12, 2015, wifag//polytype will also be on hand at stand 412 in hall A6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre.



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wifag//polytype Evolution

27.10.2014 - Latest edition of the WIFAG-Polytype magazine "evolution"

It was a logical and evolutionary step for wifag//polytype to merge its printing, coating and converting activities, together with digital printing, under the umbrella of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG.

It is thus entirely appropriate that WIFAG's customer magazine has already borne the name "evolution" for several decades. We have also constantly updated "evolution" and the latest edition, hot off the press, reflects the full range of the portfolio of the new WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG.

Portraits of innovative users such as Constantia Patz show how investing in our company's technology enables extremely cost-efficient production and, at the same time, helps to open up new markets. Readers are also informed all about WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG and the expansion of our location in Hamburg.

This edition of "evolution" provides an insight into our Technology Center, where our single pass roll-to-roll machine "Techma-4" enables us to carry out pilot projects using water-based ink-jet printing on plastic and aluminum foils. We also introduce our new business area "Inks & Materials", which can make a decisive contribution to economic inkjet printing on an industrial scale, as well as an OEM project in which our digital technology enables individual coating of large-format printed sheets.

Interested? Then please request the printed version here: technologies@remove-this.wifag-polytype.com

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WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is readying an important technology for the market: water-based ink-jet printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates

17.06.2014 - WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG renamed / Now with its own comprehensive in ink-jet inks and functional layers

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG -- an internationally renowned maker of newspaper and book printing presses with a venerable history of more than 100 years -- has renamed itself. The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG (based in Fribourg, Switzerland) means the company is now synonymous with customer-specific total solutions in the areas of printing, coating and converting. WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is providing yet another forward-looking technology that promises to appeal to many sectors, namely, water-based industrial ink-jet digital printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates.

The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG expresses the enormous breadth of the portfolio of this company, which is part of the Swiss-based wifag//polytype Group. At WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, software and automation expertise are now together under a single roof with mechanical engineering and materials know-how.

Here is what "total solutions from WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG" means:
– Mechanical engineering for printing, coating and converting machines geared exactly to what customers want;
– Conventional and digital process solutions developed in partnership with customers;
– own automation and control station technology;
– own software and ink-jet inks and primers developed in-house.

All this was made possible by the strategic purchasing of specialized companies begun in 2007 and the ongoing expansion of our existing team of experts. Polytype Converting AG will initially remain a subsidiary but is expected to be merged with WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG in early 2015. The previous WIFAG and Polytype Converting subsidiaries located in Germany, China, the United States, and elsewhere will stay unchanged.

Ink-jet printing demonstrated at open house
Jörgen Karlsson, CEO of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, presented his company's comprehensive range of capabilities for the first time at an open house held in Fribourg, Switzerland in early June 2014. It was attended by about 50 representatives of big, well-known companies from the international newspaper, packaging and coating industries.

The new pilot version of the Techma-4 printing press was shown in operation at this open house. It can print with water-based industrial ink-jet inks on plastic films, aluminum and paper-based substrates, e.g. food packaging. Other focal points of the open house for customers were the digital printing advances developed in-house and the new Competence Center Fluid Technologies. This center came about when WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took on a complete R&D team from Ilford.

Broad portfolio and comprehensive expertise
A wealth of additional expertise has been accumulated in recent years at the two famous companies WIFAG and Polytype Converting. Both can look back on a long tradition, the former in newspaper printing, the latter in coating and converting technology. Both stand for unsurpassed Swiss quality in mechanical engineering.

The corporate group added drying technology, inter alia, to its portfolio on acquiring a majority stake in Pagendarm (Hamburg, Germany) in 2007 and digital printing on purchasing Spühl in 2008. Sales of the Virtu line of link-fault pass-through (LFP) machines had been largely discontinued. Nonetheless, the experts from Spühl formed the core for the new Digital Competence Center of the wifag//polytype Group, which opened up whole new possibilities to the entire corporate group. The Automation Competence Center has a similar story. There, the expertise of WIFAG and Solna (taken over in 2011) was recently supplemented by the addition of a team that had previously worked for EAE in Ahrensburg.

Other technology innovators emphasize PR and announcements whereas WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG does not. Jörgen Karlsson: "We have no song-and-dance shows at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG." WIFAG and Polytype Converting have made great strides in advancing industrial digital printing. The Swiss printing and coating experts are probably the first to have gotten water-based ink-jet digital printing ready for the market, a technology that is also suitable for food packaging. WPT is currently working jointly with two different customers on solutions for printing on aluminum foil and on a total solution for printing on paper-based substrates. The latter is intended to replace a conventional intaglio printing process in this product segment soon.

In early 2014, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took a final crucial step for guiding these projects to a successful close. It was at that time it took over the ten-person R&D team from Ilford Imaging, a Swiss company that had become insolvent. Lars Sommerhäuser and his team brought expertise in ink-jet inks, primer solutions and functional layers to WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. The Swiss technology company can now offer precisely matched solutions without having to rely on outside ink experts, for example.

Customer projects and OEM partnerships
Besides these key developmental partnerships in coating and printing, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is of course already a successful supplier of OEM technology in its own right. For instance WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG provides the "digital engine" for the dmax digital off-line varnishing system from the Swiss manufacturer Steinemann.

In addition, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG makes available digital printing technology for the other companies in the wifag//polytype Group. As a result, Polytype AG has already been able to provide customers with the first digital printing machines for printing on plastic cups.


wifag//polytype Group now with four business areas
With newspaper printing and coating technology under a single roof at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, the wifag//polytype Group now comprises four business areas:
– WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG
– Polytype AG (machinery for printing on cups and tubes)
– Mall Herlan GmbH (machinery for producing printed metal bottles and cans)

WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG (Fribourg, Switzerland) is the holding company and is fully owned by the Ursula-Wirz-Stiftung.


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Gannett Trusts in the Retrofit Expertise of wifag//polytype

10.06.2014 - Rotary printing press in Shreveport, Louisiana to be modernized

Fribourg, Switzerland – June 20, 2014 - Gannett, one of the leading US media companies, puts its trust in the retrofit expertise of the wifag//polytype Group. Gannett Publishing Services, a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc. , recently contracted //wifag to modernize a //wifag OF790 offset rotary press in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The machine upgrades under this contract will help significantly reduce waste quantities and setup times.

Along with the installation of four new //wifag control consoles, the retrofit contract covers the modernization of six autopasters, improvements in web threading and some new drives and control electronics. The new control consoles will feature the production planning system EAE Print, among other things.

The work is being carried out by automation experts from //wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) and their US subsidiary Polytype America Corp. (Mahwah, New Jersey). It is slated to start in June and should be finished by the end of October 2014.

The line of printing presses was originally part of a larger production plant put into operation at Ringier in Switzerland in 1991. It was dismantled in 2008 by the Dutch company GWS and reconfigured for a new installation. The //wifag OF790 went back on line in Shreveport in 2010. It was only the third rotary press in Berliner format for the US market.

"The Times" printing plant in Shreveport is one of 43 printing and further processing facilities operated by Gannett Publishing Services. "The Times" has a circulation of about 35,000 (Mon – Sat) and 50,000 on Sunday (2012 figures).

Competence in Research and Development will be strengthened

28.11.2013 - //polytype Converting AG (Fribourg, Switzerland), the leading manufacturer of high-end coating and laminating systems, has now set the direction within the Group for the market offensive it launched in September 2013: It intends to set up production to be more flexible so the multifaceted portfolio of solutions can be implemented worldwide. And production has to move closer to the markets.

Strategic alliances and cooperation arrangements will be given a different priority in the future and competence in research and development will be strengthened at the core facilities in Fribourg, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany.

The two inter-group Digital Competence Center and Automation Competence Center are already operating with great success and have allowed developmental engineers in Fribourg to provide forward-looking and innovative printing and coating solutions to all business areas of the wifag//polytype Group. //polytype also runs a large test center in Fribourg for coating and lamination, which naturally has a digital production line as well. The quality and excellent reputation of the //polytype systems are based not least on this intensive R&D activity.

In addition, more priority than ever is being given to sales, customer-based development and project management plus service and after-sales activities in Fribourg and Hamburg. With the restructuring of tasks within the internationally operating //polytype Converting AG, production steps will be shifted away from the facility in western Switzerland. That might result in personnel cuts in the months ahead in Fribourg. The extent of these cuts is expected to be in the low double-digit range but will depend on the markets in which //polytype is successful with its expanded portfolio.

However, there is no credence at all to the announcement by the Swiss union Employés Suisse that the entire Fribourg facility of //polytype Converting AG is endangered. The union has since explicitly apologized for misinforming the public with this story, which was also picked up by several media.

In an interview with a trade journal in late November, the CEO of //polytype Converting AG, Jörgen Karlsson, clarified that the company would stand by the facilities in Fribourg and in Hamburg: "Our most important assets are our employees and we have a very good and experienced team in Fribourg and in Hamburg."




Tamedia and //wifag start benchmarking project in view of quality assurance and process optimisation in the technical services field

07.10.2013 - Fribourg: Swiss media group Tamedia and //wifag start a new cooperation in the field of newspaper printing plant benchmarking. The joint benchmarking, in which printing plants from Europe and the USA maybe also be involved in the future, is aimed at serving a cross-company quality assurance and process optimization.

Three (3) large printing sites in Zürich, Bern und Lausanne are owned by Tamedia. The goal of the cooperation is the development of standardized parameters in order to compare the quality levels and the total performance of the differently equipped manufacturing plants. In each plant, Tamedia and //wifag will investigate the workflow from platemaking, printing through to the mailroom. In particular, the performance and work processes of the technical services will be analyzed in view to improving the coordination of the future service and maintenance effort and adapting the organisation of the technical service teams.

Initially this benchmarking will lead to an appropriate „Best Practice“ for Tamedia. However, both companies wish to extend the benchmarking to other plants in the near future. Already other printing plants in Europa and the USA are interested.

For further information contact

Matthias Kobel

Noel McEvoy

//wifag at WPE 2013 in Berlin

26.09.2013 - Be Competitive - Stay Competitive //wifag will be meeting with the key partners from the newspaper print industry on their stand in hall 2.2, stand 510 at the World Publishing Expo 2013 from 7 to 9 October in Berlin.

Under the motto “Be Competitive - Stay Competitive” customers can learn more about our innovative range of press and automation products as well as customized service solutions to enhance productivity and profitability in their print process.
Discover why automation is important today and will remain so in the future
The //wifag automation solutions form the focal point of //wifag's market initiative
"Be Competitive - Stay Competitive". The Swiss machinery manufacturer has developed a consistent modular approach to automation, both for new machines and for retrofit packages. It makes machines more efficient and easier to maintain while also enabling them to be more productive automatically. 
Digital Competence
The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging and converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) at the start of 2013. Ever since, it has been pushing for research and development of future technologies and has also ensured equal access to these technologies for all product lines and markets. Today the DCC offers nearly all components for digital printing from its own development work.

In addition to printing presses for producing newspapers and books, wifag//polytype also serves the markets for metal packaging (production technology for manufacturing steel and aluminum aerosol cans, aluminum bottles and tubes), plastic containers (printing presses for printing on plastic cups and lids as well as plastic tubes), as well as for coating and lamination (production lines for producing multi-layered films and papers). 
The new //wifag S-Line is a highly automated and modular press to meet the current operational and financial constraints in the global markets. At the WPE, the competitive
S-Line press models will be a focus of discussion for customers with new press projects. 

Welcome to our booth 510 in hall 2.2 at the WPE in Berlin.

//wifag shows its colors when it comes to automation and retrofitting

17.09.2013 - Why automation is important today and will remain so in the future

Fribourg, Switzerland – September 2013 - People continue investing with intelligence and sound judgment in newspaper printing technology in Central and Northern Europe precisely because it is highly advanced technically and is in part a saturated market. Customers do not always want completely new machines.  Companies who want to keep the operating and maintenance costs of their printing consoles under control are focusing on //wifag, a business unit of the wifag//polytype Group (Fribourg, Switzerland), with its automation solutions "Platform" and "Platform plus".

The //wifag automation solutions form the focal point of //wifag's market initiative "Be Competitive – Stay Competitive". The Swiss machinery manufacturer has developed a consistent modular approach to automation, both for new machines and for retrofit packages. It makes machines more efficient and easier to maintain while also enabling them to deliver top quality automatically.

It is only recently that the Rheinisch-Bergische Printing Center (Wuppertal, Germany) and Theiler Druck AG (Wollerau, Switzerland) have issued orders to //wifag that focus on the automation of existing systems.

A decade of practical experience has been incorporated in the "Platform" in the meantime. The automation platform was used in a customer project for the first time in 2003. Since then all //wifag machines across the entire product range have been equipped with this solution.

Reducing costs
Why is automation becoming increasingly important? Companies interested in lowering the operating and maintenance costs of their printing technology are well advised to start with one of the largest cost categories of all – personnel costs. The personnel needed on web printing presses decreases as the degree of automation in these machines increases, such as with the installation of closed-loop systems for color register, color density and sidelay register control. The same can be said, for instance, of automatic roll loading.

A higher level of automation can help to lower the raw material costs  thanks to a lower rate of waste. And modern drive systems need less energy, which is increasingly becoming a reason for investments, given the drastic rise in energy prices. Optimum processes, intelligent remote control and a timely upgrade of control technology therefore help to keep maintenance costs under control. This means secure production, fewer interventions by building services staff plus a reliable and favorably priced supply of spare parts for the long term.

What does the automation platform encompass?
The names "Platform" and "Platform plus" stand for a standardized, modular framework that combines a host of automation tasks.
These include a consistent switching cabinet design for all machine components such as  reelstand, printing unit bridges and folders. Innovative cooling concepts enable switching cabinets to be self-contained. This means that they do not exchange air with their surroundings, which reduces maintenance and keeps the electrical and electronic components in the switching cabinets clean and dust-free for several years. Electrical engineering is standardized thanks to the use of identical components throughout the machine. This approach makes solutions easy to understand and minimizes the diversity of equipment in the spare parts package.

Standard hardware engineering enables standardized modules to be manufactured in software development. Following testing, they can be used repeatedly. This aspect is essential to ensuring a high level of reliability and technical availability for a printing press.

Continuous further development
The "Platform" has undergone continuous further development ever since its first use in a customer project. Its range of functions has been expanded but even more importantly, new technology has been incorporated, including real-time Ethernet, efficient and reliable VPN-based remote control concepts, and modern touch-based controls. //wifag was one of the first companies worldwide to make use of SERCOS III in a machine in daily operation.

Another crucial milestone was the integration of the //wifag systems for color register and cut position control in the automation platform. In addition, mark-based color density control has been added to the product portfolio in the meantime. Functioning systems for this purpose do exist on the market, but //wifag wants to offer a simple, low-maintenance product. This custom development is to be installed for the first time at J.C.C. Bruns in Minden, Germany, in 2014.

//wifag is now in a position to offer customers a consistent solution from a single source and thereby eliminate the need for elaborate and often quite expensive interfaces. The 3-D controller is a functionality that controls cut position, mark-based color registers and color density. It is also installed as a standard item in the new S-Line systems. The use of this controller is not confined to //wifag printing presses. It can be used on nearly every other printing machine.

Facts and figures
A closer look at the installed printing machines equipped with the "Platform" yields impressive figures. For example, over 300 reelstands, 2350 printing units and more than 90 folders have been delivered to and put into operation at customers sites around the globe since 2003. To continue with these statistics, more than 70 //wifag cut-off control systems are installed and there are 190 printing towers in which the color register is monitored by a color register control unit from //wifag. These figures demonstrate that the majority of all shaftless printing machines manufactured by //wifag are fitted with the //wifag automation solution.

Current developments
The further development of the "Platform" has been in full swing for almost ten years. A new single-width roll changer called the //wifag Autopaster A1 has been available since the start of 2013. It is completely based on the //wifag automation platform. Eighteen A1 Autopasters have been delivered since then. The majority are used in daily production operations.

Another key development concerns the control console and planning level. //wifag delivers its latest machines with its own control console technology. The company used the latest technologies to develop these control consoles, which excel in ergonomics and user friendliness. Intelligent visualization of the production process, coupled with intuitive, touch-based controls make it easier for the printing press to monitor newspaper production. As an option, the control consoles can be fitted with a //wifag soft-proof screen.
For production planning and machine presetting, //wifag provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool called the Press Manager. Supplementary functions such as reporting  and production statistics are provided as required.

This same platform can be found in the DigiCube, the single-pass digital printing solution.

Complete solution from a single source and according to plan
The entire product portfolio of //wifag automation is not just used in new S-Line systems. Printing machines both from //wifag and from other manufacturers can also be retrofitted with these products.

However, refurbishing and machine retrofits do not necessarily have to be performed in one step. A company that is aware of the planned service life of its existing system can plan investments on a long-term basis. No-one would order an extensive retrofit if the machine was scheduled to be replaced a few years down the road. However, a company that invests at the right time can reasonably extend the life of the steel and iron in its web printing press at a fraction of what a new machine would cost.



For further information contact:
Rolf Mani  rolf.mani@remove-this.wifag.com
Noel McEvoy  noel.mcevoy@remove-this.wifag.com

Digital competence for all product areas of wifag//polytype

10.09.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland - September 2013 - The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging and converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) at the start of 2013. Ever since, it has been pushing for research and development of future technologies and has also ensured equal access to these technologies for all product lines and markets. Today the DCC offers nearly all components for digital printing from its own development work.

In addition to printing presses for producing newspapers and books, wifag//polytype also serves the markets for metal packaging (production technology for manufacturing steel and aluminum aerosol cans, aluminum bottles and tubes), plastic containers (printing presses for printing on plastic cups and lids as well as plastic tubes), as well as for coating and lamination (production lines for producing multi-layered films and papers).

The future: Digital printing as a stand-alone or supplementary process
In 2010 the wifag//polytype Group acquired the Digital Printing Division of Spühl AG and with it, extensive additional expertise on the use of digital printing processes in the industrial environment. At the beginning of 2013, the expertise on digital printing technology was then made accessible to the entire wifag//polytype Group including all of its business areas and product lines. The Digital Competence Center (DCC) was created from the technology team in the Digital Printing business area, which will continue to exist as such solely with its multi-pass LFP machines in the American market of wifag//polytype America.
The DCC functions as an additional, interdisciplinary R&D entity and views itself as an engine for innovation for the entire wifag//polytype Group.

The large-format printing presses will continue to be produced by the DCC. They will be offered in projects entailing a high degree of industrialization and automation and further developed for specific projects in the decor and packaging industry.

Digital printing for everyone: The DCC
Twelve specialists are currently working at the DCC focusing exclusively on digital printing technology. They cover their own area of expertise while also coordinating group-wide research and development efforts. "No machines are built at the DCC. That task is performed in the respective business areas such as Converting or Newspaper Printing Presses", says Roger Ineichen, Head of DCC. We concentrate solely on the print head unit, its control system, integration and direct environment".

With this constellation, the DCC is also open to joint projects involving other machine manufacturers interested in integrating wifag//polytype digital printing technology in their existing systems or in systems yet to be developed (OEM customers).

The DCC is active in three main areas:
Software and electronics (development of application-specific digital workflow, electronics for print head control, software for the integration of digital printing applications in the given plant/machine)

- Process technology/process engineering (adherence of the inks to substrates, pre-treatment and post-treatment of the substrates, ink jet inks and ink formulations, raster image processor (RIP) profiling, color management)

- Mechanics (construction of print head mounts and frames, substrate guidance under the print head, cleaning systems and maintenance for the print head, ink supply, all other design measures for integrating the print heads in legacy systems).

The team includes printing technicians as well as staff who are strictly software engineers and mechatronics specialists. "We can effectively evaluate the hurdles we need to take for the individual printing processes," Ineichen said to emphasize his team's practical approach and experience. Within the Group, development teams can be established from the entire workforce of some 1,000 employees to develop optimum application-specific solutions.

Internally, the DCC created from the business area Digital Printing has since been integrated into the business area Printing Presses (known amongst other things for its brands //wifag and Solna). This fits in very well with the newspaper press manufacturer's changing philosophy: formally a typical machinery maker, //wifag has long viewed itself as a development and automation firm with a portfolio consisting just as much of retrofits, modifications and upgrades as of new machinery sales.

Focal points of development of the DCC
The DCC and wifag//polytype Group focuses on the use of its own digital printing technology, particularly when printing on demanding surfaces such as foils, plastic (PP, PE, etc.), painted aluminum and laminated papers. Ineichen: "We have mastered the handling of these special substrates, winding and unwinding, control of web tension and of web edge, and particularly drying, and these skills exist as established expertise in the Group with //polytype Converting and pagendarm. Our goal is to expand the Group's product portfolio by adding a digital printing unit that allows one to print 'easily' on the given substrate."

Ink and print heads
For ink formulation itself, the DCC relies on collaboration with several smaller specialists in the market. The DCC even provides them with a test printer it has developed especially for their development work, the X printer. This printing system incorporates both Kyocera print heads (2656 nozzles) and Konica Minolta print heads (1024 nozzles). The substrates are kept on a vacuum table with a continuous pre-heat function and a print speed of up to 200 m/min. can be simulated. The wifag//polytype Group supports its development partners with laboratory equipment, substrates and information. In doing so, the Swiss technology company also helps to ensure quality and industrialize ink production.

Classic mechanical engineering tends to think in longer product cycles whereas many aspects of digital printing technology are subject to a rhythm typical of IT. In other words, the performance rates can definitely double every 18 months. The Digital Competence Center can keep up with the pace at which the manufacturers of digital print heads develop, be they Kyocera, Xaar, Dimatix, Ricoh or Konica Minolta, better than many a larger competitor.

This is why wifag//polytype has also developed CALMAR, its own technology for print head control. CALMAR has a fully modular design, which means the same technology platform can be used for different print heads. This technology platform is scalable, allowing it to control more than 100 print heads with maximum possible data rates in real time. CALMAR is unique. There is no comparable product on the market. The potential of this technology will enable the wifag//polytype Group to continue developing print head technology in the future (controlling jet frequencies > 40 kHz, resolution of 1200 dpi etc.) and to connect to new workflow, RIP, color management and other quality systems.

What does this mean in actual practice? A conventional print head can print 75 meters/minute at 30 kHz and 600 dpi in single-pass mode. With two rows of print heads, the output is 150 meters/minute. The speed can be increased to 200 meters/minute with 40 kHz heads and to 300 meters/minute with 60 kHz heads. This is a crucial factor, particularly in the packaging market.
One upcoming goal of the DCC is therefore to develop the inks for the various substrates and applications.

Printing couples
The DCC has various digital printing couple concepts on offer for element printing. This means that any type of individual solution ("print engine") can be put together from the components print head, print head control (CALMAR), workflow, software integration, ink, ink supply and pre-treatment and post-treatment of the impression element.

A single-pass printing unit has been developed for flexible substrates (roll to roll, roll to sheet) with what is called the DigiCube. This can be used in packaging printing, decorative printing and for printing books and newspapers. The DigiCube can be designed for different color systems (UV or water-based inks). The experience from the two business areas Printing Presses and Converting is incorporated in the design of the unwinding and winding systems for web threading and particularly in substrate-specific drying.

The market and the first wifag//polytype digital printing presses
The DCC has already gained a foothold in several markets in close cooperation with the individual business areas. In spring 2013, //polytype Converting delivered its first five digital printing presses for printing on plastic cups.

Talks are also underway between wifag//polytype and a number of customers to cover additional markets completely different from the above to give the DCC the opportunity to show the capabilities of this technology on a broad range of substrates. Amongst other things, there is a demand for rotogravure packaging and decorative printers, where digital technology can be used in sampling or in the production of small orders. An OEM partnership in the decorating business area has already been wrapped up.

"The whole package"
The biggest advantage for customers who work together with the wifag//polytype Group – they get "the whole package". This can range from 'brainware' (i.e. when the DCC receives an assignment for development work) to software and electronics, integrated digital printing presses or even entire single-pass installations.

But even when the customers incorporate their own inks or machine hardware, the DCC is superbly equipped to adapt solutions. Screen printing? Flexo printing? Offset? Rotogravure? R&D in Fribourg has several in-house testing applications, as well as a print head/mini-robot combination available for the further development of printing on elements and flexible material fed from rolls.

Extension of //wifag press at Druckzentrum Südwest GmbH, Germany

05.09.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland - September 2013 - In times of declining circulation and sinking advertising revenue, it is noteworthy when a printing plant, specialized in newspaper and semi-commercial production, decides to invest in the extension of its printing presses.

At the Druckzentrum Südwest GmbH in Villingen/Schwenningen, Germany, a company of the Südwestdeutschen Medienholding, the print job orders have been continually growing. This proof of a successful business activity focused on satisfying customer requirements was the reason for the decision to extend the existing //wifag OF 370 PCU press line with one additional full color tower.

This extension is also the sequel to a worldwide unique night production success story. Since 2003, part of the regional editions of the title Schwarzwälder Bote is produced without stopping the press. Printing units are engaged and disengaged on the fly allowing edition changes with the same number of pages. Also, when simultaneously synchronized with roll changes, even the number of pages in an edition can be changed without stopping the press. Without this crucial time saving, the timely delivery of the newspapers in the expansive distribution region would not be possible.

With the integration of the additional printing tower into the existing press line and the aforementioned PCU (Page Change Unit) functionality, from April 2014 all the regional editions will be produced without stopping the press and in full color.

In addition to the 130’000 copies of the Schwarzwälder Bote, one of the largest daily newspapers in Baden-Württemberg, another 400‘000 other newspaper type products are produced weekly. The additional printing tower will help to absorb some of the workload and open the door for more capacity.

For further information contact:

Matthias Kobel matthias.kobel@remove-this.wifag.com
Noel McEvoy  noel.mcevoy@remove-this.wifag.com

Visit us at the World Publishing Expo 2013
7-9 October 2013
HALL 2.2 Stand 510, Berlin



//wifag drive and controls retrofit step for Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany

20.06.2013 - Freiburg, Switzerland – 20 June 2013 - Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany has chosen //wifag to retrofit the drives and controls on one printing tower and one reelstand on their large //wifag press line in Wuppertal.

In 2010 //wifag introduced its extensive retrofit offer for the partial or complete replacement of the ageing WPOS 2 control on //wifag shaftless machines. The retrofit, which can be carried out either in stages or implemented in a single step, is based on the //wifag automation platform tried-and-tested automation functions, installed in over 2,000 printing units worldwide.

The WPOS retrofit represents just one aspect of the complete //wifag retrofit product portfolio. In subsequent stages the entire printing press from the planning system to the autopaster can be transformed into a consistent, coherent and highly efficient overall system featuring all the latest automation functions. Each stage of the retrofit can be combined with optimized mechanical and/or printing technology measures to cut down on waste or reduce the setup times.

The Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH [RBD] is a subsidiary of the Rheinische Post Mediengruppe with production facilities in Düsseldorf-Heerdt and Wuppertal-Varresbeck. RBD is specialized in the technical processing of full color newspapers and newspaper-similar products in the “Rheinische” format as well as in the Berliner format. RBD also realizes printing and processing of small and medium sized editions for company magazines, employee newsletters as well as for off-prints for fairs, major events and events of any kind.


For further information, please contact:

Rolf Mani
Head of Automation // Printing Presses
WIFAG-Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 16 88

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG-Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26



//wifag drive and controls package for Theiler Druck AG, Switzerland

13.06.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – 13 June 2013 - To meet stringent quality and performance requirements, Theiler Druck AG (Wollerau, Switzerland) has invested in a pre-owned Wifag OF7 shafted press supplied by GAMAG. This press will be reconfigured, refurbished and reinstalled as a shaftless press with //wifag automation drive and controls. The new printing line will replace the existing Solna single width press.

This new order underlines the competiveness of the two Swiss companies in terms of modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market and the ongoing confidence of publishers and printers in //wifag and GAMAG as print solution providers.

The reconfigured press will be able to produce up to a total of 32 pages broadsheet or 64 pages tabloid in full color. Full production is scheduled for September 2013.

Founded in 1895, Theiler Druck AG is an important regional print and publishing company.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Rolf Mani
Head of Automation // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 16 88

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26



Herenco AB, Sweden, chooses //wifag to extend press

06.06.2013 - Freiburg, Switzerland – 6 June 2013 - Following an intensive evaluation phase, Herenco AB in Jonkoping, Sweden, placed a reconfiguration and extension order at //wifag and GAMAG

This new order reinforces the cooperation of the two Swiss companies in terms of the modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market.

Herenco AB purchased KBA satellite units from Trykkompagniet AS in Hvidovre, Denmark. These units will be dismantled, refurbished and reinstalled on the existing KBA Express machine located in Jonkoping, Sweden. With this extension of the press 80 tabloid pages can be printed in full colour in straight production (160 pages collect), using two folders. Controls retrofit will be executed by the local DCOS company. The overall project is being coordinated by GCON. The reconfigured press will be in full production at the end of 2013.

Hallpressen, the newspaper division of Herenco AB Group, is one of Sweden’s leading regional newspaper groups and has over 330, 000 readers across southern Sweden on a daily basis, which represents seven out of ten inhabitants in the region.

The order by Herenco AB is already the second one for //wifag and GAMAG that calls for a refurbishment of a KBA press in the Nordic Region. Last year, Finnish Esa Lehtipaino Oy placed a reconfiguration and retrofit order for a KBA Express that will be completely reconfigured and installed in Lahti following a retrofit by GAMAG and //wifag. This printing press is also scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2013.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG-Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26



//wifag User Meeting 2013 in Rüsselsheim

23.05.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – Two companies, which have been highly successful in mastering extensive change processes, recently co-hosted the //wifag German speaking user meeting 2013: the Swiss printing press manufacturer and one of its biggest customers, Druckzentrum Rhein Main (DRM) in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

//wifag is a business division of the WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG based in Fribourg, Switzerland and is successfully active in the market with a new self-image. The premium supplier of printing technology has transformed itself into a development and automation expert.

About 40 senior employees from German //wifag user plants as well as from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway and Finland obtained an exclusive insight at the user meeting into new developments from Fribourg and //wifag newspaper technology of tomorrow as well as retrofit possibilities and press repurposing solutions.

Participants welcomed the words of //wifag CEO Jörgen Karlsson in particular. His main message to customers and users had to do with certainty, the certainty that an economically successful supplier has potential in the newly restructured WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG for intensive research and development.

Jörgen Karlsson: "Today //wifag is very, very stable, not just when you look at its financial statements but also because our business model works." This model also features contracts involving retrofits and upgrades. Within this group of companies, //wifag is the frontrunner, especially in automation. The developers for newspaper printing machine technology derive the financial base they need from the fact that other business areas profit from innovations in web monitoring, for example.

A substantial part of the German speaking user meeting 2013 was devoted to insights into the Rhein Main printing center. For two and a half years, this facility has been operating a //wifag evolution 473/6, a six-plate wide web printing press in nine cylinder satellite design with a total of eight printing towers, eight reel stands and five folders. Every day, the four 48-page machine sections print about 300,000 daily newspapers of Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main (VRM) and Medienhaus Südhessen (MHS) in 31 different editions. In addition, this press handles numerous weeklies and church newspapers with runs amounting to about 1.5 million copies per week. The 160 employees in the new printing center use a grand total of about 25,000 tons of paper every year.

New smart //wifag S-Line Presses Enhance Competitiveness

30.10.2012 - At the World Publishing Expo 2012 in Frankfurt, //wifag launched their new S-Line, a range of smart presses. Designed for operational excellence, they unite low investment and cost-effective operation with high functionality. Mechanically, the S-Line presses are well equipped and optimally automated for industrial printing with //wifag state-of-the-art machine controls and press consoles.

The four-high tower press is based on a single modular printing unit design. Thereby, the number of different components is reduced to a minimum. This lowers the number of spare parts and makes maintenance straightforward.

Less than 5m high, the new S-Line press can neatly fit into a standard industrial building. The S-Line design is a fine balance between size and optimal ergonomic conditions.

Other benefits include quick make-ready time, fast webbing up, low start-up waste, short washing cycles, quick changeover times and optimised user friendliness with easy-to-read displays.

Optional extras include semi-commercial package, the ability to handle webs of different widths and a choice of semi-automatic and fully automatic plate changing.

Configurations 2/2, 4/1 and 4/2

The new S-Line has a maximum rated output of up to 80’000 copies per hour, depending on the format. Cut-off range is from 470 to 578mm. Web widths according to customer specifications.

Print Quality

The new S-Line is designed to meet the highest print quality criteria.

Automatic functions

The //wifag machine controls “Platform” stands for a standardized and modular framework which controls the many automatic functions. With over 10 years of industrial printing experience the “Platform” solution has been implemented on all //wifag presses since 2003. Since its launch, “Platform” has been continuously further developed. New functions have been added and new technologies such as real time Ethernet, powerful and safe VPN based remote support concepts as well as touch-based user interfaces adopted.

The new, state-of-the-art and ergonomic press consoles enable easy planning and efficient presetting. Automatic start-up, changeover and production end sequences mean good copy is rapidly reached and waste is kept to a minimum.

The S-Line is equipped with the following automatic functions:

  • Web lead presetting

  • Web tension control

  • Ink key presetting

  • Colour, cut-off and density controls

  • Quick start, stop and changeover sequences

Depending on the production needs and the press configuration, an optional motorised or fully automated reel-handling system can be supplied

“Platform” for automation functions

30.10.2012 - The //wifag automation solutions “Platform” and “Platform plus” are at the heart of //wifag’s new “Competitive Printing Solutions”. The “Platform” can now look back on almost a decade of practical experience. The automation “Platform” was used in a customer's project for the first time in 2003. Since then, all machines throughout the entire range of products from //wifag have been equipped with this solution.

What does the automation “Platform” include?

The names “Platform” and “Platform plus” stand for standardized, modular frameworks that combine a number of automation tasks.

These include, for example, a universal control cabinet concept for all machine components, such as autopasters, printing units and folders. Innovative cooling concepts allow closed control cabinets with no exchange of air with the surroundings; this results in less maintenance and keeps the electrical and electronic components installed in the control cabinets clean and free from dust for many years. Standardized electrical engineering that uses identical components throughout the machine leads to simple, easy-to-understand solutions and minimizes the diversity of components in the spare parts package.

Uniform hardware engineering also permits the production of standardized modules in software development which – once tested – can be used repeatedly. This is an important aspect for the high reliability and technical availability of a printing machine.

Continuous development

The “Platform” has been continuously further developed since its first use in a customer's project. Not only has the scope of its functions been constantly expanded, but even more importantly new technologies have found their way into the solution – for example real-time Ethernet, powerful and safe VPN-based remote maintenance concepts as well as modern touch-based controls. //wifag was one of the first companies in the world to use SERCOS III in a machine on a daily basis.

A further important milestone was the integration of the //wifag control systems for colour register and cutting position in the automation “Platform”. This is why //wifag is able to offer customers a one-stop, universal solution. Complicated and often expensive interfaces are not needed.

Facts and figures

A glance at the installed printing machines equipped with “Platform” provides some impressive figures. Since 2003, for example, more than 300 autopasters, 2,350 printing couples and over 90 folders have been delivered to customers around the world and put into operation. These statistics are supplemented by over 70 installed //wifag cut-off controls as well as 190 printing towers, in which the colour register is monitored by a //wifag colour register control system.

These figures prove that the majority of all shaftless printing machines ever made by //wifag are equipped with the //wifag automation solution.

Current developments

The further development of the “Platform” has been in full swing for almost 10 years now. At the beginning of the year a new, single-width autopaster – the //wifag Autopaster A1 – was developed, manufactured and delivered that is based completely on the //wifag automation “Platform”. Since then, 18 units have been delivered, the majority of which are already being used in daily production.

A further decisive development took place on the control console and planning level. //wifag delivers the latest machines with its own control console technology. The control consoles have been developed with the aid of the latest technologies and offer optimal ergonomics and operator convenience. Intelligent visualizations of the production processes paired with intuitive, touch-based controls make it easier for the printer to monitor newspaper production. Optionally, the control consoles can also be equipped with a //wifag softproof monitor.

The //wifag press manager provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool for production planning and machine configuration. Additional functions such as reporting and production statistics can be supplied as necessary.

In the field of closed-loop systems, the mark-based ink density control was the latest development to be added to our product portfolio. The 3D-controller function, consisting of cut-off, colour register and ink density controllers, is a standard feature in the new S-Line press ranges. However, use of these controllers is not restricted to //wifag printing machines – they can be installed on almost any printing machine.

The “Platform” is also used within the wifag//polytype group. The latest Virtu Quantum large format digital printer from the Virtu Business Unit is based on this “Platform”. What is remarkable here is the link to digital printing that has been realized for the first time with this machine. The forthcoming DigiCube digital single-pass print solution is also equipped with the same “Platform”. The //wifag automation “Platform” is a safe investment with respect to new technologies since it is ready and open for later technology upgrades.

Complete one-stop solution, also for third-party printing machines

The entire product portfolio from //wifag automation is used in the new S-Line and to retrofit existing //wifag printing machines as well as machines from other manufacturers. One excellent example of this is the recently placed order for the complete conversion of a KBA Express and its equipment with //wifag automation solutions in Lahti (Finland).

Esa Lehtipaino Oy in Lahti (Finland) decides on a comprehensive retrofit project with new //wifag automation technology

30.10.2012 - Following an intensive evaluation phase accompanied by GAMAG and nps (nordic printing solutions plc Finland, //wifag's agent), Esa Lehtipaino Oy in Lahti placed a comprehensive reconfiguration and retrofit order with the two Swiss companies GAMAG and //wifag.

Since GAMAG and WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG only recently signed a cooperation contract to work the global printing machine market together in terms of the modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses, this order from Lahti in effect launches the partnership cooperation.

Esa Lehtipaino Oy will purchase a KBA Express that is currently located at Kaleva Oy in Oulu. This machine will be completely reconfigured and then installed in Lahti following a comprehensive retrofit by GAMAG and //wifag that will include new automation and press controls. It is expected to go into operation at the end of 2013. The overall project is being managed by GAMAG.

For Finland, Esa Lehtipaino Oy is a medium-sized newspaper printer and publisher headquartered in Lahti. The annual turnover this year will be eight million euros, with the publisher's own newspaper products accounting for around 85% of this.

The reconfigured newspaper printing press consists of four reelstands, three printing towers in a satellite design, two angle-bar modules for three webs each, and two jaw folders 2:5:5 with balloon formers, skip slitter and a quarter folder. These allow the production of a broadsheet paper with a maximum of 48 pages or a tabloid paper with a maximum of 96 pages in full colour.

The use of the //wifag Platform drive and press control system requires the upgrading of the printing towers, the drive rollers in the angle-bar module, folder superstructure and the folders to the latest direct drive technology. The electromechanical sidelay register drives as well as the mechanical auxiliary registers and their electromechanical servo drives will also be renewed. Furthermore, the newspaper printing press will be operated from two //wifag control consoles and equipped with a new softproof system from //wifag. A //wifag production planning and machine presetting system rounds off the scope of delivery.

The availability of spare parts will be ensured for many years to come through the retrofit. In addition, the renewed newspaper printing press will have a number of innovative functions to improve the quality and reduce waste. These functions correspond to those of a new machine. The renewed printing press can be equipped with the latest generation of //wifag color and cut-off register controls.

Plans are already being made for the conversion of the building scheduled to begin in February so that the newspaper printing press can be installed in Lahti starting in May 2013. The scope of delivery includes dismantling the machine in Oulu, all transports, the retrofit, which will be split between Lahti and Petäjävesi, the reconfiguration and integration of the //wifag automation solutions, as well as the start-up of the press. In other words, the order is for a turnkey project.

The newspaper printing press has been provisionally scheduled to go into operation on 6 December 2013 (Finland's Independence Day).

//wifag and GAMAG cooperate in the modernization, modification and retrofitting of newspaper printing presses

30.10.2012 - //wifag and GAMAG cooperate in the modernization, modification and retrofitting of newspaper printing presses

Fribourg, Switzerland – October 2012

WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG, a division of the wifag//polytype group with offices in Fribourg (Switzerland), and GAMAG Grafische Manufaktur AG (Bern, Switzerland) recently signed a cooperation contract. The two companies will work the global printing machine market together in terms of the modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses. The result is a globally active service provider in this segment, one that has both considerable experience and the requisite development and engineering capacities.

//wifag is a leading supplier to the newspaper industry within the wifag//polytype group and has extensive experience in the development, engineering, automation, manufacture and retrofitting of printing machines as well as in project management and customer service. The complete portfolio of web printing presses is offered under the //wifag and //wifag SOLNA brands while at the same time a large installed machine base for both brands is reliably supported throughout the world by our own service organization, including 24/7 remote service.

GAMAG has been a key partner in the graphic industry for over two decades and is primarily active in North and South America and Europe. Now with 16 employees, the company was founded in 1992 in Switzerland and has outstanding experience in the relocation, reinstallation and retrofitting of all kinds and brands of web printing presses.

GAMAG has extended its range of services over the past few months with a great deal of innovation and entrepreneurial ingenuity, offering newspaper companies economically attractive and technically refined solutions for added-value productions.

The //wifag and GAMAG modification and retrofitting solutions are based on experience and innovation in the fields of mechanical engineering and control technology to ensure long-term stability in production. The joint offering yields numerous customer advantages. Modifications and retrofits reliably prolong the service life of existing production facilities. As a result, all of the components, electronics, software and the functions of the reconditioned printing machine remain fully operational.

Modifications and retrofits with //wifag automation solutions and GAMAG know-how can be realized on virtually any type of web printing press of all globally represented machine manufacturers.

Preview World Publishing Expo

24.09.2012 - Wifag will present at the World Publishing Expo 2012 in Frankfurt/Main (29 to 31 October 2012) „Competitive Printing Solutions“.

Following the successful integration of know-how and the technical teams from Solna and Wifag in Fribourg, Wifag presents to the trade professionals in Frankfurt the new “S-Line” of printing presses. The proprietary automation solutions play here an important role and allow a completely new price/performance ratio based on proven Swiss quality. Retrofit solutions are another focus which Wifag will, together with an experienced partner, offer worldwide.

Using the Wifag und Solna brand names, the Swiss press supplier offers the complete range of new printing press solutions –from single width 2/1 machines up to high performance double width 4/2 presses in different levels of automation for all markets around the world.

Invitation to the Wifag press conference

More information for the trade press – details on the new S-Line, about the Retrofit-Partner and on the current press orders – will be presented by Wifag at the WPE Press conference on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, at 9.30am in the Cosmopolitan Lounge, Hall 9.T, Expo Frankfurt.