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  • 17 Sep 2015 3:48 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)

    Gordon Graphics

    “We’re up to color within 60 sheets,” versus several hundred under the old process, [and I’m] getting “the highest quality printing I’ve ever had on the press.”

    At GordonGraphics, waterless printing is central to its efforts to protect the environment. The company is based in Phoenix, Arizona, on land that is part of the Sonoran Desert. The state has been facing the same drought that in April 2015 forced California to institute water rationing and that even today has been the major cause in the spread of thousands of wildfires across the southwest.

    “Have you read our sustainability statement?” company president Tom Gordon asks. “We mean it,” he says. The statement is eloquent: “The focus of GordonGraphics is to meet current business needs while preserving the earth for future generations. Our core values regarding sustainable practices are based upon minimizing environmental impact and raising public awareness.”

    Gordon points out that “in the US, less than 1 percent of print sales come from waterless. People here must think that water is an infinite resource. I think that they’ll realize that it’s not, and how expensive water is going to become. Then waterless printing will grow.”

    Gordon says that while customers talk about the environment, too often they focus on price. “Print is a commodity for many of the buyers,” Gordon says. “We try to bring personality back into it by working on a one-to-one basis.”

    Tom Gordon was born in Denver 61 years ago. One of 10 kids, he moved to Phoenix at age 18 to find his way in the world. After a succession of odd jobs, one at an engraving company, he founded GordonGraphics in 2001 as a print brokerage in Phoenix. In 2005 a small local printer was closing shop and offered him a good price on both their equipment and their account list. And so he started printing.

    Business grew steadily until the recession in 2008. “I went through some hard times from 2008 to 2010,” Gordon recalls. “I thought we might go out of business. Then one of my competitors shut down and we picked up a bunch of accounts. It turned us around.”

    Growth Continues

    Once again the business grew. But there were even better things to come. Gordon can pinpoint the date.

    “Last March (2014) I was sitting at home talking with my wife,” he says. “I said that we weren’t giving enough back to the community. So I started volunteering at a local food bank. Now I go every Saturday morning.”

    At the end of last year, seeing an uptick after the first quarter of that year, his bookkeeper asked, “Tom, what happened in April?” He told her that in the last week of March he had started volunteering at the food bank. “When I started giving back, that’s when the money started flowing in,” he says, with obvious pride in his voice. Sales are up by 50% so far this year.

    GordonGraphics provides a full spectrum of services to a broad assortment of customers. Products range from design through to printing and mailing. They recently added a custom-logo promotional products service. Customers range from ad agencies to corporate clients, churches and small companies. The GordonGraphics web site features testimonials from six key customers, including the Arizona Scouting Museum and Honeywell Aerospace.

    Moving to Direct Imaging

    In 2008 Gordon bought an Adast DI press, only to learn soon after that KBA was acquiring the Adast product line. KBA discontinued manufacturing the presses and eventually stopped supplying spare parts. Fortunately United Graphics Systems now services Adast presses in the U.S., so Gordonwas able to continue his pursuit to bring new life to an old press.

    Adast DI with plate processorGordonGraphics was using Presstek plates on the Adast but grew concerned after a series of price increases. The company turned to Toray.

    “I’ve been aware of Toray for years,” Gordon says. “I got in touch with them and they imaged some sample plates. The plates printed beautifully.”

    Gordon bought a Koenings KTW 650 Toray Plate Processor and combined it with the Procam WaterMizer PPR 30 recirculator. This holds 30 gallons of water that recirculates continuously while being filtered. There can be up to two to three weeks of use before the water needs to be changed.  The filtering eliminates any external sources of minerals from the water supply that could cause scratches on the plates.

    The processor runs exclusively with Toray plates. Gordon has found additional advantages in switching to Toray. Rather than imaging on press, they can now make the plates in advance, ready to mount as press time becomes available. Makeready time has been slashed from one hour to 15 minutes. And, Gordon notes, “we’re up to color within 60 sheets,” versus several hundred under the old process. But, most importantly, he’s getting “the highest quality printing I’ve ever had on the press.”

    Tom Gordon looks forward to the future. He hopes to run the company for another decade.

    “I actually enjoy what I’m doing,” Gordon says. Asked what he enjoys the most, Gordon quickly replies: “When the entire company is working together for the same goal.”

    “People talk about the decline of print, but,” he says, “there’s always a pendulum moving back and forth. Print is powerful. Leaving a brochure on someone’s desk is a stronger attention grabber than sending just another email.”

    And Toray waterless plates will be a key part of the company’s future. “I’m in completely with Toray,” Gordon states. “They’re making me more competitive and they’re there for me to get the growth that I need.”

  • 03 Jan 2015 7:51 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)

    "Waterless really shines when you’re talking about printing four-color process and putting a lot of jobs on and off the press."

    When people think about plastic cards they’re more likely to think about molding and manufacturing than they are about printing. And yet Bristol ID Technologies is a leading printing company, and what it prints are plastic cards. And what a range: these days plastic cards include phone cards, gift cards, membership and loyalty cards, hotel key cards, ID badges, and many more applications.

    Bristol ID Technologies was founded in 1975 as Bristol Graphics, a family-owned business, in the town of Bristol, New York. The company started as a trade laminator—a laminating and die-cutting company—working with local print shops. The processes evolved over the years, becoming more efficient and offering higher production values. Moving into card manufacturing was a natural evolution for Bristol.

    In 1998 a group of investors bought the company and renamed it Bristol ID Technologies. In 2004 the company moved into a custom-built, state-of-the-art facility located in Lima, New York, just south of Rochester. Bristol ID has 80 employees. The company now specializes in short- to medium-volume runs for the card industry, and also in custom shapes and sizes.

    Managing Production

    Jim MorschJim Morsch joined Bristol ID in 1996 with a degree in printing. “I’ve had various positions, working in prepress, customer support and sourcing software,” Morsch says. He soon moved into an R&D role, “researching capital equipment and different materials and analyzing how everything worked together.”

    “Our R&D is hands-on, in-house,” Morsch explains. “Depending on the project, we draw up what’s going to happen and then hand that off to production. They’ll run the order as listed and we’ll review the results and adjust as necessary.”

    That hands-on approach may be the secret to Morsch’s success. “My approach is really just to learn on the job,” Morsch says. “We figure things out as we go.” He must have figured things out pretty well: he’s now Bristol ID’s Director of Operations, overseeing day-to-day operations all the way from production through to shipping.

    Waterless Makes a Difference

    Waterless and plastic card printing are not always mentioned in the same breath. “Traditional water-based printing is very common in this industry,” says Morsch. “Your normal Heidelberg or Komori presses are common. Most card manufacturers are using UV-cured inks” he says, “although a lot of them are still using water-based systems.”

    But Bristol ID was seeking a close match between production and its customers’ requirements. A focus on shorter runs is often matched with tighter production deadlines, and meeting those deadlines is a major plus in favor of waterless.

    “It’s a simpler process,” Morsch notes, “and it really shines when you’re talking about printing four-color process and putting a lot of jobs on and off the press.”

    Bristol ID installed a KBA Genius 52 UV waterless press in 2008, and it uses Toray waterless plates on the press. “Our particular setup helps us support what we pride ourselves in: short lead times with an average of less than 9 days and an average on time delivery record of 99 percent.  That level of service along with a high quality product and a can do approach to manufacturing cards with demanding specifications is where our niche is.”

    Quality is not an issue. “The waterless process that we use to print on plastics is really well suited for four-color process,” Morsch explains. “We’re also successful using spot colors. But where the bang for the buck really comes in is the quick turn: getting jobs on and then back off the press. Short run. We’re up to color quickly.”

    At Bristol ID they’re not relying on oxidation to dry the ink. “It’s not just that the plates and inks are waterless,” Morsch stresses. “For us it’s the combination of waterless and UV curing. So waterless works to keep the balance; there aren’t ink keys on our press—it’s a consistent, metered amount of ink that’s transferring, for ease of use on the operator’s side. Yes, and being UV cured, the product is ready to move through the next part of the operation—to collation and lamination right away—without any additional need for drying.”

    Where Cards are Headed

    The global card market reached $16.1 billion in 2013, and growth continues in areas such as government ID and health cards, gift cards and in RFID cards for many different applications.

    “We’ve experienced steady growth in the last few years,” Morsch says. There’s no sound of bragging in his voice. He’s focused on improving the product.

    Bristol ID tries to be proactive in understanding market needs, and in understanding what alternate materials might be used in the future. Morsch illustrates with the example of an ID card project that is currently being manufactured on polycarbonate cards where traditionally they would have been on PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and polyester blend.

    Morsch says that he’s always looking for and trying to develop new decorative or security-based inks and coatings. “That might include things like color shifting inks or additional spot colors; it could be any number of different visual effects that you can get from the printing process. There seems to be a trend for full-faced foil, a lot of metallic inks with heavy screenprint and large particle size for sparkle effects, pearlescent inks, interference inks in general, inks that yield color effects that seem to be changing dynamically depending on which angle you look at them,” Morsch explains. RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is another area of continuing innovation and growth.

    An Industry Association That Succeeds

    Involvement in industry associations is important to Bristol ID. The key group for them is the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA). “We’re active in ICMA,” Morsch says. That’s an understatement. Bristol ID’s president, Keith Yeates, is currently president of the ICMA. (Tellingly, Yeates has a doctorate in industrial engineering from Aston University in Birmingham, England.)

    Keith YeatesMorsch has earned the coveted Advanced Card Education (ACE-M) accreditation through ICMA. But he shares the honor with others at Bristol ID. “We’re happy to have a few of us certified with the ACE designation. It’s a broad-based exam that covers all aspects of card manufacturing. It’s difficult to wing that test if you don’t have experience in the industry.”

    Bristol ID has been recognized for its work by the association. It has won multiple ICMA Élan Awards, honoring card manufacturers and vendors for world-class achievements in card design and technological innovation. Most recently Bristol ID won Best Access Control/ID Card for the Little League World Series 2013 VIP Credential Card.

    The Future for Bristol ID

    Bristol ID continually looks to bring new technologies to new sets of customers in new markets. “We’re always looking at different markets, different verticals, and evaluating different possible sales channels and resellers,” Morsch explains. “Once we’ve determined a vertical market, it’s not just about obtaining those customers but about retaining those customers—building relationships, making sure they understand our full range of products.”

    Bristol ID has proven itself to be innovative and highly involved in the industry in which it serves. By combining technology, expertise, smart management, strategic partnering, and continuous process improvement, the company has excelled in meeting the needs of the plastic-card specialty market. ■

    www.bristolid.com

    Bristol ID Technologies
    1370 Rochester Street
    Lima, NY 14485
    Phone: 585-582-5120
    Toll Free: 800-215-5865

  • 01 Aug 2013 8:37 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)

    1:00–2:00pm Board of Directors Meeting


    2:00–2:30pm Membership Meeting (members only)

    2:30–4:30pm Open Discussion


    Registration is closed.

  • 29 May 2013 10:13 AM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    Axel ThienAfter over seven years in the management board of KBA-Metronic AG and its successor company KBA-MePrint AG, Holger Volpert (49) has decided to leave this Koenig & Bauer (KBA) subsidiary based in Veitshöchheim, near Würzburg, to pursue new professional challenges.

    KBA-MePrint’s supervisory board thanked Mr. Volpert for his longstanding contribution to the company and wished him all the best for the future. With immediate effect the supervisory board has appointed Axel Thien (pictured here) new CEO. He also has extensive experience in the printing industry.

    Holger Volpert worked at Metronic, which was taken over by KBA in 2004, and at its successor companies KBA-Metronic and KBA-MePrint for nearly 27 years. In February 2009 he became sole managing director of the KBA subsidiary specializing in waterless UV systems for printing on film, data storage devices and recently also flexible packaging. KBA-Metronic, which successfully produces digital and analog coding and marking systems (inkjet, laser, hot-stamping technology), has been a subsidiary of KBA-MePrint since 2010 and continues to be headed by Oliver Volland and German Stuis.

    Axel Thien, KBA-MePrint’s new CEO, is well known in the printing industry. After beginning his career at printing plate and prepress specialist AGFA-Gevaert, he then moved into IT and he represented Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in the USA and Germany from 1998 to 2009. In this position he predominantly worked on building up the company’s consumables business. Axel Thien then gained extensive experience in digital and waterless offset printing as managing director of Presstek Deutschland and as president of Presstek Europe. KBA-MePrint offers him the chance to build on these experiences.

  • 22 May 2013 11:33 AM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)

    The following is a press release from KBA-MePrint:

    The print shop Paper & Board in Lodz, around 120 kilometers southwest of Poland's capital, Warsaw, has been a one-stop shop for extravagant packaging solutions and marketing ideas for their many clients from a variety of sectors. The company finds solutions for virtually any challenge with much imagination and a wealth of experience, thus fulfilling the high expectations of their eclectic clientele. To date, they have been able to provide solutions for the most specialized requirements—often, however, with the help of third party providers. That will no longer be the case in the future.

    Wieslaw Dziaduszek, Managing Director and founder of Paper & Board, summarizes the company's needs: “As a trained printer myself, my heart quite naturally beats in offset rhythm. When I started the company, however, I deliberately decided in favor of an exclusively ‘digital’ machine park, so as to allow for a more economical handling of the increasingly smaller print orders. Unfortunately, we had to make do with drawbacks in terms of the variety of materials we could process and economically viable print runs, which meant we had to outsource a number of orders.

    “We can now offer label prints for football
    or car stickers on adhesive PP, PET,
    or PVC film at ‘digital’ prices, and can use
    our metallic carton material to cover
    the entire invitation cards market.”


    “I had asked myself a number of times why there was no offset machine on the market that could produce small print runs easily, while at the same time expanding the limits in terms of material variety—and then KBA's Genius 52UV appeared on the scene. I don't want to sound cliché here, but our worries were over! We can now offer label prints for football or car stickers on adhesive PP, PET, or PVC film at ‘digital’ prices, and can use our metallic carton material to cover the entire invitation cards market. It is simply great now, and it is of course a lot easier to earn money, since we can now offer prints with our own very extravagant materials.”

    In the digital segment, options like inline coating or an integrated rainbow printing functionality for specialist security features are not available at all.

    Genius 52UV opens up an entirely new application spectrum with very attractive margins with its combination of keyless inking unit, and its UV and waterless technology. The machine handles printing substrates with a material thickness up to 0.8 mm with ease, and even scores when it comes to the environment. The more than 750 Genius 52UV printing presses installed around the world are undeniable proof of these facts.


    At the printing center of KBA-MePrint in Veitshöchheim: Martina Mejzlikova, Regional Sales Director KBA-MePrint, Wieslaw Dziaduszek and wife, Management of Paper & Board, with Holger Volpert, CEO KBA-MePrint AG (left to right).

  • 22 May 2013 11:04 AM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)

    The Toray press release below is a follow-up to the coverage we gave to the selection of IWPA member Eco Print Center's clients as award winners for excellence in newspaper production. Eco Print Center, based in Belgium, prints newspapers using KBA's waterless Cortina press. This new report briefly covers the event at which the awards were handed out.

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    “A fresh look with high quality story telling illustrations” was the way judges of Europe’s National Newspaper of the Year Awards of Excellence described winners Trouw and De Tijd.

    Trouw, a Dutch newspaper, and De Tijd, a Belgian business journal, were both recognized in the National Daily Newspaper of the Year category during the European Newspaper Congress held at Vienna Town Hall from May 5 to 7, 2013. The publications, which are printed at owner Persgroep Publishing’s state-of-the-art Eco Print Center, use Toray’s waterless technology to maximize the visual appeal of their infographic design and magazine-style layout. The eye-catching results have helped raise the performance of the printed editions of these two papers, keeping both readers and advertisers engaged with print as the publisher continues to evolve its publishing strategy.

    “For many newspaper publishers, digital revenues have not developed as quickly as anticipated,” said Mr. Junichi Ishii, Sales Manager for the Graphics and Chemicals Sections of Toray International Europe GmbH. “With the increased quality of its publications made possible by the investment in waterless printing technologies, Persgroep Publishing has demonstrated an effective means of maintaining the interest of both readers and advertisers in printed newspapers.”

    “Publishers and art directors visiting the Toray information stand at the Congress were particularly interested in learning more about the new design and product opportunities waterless print quality offers,” added Mr. Ishii. “Waterless printing creates opportunity to differentiate product portfolios and adding value while at the same time reducing costs and offering a more sustainable production method.”

  • 15 Jan 2013 12:58 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    On December 1, 2012, IWPA member Print Revolution celebrated its 10th birthday. Print Revolution, whose company tagline is "Treasuring Precious Resources," is located in Nottingham, UK.
     
    “It’s a fabulous milestone to reach,” said company Chairman Peter Harrington. “From very humble beginnings, it’s incredible to see what the team has achieved in ten years. Back when Print Revolution first started there were very few customers. Today, word of mouth is so strong, work just keeps on coming through the door, which says so much for the professionalism, talent and commitment of the team.”
  • 10 Jan 2013 2:03 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    IWPA Sponsor Presstek, Inc., announced today that Prime Data, of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, has installed a Presstek 52DI digital offset press to reduce both the amount of print it outsources and its environmental footprint. Prime Data is a not-for-profit organization that powers thousands of data-driven fundraising campaigns with analytics, data cleaning, segmentation and variable data printing.
     
    “We needed to make some changes to our production platform to achieve a number of business objectives,” said Steve Falk, President of Prime Data. “Not only were we looking to better position ourselves to meet client corporate social responsibility guidelines, but we also wanted more control over timelines, quality, and cost. We were introduced to the Presstek 52DI and Presstek’s position on environmental sustainability at Graphics Canada in 2011, and we immediately recognized the advantages this press could bring to our operation.”
     
    Prime Data was outsourcing all of its static printing prior to acquiring the Presstek 52DI. “This created a number of issues for us,” Falk explained. “As client timelines got shorter, it became more difficult to meet their deadlines using outsourced print suppliers. In addition, we wanted a process that delivered proven environmental sustainability. The Presstek 52DI’s fast makeready, chemistry-free on-press platemaking, waterless printing technology, and extreme automation met those needs perfectly. Its high quality printing is an added bonus for us and for our clients.”
     

    “We wanted a process that delivered proven environmental sustainability. The Presstek 52DI’s fast makeready, chemistry-free on-press platemaking, waterless printing technology, and extreme automation met those needs perfectly.”


    In producing its fundraising and solicitation materials, Prime Data creates a large volume of offset shells and runs those back through their digital presses for short-run customization. Being able to handle the longer runs of offset shells and the shorter run customizations quickly and cost-effectively in-house creates a much more efficient process and ensures the high level of quality the company is dedicated to delivering on behalf of its clients.
     
    The Presstek 52DI is a highly automated 52cm landscape digital offset 4-color press with a full range of productivity enhancing options. The 52DI features support for 300 lpi and FM screening, goes from digital file to sellable sheet in 10 minutes and has a small environmental footprint. The press prints up to 10,000 sheets per hour and is available with an inline aqueous coater.
     
    “Since Prime Data had been outsourcing its offset printing and didn’t have a journeyman offset press operator on staff,” said Joe Demharter, Presstek’s Vice President of Sales, “the Presstek 52DI’s high level of automation and ease of use was very attractive to the company. At Prime Data, the prepress operator also runs the press, keeping labor costs low and productivity high.”
     
    “Our decision to acquire the Presstek 52DI was validated almost immediately after it was installed,” Falk added. “A client wanted to add a four-color slip into a job in progress with a two-day turnaround to meet the mail date. With the flexibility and control of the process offered by the Presstek 52DI, we were able to meet the challenge and leave the client completely satisfied. We expect to accumulate many more of these stories over the life of the 52DI.”

    Chris Burke (left) and Sean Learney, press operators at Prime Data.
     

  • 04 Dec 2012 12:47 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    University of Texas-Pan American

    IWPA Sponsor Presstek yesterday announced that Printing Services, an auxiliary organization at The University of Texas–Pan American, has installed a new Presstek 34DI® digital offset press. The University of Texas–Pan American, a Hispanic serving institution, is located in Edinburg, Texas, way down in the southernmost tip of Texas, approximately 10 miles from the U.S./Mexico border and only 100 miles east of the Mexican city of Monterrey. The University serves nearly 20,000 students with a faculty of about 800.

    “Our Printing Services production area was displaced when the university needed the space for a new civil engineering program,” said Robert Cantu, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services. “This started a discussion about whether the University needed an in-plant in light of the investment that would be required to retrofit any new space we might be assigned. A Request for Proposal was issued to outsource the operation, but all of the responses we received were print management proposals which would have been more expensive than relocating our services. That left us with the opportunity to refresh our production platform as we made the move to an off-campus production location.”


    “We were very interested in the Presstek DI press for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it significantly
    reduces VOC’s, uses chemistry-free
    on-press platemaking and waterless printing.”


    Print Services was ultimately relocated to a university owned building off campus. Cantu says, “Our equipment was very dated and chemical intensive. It was going to cost more than a half million dollars to retrofit the facility with exhaust venting and other environmental changes to accommodate our old conventional press and chemistry-based platesetter. So we sold off our old conventional offset equipment and worked out an interim arrangement for a local printer to handle that aspect of our printing services until we could find an internal solution.”

    Cantu’s team began discussions with Presstek. He comments, “We were very interested in the Presstek DI press for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it significantly reduces VOC’s, uses chemistry-free on-press platemaking and waterless printing. Those characteristics, combined with the small physical footprint of the Presstek 34DI, meant that our retrofitting costs would be much more reasonable. It was the ideal piece of equipment for us and was a critical factor in saving our shop from being outsourced.”


    Today, the University is outsourcing very little print, and the user community is delighted with both the increase in quality and the improved turnaround times the shop can now offer. “Our operators are in heaven as well,” adds Cantu. “Before we acquired the Presstek 34DI, they were producing 4-color work on a one-color press. Now they can do that work much more efficiently, with less waste, and the quality is fabulous.”

    “The University of Texas Pan American story is a great example of how Presstek DI digital offset presses are an ideal fit for the in-plant environment,” said Joe Demharter, Presstek’s Vice President of Sales. “Their efficiency, quality and small physical and environmental footprint make them attractive to in-plant operations across many industries.”

  • 27 Nov 2012 12:13 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    The 14th European Newspaper Awards were announced earlier this month by the organizer, Norbert Küpper, of the Office of Newspaper Design in Meerbusch, Germany.

    In the category of National Newspapers, there were two winners: De Tijd, a Belgian financial newspaper published in Flemish, and Trouw, a Dutch tabloid that features many supplements and inserts.

    Both De Tijd and the high-quality supplements of Trouw are printed by IWPA member Eco Print Center (EPC), of Lokeren, Belgium.

    The award jury met in Düsseldorf, Germany, to evaluate the competition. The jury members are:
    • Georg Taitl, Editor-in-Chief, Der Österreichische Journalist, Austria
    • Per Heilman, Berlingske, Denmark
    • Katrin Nidzwetzki, Beobachter Natur, Switzerland
    • Walter Jensen, Bergens Tidende, Norway
    • Eva Dähne, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Germany
    • Martin Huisman, Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium
    • Annette Milz, Editor-in-Chief, Medium Magazin, Germany
    • Valentina Villegas, H Kathimerini, Greece
    • Theo Dersjant, Fontys School of Journalism, the Netherlands
    • Prof. Michael Stoll, University of Applied Sciences-Augsburg, Germany
    • Prof. Joachim Blum, Media Consultant, Germany
    De Tijd is printed on a compact KBA Cortina web press by EPC (whose press is pictured at right). Dutch newspaper Trouw publishes high-quality weekend supplements in magazine format, also produced in waterless offset at EPC.

    Wim Maes, director of EPC, says: “It is a great honor for our printing house that not one but two of the printed products we produce won the main prize at the largest newspaper awards in Europe. Waterless coldset printing on the KBA Cortina is the ideal solution for high print quality, economic viability and sustainability necessary in today’s world. Moreover, the KBA Cortina with its unique capability to print without ink changes in coldset and heatset, paves the way for new business opportunities and ensures a higher level of utilization.”

    With its headquarters in Brussels, the modern and reader-friendly financial daily, De Tijd, is published in Flemish. The newspaper was successfully relaunched in March 2012 with a switch in size from Nordic to Berliner format. It has since then been produced at EPC. Circulation has risen from 36,000 in 2010 to 39,000 copies in 2012. The judges described the paper as “particularly innovative,” saying: “De Tijd uses visual storytelling—telling stories with visual tools—and, along with its headlines and texts, creates a unique information sphere.”

    The Dutch tabloid Trouw has a circulation of 105,000 copies and headquarters in Amsterdam. Along with the classic sections devoted to national news, the newspaper has many stitched supplements. In 2012, two further magazine-like inserts were developed, which are printed by EPC in Lokeren: “letter & geest” (letter and mind), with the subheading “For readers and thinkers,” and “tijd” (time), which looks at everyday topics in greater depth. The judges said: “Trouw uses this concept to expand the range of daily newspapers away from simply representing daily news towards a more intellectual audience. It creates a kind of daily weekly newspaper.”

    The award ceremony will take place during the European Newspaper Congress 2013 on May 6–7, 2013, in Vienna. It is organized by the newspaper designer Norbert Küpper as well as the people behind the journalist magazines Medium Magazin, Österreichischer Journalist, and Schweizer Journalist.
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