Nairobi, Kenya based Nation Media Group has enhanced its capacity significantly with its new investment in the super fast web offset COLORMAN e:line from Manroland.
On March 17, 2016, an event was organised to celebrate the installation of the new Colorman e:line on the Nation Media printing grounds in the presence of The Aga Khan, high-ranking individuals from politics, including Dr. Alfred Mutua, governor of Machakos County, and Nation Media Group CEO Joe Muganda as well as the chairman of the board Wilfred Kiboro. The entire event was broadcast on African television, including live interviews.
The new newspaper printing system can print up to 86,000 newspaper issues an hour, making it the fastest of its class. At the same time, the Colorman e:line in a 4-1 configuration for outstanding automation, and a high degree of flexibility.
“This is what we call future-proof,” commented Wolfgang Hiesinger from manroland web systems.
Gideon Aswani, production director at NMG said that the production time, reduced by a tremendous 65%, is a major advantage of the web offset press.
For Nation Media, this means being able to produce the same print run in two and a half hours, a venture that would have taken six hours before.
Founded fifty-six years ago by The Aga Khan, the Nation Media Group (NMG), prints thousands of copies of the Daily Nation, Business Daily, and the Taifa Leo, as well as the weekly The EastAfrican.
The new printer, referred to by The Aga Khan as a ‘technological marvel’, can print special advertising formats such as booklets, super panoramas, Flying Pages, half covers, and oversized advertising spaces.
Nation Media has announced that it will be expanding its newspaper printing system to include a sixth printing tower.