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Customer Case  | D.C. Thomson & Co, Dundee, United Kingdom  | 17 February 2015

D.C. Thomson & Co

Advantage N-TR

The installation of the three Advantage N-TR trolley-loaded CtP engines resulted in a considerable operating cost saving and allowed us to increase plate production efficiency drasticallyJim McBride
Technical Manager

www.dcthomson.co.uk

DC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. DC Thomson publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. The company also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.

DC Thomson's newspaper business features four regional titles; Aberdeen's Evening Express and The Press and Journal and Dundee's Evening Telegraph and The Courier. The company also publishes weekly national titles; The Sunday Post which was crowned 'Newspaper of the Year 2013' at the Scottish Newspaper Awards and The Weekly News, a title that was first published in 1855.

DC Thomson has invested in a state-of-the-art press at the company's Kingsway printing facility in Dundee. From this facility the company prints 17 editions of its regional daily titles plus seven editions of its weekly titles, supplements and contract printing including inserts. Scott Lowden, Newspaper Operations Production Manager, explains, "Our readers value regional, high quality content. The plate output on the three Advantage N-TR trolley-loaded CtP engines is very efficient giving us greater flexibility to produce multiple editions of our titles and for our contract print clients."

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Increased plate production efficiency

Jim McBride, Technical Manager, refers to the recent installation of a new printing press at the company's Dundee site, "We have one main printing site in Dundee which is equipped with three plate production lines based on Advantage N-TR trolley-loaded CtP engines. The installation and start-up of the new equipment went smoothly and the total system proved to be very reliable. Needless to say this resulted in an operating cost saving and it allowed us to increase plate production efficiency drastically. The Advantage N-TR engines with on-line VXXP processors are capable of imaging up to 350 N91-V plates per hour. The high degree of reliability of these engines enables us to keep our two Goss offset presses running. For the time being we have average print runs of 200.000 to 300.000 however we intend to attract more contract printing jobs in order to keep our presses fully booked. We do appreciate the great service and excellent assistance from the Agfa Graphics team in this project and will continue to count on their support for future projects

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