Newsworld Corp. said it's partnered with Atlas Media Communications for the digital production of U.K., European and U.S. newspaper titles in the Gulf region.

The deal includes a $2.6 million investment in a Screen Truepress Jet 520 digital press, which could be commissioned as early as April, Newsworld said. Through its "distribute then print" service launched in 2007, Newsworld leverages and pairs publishers with printing outlets equipped with a Screen digital press and Hunkeler inline finishing system.

"This area is of great interest to publishers who are looking to reach the increasing number of business executives, expatriates and visitors to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait with timely, relevant news and information," said John Ashfield, chairman of Newsworld.

Meantime, Newsworld this month began distributing Associated Newspapers' Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday to New York residents.

The papers are produced on a Truepress Jet 520 press under a deal with New Jersey-based AlphaGraphics (see Newspapers & Technology, September 2008).

"As we continue to invest in this technology and form partnerships worldwide, we are opening up a very exciting opportunity for newspaper publishers to grow their brand, not only locally but in a more effective and efficient way," said Newsworld's David Renouf.