Turkish printing firm, QIPC work together

Printing company Tuna Matbaacılık equipped its recently acquired press with the latest automation from Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), a news release from QIPC says.

The Turkish printing company is maintaining the successful combination of the manroland UNISET 75 newspaper press and QIPC automation that the previous owner of the press in South Africa used. The Dutch specialist in measuring and control equipment for the printing industry installed its mRC-3D system for color register and cut-off control at the print shop in Ankara.

The total of six mRC-3D cameras (two for cut-off control and four for color register control) will allow the press to work more efficiently with less waste and a higher quality end-product as a result, the release said.

Both Tuna Matbaacılık, QIPC and Bora Erdem of Derintrade, QIPCs agent for Turkey and the person who brought the parties closer together, are looking forward to a successful long-term relationship, the release says.

DCOS replaces closed-loop inspection

system in Finland

In late summer 2019 Suomalainen Lehtipaino, based in Kajaani in northern Finland, placed an order with DCOS to replace a closed-loop inspection system.

The target for the investment was for the start-up waste to be almost halved, reduced by 47.5%.

The previous control system was dismantled as the DCOS system was installed and commissioned in December 2019.

The first full month waste report for January showed a 39% start-up waste reduction from the previous year and the start-up waste has continued to decline since, according to DCOS.

This represents the second DCOS closed-loop inspection system installation in Finland.

DCOS Sweden AB was founded in 2004. Its specialty is automation for printing houses.

Kyocera enters inkjet production print market with TASKalfa Pro 15000c

Kyocera Document Solutions America has announced the launch of its first inkjet production print device with the TASKalfa Pro 15000c. This development is the next step in Kyocera’s diversification, the company says in a press release.

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional printing in transactional, trans-promotional and direct-mail applications, the release says.

“The TASKalfa Pro 15000c represents a shift in ambitions for Kyocera, moving us into the innovative area of inkjet production printing," said Doug Cole, director, production print. "It’s where the future of affordable printing lies, and our device is built with reliability in mind to ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum.”

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c is available through Kyocera’s direct sales channel and through authorized Kyocera dealers and resellers.

Kyocera Document Solutions America is a group company of Kyocera Document Solutions, based in Osaka, Japan.

New initiatives from TownNews, jump

in traffic

In response to the pandemic, TownNews says it’s fast-tracked a number of initiatives to help its customers generate revenue as locally sold advertising income fades, including a new “Support Local Journalism” feature that allows site visitors to make direct monetary contributions to their local news organizations; a series of turnkey business directory products; and a coronavirus resources page that offers news, information and tips to assist news organizations.

Traffic across the TownNews customer network — made up of more than 2,000 newspaper, TV, radio and web-native news sites — spiked sharply in March, the company reports.

Moline, Illinois-based TownNews customer sites were

on pace to deliver one billion unique pageviews in March. From March 1 to March 22, the digital service provider’s media clients saw a massive influx compared to the previous 22-day period. Visitor sessions jumped 48%, unique visitors have increased 40% and unique pageviews are up 44%.

The escalation began on March 9 and continued at a steep double-digit rate as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to have an impact.

The increase in pageviews has led to a similar increase in ad impressions. Daily global programmatic advertising revenue has seen big gains, with ad requests up 42% for the week ending March 20, according to TownNews.

Any increase in programmatic revenue will not make up for steep advertising losses both in-paper (ROP) and preprint inserts, TownNews notes. Broadcasters will also see steep declines in spot advertising, especially from local small businesses, due to ordered closures from local, state and national governments, the company says.

Zuora reports rise in subscription growth


More than 22.5% of companies saw their subscription growth rate accelerate, according to subscription software company Zuora.

The California-based company produced a report on earliest trends of how COVID-19 has impacted subscriber acquisition rates from March 1-31 compared to the previous 12 months.

Overall, the COVID-19 Subscription Impact Report found that 53.3% of companies have not seen a significant impact to their subscriber acquisition rates. It said 22.5% of companies are seeing their subscription growth rate accelerate, 12.8% of companies are seeing slowing growth, but are still growing, and the remaining 11.4% of companies are starting to see subscriber churn outpace their subscriber acquisition rates.

The subscription growth rate for digital news and media subscriptions grew 3x, the report says. The subscription growth rate for OTT video streaming companies grew 7x.

The analysis only included Zuora billing customers who have been live for at least 6 months.

Piano also shared some recent subscription data.

Vendors, orgs provide COVID-19 updates

Vendors and advocacy organizations serving the newspaper and print industries have released updates on their status during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some of the updates that reflect moves across the industries.

• In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in March Rayonier Advanced Materials announced curtailed production at seven Canadian locations. The company said it would cease or reduce operations at all softwood sawmills located in Ontario and Quebec as well as halt production at the company’s newsprint plant in Kapuskasing, Ontario. The curtailments were set to last at least two weeks or longer. Existing sales orders were set to be fulfilled from current inventory and reduced production at the Kapuskasing sawmill. All other facilities were expected to operate at normal levels.

• Fujifilm’s business units focused on the commercial, sign and display, packaging and industrial print segments remain committed to continuing support of these businesses, in accordance with government directives, said an update from Fujifilm. “We have implemented necessary steps to support our employees who can work from home and have instituted additional safety protections for those employees whose work must be performed on-site.”

• Technotrans America (tta) said in March that it’s conducting business normally regarding equipment sales, parts sales, equipment repair and hotline support.

• A note to customers from The Siebold Company said, “To ensure the safety of our parts customers, we sanitize all parts and components prior to shipment. We suggest when you receive shipments from us, your receiving personnel use best practices to sanitize all incoming shipments including hand washing before and after unpacking the shipment. We have adopted this same procedure for all incoming deliveries received at our facilities.

• PressReader has launched a new channel on COVID-19 on its platform. It’s a news feed of stories from publishers around the world, which PressReader has also made available as a free digital newspaper called COVID-19 News.

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