Friday, May 09, 2008

Building new towers in Newry! But unlikely to deliver a full-colour Guardian ...

Example of a print tower - The Grand Rapids Press

A new £7 million printing press is to be built in Newry by Independent News & Media. INM’s CEO Sir Anthony O’Reilly made the announcement on Thursday at the US:NI investment conference in Belfast.

INM who own papers like the Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, The Independent, Irish Independent as well as running the PropertyNews website.

The Newry facility will include “two high speed print towers” to meet “the ever increasing page requirements of daily newspapers” in Northern Ireland.

Sample front cover of a Guardian newspaper

But could they print a full colour Guardian - a task still impossible at the (rival) Mortons’ presses in Portadown?

Update - Coincidentally, Guardian News & Media today revealed its plans to integrate the newsrooms of the Guardian, Observer and as part of a move to a 24/7 multimedia operation (and a shiny new building) by the end of the year.

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