Malaysian Newspaper Invests In Goss

Just four years after installation of its first Goss single-width press, UBP Printing PTE Ltd of Malaysia is investing in two more Goss Community SSC press lines. With the latest installation, UBP will have four Goss presses – totaling 84 press units – in daily operation to deliver far greater capacity and underline its pre-eminence on the newspaper publishing scene of that region.

Due for installation in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu during this summer, the new presses will be configured as five four-high towers with a Goss N40 folder and four four-high towers also with an N40 folder. The decision to purchase a further two presses comes after winning additional contracts, according to Sim Yong Liang, managing director of UBP. “Customers want the most in terms of cost efficiency and, given the solid performance of our current presses, we’ve returned to what works well for us,” he explains.

Part of Unity Media Malaysia Ltd., UBP now employs more than 150 people across four sites throughout Eastern Malaysia: Kuching, Sibu and Miri in the state of Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Four Malaysian, two Chinese and two English-language dailies make up the majority of the production workload for UBP. In addition to accommodating the new print contracts that the company was recently awarded, the two Community press lines will provide the capacity to take on yet more new contract work.

In a competitive market, efficiency and cost savings are crucial, according to Sim Yong Liang, and UBP has invested in both new hardware and software recently to ensure developments keep pace with customer need. The increased automation of the latest generation Goss Community will deliver a step-change, according to the company.

“Keeping up with the latest in product development is essential for us to stay at the forefront of our market and retain our competitive edge,” comments Sim Yong Liang. “By striving and repeatedly investing to maintain a program of continuous process improvement, UBP will achieve a better cost structure that ensures we can offer our customers premium quality and excellent value, not just today and tomorrow, but well into the future.”

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