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A Series of Major Orders Continues at Manroland Goss: Capacity Utilization Secured, Skilled Workers

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Globally, there is a strong growth in the dynamic demand for the printing press manufacturer Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, based in Augsburg. This is true for both the growing demand in the newspaper printing market segment as well as the commercial printing industry, which has a clear letterpress emphasis. The packaging printing industry is also prospering at the same time. At the Augsburg location, two VARIOMAN models with a focus on film packaging printing are currently being constructed.

According to Franz Kriechbaum, CEO of Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, "Our international orders continue, securing capacity utilization at the Augsburg plant well into 2024." This trend is also evident in our most recent success story: Hankyung Media Group from South Korea is investing in two highly automated newspaper printing presses for a mid-double-digit million range.

Naturally, this prompts the question, "Are printed newspapers out of date?" No and yes. Even our customers believe that printed newspapers will still be around decades from now, even though digitization offers appealing options and alternative news channels with corresponding benefits and drawbacks. According to studies, the sales of printed goods have been falling for a while. The studies also demonstrate that it is neither predicted nor imaginable for there to be no printed materials like books, newspapers, flyers for businesses, or packaging.

Newspaper publishers are investing in strong and effective new offset presses due to changes in the print market among other things. The most efficient use of high-tech facilities that make running such a production profitable and as sustainable as possible is where newspaper printing will go in the future. The objective is cost-effectiveness with decreased unit costs for both long runs and shorter contract print runs, which is made possible by the printing plants' extremely high level of automation and the corresponding process optimization.

At Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, parts availability is also of utmost importance. According to Franz Kriechbaum, CEO of Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, "as a manufacturer of printing presses and systems, the global situation naturally presents us with challenges in terms of parts availability." We are able to come up with workable solutions because of our established and reliable local and international relationships with customers and suppliers.

Dr. Raffler, CCO at Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, adds that the "positive development of the company in recent years is also reflected in the growing demand for skilled workers." "We share the same situation as all businesses in this regard. Professionals with talent are hard to find today. We are actively tackling this challenge as a result."

In order to accomplish this, Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses held a very special hiring event with the theme "Printed goods industry? more digital than you might imagine. Take nothing for granted." The business has been a part of the regional network "Talente für die Region" (Talents for the Region), which Christian Gebler founded in southern Germany, for a number of years. In order to keep the upcoming generation of talent in the area, this network links students, colleges, and local businesses. About 200 attendees had the chance to see the products, services, and, most importantly, the people behind them in action at the network meeting, which was held this time in the assembly hall in Augsburg in a loungey industrial setting.

CEOs and managers of nearby businesses, associates from the universities in the Augsburg, Kempten, and Ulm areas, as well as students from various technical and business study branches, were present.

According to Dr. Raffler, CCO at Manroland Goss Sheetfed Offset Presses, "the future of the company lies in young motivated people who are enthusiastic about our technology and drive it forward." In this joint venture, we have many outstanding campaigns surrounding our apprenticeship program, and we are proud of our apprentices. We now want to pioneer new ground in the student space and draw in more up-and-coming talent.

For more information on MANROLAND GOSS, please contact your local Dynagraph representative.


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