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Czech News Center invests in QIPC system

Czech News Center (CNC), one of Central Europe’s leading media houses, has recently made an upgrade to enhance print quality and efficiency. They have invested in QI Press Controls’ (QIPC) mRC-3D colour register controls for their KBA Comet newspaper press at their Ostrava print location. The decision to invest in new press automation came from the need to update the current colour register system, which was originally installed in 2007 together with the Koenig & Bauer press. While CNC had been content with the existing system, the aging technology raised concerns about the availability of spare parts and overall serviceability. Upon consultation with QIPC, it was recommended to equip the press with the latest mRC-3D technology.

Says Bruno Schwarzbach, technical and production director of CNC: “My familiarity with QIPC dates back to 2007 when the control system was initially installed in our new KBA Comet press. At the time the initial choice for the press automation supplier was made by the press manufacturer. However we certainly acknowledge the effective support and good cooperation we’ve experienced with QIPC over the years. For us, choosing to work with QIPC once again, therefore was a logical step.”

CNC’s print location in Ostrava.

With the new investment, the media house again expects the collaboration to yield a functional, modern, reliable, and fully serviceable automatic register control system for their KBA Comet web press. The upgraded system is crucial for CNC’s operations, as the press operates in three shifts, producing a significant volume of semi-products further processed in their bookbindery.

Bruno Schwarzbach adds: “Czech News Center anticipates positive technical and financial results from this upgrade, ensuring the longevity and efficiency of our printing processes. As CNC operates two printing plants in Prague and Ostrava, the upgraded system is expected to play a key role in maintaining high-quality output for our daily newspapers, magazines, books, and external commissions.”

CNC is one of the largest media houses in Central Europe. They publish well-known daily titles, such as Blesk, Sport, Aha! and other printed materials and websites. CNC has two printing plants in Prague and Ostrava. The CNC periodicals have been printed on these locations since 1993. The same goes for the daily newspapers and magazines, books and other external commissions. CNC’s printing locations are equipped with coldset web presses of Koenig & Bauer and Wifag, several sheetfed presses and a wide range of bookbindery equipment, including folding machines and saddle stitching and perfect binding lines.

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