The printing processes offered by Novus Print have their specific advantages.
The best suited print process depends on the type of publication that is being printed.
THESE PRINTING PROCESSES INCLUDE
An extensive range with more than 12 000 format possibilities
Novus Print’s investment in its publication gravure presses have allowed the division to provide more than 12 000 format possibilities with regards to product size and pagination as well as a wide variety of paper from 32gsm catalogue paper to 115gsm high-quality coated stock.
This technology based at our Cape Town plant provides for flexibility across an extensive range of formats and paginations.
The 72-page Cerutti includes broadsheet and inline finishing capability, with its unique dual folder system providing additional production flexibility, and boasts to be the fastest press in Africa – printing 2.5 million A4 pages per hour.
Our two 48-page publication gravure presses include inline finishing and broadsheet capabilities. The new generation 72-page Cerutti Rotogravure Publication Aurora press offers greater efficiency and improved colour quality and consistency with advanced register and ink controls.
– QuadTech Register Guidance System for highest quality printing
– Visco controls ensure optimum ink viscosity for quality results
A combination of presses for medium- to high-volume printing
Heatset web offset printing is used for medium- to high-volume magazines, retail inserts, catalogues and brochures.
By utilising a combination of presses, we offer quick make-ready and flexible formats from A4, A5, tabloid, broadsheet and delta sizes. High-quality coated, uncoated or mechanical and newsprint paper, ranging in thickness from 40gsm to 200gsm, can be accommodated.
The presses, located in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape are equipped with a QuadTech Colour Control system, Brünner Flight Instrument Control, Multicam cut-off and Register Control System, which simultaneously manage dot gains, mid-tones and gray balance. Each print copy matches the signed-off proofs according to ISO certified standards.
A Heatset Web Offset press is also able to print alcohol-free, a more environmentally friendly process.
Manroland Web systems printing technology is installed at all plants, ranging from 16-page Rotomans to an 80-page Lithoman, all featuring colour control systems. This technology has the ability to print up to 65 000 full colour copies per hour.
Environmentally friendly inks and varnish
Our high-performance sheet-fed presses use environmentally friendly inks and varnish, which offers flexibility in delivering high-quality results.
The high-performance inking system and fully automated plate changing ensures a reduction in job change-over time. The double-sized perfecting cylinder systems and unique sheet path design result in smooth, consistent sheet, high register accuracy and provide superb quality double-sided printing. Reel-to-sheet systems reduce turnaround times.
Our 64-page manroland 901/1 backprinter is used for high-speed, cost-efficient single-colour book printing.
Our sheet-fed presses have an annual production capacity of 25 000 tons.
On-demand printing with quick turnaround times
With the division’s investment in digital inkjet equipment situated at one of our heatset plants, Novus Print can offer an extensive range of solutions to publishers along with a wide spectrum of short- to medium-run books, magazines, commercial advertising brochures, pamphlets and variable data solutions to clients across the African continent and abroad.
Our digital inkjet offering allows for on-demand printing, short turnaround times, and even a modification of the image (variable data) used for each impression (data segmentation resulting in increased market penetration).
Inkjet printing delivers more competitive pricing on low- to medium-size runs compared to traditional printing methods; the price is usually offset by avoiding the cost of all the technical steps required to make printing plates. Digital printing is also reaching the point where it can match offset printing technology’s ability to produce larger print runs of several thousand sheets at a low price while still offering the abovementioned benefits.
The digital inkjet printer has an annual production capacity of 3 000 tons.
Fast turnaround times with greater variety
Our highly efficient, high-volume digital cut-sheet presses, which are located at two plants, offer consistent quality and productivity and ensure that as a business we are able to turn work around as quickly as it is needed.
In addition to the fast turnaround times, our cut-sheet presses have the capability of running as low as 50gsm up to 300gsm cover stock, providing customers with greater variety.
This digital cut-sheet technology has an annual production capacity of 300 tons.
Fast, economical printing on uncoated paper
Coldset printing offers fast, economical printing on uncoated paper for small to large print runs in broadsheet, tabloid or quarter‐fold for high pagination and thinner newspapers and commercial products.
Coldset printing is the process by which the ink dries gradually through evaporation and absorption into the paper. This type of printing is best suited to absorbent papers, such as uncoated newsprint, bond and book paper, and can accommodate high-quality, heavier grammage. Since the ink is not set immediately, there is always a little bit of residue that remains on the paper.
Coldset is one of the more economical forms of printing that allows multiple webs to run concurrently, while using less expensive uncoated paper and energy to produce the product.
Presses are equipped with automatic register control, additional form rollers and segmented ink blades to ensure crispness and brightness. Electronic upgrades are regularly performed to presses to ensure continued performance at the required levels of quality.
Our technology offers inline stitching, gluing and trimming, folding, collating and inserting to deliver a finished product off the press.
Our coldset facilities have an annual production of 205 000 tons collectively and can print up to one million copies per hour with 800 tabloid pages printed simultaneously.