How to plan new printing plants

New WAN-IFRA Special Report launched

Darmstadt, (PresseBox) - WAN-IFRA has published a new Special Report on "New Printing Plants". It originates from a project that is special in the sense that it was managed by a German-Indian research group with researchers from the Technical University of Chemnitz and the University of Manipal. The IFRA South Asian Committee steered the project. The report that is already online (free download for WAN/IFRA members from will be presented in public at the upcoming Publish Asia / IFRA India Expo and Conference (23 to 25 September 2009) in Chennai, India.

Focus on the Indian newspaper market ...

The newspaper market in India has developed rapidly in the last years, with new titles being launched and circulations growing. 99 million newspaper copies are sold per day. The size of the country requires distributed production capacities and to ensure this, different types of new printing plants are planned and built in many locations in India. As there is no standard process for the establishment of new printing plants, a project was initiated and accompanied by the IFRA South Asian Committee to provide assistance to Indian newspaper printing houses in this process. Kasturi Balaji, Chairman of IFRA South Asia Committee, says: "In the last few years Indian newspapers have set up a number of new printing plants (ranging from the very small to the very big) and spending considerable amounts of money. Against this background and looking at future needs, the IFRA South Asia Committee wished to examine whether it would be possible to develop standardised planning concepts for setting up printing plants in the Indian context. I am sure that this WAN-IFRA Special Report will be of the greatest use to our industry."

... but useful for newspaper projects anywhere

Although the starting point was clearly focused on the Indian market, the guidelines and detailed checklists provided are, without any doubt, of high value for newspaper companies all over the world that are about to start projects to build new printing plants. You'll find tips about project management, material and workflows, the construction sequences, equipment selection, machine installation and performance acceptance tests, to name but a few. The report poses all the questions that need to be clarified in order to organise an appropriate and technically faultless construction. Here are 64 pages of valuable information to make your new printing plant project a success.


WAN-IFRA (, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

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