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Webprint Concepts facility opens at Mahon Point, Cork.

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Enterprise Minister Micheál Martin TD pressed the button to start the presses at the in the presence of Aidan Dinan, M.D.,TCH Group, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Donagh O'Doherty M.D. Webprint Concepts, Alan Crosbie, Chairman, TCH Group and Barry Pearson, Webprint Concepts.

 

Newspapers owned by Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) rolled off a new press on Monday, 23rd January 2005, the first time in 165 years that the owners of the Irish Examiner have out-sourced its printing. Under the supervision of printing team leader Barry Noonan, Enterprise Minister Micheál Martin pressed the start button on a €50 million press at Mahon Point, Cork, to begin the run of this week’s edition of the Newry Democrat, the first newspaper in TCH’s portfolio to be printed at the Webprint Concepts facility.

TCH, which owns 14 newspapers including the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo and The Sunday Business Post, has out-sourced the printing of all its publications, except for the British-based Irish Post, to Webprint Concepts.

TCH group managing director Anthony Dinan described it as a “momentous occasion in the history of the organisation”.

He also paid tribute to all printing staff who have contributed to the success of the group over the years.

“It is an historical and significant move for us, as we printed our own titles for 165 years,” he said. “I am confident that Webprint will deliver the highest quality full-colour newspapers. We and our customers will benefit from greater flexibility, options and products.”

Webprint managing director Donagh O’Doherty said he was delighted to deliver the plant ahead of schedule.

“This is a significant achievement when you consider the scale of the project from the initial design stages in September 2004 to the practical completion of the building on December 19,” he said. The new KBA Colora press is a state-of-the-art machine housed in a building where temperature and humidity controls in the press hall cost €3m. It will produce up to two million copies of TCH publications every week on over 14,000 tonnes of newsprint, Webprint production manager Barry Pearson said.

Up to 40 staff will be employed when the plant reaches full capacity.

The printing of TCH’s remaining tabloid newspapers, including the Sligo Weekender and The Kingdom, will continue this week. The printing of its broadsheets will be phased in over the coming weeks.

Staff of the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo are due to move from their Academy Street offices to new premises on Lapp’s Quay later this year.

TCH owns 14 newspapers: the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, Waterford News and Star, Western People, Sligo Weekender, The Kingdom, Newry Democrat, Down Democrat, the Nationalist and Leinster Times, Kildare Nationalist, Laois Nationalist, The Sunday Business Post, Roscommon Herald and The Irish Post.

It also has a new media division, Thomas Crosbie Media, which owns Motornet.ie and RecruitIreland.com.

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