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Singapore Press Holdings Commissions World’s Longest UNISET Press

Singapore, August 20, 2008 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Chairman, Dr Tony Tan, commissioned the company´s new printing facility located at its Media Centre today.

With the new installation, SPH is now the owner of the world´s longest UNISET press, acquired from manroland. The German company is the world’s second largest printing systems manufacturer and the world’s market leader in web offset printing. With this new acquisition, SPH now owns newspaper presslines by the world´s top three press manufacturers – manroland, KBA and Goss. The KBA Commander and Goss Colorliner group of presslines are located at SPH´s main printing plant in Jurong.

The new printing facility comprises a total of 16 towers and 3 folders, and is capable of printing 64 full-colour broadsheet pages over the entire line. As it has three folders, the pressline is configurable to three press sections, thus enabling three different publications to be printed at the same time. The UNISET pressline was also chosen because it is a flexible system which complements the larger presses located at SPH´s Print Centre in Jurong to print its diverse range of products.

Said Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH, “For SPH to maintain its progress, it is paramount that we continue to deliver value for our readers and be the marketplace of choice for our advertisers of both local and international brands and products. SPH´s core business is in print. This is why we have been, and will continue to, improve our products and production capabilities. This also explains our investment in the new printing facility that we are commissioning today.”

Codenamed Media Centre NewPress Project (MCNP), the new acquisition also heralds SPH´s first foray into the Computer-to-Plate (CTP) system. SPH has chosen Kodak as its partner for its maiden CTP attempt as the company is the first to develop many advances in thermal CTP technology, and is an established name in the graphic industry.

The conveyors and stackers chosen for the post-press system are supplied by IDAB WAMAC, which is a leader in the post-press industry.

Although the project is smaller than that at Print Centre, MCNP has its set of unique challenges. Unlike Print Centre, which was custom-built to fit the machinery, the key challenge for the MCNP team was to accommodate all three systems into an existing building which posed many physical constraints.

The project, which spanned over one and half years, also involved teams of people from different countries and cultures working together. Said Mr Anthony Cheng, Chairman of the MCNP and Senior Vice-President of Production, Newspapers Services Division: "The commitment from every individual member, teamwork and harmonious working relationships amongst the entire team played a significant part in bringing this project to fruition. As the Project Director, I am very grateful for all their efforts.”

Publications that will be printed with the new pressline include Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, mypaper, Asahi Shimbun, Nihon Keisai, and International Herald Tribune.

The new printing facility at Media Centre will also be part of SPH´s business continuity plan in the event of a contingency.

The full text of Dr Tony Tan’s speech can be found in Appendix A.


 

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E
 

For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872 / Hp: 96886209
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg

Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872 / Hp: 94352856
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.