Antalis South Africa (Pty)and Caxton keeping the newspaper flag flying - 22-07-2011
Antalis and Caxton keeping the newspaper flag flying
Whilst newspaper readership worldwide may be on the decline here in South Africa it is still a vibrant and bustling industry, recent purchases by Caxton Newspapers in Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal prove as such! What’s even more heartening is that you can barely pick up one of the SA newspaper titles without it having passed through the hands of Antalis in one form or another.
Eugene van Rensberg, head of Caxton Newspapers in Cape Town, made a decision to purchase the Kodak Generation News CTP Platesetter whilst visiting the IFRA show held in Vienna some years ago. Van Rensburg attended the International Federation of Research for the Newspaper Industry with Keith Solomon and Mike Atkinson, both from Antalis, and he was shown the Ultimate Newspaper CTP system by Kodak – he was instantly sold! This machine is able to print up to 300 plates per hour – the speed is quite staggering.
Jump ahead 2 years and, when van Rensburg was offered the position of managing the Caxton Cape Town facility he was also tasked with equipping the plant with the necessary technology. With well read publications such as The Cape Argus, The Times and The New Age in his stable it was natural that van Rensburg would turn to what he new and loved – the Kodak Generation News CTP System coupled with the Berenchee Punch Bender.
“My trip to Vienna is still one of my highlights – it’s an incredible city which seems to look like a chapter from fairy tales of old. Vienna is known worldwide as the city of music and is home to a great music hall with excellent acoustics, which I can attest to as Keith Solomon booked for us to attend a performance which took my breath away – not a self-proclaimed fan of classical music I was in awe!” shared van Rensburg.
“Needless to say I jumped at the chance, when I joined Caxton in Cape Town, to bring a piece of Vienna (so to speak) home. Installing the Kodak Generation News was a complete breeze with the expertise of Antalis who had the equipment up and running in no time. Some of the features we’ve benefited from include an increase in workflow efficiency, the ability to easily make last minute changes for breaking-news, an increase in the return on investment and ultimately the production of publications that we’re proud to put our name to.” confirmed van Rensburg.
Not to be left behind The Highway Mail, another Caxton publication based in KwaZulu Natal headed by Steve Thomas, decided that his newspaper would be printed on the Kodak Trendsetter News 100 another high speed computer-to-plate piece of equipment that offers quality, stability and consistency of thermal imaging.
It is the excellent stability and image quality, flexibility and the expanding business opportunities that ensure Kodak’s range is selling like hotcakes.
“In 2001 Antalis South Africa, in conjunction with SAPPI, launched the Caxton Awards aiming to promote excellence in newspaper printing and, over the years we’ve seen a significant improvement in the quality of the Caxton publications. In conjunction with our dedication to proving the Caxton Group with the best technology and service ensures that, as long as we have anything to do with it, newspapers will continue to play a significant role in our future.” concluded Roy Bromilow, Caxton Account Manager, Antalis.