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IWPA Member Eco Print Centre Featured for Newspaper Printing on Waterless KBA Cortina Web Press

27 Nov 2012 12:13 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
The 14th European Newspaper Awards were announced earlier this month by the organizer, Norbert Küpper, of the Office of Newspaper Design in Meerbusch, Germany.

In the category of National Newspapers, there were two winners: De Tijd, a Belgian financial newspaper published in Flemish, and Trouw, a Dutch tabloid that features many supplements and inserts.

Both De Tijd and the high-quality supplements of Trouw are printed by IWPA member Eco Print Center (EPC), of Lokeren, Belgium.

The award jury met in Düsseldorf, Germany, to evaluate the competition. The jury members are:
  • Georg Taitl, Editor-in-Chief, Der Österreichische Journalist, Austria
  • Per Heilman, Berlingske, Denmark
  • Katrin Nidzwetzki, Beobachter Natur, Switzerland
  • Walter Jensen, Bergens Tidende, Norway
  • Eva Dähne, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Germany
  • Martin Huisman, Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium
  • Annette Milz, Editor-in-Chief, Medium Magazin, Germany
  • Valentina Villegas, H Kathimerini, Greece
  • Theo Dersjant, Fontys School of Journalism, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Michael Stoll, University of Applied Sciences-Augsburg, Germany
  • Prof. Joachim Blum, Media Consultant, Germany
De Tijd is printed on a compact KBA Cortina web press by EPC (whose press is pictured at right). Dutch newspaper Trouw publishes high-quality weekend supplements in magazine format, also produced in waterless offset at EPC.

Wim Maes, director of EPC, says: “It is a great honor for our printing house that not one but two of the printed products we produce won the main prize at the largest newspaper awards in Europe. Waterless coldset printing on the KBA Cortina is the ideal solution for high print quality, economic viability and sustainability necessary in today’s world. Moreover, the KBA Cortina with its unique capability to print without ink changes in coldset and heatset, paves the way for new business opportunities and ensures a higher level of utilization.”

With its headquarters in Brussels, the modern and reader-friendly financial daily, De Tijd, is published in Flemish. The newspaper was successfully relaunched in March 2012 with a switch in size from Nordic to Berliner format. It has since then been produced at EPC. Circulation has risen from 36,000 in 2010 to 39,000 copies in 2012. The judges described the paper as “particularly innovative,” saying: “De Tijd uses visual storytelling—telling stories with visual tools—and, along with its headlines and texts, creates a unique information sphere.”

The Dutch tabloid Trouw has a circulation of 105,000 copies and headquarters in Amsterdam. Along with the classic sections devoted to national news, the newspaper has many stitched supplements. In 2012, two further magazine-like inserts were developed, which are printed by EPC in Lokeren: “letter & geest” (letter and mind), with the subheading “For readers and thinkers,” and “tijd” (time), which looks at everyday topics in greater depth. The judges said: “Trouw uses this concept to expand the range of daily newspapers away from simply representing daily news towards a more intellectual audience. It creates a kind of daily weekly newspaper.”

The award ceremony will take place during the European Newspaper Congress 2013 on May 6–7, 2013, in Vienna. It is organized by the newspaper designer Norbert Küpper as well as the people behind the journalist magazines Medium Magazin, Österreichischer Journalist, and Schweizer Journalist.
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