Impremiere FL Web invests $11 million in Goss technology

Imprimerie FL Web's new Goss Sunday 3000 Press is two storeys high and 185 feet long.
Imprimerie FL Web’s new Goss Sunday 3000 Press is two storeys high and 185 feet long.
François Chicoine, President of Imprimerie FL Web, with his wife Line Chamberland, in front of their new Goss Sunday 3000 48-page rotary press.
François Chicoine, President of Imprimerie FL Web, with his wife Line Chamberland, in front of their new Goss Sunday 3000 48-page rotary press.

Imprimerie FL Web (Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Quebec) President François Chicoine, has announced the installation of a new Goss Sunday 3000 Press. The state-of-the-art, 48-page rotary press makes the family-owned company one of the most advanced offset printers in Canada. The $11 million investment resulted in the creation of 40 new jobs – a figure that could triple, according to Chicoine. Imprimerie FL Web also had to double its existing building space from 40,000 to 80,000 square feet to house this two-storey-high, 185-foot-long press. The company specializes in pre-press, web offset, sheetfed, finishing, mailing and print consulting services.

With it new high-speed press, Imprimerie FL Web will become “the first and only Canadian printer than can simultaneously produce 48 perfect-bound (magazine style) pages.” The purchase has also enabled the company to triple production to over 4.3 million pages per hour. Imprimerie FL Web is now one of Canada’s highest-output printing operations with speeds of up to 3,000 feet per minute, and press width of 114 inches. The Goss Sunday 3000’s exceptional ease-of-use gives the company much greater freedom in folding, paper options and section selection, while increasing performance reducing printing costs.

Imprimerie FL Web Presdient François Chicoine (centre) surrounded by his wife, Line Chamberland and their five children who are also employees and company shareholders – (from left) Pegguie, Valérie, Vick, Lucien and Kerby Chicoine.
Imprimerie FL Web Presdient François Chicoine (centre) surrounded by his wife, Line Chamberland and their five children who are also employees and company shareholders – (from left) Pegguie, Valérie, Vick, Lucien and Kerby Chicoine.

Imprimerie FL Web plans to broaden its client base by bringing in major accounts with huge weekly print volumes. “Such growth is consistent with our personalized approach and family-business values, focused on client service,” said President François Chicoine, whose wife and five children work for the firm and are all shareholders. The leading Quebec printer also plans to increase its presence in the Ontario and U.S. markets. At full capacity, the new press can print up to 10 truckloads of product per day.

The Goss Sunday 3000 Press, the OEM’s original “gapless” press, is aimed at high-volume applications and delivers high speeds on wide webs with exceptional print quality. Gapless blankets and pinless folding facilitate substantial paper savings from a shorter cutoff, while its highly automated controls maximize printing efficiency. Other key features include independent AC drives, continuous 14-roll inker, Omni Makeready for waste reduction and Omni Reporting for fast, accurate project-data collection.

Established in 1986 by François Chicoine and his wife, Line Chamberland, Imprimerie F.L. Web provides cost-efficient high-quality offset printing services. The family firm has been making its mark throughout Quebec as a well-respected industry leader for more than three decades. The firm currently employs more then 60 people and serves all of Quebec, the Maritime provinces and Ontario/U.S. border areas.

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.