2014 SWUG Photo Album

Otago Daily Times Plant Tour

ODT flagship print site was the hostsite for the 2014 SWUG Conference.

The Goss Universal HT70 press was installed into a new press building in 1997. It was commissioned and printed its first publication on February 25 1998. The press configuration was 4 X four high towers with one J 2:3:3 jaw folder with skip slitter and a quarter fold. A ribbon deck was installed above the upper former. The press was equipped with 5 Megtec auto splicers. In 2004 we added the extra J2:3:3 shaftless folder and a new ferag TTR pick-up.

In 2006, we added a further 1 and a half towers and a further two reel stands. The press can print 40 BS pages in full colour with a further 16 B&W pages from the half tower giving a total product size of 56 BS pages in collect.

Our normal Saturday edition is 112 plus pages these days so we preprint two sections and collate through the Ferag inserting drum. We print the ODT, and the Southland Times 6 days per week on the night shift, and 22 other tab and BS publications during the day.

2014 SWUG Post Conference Tabloid

The 14th annual SWUG Conference, branded Think With Ink?, celebrated a highly successful venture to the deep south by lifting the bar to new heights with entries into the SWUG Quality Awards. A record number of attendees – well over 105 – saw a fantastic two days of presentations, in which technical sessions were mixed with networking, socializing and industry awards. Chairman Dan Blackbourn opened the conference at Dunedin’s Southern Cross Hotel by saying a lot was happening in the industry with the Otago Daily Times getting a new Ferag INSERT IGNOREing drum and line, the Whakatane Beacon a new tower and folder, the Ashburton Guardian moving to a new production site at Rolleston, PMP bringing a 12-colour press and installing a digital press into its Christchurch site, and APN Print Ellerslie contracted to print work for Fairfax. He welcomed overseas delegates and sponsors from Tonga, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. The calibre of the quality awards was of the highest seen, which is a great tribute to the dedication of our craftspeople. Another outstanding apprentice was chosen for the Apprentice of the Year Award. This is the third year in a row that an APN Print apprentice has picked up the award, which is a testament to the high quality of the in-house tutoring that is being followed at Ellerslie. There was a fantastic Award Night at Larnach Castle, and the venue for the networking dinner and trivia night was a highlight for the attendees. Summing up at conference close, Dan said that bringing the conference back to the South Island.
 

2014 SWUG Conference guest speaker Steve Gurney

Steve Gurney is an Adventurer, an Inventor, and a Motivator. Ex-Professional adventure athlete, turned professional motivational speaker. Won the Coast to Coast a record nine times.

Raced mountain bikes for NZ at the world champs twice. Got an engineering degree. Invented a bike with wings. Poisoned by bat dung while racing in Borneo jungles.
Nearly died. Fought back to win the Coast to Coast 7 times more in a row. First cheeky nudist on NZ breakfast TV (did you choke on your Weetbix? ) Waxed his entire body for Dancing with the Stars. Awarded an MNZM gong for services to Endurance sport. World record crossing of the searing Sahara desert by wind-power. He’s spilled his thoughts and stories onto paper with 2 books: Lucky legs an autobiography, and Eating Dirt, adventure stories about managing risk.

Steve’s trained as a trainer in the field of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and incorporates some of this powerful research into his coaching, writing and speaking. He loves inspiring people to greater heights and loves teaching how to make mole-hills out of mountains. (Steve’s next mission is another 30-day kite-buggying world record up the Skeleton Coast of Namibia! )

ODT is the host site for SWUG 2014

The Otage Daily Times has the distinction of being the SWUG New Zealnd host site for 2014

The Goss Universal HT70 press was installed into a new press building in 1997. It was commissioned and printed its first publication on February 25 1998. The press configuration was 4 X four high towers with one J 2:3:3 jaw folder with skip slitter and a quarter fold.
A ribbon deck was installed above the upper former. The press was equipped with 5 Megtec auto splicers.
In 2004, we added the extra J2:3:3 shaftless folder and a new ferag TTR pick-up.
In 2006, we added a further 1 and a half towers and a further two reel stands.
The press can print 40 BS pages in full colour with a further 16 B&W pages from the half tower giving a total product size of 56 BS pages in collect.
Our normal Saturday edition is 112 plus pages these days so we preprint two sections and collate through the ferag INSERT IGNOREing drum.
We print the ODT, and the Southland Times 6 days per week on the night shift, and 22 other tab and BS publications during the day.