Archant completes upgrade of its Norfolk presses

Regional news agency Archant Print has completed the £8m project to upgrade its Norwich presses – which it claims is now oneof the largest regional printing centres in the country.

The two-year project has resulted in the centre at Thorpe in Norwich being upgraded from six to ten presses after the publisher bought additional printing units that were no longer being used at Guardian Media Group‘s Trafford Park centre.

Archant’s revamped print centre is now capable of printing up to four papers and 320 different pages at the same time.

Adam Woodruff, Archant Press operations director, said: “We now have much greater flexibility in what we can offer and we have extra resilience to back that up when on increasingly rare occasions everything does not go according to plan.”

The group now prints all four of its daily newspapers and around 60 weeklies from the centre.

The regional publisher closed its Ipswich printing centre in February, switching print operations of The Ipswich Evening Star and other papers to Norwich.

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