At a dinner held on the 19th October to celebrate the printing of the Financial Times in Malta, the latest technology in newspaper printing was launched in Malta. The dinner was attended by the Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi, Martin Dickson the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, Adrian Clarke Publisher of the Financial Times Europe and Ian Denhard Director of Logistics and Circulation. Jack Knadjian and Mick Jackson represented Kodak. Guests also included leading professionals and businessmen, hosted by Malcolm Miller CEO of Miller Distributors.
The Miller Group through its subsidiary Miller Newsprint Ltd. has invested in the latest digital printing technology and partnered with Kodak USA as its first newspaper printing site in the world. The Financial Times, leaders and innovators in this latest technology have supported this development from it earliest stages as they are interested in implementing this technology in other locations delivering improved customer service and furthering environmental benefits.
The Prime Minister praised this investment and detailed how this falls in line with Malta’s ambition of becoming a centre of excellence by 2015. Dr. Gonzi focused on the need for the Maltese economy and businesses to embrace latest technology and to maintain the rhythm of development of sectors now so important to Malta and its future.
In his address to guests, Malcolm Miller explained that the ability to print even very short runs enabled his company to have a large portfolio of newspaper titles from around the world printed and delivered to readers before breakfast – sometimes even earlier than they reach readers in their country of publication. So far, apart from the Financial Times, some 12 major international newspaper titles are being printed with a further 18 scheduled to start in the coming weeks. There are plans for Miller Newsprint to roll out this technology to other locations.
Apart from the improved reader service and the unique convenience to visitors to Malta, Miller also stressed the environmental benefits of reduced carbon footprint resulting from a reduction in flying newspapers – estimated to be the equivalent to emissions of circa 3500 cars on our roads. The newsprint used is almost exclusively recycled, further reducing any environmental impact. “This latest technology is a quantum leap from the traditional noisy and dirty printing environment and the whole process is performed in a high tech, clean and almost silent office environment” he concluded.