Large-scale Belgian printing plant opens up new opportunities beyond newspaper printing



One of the most extensive investment projects in the European newspaper industry is currently heading into its final phase. Since 2017, Belgium’s biggest newspaper printing plant, Coldset Printing Partners (CPP), has been renovating the printing section at its Paal-Beringen site. In future, there will be five production lines instead of four. CPP, a customer of Ferag for many years, has invested in equipment such as the tried-and-tested MultiSertDrum, MultiStack and StreamFold components.

In 2010, Coldset Printing Partners’s newspaper printing plant in Paal-Beringen was set up as a joint production facility for media companies Corelio and Concentra. Today, newspapers such as De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, De Gentenaar, L’Avenir, Gazet van Antwerpen, Het Belang van Limburg, De Limburger and Metro are printed here, approximately 80 km to the east of the capital Brussels. CPP is the biggest coldset printing company in the country with an output of almost 600,000 newspapers per night. Following a merger in 2017, it is now part of the Mediahuis media group.

Under the direction of CEO Paul Huybrechts, optimizing production has become an ongoing focus for CPP. Between 2010 and 2013, for example, insertion technology which had been used for 20 years was replaced with three much more efficiently designed Ferag MSD inserting drums. This was also when the company invested in a StreamFold quarterfold line for the first time.