New Finnish joint venture newspaper printer selects Flowman SaaS

Date 03/17/2010

Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Plc and HSS-Median Ltd are building a new joint venture print site called Botnia Print. Flowman's SaaS solutions have been chosen to take care of prepress production and online customer service. Printing will commence in the last quarter 2010 with 15 internal titles and several contract titles on a KBA Cortina dry offset press. Flowman solutions will be implemented into production before the summer at the existing press site of Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Plc.

Production director Jari Lähdesmäki from Botnia Print said “We wanted the leading edge prepress technology and investigated all available combination of solutions and service providers. Flowman SaaS was clearly the best match: We were convinced by their advanced technology, deep understanding of the processes and unbeaten overall cost efficiency”.

“We invested in technology that offers cost effective micro zoning to our print production. We realized that also Flowman has concentrated on fulfilling this increasing need, and their products matched all the prerequisites of our investment criteria” Mr. Lähdesmäki added.

“Botnia Print represents a new dynamic thinking in the industry” says Petri Karjalainen, CEO of Flowman. “This modern print site equipped with effective production technology where investment and running costs can be shared among several, even competitive, titles demonstrates original and tactical business management”.

Flowman Virtual Front Desk and Virtual Prepress solutions are utilised by Botnia Print to fully automate all daily routine prepress production transactions between publishers and printers.
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Botnia Print is 33% owned by HSS-media Ltd. and the rest by Keski-Pohjanmaan Plc.

Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Plc is a traditional, forward thinking media group. Main business areas are publishing, printing and audio visual services. Main titles include newspapers Keskipohjanmaa, Kokkola and Kalajokilaakso.

HSS Media Ltd is a media group publishing amongst others Vasabladet, Österbottens Tidning, Pietarsaaren Sanomat and Syd-Österbotten and has headquarters in Vaasa, Finland.

Flowman Oy is a Finnish high-tech company dedicated to streamlining business processes in the print media industry. The company combines best Finnish automation and software practices from different industry sectors with its own pre-press production background to develop new ways to manage business processes. Flowman has its headquarters in Oulu -"the silicon valley of Finland”.
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More information:
Flowman Oy
Petri Karjalainen
petri.karjalainen@flowman.fi

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