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November 29, 2017

We’re delighted our team efforts have been recognised at the recent Scottish Magazine Awards 2017…….

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We’re delighted our team efforts have been recognised at the recent Scottish Magazine Awards 2017 in Edinburgh. Winning the Small Publishing Company Magazine award at this prestigious ceremony is testament to the work our editor, Genevieve White, contributors and design team have put into continually improving our monthly magazine.

Covering all topics to bring our valued readership a taste of what life in Shetland has to offer locals and tourists alike, our drive to provide a magazine that is full of great topics, informative features allied with great photography will step up another gear moving into 2018.

We have more surprises and new ideas that are currently in development which we are excited about sharing with our readers and potential new readers! If you would like a quick look at a sample of our magazine you can view it, at http://subscriber.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/subscribe.aspx?source=4&eid=3cdd8dd4-37b6-4c57-8d95-13e5bc5b431f, and can also subscribe to our digital edition on this page too. Perhaps you know someone who would appreciate a subscription to the magazine as a gift – perfect timing for Christmas.

If you’ve not read Shetland Life recently, it’s definitely worth leafing through our pages to see how it’s changed and we hope you agree the magazine is a great way to keep up to date with life on our wonderful island. And remember to look out for our teasers in the local newspaper prior us bringing you more exciting news about our award winning magazine!

 

September 25, 2017

…..asked many locals as the naked (top right) van cruised past. We are delighted with our new van graphics

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…..asked many locals as the naked (top right) van cruised past. We are delighted with our new van graphics and are can now reveal – it’s us, The Shetland Times!!

Promoting our core business of design & print, weekly printed newspaper, monthly magazine and online news portal, we hope our eye-catching graphics (and van colour) get more potential customers talking. And talking to us about utilising all our products and services.

The newspaper brand is very well known but can sometimes lead to our other products and services being overshadowed. The van graphics are to remind all potential clients that our design team and print factory facilities (we have the only commercial print presses on the island) are available to them.

Well designed promotional print products still pack a mighty punch, have an enviable reach and provide great ROI. In this age of multimedia marketing and communication, print retains a number of unique qualities that grab the attention of consumers. By integrating print and online services, we help manage and provide our customers with highly effective cross media packages that can include online advertising, videos and podcast promotions.

We foresee our latest weapon, the green machine, will help us get this message across.

February 13, 2012

Winning a GOLD Shetland Tidy Business award at the recent accreditation ceremony is testimony to our…

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Winning a GOLD Shetland Tidy Business award at the recent accreditation ceremony is testimony to our company’s continued commitment to meeting the rigorous national criteria that this award is based upon. Having won Silver awards in 2010 and 2011, this GOLD award is a credit to our workforce for improving standards.

Tidy Business Award is an annual award scheme with three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The aim of the scheme is to raise the awareness of local businesses about methods of containment, storage, collection and disposal of their waste, promoting litter or recycling initiatives to the public and schools, enhancing local community environment and to drive up standards in general.

Working for a clean, green, sustainable Shetland, the awards also focus on waste minimisation strategies for local businesses and we are proud to be involved in such initiatives.

March 1, 2011

Our Rockwell Goss Community is an eight-unit, web offset, lithographic press incorporating a four-colour printing tower…

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Our Rockwell Goss Community is an eight-unit, web offset, lithographic press incorporating a four-colour printing tower. This allows us to produce our local newspaper The Shetland Times, the Orkney & Shetland Standard, various special event feature pull-outs, and in 2005 a special edition daily full-colour newspaper for the Island Games sporting event which was held in Shetland over seven days.

The Goss began life at our previous premises at Prince Alfred Street, Lerwick in 1980 with only three units and a folder. Additional units have since been installed to meet our customers’ advertising needs and also a demand for increased pagination.

For the technically minded, some of our press specifications and related details are listed below:

  • Maximum capacity, printed in one run using all eight units, produces a 40-page tabloid newspaper (including eight full-colour pages);
  • Papers larger than 40pp are produced in separate runs and collated together;
  • Five webs are run and split as they are formed on a v-folder;
  • It takes three printers and two assistants to run a 40pp newspaper;
  • Run speed is approximately 13,000 copies per hour;
  • Single width units run blanket to blanket from paper housed within integral web reel stands;
  • Reel statistics: width = 890mm, length 11750m, weight = 477kg, grammage = 45gsm;
  • Approximately 18,000 copies of an 8pp newspaper are contained on one reel;
  • An average of four full reels are used every week to produce the local newspaper;
  • Approximately 11,500 copies of The Shetland Times are printed on a Thursday each week.

Please contact us if you are considering producing a project in a “newspaper” style format and we can discuss the technical specifications prior to providing you with a free quotation.

Click here to access our Contact Form.


March 1, 2011

When sourcing print equipment the Shetland Times is acutely aware of our environmental responsibilities…

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When sourcing print equipment the Shetland Times is acutely aware of our environmental responsibilities. Our aim is to give our clients the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of their print orders by purchasing from Shetland Times Printing as well as allowing them to be part of, and have access to, a cleaner, greener printing process.

Our main commercial printing press, a five-colour B2 S29, was installed by Komori in 2006 and allows us to provide our clients with consistent, eye-catching promotional print products.

Our competitive pricing policy is guaranteed to give our customers the service and products they expect and deserve. Click here to view our online print quotation forms.

Please see our machine plant list here for complete technical specifications of all our machinery.


March 1, 2011

Most of our general commercial stationery and finishing work is produced on a carefully chosen selection of Heidelberg machinery…

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Most of our general commercial stationery and finishing work is produced on a carefully chosen selection of Heidelberg machinery. Customers can expect quick turn-around of jobs due to the high productivity speeds of our equipment.

Cost-effective, competitive quotations for all work are free.

Our competitive pricing policy is guaranteed to give our customers the service and products they expect and deserve.

Please see our machine plant list here for complete technical specifications of all our machinery.

Click here to view our online print quotation forms.


March 1, 2011

Our pre-press department has the latest Agfa Galileo VXT Computer-To-Plate system (CTP) installed allowing us to deliver precise…

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Our pre-press department has the latest Agfa Galileo VXT Computer-To-Plate system (CTP) installed allowing us to deliver precise image quality in an energy efficient manner. This benefits our clients through the production of sharp, high impact imagery on all of their products.

The CTP system has eliminated the use of photographic film, allows the use of water-based chemicals in all our processes, incorporates a violet-laser imaging head (which lasts for up to seven years) and limits waste, which all helps us greatly reduce the environmental impact of this process.

Please see our pre-press plant list here for complete technical specifications of all our machinery.


March 1, 2011

We aim to provide a more environmentally friendly, full-colour, commercial printing option and wider range of print formats than was previously available to our clients…

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We aim to provide a more environmentally friendly, full-colour, commercial printing option and wider range of print formats than was previously available to our clients. This not only gives individuals and companies the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of their print orders by purchasing from Shetland Times Printing but allows them to be part of, and have access to, a cleaner, greener printing process.

Recent awards include Green Apple Environmental Gold Award for Media Scotland 2010, Keep Scotland Beautiful Tidy Business Standard Silver Award 2011 and the Shetland Environmental Award 2009 – demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice in the conservation and enhancement of Shetland’s environment. We have also achieved the following increase in orders for recycled paper which we hope to sustain and improve on: 2008 – 24 orders; 2009 – 34 orders; 2010 – 72 orders.

Our recent improvements now enable us to offer clients the following environmental benefits:

Printing Press

  • Energy Consumption – Reduced energy consumption through use of high efficiency invertor motors on our press. The integrated automation and digital-ready structural design of the press also reduces make-ready waste and times.
  • Noise Countermeasure – Due to the build structure the press runs much quieter than the previous conventional lithographic machinery and therefore reduces noise pollution.
  • Waste Avoidance – The “KHS High Speed Inking System” automatically sets ink levels, dramatically reducing set-up time and cutting paper waste and the “overs” that are required for jobs.
  • Vacuum packed ink cartridges eliminate ink “skinning” and therefore ink consumption is reduced and ink wastage eliminated.
  • Oil wastage is reduced through the installation of an oil cleaner with integrated oil pump.
  • Ability to run a larger maximum paper size allows us to impose jobs in a more cost-effective manner and reduces paper waste.
  • Alcohol Free – We have configured our press to allow us to run alcohol free, therefore completely eliminating the use of isopropyl alcohol from the process.

Computer to Plate Processing System (CTP)

  • Energy Consumption – The Galileo CTP system replaces three previously separate machines and uses power more efficiently.
  • As the plate exposure, carriage, development and drying processes are all housed within the Galileo system it is a much more energy efficient procedure.
  • Waste Avoidance – Consistent density/tonal range quality reduces the need for remakes and, with advanced screening, the reduction of dot gain in turn reduces the amount of ink consumption on the press without loss of print quality.
  • Water and solvent usage levels are closely observed through the use of factory fitted monitoring equipment.
    Used chemicals are secured, stored and transported to a company specialising in the safe disposal of such waste.
  • We now use water-based chemicals for our pre-press process. Waste chemicals produced are disposed of following best practice guidelines.

Proofing System

  • Energy Consumption – The PRO7800 has replaced two previously separate machines, improving energy efficiency.
  • Exposure times have been cut from five separate ultraviolet exposures to one single digital print output thus eliminating the use of energy sapping ultraviolet lamps.
  • Waste Avoidance – The amount of raw proofing materials previously used has been reduced from six sheets per proof to one single sheet per proof.
  • Recycling – Used aluminium plates from all of our printing presses are securely stored and transported to a company specialising in recycling for onward use.

Paper Suppliers

All of our main suppliers have achieved the ISO14001 environmental management standard. We actively purchase papers that have come from traceable and sustainable sources and conform to the Forestry Stewardship Commission’s policy on inclusive and shared responsibility for setting high social, environmental and economic standards for forest management.

Local Government

Each week production of The Shetland Times newspaper inevitably leads to some pre-consumer waste newsprint being produced during the make-ready process. An agreement with Shetland Islands Council now sees this waste being collected each Friday morning before being shredded for re-use as bedding material for animals (local horse stables etc) within the isles.

Sustainability

With every purchase of new machinery we make in the future Shetland Times Printing intends to improve not only on our technical and production capabilities, but continue to increase our environmental credentials. Some benefits from our actions will also be inextricably passed on to the clients who choose to use our greener printing services.

General Waste Avoidance

Employees are all encouraged to ensure simple measures like shutting down computers rather than leaving on stand-by, and switching off lights in various departments that are not in use, is carried out on a daily basis.

Our factory heating system is now connected to the local Waste to Energy plant making the previous oil burning boiler redundant. This has reduced, and helped provide a greener alternative to, our overall energy consumption.

Packaging (boxes, wrappers etc) received from outside suppliers/sources are all re-used where possible to avoid wastage or unnecessary use of unused packaging materials.

Environmental Credentials

We currently offer a wide selection of graded recycled papers to our customers. Some of these grades are produced using 100% recovered fibres which have been recycled purely from waste products. Others are a mixture of de-inked pre/post consumer waste mixed with virgin fibres and are selected depending on our clients’ requirement. For example, we currently order a paper that is produced from 50% de-inked post-consumer waste, 25% pre-consumer waste and only 25% virgin fibre (samples available on request). These mixed source substrates are produced from recycled wood or fibre and come from well managed forests and other controlled sources with a proven chain of custody.