Transcontinental invests $60 M in Montreal newspaper printing facility to support its growth



    MONTREAL, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Transcontinental today announced plans
to invest $60 million in state of the art equipment at its Transcontinental
Transmag newspaper printing facility in Montreal. When completed in 2009, the
printing plant, which mainly produces daily and weekly newspapers and
specialty publications, will be one of the most modern in the world.
    Transcontinental clients will have the option to include 100% colour
pages on every page of a publication, a capability upon which growth in the
newspaper industry is largely based. In addition to this, clients will benefit
from improved production quality and efficiencies, which means top quality
printed products can be produced within tighter timelines.
    "This investment of $60 million is part of our strategy to become North
America's leader in newspaper printing outsourcing," said François Olivier,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Transcontinental. "It demonstrates that
we remain in a solid position for growth, and we have the financial resources
to maintain our commitment to development over the long term by anticipating
the new needs of our customers and meeting them quickly. Over the past five
years, Transcontinental has invested approximately $250 million in its
printing facilities in the Montreal region alone."
    "Transcontinental Media will also benefit, as around 40 of our community
newspapers, as well as the business newspaper Les Affaires and Métro Montreal,
our free daily paper, are printed at Transcontinental Transmag," Mr. Olivier
added. "As Transcontinental Media's renowned brands continue to set the
standard of excellence in published products, this will further facilitate the
extension of its brand success across the digital platform."
    To transform itself into one of the most modern newspaper printing
facilities in the world, Transcontinental Transmag will acquire a MAN Roland
CIC 8 web press with full colour capacity, as well as a new ultra violet (UV)
dryer, a process never before used in North America. In order to accommodate
the new press and peripheral equipment, the facility will be expanded to
145,000 sq. feet from its current size of 80,000 sq. feet.

    About Transcontinental

    The largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America,
Transcontinental is also the country's leading publisher of consumer magazines
and French-language educational resources, and its second-largest community
newspaper publisher. Transcontinental distinguishes itself by creating
strategic partnerships that integrate the company into its customers' value
chain, notably through its unique newspaper printing outsourcing model and its
value-added services. From mass to highly personalized marketing, the company
offers its clients integrated solutions which include a continent-leading
direct marketing offering, a diverse digital platform and a door-to-door
advertising material distribution network. Transcontinental is a company whose
values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its
operation.
    Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B) has approximately 15,000 employees
in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of
C$2.3 billion in 2007.
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For further information:

For further information: Media: Nessa Prendergast, Director, Media
Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2809,
nessa.prendergast@transcontinental.ca; Financial Community: Jennifer F.
McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514)
954-2821, jennifer.mccaughey@transcontinental.ca; www.transcontinental.com

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