Malta’s Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi yesterday inaugurated an impressive state-of-the-art media complex in Mrieħel for Progress Press, the printers of The Times and The Sunday Times, marking the company’s official relocation from its St Paul’s Street premises in the capital city, Valletta. The new complex represents an investment of €30 million in cutting-edge printing technology and facilities that will enable the company to compete with leading European media companies.
Malta’s Archbishop, Monsignor Paul Cremona OP, and Leader of the Opposition, Dr Joseph Muscat, as well as clients, suppliers, shareholders and senior staff were present for the official opening of the new 10,000 square-metre building.
Lord Gerald Strickland had originally established Progress Press, now part of the Allied Group, as a printing press in 1922 to print his political newspapers in much more modest premises, then valued at £3,340, consisting of a large entrance, an office, three rooms where the printing machines were installed, a printers’ office, a store room and some other rooms.
In addition to newspapers Progress Press produces an ever growing product range inclding brochures, catalogues, manuals, magazines and books.