Media giant News International has opened what it calls the world's biggest printing plant, vowing that print newspapers still have a vibrant future despite the massive expansion of online media.
The plant at Broxbourne, north of London, covers an area the size of 23 football pitches and will triple previous print speeds for British titles of the group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation empire.
"We believe that print will continue to be a driving force in our business, even as we expand and grow in this connected age," said Murdoch's son James, who is head of News Corporation for Europe and Asia.
The new plant will spell the end of printing by News International at Wapping in east London, the scene of what was called the end of a Fleet Street era when Murdoch took on striking print unions and won in the mid-1980s.
The plant -- part of a 650 million pound (1.3 billion dollar, 830 million euro) investment including two other British plants -- will print one million copies per hour of the group's titles The Times and The Sun dailes and the News of the World and The Sun weeklies.