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InfoPrint Brings High Quality Color to Mid-Market

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

BOULDER, Co – October 13, 2008 – InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today unveiled its latest high speed digital color cut-sheet solution for the mid-market, the InfoPrint ProC900. Order taking and availability will begin in the first quarter 2009, and sales will be accompanied by customer support from InfoPrint's global services and support team.

This machine is aimed at driving the continual uptake of color across the industry, bringing the benefits of InfoPrint's 50 plus years of experience in production print to operations with demand for cost effective color printing. It will also enable a wide variety of output solutions, including Print on Demand (POD), innovative marketing techniques like TransPromo and Direct Mail.

The InfoPrint ProC900 is ideal for in-plant, service bureaus and print-for-pay customers with monthly volumes of 50,000 to 240,000 pages, requiring high quality color. This color printer is an important addition to InfoPrint's print portfolio, the most comprehensive and high-performance range in the industry. It bridges the gap between award-winning production machines such as the full-color drop-on-demand InfoPrint 5000 and monochrome InfoPrint 4100, and its extensive cut-sheet portfolio, including the InfoPrint EMP156.

"Our focus is to enable the creation of dynamic digital output that brings our customers a business advantage utilizing the latest technology innovations and high-end professional services support," said Paul Preo, Director Cutsheet Solutions at InfoPrint. "With growth in color expected to nearly triple by 2010, along with a market need for more demanding output options, the InfoPrint C900 meets the challenge of expanding technology innovation while managing growing complexity in print jobs. This is all with a keen eye on the overall cost of operations, a key driver for our customers in today's economic climate."

The InfoPrint ProC900 is flexible, high production and high-speed, with a variety of finishing and software options for complex project management including:

- High-speed printing options with up to 90 impressions per minute (ipm) in both full color and monochrome.

- Ease of use for imposition, make ready, and composition tools

- Flexible functionality to optimize operations including scanner and copying options on the MFP model, the InfoPrint ProC900s

- Expanded input and output capacity with volumes up to 11,000 pages input and 13,000 pages output – allowing for long unattended production runs of larger jobs, aimed at increasing overall profitability and productivity

- Variable output settings permitting users to handle jobs on media of different weights. Rated speed via air assist maintains print speeds, even with heavy stock

- Increased productivity settings to maximize continuous runs such as on-the-fly toner and paper change, and six Trained Customer Replaceable Units, a new program offering skilled operator replaceable parts which minimizes downtime

- An extensive array of feed and finishing options for highly flexible operations and output formats

- State-of-the-art color management features for end-to-end color reproduction accuracy via a powerful 1200 DPI engine. This produces an outstanding range of colors, spot color, soft proofing and laser-sharp printing

- Technical support from InfoPrint's team of integration specialists, offering the benefits of InfoPrint's color heritage to mid-range customers

InfoPrint ProC900 customers will also benefit from the support of InfoPrint's global maintenance and services teams, designed to enable customers to be more productive through print operations that are consistently maintained and available. This also brings high returns on technology investments. InfoPrint has more than 1,000 service and maintenance specialists in 36 territories around the world.

In line with InfoPrint's current cut-sheet portfolio, the upcoming InfoPrint ProC900 was developed using technology from Ricoh Printing Systems (RPS), formerly Hitachi Printing Solutions, which was acquired by Ricoh in 2004.

For more information on the InfoPrint ProC900, please visit www.infoprint.com. Schedule of geographic and model availability will be announced in 2009.




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