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Presstek Establishes New Distribution Channel in The Benelux

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., July 14 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading provider of direct digital imaging technology today announced that it has established a new distribution channel in the Benelux. Presstek has appointed Blikman & Sartorius, of Omnigraph Group BV, to sell and service its Dimension series of CTP systems and chemistry-free CTP plates in the Netherlands. B&S will also sell and service the Ryobi 3404DI direct digital imaging press and related consumables. The Ryobi 3404 DI press is also distributed in Belgium by MAN Roland, a sister Omnigraph company. David Ventola, Presstek's General Manager -- Off Press said, "As Presstek enters the next phase of its market-focused emphasis it is essential to work with partners who have a strong sales and service network and who have demonstrated a firm commitment to CTP and DI solutions. Both Blikman & Sartorius and MAN Roland Belgium have a strong organization that provides an extensive portfolio of digital imaging solutions, as well as traditional prepress and pressroom products. We look forward to working with them to further expand Presstek's presence in the Benelux market." Blikman & Sartorius will be working closely with its sister company, MAN Roland, in the Netherlands focusing on smaller commercial printers with less than 20 employees. Presstek's CTP solutions are tailored for the small to medium sized printer. Mr. Henry de Vaal, Director of Blikman & Sartorius said, "Most printers are now moving into computer-to-plate systems. Presstek's technology offers them the ideal plate solution. Chemistry-free processing is of extreme importance in the Netherlands where government environmental regulations are very strict. Of further benefit is the ability for manual plate loading as smaller print shops deal with a variety of different plate sizes." "The Presstek CTP Dimension range fits perfectly into the B&S portfolio of products." Mr. de Vaal added, "We have a broad range of CTP offerings. Up until now, however, we could only offer a polyester imagesetter as an affordable alternative for small print shops because metal CTP was too expensive. With Presstek's Dimension, CTP becomes affordable for the small printer." B&S also offers several bespoke workflow modules to fit the needs of the client. Paul Willems, Sales Director PrePress & Pressroom at MAN Roland Belgium is convinced that the environmentally friendly processing solution from Presstek holds great potential for the Belgian market. "Chemistry-free processing is the trend of the future," said Willems. "In Belgium this is becoming more evident every day. The combination of the Dimension CTP platesetter and our press offerings form the ideal package for our target market, the small to medium size printer. As these shops move to computer-to-plate, we are now able to offer the right CTP solution at a price to fit their needs."




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