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Success for Punch Graphix Americas at Print 05 and Converting 05

Monday, October 03, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

Itasca, IL, September 30, 2005 -- Punch Graphix Americas reports exceptional attendance and system sales at the Print 05 show thanks, in part, to the compelling combination of live customer print production of postcards and innovative digital print applications. "Print 05 was an outstanding event for us. We sold a total of more than 20 Xeikon digital color printing and basysPrint CTP/ Prepress systems," states Kristof Vereenooghe, President and CEO, Punch Graphix Americas. "In addition, we gathered many quality leads that are sure to materialize into sales over the next few months," adds Kristof. One of the major crowd pleasers at the Punch Graphix booth was the printing of live production variable data direct mail jobs from expresscopy.com, a long-standing Xeikon user, on the Xeikon 5000. During Print 05, a part of expresscopy.com's daily orders was redirected to the Xeikon 5000 on the show floor for printing. Many visitors to the Punch Graphix booth were impressed by this live application and rated it as "One of the best demonstrations of applied technology they had ever seen". At the show, more than 50,000 variable data postcards for 165 different expresscopy.com customers were printed and picked up for delivery by the US Postal Service. The Punch Graphix booth also displayed a second Xeikon 5000 that printed self-mailers on pre-perfed stock with co-adhesive glue and a remoist strip. This application, similar to one in production at Inter-State Studio, Inc. -- another successful Xeikon customer -- also attracted a lot of attention. Kristof remarked, "Attendees were clearly impressed with our customers showing applications which command volumes of several million impressions per month." Several of the applications printed on the Xeikon 5000 were run through the Xeikon Print Protector -- a hot-seller at the show. The Xeikon Print Protector enables digitally printed documents to be finished and handled swiftly under demanding conditions. Running in-line with one of the Xeikon 5000 systems, customers saw the increased durability and handling characteristics of digital prints treated with the Xeikon Print Protector first-hand. The applications demonstrated on basysPrint CTP/Prepress systems followed the same trend with prospects marveling at the high quality and low cost offered with real-life examples of CTP imaging on conventional plates. In addition, booth visitors, existing customers and those familiar with the basysPrint technology were captivated with the new "scrolling" technology feature of the basysPrint systems. The scrolling technology provides a smooth, continuous imaging resulting in speed increases of 30-50% and simplification of the equipment's optics and design. Prospects noted and commented that with the increased speeds and competitive price points associated with scrolling technology, basysPrint systems are in prime position to serve the first time CTP adopters as well as the existing CTP users of competitive systems. At the show, basysPrint’s 8-up offering for the commercial market, the UV-Setter Series 7, generated tremendous interest -- especially among printers involved in paperboard packaging and commercial applications. The CTP/Prepress prospects were particularly impressed with the unique value proposition of the basysPrint systems: the ability to produce durable long-run conventional plates in an environmentally friendly manner.

 

 

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