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Integrated Book Technology Installs Delphax Digital Web Press

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 9, 2004 – Delphax Technologies Inc., a global provider of high-speed digital printing and publishing systems, and Integrated Book Technology, Inc. (IBT), one of North America's leading all-digital book manufacturers, have announced the installation of IBT’s first Delphax CR1300 digital web press at IBT’s Troy, New York production facility in late September. The press is capable of running from roll stock to delivery of untrimmed books at a continuous throughput speed of 300 feet, or 2,400 pages per minute, an industry-leading speed performance that produces eight 300-page 6 x 9 books a minute. "We carefully evaluated all of the web digital printing systems in the marketplace," said William Clockel, Chief Technology Officer of IBT. "The Delphax CR1300 provides exceptional efficiency with its outstanding speed and clear advantage in pricing per page. The bottom line is that the throughput of our CR1300 equals the output of all seven of our DocuTechs, and the labor-to-page ratio is dramatic. We have 18 operators running our Docutechs 24/7. To get an equivalent output with the CR1300, we need only four operators." Clockel pointed out that the CR1300 with its exclusive electron beam imaging (EBI) print engine technology is simple to operate, making it easy to train a crew capable of quickly achieving the target production level on the press. Jay Herman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Delphax, cited the significance of the IBT installation. "IBT is a true pioneer and innovative leader in digital book manufacturing," he noted, "and their first CR1300 installation exemplifies the widening acceptance of our products and our increasing penetration of the high-potential digital publishing market. We enjoy a dynamic partner-oriented relationship with IBT, and together we are working to maximize the power and value of Delphax high-speed digital printing technology to help them expand the range of applications for our system and provide an additional platform for growth." Clockel is looking forward to realizing additional operational benefits from several new field-installed enhancements that Delphax will be making to the CR1300 system over the next few months. They are designed to increase the productivity of the press even further. When the enhancements are in place they are expected to enable IBT to run a wider range of book printing jobs on the CR1300 and open opportunities to digitally print longer-run jobs that publishers now usually produce on conventional presses. "We have aggressive growth plans for IBT," Clockel says, "and we know that the Delphax CR1300 has great potential for us. It is a press with the advanced digital technology and performance capability that will play an important role in helping us achieve our objectives. Ultimately, we expect to get at least 1.7 million pages a day from our Delphax CR Series press," Clockel continued. "The full productivity of the CR1300 alone will enable us to double the entire daily output of our total operation. It's a real workhorse."




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