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Presstek Leadership in DI & CTP Evident at OnDemand Expo

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK – February 28, 2001 – Presstek, Inc.’s (Nasdaq:PRST) leading position as the preferred supplier of DIÒ (direct imaging) solutions in the On Demand and related publishing markets is evident at this week’s On Demand Conference. The event is being held February 28-March 2 at the Javits Center in New York City. In its own exhibit (#142), Presstek is showing its new Dimension CTP system and Anthem chemical-free thermal plate. Additionally, Presstek’s DI leadership is evident at the Xerox exhibit (#1323), with demonstrations of the new DocuColor 233 DI. The DocuColor 233 DI is a highly automated, A3-size, four-color sheet-fed direct imaging press. Efrem Lieber, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support for Presstek, and presenter at the On Demand Direct-to-Press Conference (March 1st at 1:45 pm), speaks of the continuing momentum in the DI segment. "Direct Imaging was introduced in 1991. At Drupa 1995, there were only two examples of the technology in existence. But at Drupa 2000, there were 14 on-press imaging presses commercial, demonstrated, or announced," he remarked. In fact, Lieber goes on to say that there are nearly 1700 DI presses in daily operation around the world today, with the number increasing at a rate of approximately 20 to 30 per month. "We expect over time that this rate will improve as installations of the new presses demonstrated at Drupa 2000 gather momentum," continued Lieber. As further demonstration of the acceptance of DI technologies, installations of CTP systems are also rising. Solutions like the Dimension Series and easy-to-use chemical-free plates like Anthem have made it feasible for smaller operations to harness the lower costs of entry to compete in the On Demand marketplace. One believer is Tom Eczko, Prepress Manager of Printing Images in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and a Presstek Dimension400 user. According to Eczko, "There were no kinks to work out. The adjustment period was nonexistent--Presstek installed the system on a Monday and trained Printing Images on the system during the week." By the following Monday, Eczko found himself turning out the chemical-free plates without difficulty. Through the first four months of operation, Printing Images relied on its Dimension400 for an estimated 98 percent of its prepress operations.