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Indigo New Platinum Delivers Extremely High Image Quality at Best-in-Class Price

Press release from the issuing company

MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands--July 25, 2001-- Indigo N.V., a leader in digital color printing systems, today has introduced the Platinum, a new Digital Offset Color press which achieves very high image quality and functionality at a base configuration price below $200,000. The new press is designed to bring the benefits of digital printing to commercial printers, trade shops, repro houses, in-plant and quick printers. The Company announced that the Platinum digital press is already shipping to customers worldwide. Platinum's extremely high image quality is a result of Indigo's new laser writing head development called Image Tracking Technology (ITT). This breakthrough capability enables the imaging lasers to precisely lock on to the surface motion of the Photo Imaging Plate (PIP), creating high resolution images and highly uniform tints and solids. The image quality of Platinum is far superior to any other digital solution in its class. Indigo's exclusive liquid ElectroInk enables Platinum to achieve true offset quality by replicating the surface texture of the substrate instead of masking it, as is the case with toner-based systems. ElectroInk also dries instantaneously, providing durable prints, which can be immediately folded without smearing, cracking or flaking. Platinum's deep, rich image quality is further enhanced with the option of adding two additional colors which can be spot colors, specially mixed colors or fluorescent colors. Platinum can handle a wide variety of paper and non-paper stocks without degradation in image quality or productivity. Platinum's value and versatility are further enhanced by its optional five and six color printing capability, automatic duplexing and color personalization. "Platinum represents a turning point. For the first time, it enables users to enjoy breathtaking, luxurious image quality at a very affordable price,'' explained Indigo Chairman and CEO Benny Landa. "We are pleased to be able to offer our customers such an exciting value at a time when their ability to differentiate themselves is key to success in today's highly competitive marketplace.'' Mr. Landa added, "Beginning early next year, Indigo will be offering its existing TurboStream customers Image Tracking Technology upgrades to enable them to achieve Platinum image quality on their existing hardware. Indigo is proud of its long-standing practice of offering its existing customers the latest technological advances as product upgrades whenever possible. The ITT upgrade will help our existing TurboStream customers protect the value of their investment while enhancing their competitiveness and expanding their digital printing market opportunities.'' Designed for the moderate to high volume production of on-demand and personalized jobs, Platinum produces 2,000 full color, letter size/A4 sheets per hour. Under Indigo's uptrade program, the Platinum can be uptraded at any time to the higher volume Indigo UltraStream. Platinum will be showcased at the upcoming Print 01 exhibition in Chicago at the Indigo booth, #2129, Hall A, September 6 - 13, 2001.

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