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Oce Printing Systems and MAN Roland Strengthen Digital Color Position

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CHICAGO -Sept. 7, 2001--Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. significantly expands its position in the graphic arts marketplace through a strategic alliance with MAN Roland, the second largest offset press provider in the world. The relationship greatly increases the scope of digital systems, service and support available to MAN Roland's traditional US customer base of graphic arts and commercial printers. Digital color is rapidly transforming the commercial printing marketplace, creating attractive opportunities for new revenue. As traditional offset operations seek digital color capabilities, MAN Roland is teaming up with Oce to provide the best results for customers as quickly as possible. The MAN Roland DICOpress, DICOpage and DICOpack digital color printing systems, based on Xeikon technology, will be available in the US in association with Oce and Xeikon America Inc. Oce entered into a reseller agreement with Xeikon America, Inc in December 2000 to sell and support Xeikon branded digital color printing solutions. This agreement has now been expanded to include the DICO family of products to help MAN Roland ramp up the DICO color market in the USA through established partners who understand digital output and opportunities. Already a leader in the digital printing world, Oce assumes a greater role in bringing digital color to the graphic arts and commercial printing arena, at a critical time when these markets are rapidly moving toward digital capabilities to maintain competitiveness. Oce will supply support to DICO installations across the U.S., with responsibility for installation, training, service and 24/7 technical expertise. "No matter what functionality they require, MAN Roland customers can expand their business, confident in the support and products of industry leaders who are working together to ensure customer satisfaction,'' said Tim Moylan, Vice President of Systems & Software at Oce Printing Systems USA, Inc. "Companies can acquire all the new technologies they need in a seamless process from introduction to integration, thereby improving their competitive advantage in the marketplace.'' Oce is quickly building a solid color position through a combination of strategic partnerships and expert internal development. The company has established relationships with some of the most prestigious names in the graphic arts segment, including Xeikon, Duplo, Muller Martini and Willamette Paper. MAN Roland customers gain access to sales and support specialists from one of the industry's foremost experts. Companies new to digital printing can reduce risks and delays when acquiring high-end digital color capabilities. MAN Roland customers who are also ready for black and white systems can work directly with Oce professionals to access the company's full line of PageStream and DemandStream digital solutions, from front-end software to print systems to finishing equipment. The new relationship will be introduced to the graphic arts and commercial printing community at PRINT 01, where the broad range of Oce digital systems, front-end software, and advanced finishing solutions can be seen in Booth 5730.

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