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Consolidated Graphics Provides Antimicrobial Agent For Printed Matter

Press release from the issuing company

HOUSTON--Jan. 8, 2002--Consolidated Graphics announced that it is the first commercial printing corporation in North America to offer antimicrobial printed products treated with AgION antimicrobial. AgION antimicrobial is a silver zeolite that, when mixed with varnish coatings and/or ink, inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus on the surface of printed matter. "We are pleased to offer this complementary product to our customers. This unique product was developed, prior to recent events, in response to concerns for damaging bacteria being circulated in the environment,'' said Charles White, President and COO of Consolidated Graphics. "We now have the ability to coat any printed material with this antimicrobial agent, without damaging or altering color consistency.'' Roger Freeman, Chairman and CEO of AgION Technologies, added, "Our exclusive agreement with Consolidated Graphics demonstrates the versatility of our AgION product. Independent laboratory testing has demonstrated that the paper surface is effective against a broad range of bacteria. With Consolidated Graphics' formidable presence in the print marketplace, our partnership will put AgION in virtually every home and office in America.'' AgION antimicrobial provides a layer of protection that prevents the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria on the treated surface. Its active agent is silver in an inorganic, ceramic carrier that allows the slow release of silver ions from the treated surface and that provides long-lasting, safe, durable protection against organic contamination.

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