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NUR Macroprinters Unveils New Digital Printing Systems at SGIA

Press release from the issuing company

LOD, Israel, Oct. 30 -- NUR Macroprinters Ltd., a world leading manufacturer of wide-format and superwide digital printing systems and consumables for the out-of-home advertising market, today announced that it is unveiling several new products at the SGIA '02 conference and exhibition, which is being held at The America's Center in St. Louis, MO. Introduced at the show are two new wide-format printing systems - the NUR Tempo, a flatbed digital inkjet press will print on a wide variety of both rigid and flexible materials, and the NUR Ultima HiQ, a new printing mode for the top-of-the-line NUR Fresco(TM) series of production printers. Also introduced are new substrates and consumables that extend the usability and vibrancy of its prints. Designed to meet the needs of screen printers, the NUR Tempo flatbed digital inkjet press will print on a wide variety of both rigid and flexible materials such as corrugated board, fluted polypropylene, PVC, glass, polycarbonate and standard rolled media. The NUR Tempo uses digital UV-curable inks, with a revolutionary mechanical design and material handling systems, achieving productivity levels and flexibility of materials which enable it to be a true alternative for screen-printing processes. The NUR Tempo is designed to eliminate the extra steps involved in lamination and cutting/trimming processes common to other traditional methods of printing graphics on rigid surfaces. In addition, it can be connected to stackers and feeders as in the "stop-load-print" process of conventional printing. The NUR Tempo is being demonstrated in its final production configuration prior to beta testing, with commercial shipments planned for the second quarter of 2003. The NUR Ultima HiQ series is a new high-speed photorealistic printer, designed for medium volume production printing. The model exhibited at SGIA is the new 16-foot (5-meter) NUR Ultima HiQ 5000 model; this product line also features the NUR Ultima HiQ 3200 model. The presentation of the NUR Ultima HiQ 5000 marks NUR Macroprinters' renewed focus on superwide printing applications. The new features in the NUR Ultima HiQ 5000 include an advanced material handling mechanism and tighter control over material stepping. This results in higher quality through greater reliability and better color registration without banding. The NUR Ultima HiQ family of products will share the same front-end application as the NUR Fresco family of products, the PrinTop(TM) software; this enables users of NUR Ultima HiQ and NUR Fresco HiQ products to use the same workflow. The X-Press 100 printing mode for the NUR Fresco series printers boosts print speeds up to 1100 square feet (100 square meters) per hour. This new printing mode extends the productivity and versatility of the NUR Fresco photorealistic production printers to accommodate long print runs and 'round the clock' high volume production environments. Applications suitable for the X-Press 100 printing mode include billboards, outdoor banners and any mesh application such as building murals, construction covering and wallscapes. The X-Press 100 mode is the latest in a series of developments on the NUR Fresco HiQ family. NUR has recently introduced the NUR Fresco HiQ 8C, which adds 8 Color printing capabilities to the NUR Fresco HiQ. The NUR Fresco HiQ 8C will be shown at SGIA with the X-Press 100 mode. The combination of the superior print quality of the 8 color printing modes of the NUR Fresco HiQ 8C with the productivity of the new X-Press 100 positions the NUR Fresco in a class of its own. At the show, NUR also introduced two new wide format printing substrates and a new package of matched media and consumables called the Billboard PowerPack designed to provide optimal results for billboard printing applications. Commenting on the new product showcase, Erez Shachar, President and CEO of NUR Macroprinters said, "The new line-up of products shown by NUR at SGIA positions us as the technological leader in the exciting and growing field of production wide format digital printing. Screen-printers are looking for cost-effective printing of longer production runs as well as the ability to handle more volume and peaks in demand. We've worked closely with our customers to develop the new machines to truly meet their needs. The positive feedback we received is further proof that our solutions are the right solutions to meet the demands for the screen-printing industry's needs and challenges. These new products demonstrate our commitment to deliver to our existing and future customers the best tools to compete in today's markets."