Oce Speeds Book Production P.A. Hutchison Customers

Press release from the issuing company

MAYFIELD, PA - March 13, 2003 — The P.A. Hutchison Company, a prominent book manufacturer, has selected Oce a leader in digital document management and delivery technology, as its partner to further enhance its book manufacturing business resulting in improved costs and enhanced turnaround. Océ DemandStream digital printing systems, coupled with Océ PRISMA workflow software, will enable The P.A. Hutchison Company to offer sophisticated digital printing capabilities that meet customer demand for rapid production of books. "We are excited to add Océ technology to our production lineup, and view these additions as a critical part of our effort to deliver complete book manufacturing to our customers. The ability to provide our customers with any run length will help us to serve them better," said Chris Hutchison, president of the P. A. Hutchison Company. "We believe the short run market, which has been developing over the past decade, has solidified and will become a strong publishing segment. The Océ digital printing solution fits our growth strategy for this segment by providing a quality product with good production speed without requiring our customers to pay a premium." Océ is the leading provider of production-class printing and copying solutions-the trusted business partner that experts like the P. A. Hutchison Company count on. Installation of the Océ digital print solution was completed in December 2002, and now the book manufacturer is achieving its strategic goals as a result of Océ's rock-solid reliability, application versatility, and cost-effective performance. "Digital technologies are changing the face of the book publishing business. In today's competitive marketplace, companies need increased productivity and quality at every level. Océ technology provides the highest print quality available and a flexible way to manage workflow in technologically mixed and complex environments," said Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing for Océ Printing Systems USA, Inc. "Océ's combination of fast, economical digital print solutions and sophisticated, web-enabled supply chain and procurement solutions give our customers the ability to quickly establish a competitive edge in the market." The advanced technology used in the Océ digital printing systems is based on an Océ patented imaging design, which provides users with unsurpassed print quality while enabling them to print at unprecedented speeds. A testament to the advanced technology and engineering of the Océ digital printing systems is their receipt of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) Inter-Tech Award for innovation and significant contribution to the graphic communications industry. The family of Océ digital print systems include devices capable of speeds of 106 to 1300 images per minute, making them among the fastest continuous form digital printing systems available on the market today. The P. A. Hutchison Company relies on Océ systems that can produce documents two-across (two 8.5x11" pages side-by-side), and in duplex mode for increased productivity and application flexibility, as well as improved cost savings and operational efficiencies. The addition of these Océ digital printers complements the company's fleet of five offset presses.