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Inland Buys First North American CDI Advance

Press release from the issuing company

Chicago, IL - April 15, 2003 - At CMM 2003, Esko-Graphics is pleased to announce that Inland Paperboard & Packaging has purchased the first CDI Advance model of digital flexo platesetter to be installed in North America. The platesetter is part of a major prepress equipment upgrade slated for the company's 60,000-sq. foot Graphic Resources Center (GRC) in Indianapolis, which employs 74 people. The GRC provides "all-under-one-roof" graphic design and prepress production services to the general packaging industry as well as to Inland's integrated pre-printed linerboard operations worldwide. "The very large format of the GRC's core products creates unique demands on our prepress systems," says Scott Kubes, Prepress Manager. "Having a faster machine and a more powerful software infrastructure will improve our production throughput. The other benefits are increased consistency and a higher grade level of both our digital photopolymer plates and printed products." According to Kubes, the GRC was one of the country's first fully integrated corrugated facilities with inhouse graphics. This current investment, which includes swapping out Esko-Graphics FastLane technology for PackEdge workstations and a BackStage server, represents only the most recent expense in the company's "constant, aggressive pursuit of technology." He leased the company's first CDI just four years ago - at the time only one of twelve machines of its kind in the U.S. Kubes indicated that he and his team at Inland had undergone an exhaustive study last year to evaluate potential vendors of packaging-specific solutions. "We threw some seriously large-format, complex, process-color work at a number of systems out there, and ultimately determined that Esko-Graphics was the best fit for our environment. This equipment not only meets our needs, but more importantly, meets the expanding needs of our customers."