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Xeikon Diamond Award For Two American Printing Companies

Press release from the issuing company

Itasca, Ill., May 16, 2003 - Xeikon America, leading provider of production digital color printing systems, today proudly announced that two of its customers won first prize in the seventh edition of Xeikon's prestigious International Diamond Awards contest. Both companies will receive a real, Antwerp-cut diamond in recognition of their achievement. Gagne Wallcovering, Clearwater, Fla., won first prize in the category "Unique Xeikon Features" with a line of pre-pasted, vinyl wallpaper murals, featuring artwork images. The wallpaper is produced on a Xeikon DCP 500 D in custom formats up to 18" wide.  The wallpaper murals are marketed through several national distribution programs. "We are very happy to have received this Diamond Award," says Jeff Gagne, co-owner of Gagne Wallcovering. "It is nice to see business success and quality printing recognized by an international jury." Six Headed Monster, Dallas, won the Xeikon Diamond Award for "Self Promotion." The company specializes in full-color, custom-made promotional packaging and point-of-purchase signs. The winning application was a personalized, promotional fold-out mailing box produced on the Xeikon DCP 500 SP. "We are particularly proud of receiving a Diamond Award for this personalized mailing box," says Richard Laidler, president of Six Headed Monster. "The Xeikon press allows us to produce effective marketing tools that open up entirely new opportunities for our customers." "We are very pleased that two of our customers won a first prize in Xeikon's International Diamond Awards contest," says Ivan C. Verheye, president and CEO of Xeikon America. "It is a well deserved recognition for our customers, who are continuously exploring and profiting from new business opportunities with their Xeikon press." Nearly 100 digital print applications, produced on Xeikon print engines, were judged by an international jury of five industry experts. Applications were judged in five categories: printing on demand, one to one communications, unique Xeikon features, labels and packaging, and self promotion. Jeff Gagne at Gagne Wallcoverings can be reached at (727) 461-1812. Richard Laidler at SixHeaded Monster can be reached at (469) 568-1000, Ext 108. For more information on all Diamond Award winners, please visit www.xeikon.com/xda