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French Imprimerie Nationale Buys a RDP Marathon Press

Press release from the issuing company

August 5, 2003 – Montreal, Canada – RDP Marathon Inc., manufacturer of web presses for printing of documents, direct mail, commercial, and packaging announced today the sale of a press to the French Imprimerie Nationale Group. Imprimerie Nationale has purchased a six-color RDP 380V, configured with UV curing, continuous roll-to-roll/roll-to-sheet press, and a full Smart•Set 2000 press control system. Engineered to optimize high performance without compromising quality, this truly robust 38-inch/965 mm press performs reliably at a maximum speed of 1,800 fpm/550 mpm. The press will be installed at the Douai industrial site in northern France. “We view Imprimerie Nationale as a leader in showcasing offset capabilities, and this sale presents a great opportunity to participate in their continued pursuit of excellence,” said Eric Short, president and CEO, RDP Marathon. “Imprimerie Nationale’s acquisiton of this press meets two objectives: our ability to better serve the needs of our existing clients and to strengthen our mission to develop our web offering. We chose RDP Marathon and this press configuration to optimize our productivity, a factor which is key to our competitiveness and our ability to respond to client demands,” said Mimoun Koudad, responsible for Douai’s continuous printing department. Founded on four main printing services (web offset, continuous printing, sheet-fed offset, and fiduciary & secure printed materials), the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale targets the key private sector market in tandem with its original mandate of serving the State and institutions. Today, its specialized teams and tool-set enables it to offer a complete graphic arts service. The Groupe Imprimerie Nationale’s product delivery ranges from magazines, art books, direct mail, business forms, annual reports, catalogues, security documents, official State documents and books, to multimedia products on a broad range of substrates including paper, plastic cards and CD-Roms. RDP Marathon Inc. specializes in technical and custom engineering solutions utilizing combination print processes including litho, flexo, gravure, waterless and screen-printing for quality web printers. The RDP family of presses provides printers with the ability to serve existing markets while exploring rapidly emerging value-added segments.