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Presstek Announces First Worldwide Installation of New ProFire Excel DI Press

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., Sept. 2 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading developer of digital laser imaging and chemistry-free plate technologies for the printing and graphic arts industries, today announces the first worldwide installation of the new 46 Karat Plus digital offset press, at Wana Printing in the Czech Republic, a family owned design agency located in the center of Prague. The new 46 Karat Plus, which is enabled by Presstek's ProFire Excel Imaging and ProFire Digital Media, debuted at drupa 2004, generating a great deal of interest among show attendees. Mr. Milan Marencak, Owner of Wana Printing, was particularly impressed by the 46 Karat Plus' high level of automation and exceptional print quality. After evaluating other choices he was convinced that the DI press was a perfect match for his company. Prior to the purchase of the 46 Karat Plus Wana Printing outsourced all of their printing. Within the first week of installation, Wana began full print production, creating high quality four-color work using stochastic screening for customers in the computer gaming and software industries, as well as in the entertainment marketplace. By bringing printing capabilities in house Wana Printing can now better manage their workflow from design to print and ensure to their customers that quality will be guaranteed throughout the entire production process. The creative department can have more time to design when necessary and the agency has more flexibility in meeting the tight deadlines of their clients. Mr. Marencak comments, "We brought printing in house to create new business opportunities for our company. The 46 Karat Plus has quickly developed into a viable profit center for us -- we are not only printing for our existing design customers but also actively marketing our new print capabilities. This has brought new customers into our shop that we can now tell about our creative capabilities." Marencak adds, "Because of the 46 Karat Plus' high level of automation and 'push button' operation it is the perfect solution for us, allowing us to produce high-quality four color offset printing." Presstek's General Manager for On-Press Imaging, Peter Bouchard, says, "The combination of quality and ease of use of the new ProFire Excel enabled DI presses is unmatched in the industry today. It is these attributes that we believe are changing the way printers and print buyers think about offset printing. We are seeing a renewed excitement in DI since the introduction of this high productivity press and the new entry-level press at drupa 2004, and believe that these new presses will help broaden the market for digital offset printing."