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Xerox and Its Customers Lauded for Digital Color Printing Excellence

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Sept. 29, 2004-- Demonstrating its expertise in digital color printing for commercial print and graphic arts environments, Xerox Corporation and two of its customers - Tucker Printers and Mercury Print Productions - were honored with a total of 14 awards from two recent competitions: the 2004 Gold Ink Awards and the 2004 International Association of Print House Craftsmen Gallery of Superb Printing awards. The winning entries - including full-color books, posters, magnets and marketing materials - were produced on the industry-leading Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press and the Xerox DocuColor 6060 Digital Color Press. 2004 Gold Ink Awards Tucker Printers, a Consolidated Graphics Company located in Rochester, received top honors in the 2004 Gold Ink Awards for its "Echoes in the Ice" publication, printed on the iGen3 press. The 58-page book, created by Rik Van Glintenkamp, traces the history of Antarctic exploration through a collage of images and text to document the heroism, adventure, endurance and tragedy of humanity's quest of the earth's southern polar region. Sponsored by NAPCO Publishing's Printing Impressions and PrintMedia magazines, the winners are judged by an independent panel of graphic artists, production managers and print buyers and chosen from nearly 1,600 entries. "Our customers are demanding a wider range of applications, and the iGen3 is the first press we've found that can produce them quickly, in full color, without sacrificing quality," said Dan Tucker, president, Tucker Printers. "'Echoes in the Ice' is a great example of a high-quality digitally printed book that the iGen3 can handle. It surpassed ours and the customer's expectations." Mercury Print Productions, also in Rochester, won pewter awards for the "Eureka" full-color book and "Mackenzie-Childs Volume 2" catalog, both printed on the Xerox iGen3 press. In addition to the award-winning work by Xerox customers, Xerox received Gold Ink awards for printed materials it produced on the iGen3 press including: Silver for a "Jamey Stillings" marketing poster. The piece, which has the look of a photorealistic painting, has been faithfully rendered by the iGen3, which has captured subtle shading and highlight detail. Pewter for a "MINI Cooper" one-to-one marketing poster. The dimensional personalized poster showcases the Xerox iGen3's vibrant color output and superior image quality. Pewter for "Ducati Magnet," a representation of the Xerox-sponsored Italian Ducati motorcycle. The piece featured a unique workflow in which the face stock was laminated to non-magnetized stock, which was then run through the iGen3 and ultra-violet coater. The sheets were then magnetized and cut to meet customer specifications. Xerox entered the competition to showcase the outstanding image quality and breadth of capabilities on its iGen3 press. 2004 IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing Awards In the 2004 IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing awards, both Xerox and Mercury Print Productions received gold distinctions for applications printed on the iGen3 press. Mercury Print Productions was recognized for the "Eureka" full-color book application, a 268-page publication that highlights innovation at the Olympic games and innovation within Xerox. Xerox was selected for two applications, the "Jamey Stillings" marketing poster and "Ducati Magnets." Xerox also received a gold for "Miele Die Kuche," a German kitchen catalog printed on the DocuColor 6060. "The iGen3 opens doors to a host of new customers and markets," said John Place, president, Mercury Print Productions. "The press has been a huge part of our digital growth over the last two years." Additional awards for Xerox in the 2004 IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing competition include: Silver for the "MINI Cooper" one-to-one marketing poster, printed on the iGen3 press. Silver for its "Peve Teve" children's book, printed on the DocuColor 6060. Mercury Print Productions received a silver designation for its MacKenzie-Childs catalogs, Volume 1 and 2, and a bronze for volume 3 -- all printed on the iGen3 press. "Our customers are true innovators and continue to push the envelope of what can be done with digital printing technology," said Fred DeBolt, vice president, color business team, Production Systems Group. "Xerox knows firsthand that it isn't easy for printers to change their businesses. But it can be done, needs to be done, and Xerox can help customers discover new revenue streams, grow their businesses, and succeed in digital printing." In addition to these recent accolades, the Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press was honored earlier this year with the esteemed 2004 Graphic Arts Technical Foundation InterTech Technology Award. Chosen from 33 entries, the award recognizes the most revolutionary technologies developed for the graphic communications industry.