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Jeppesen Adopts Color Print-on-demand Technology from HP

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif.--Oct. 12, 2004-- HP today announced that Jeppesen, the world's leading provider of aeronautical information, is using the unparalleled flexibility of HP's color digital presses to streamline production of their printing. The high-speed digital offset color HP Indigo w3200 press allows Jeppesen to print on demand essential airway manuals and charts that allow pilots to safely navigate air space and airport approaches. Jeppesen, a Boeing company, provides continually updated navigational charts to approximately 80 percent of the world's airlines and a similar share of the general aviation market, which includes corporate and recreational air traffic. More than a billion charts each year are produced by combined printing facilities at Jeppesen's worldwide headquarters in Denver, where two HP Indigo w3200 presses were installed earlier this year, and the company's Eastern Hemisphere headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, where three additional HP Indigo w3200 presses are scheduled for installation. "When we first looked at digital printing, HP was the only company that could deliver quality, price and speed in a way that would support our business. Other companies could meet one or two, but not all three of these fundamental requirements. And HP was the only organization we talked to that came back and said we can make this work for you," said Mark Van Tine, president, Jeppesen. Historically, Jeppesen has provided major airline customers with tailored coverages that meet specific routing needs but which can be cost prohibitive for general aviation customers. The Web-fed HP Indigo press w3200, designed for high-volume variable data printing, helps streamline the chart printing process through fast, efficient in-line collation and will ultimately enable Jeppesen to offer a greater degree of content customization at more affordable prices. "HP is working with companies to transform their business operations so they can respond to the growing demand for customized print solutions," said Bill McGlynn, vice president, Digital Publishing Initiative, HP. "Jeppesen has been a pioneer in aeronautical services since the 1930s, and by incorporating HP digital technology into its traditional printing operation is now a pioneer in demonstrating the benefits of digital printing, as well." With the HP Indigo press w3200, the most complex chart graphics and photos are printed fast and consecutively, eliminating production time normally spent on collation. The reduction of excess paper driven by digital printing represents additional cost savings and helps build greater flexibility into Jeppesen's overall printing operation. HP's offset-quality color digital printing technology is also expected to assist in driving future pilot use and acceptance of Jeppesen's Electronic Flight Bag, an innovative information management and delivery service designed to replace heavy bags of flight manuals. Beyond the five HP Indigo press w3200s already installed or planned to be in the near-term, Jeppesen also anticipates adding more HP digital presses in the future -- an expansion attributable to HP's ongoing leadership in innovative digital publishing solutions. "The HP Indigo press with color print-on-demand will enable us to offer our customers a wider selection of coverages, at a quality, price and speed mix that suits our business model. Put simply, it will let us print what our customers need when they need it," said Van Tine. The seven-color HP Indigo press w3200 is one of the highest productivity digital offset color presses on the market, with a print speed of 8,000 full-color images per hour (136 pages per minute). Designed for high-volume, commercial publishing and direct mail applications, the HP Indigo press w3200 creates high-impact printed products that incorporate personalized text and images, composed and printed in real time on a wide range of substrates. More information about HP's portfolio of digital publishing solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/indigo. HP also offers a consulting service that helps businesses worldwide adopt new technologies, embrace new processes and reach their goals. Prior to implementation, HP Consulting professionals visit customer sites to assess infrastructure, technology and workflow, and create an individualized plan for integrating the appropriate HP solution.