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Digital Print House in Hagen, Germany Installs a KODAK NEXPRESS 2100

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 17, 2005 - Top quality, reliability and quick turnaround are the customer requirements for practically every job order at the Digital Print House (DPH) in Hagen, Germany. Demanding requirements no longer worry Thomas Evertz, partner and technical managing director, since DPH installed the KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 digital production color press with a fifth imaging unit and the KODAK NEXPRESS intelligent coating solution. Installed in October 2004, the digital press handles a wide variety of complex job orders. DPH was founded in April 2004 and chose to go digital right from the start. Their first equipment installation was a KODAK DIGIMASTER 9110 digital production system for black-and-white printing. In August, the growing firm acquired a second DIGIMASTER 9110 system. During drupa 2004, Evertz attended a demonstration of the NEXPRESS 2100 press with a fifth imaging unit and the three new imaging unit solutions: KODAK NEXPRESS intelligent color, intelligent coating and intelligent glossing. It was immediately clear to him that this advanced technology would substantially enhance the company's capabilities. DPH produces a full range of print products, from business cards to books-on-demand, as well as leaflets, brochures and dissertations. They also have expertise in premium quality promotional items. DPH's customer base is mostly publishing houses, industrial companies, and agencies - but they also serve consumers. For Evertz, the NEXPRESS 2100 press is exactly the right solution for managing this diversity of job orders. "Quite often we need to deliver finished products either the same day or overnight - even for clients outside of Germany. The speed, the flexibility, and the high printing quality of the NEXPRESS 2100 press easily allows us to satisfy even the most complex customer requirements." The NEXPRESS 2100 press with its fifth imaging unit and KODAK NEXPRESS intelligent coating solution greatly expands the application opportunities. "This has proven to be an excellent investment for DPH. Intelligent coating allows us to apply KODAK NEXPRESS clear dry ink as an additional protective layer - either over the complete surface or on parts of it. This not only improves the appearance, but also protects the printed image," explains Evertz. "Book covers and promotional material, especially greeting cards and post cards, gain a quality which is comparable to varnished offset print. As another outstanding feature, this solution can also be used to produce graphic elements such as an authenticating watermark." DPH has partnered with an offset printing business and this combination provides a technical competence that offers tremendous creative benefits to DPH's customers. The question is not whether to produce a job in offset or digital, but to determine the optimal printing solution for each job. DPH understands that they are solution providers when it comes to cost-efficient print media. Their NEXPRESS 2100 press supports their strategy because there's no visible difference to offset printed materials. "Offset printers are amazed by the quality of the coating and the digital output that we achieve with the NEXPRESS 2100 press," Evertz concludes. "The press has provided a dramatic advantage in cost-efficiency, high quality, and quick turnaround solutions."