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xpedx Expands Offering for North American Digital Print and Business Imaging Markets

Press release from the issuing company

PHILADELPHIA--May 16, 2005-- xpedx, North America's largest marketer and distributor of printing papers and graphics supplies and equipment, today introduced a new branded line of printing papers for business imaging and digital printing markets. "There is an unmet market need for high-performance, high-quality business imaging and digital printing papers at value price points," explains Dave Wessling, xpedx Director of Marketing for Business Imaging, Western and Midwest regions. Wessling said the new xpedx Vector line of coated and multipurpose papers was created in response to this need. The cut-size papers are precision sheeted and have been widely tested on all major OEM printing equipment, including laser and inkjet printers, plain-paper fax machines, high-speed copiers, offset presses and direct imaging presses. Vector, stocked in a wide range of standard sizes and weights, is available now in the U.S. via xpedx.com. Multipurpose papers are also available nationwide at xpedx locations, while coated laser and DI papers are currently available at Southeastern U.S. locations. National stocking on the laser and DI papers is to be phased in throughout 2005. Details on the papers: Vector Coated Laser targets mid- and high-volume production printers with copy and laser applications. The 90-bright sheets feature a blue-white shade and are available in gloss or dull finishes for color or black and white projects. Custom orders are available in low order minimums. Vector DI Coated Offset features an 87-brightness and is available in gloss and matte finishes for vibrant four-color prints on equipment including Ryobi and Heidelberg DI presses. The smooth surface and ink holdout deliver excellent print results at an economical price point. Custom orders are also available in low order minimums. Vector Multi Purpose Paper is designed for excellent performance on laser and inkjet printers, high-speed copiers and plain-paper faxes. With affordable pricing and ready availability in standard sizes, this 20-lb. sheet is well suited for everyday document production. In addition to a full line of mill-branded papers and Vector, xpedx also has other private label brands including Venture(TM) an 84-bright multipurpose paper converted exclusively for xpedx by a minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE). Venture papers can be purchased with MWBE-targeted funds and are available in four standard sizes. xpedx issues new guide, "Digital Paper Selector," to help match papers to equipment Wessling said xpedx works hard to ensure users of its papers have a wide array of resources to help them. A new digital imaging guide, the "Digital Paper Selector," is available from xpedx to help individuals match paper and printing equipment. The handy 45-page guide supplements the expertise offered by more than 1,700 xpedx sales and paper specification representatives. The guide is available from your local xpedx office. Loveland, Ohio-based xpedx is North America's largest marketer and distributor of printing papers and graphics supplies and equipment. It is also a leading distributor of packaging and facility supplies and equipment. xpedx has more than 250 distribution centers and stores in the U.S. and Mexico. Products are also available via xpedx.com and suiteshoponline.com. In addition to delivering the world's largest offering of printing papers from a single source, xpedx provides graphics professionals with advanced digital prepress equipment, Ryobi printing presses, hardware and graphics software, color management tools, finishing, bindery and packaging systems. It offers detailed analysis and counsel to help make a customer's printing operations more efficient and profitable. xpedx, an International Paper company, is a North American leader in the provision of printing papers with pre- and post-consumer waste content. All xpedx suppliers are held to strict environmental and manufacturing standards. For more information, visit xpedx representatives at booth #2053 during the On Demand Expo 2005 in Philadelphia, www.xpedx.com or contact your local xpedx office.