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First HP Indigo Ribbon Awards Recognizes Excellence in Commercial Digital Printing

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 30, 2005—HP today announced the winners of its inaugural HP Indigo Ribbon Awards competition, which recognizes HP Indigo press users who are producing the best high-value, offset-quality digital printing in the marketplace. Coinciding with PRINT 05 in Chicago, the awards ceremony was held on September 9 at the House of Blues. “We were delighted with the caliber of entries in the competition,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. “Using HP Indigo technology, we’ve seen our customers take digital printing to a new level.  Featuring everything from black and white photos to foil labels, many of the entries were indistinguishable from offset printing.” Memphis-based imec earned Best of Show honors for a self-promotional marketing brochure that showcases its imaging capabilities for high-end fashion photography projects.  “Considering the quality and design,” the HP Indigo Ribbon Awards judges wrote, “it exemplifies imec’s excellence in image re-touching and high-quality printing in the cosmetic market.”  The imec self-promotional book also won a Best of Category award in marketing collateral.  Plus, imec took home a Best of Category award, books and manuals, for a dance costume catalog. The HP Indigo Ribbon Awards also included a “Transformational Showcase” award, presented to the entry that exemplifies a breakthrough application in digital printing.  Impaxx Inc. subsidiary AC Label, Fremont, Calif., won the Transformational Showcase award for a wine label printed on foil.  The label is an exact replica of a design that was originally produced on a rotary offset press. AC Label also earned a Best of Category award in packaging and labels for a second high-end wine label printed on foil. Additional Best of Category award winners included: Imagers, Atlanta, in photo specialty; Shutterfly, Redwood City, Calif., in photo specialty: high volume; Worth Higgins & Associates, Richmond, Va., in advertising items; and American Screen Art, Knoxville, Tenn., in specialty: point-of-sale/point-of-purchase. Honorable mention awards were presented to the following: - AC Label, Fremont, Calif. - American Thermoplastic Co., Pittsburgh - B.R. Printing Plates Co. Ltd., Bedford, Nova Scotia - Colorcraft of VA Inc., Sterling, Va. - Digital Marketing, Minneapolis - Dupli-Graphic, Chicago - Fort Dearborn Co., Fremont, Calif. - Global Soft Digital Solutions, Mahwah, N.J. - Graphics Service Bureau, New York - Imagers, Atlanta - Kramer Printing, Westport, Wis. - Lithocraft Inc., New Albany, Ind. - Paper Tiger, Santa Fe, N.M. - Screenprint/Dow Inc., Wilmington, Mass. - Worth Higgins & Associates, Richmond, Va. An online gallery of winning HP Indigo Ribbon Awards entries can be viewed at www.hp.com/go/HPIndigoRibbonAwards.