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Presstek Announces New Generation Chemistry-Free Digital Plate

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., April 3 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-tech digital imaging solutions for the graphic arts market, today announces the introduction of the Presstek Anthem Pro, a new generation chemistry-free thermally imaged digital plate. Anthem Pro is the latest addition to Presstek's industry leading portfolio of truly chemistry-free thermal plates. The Anthem Pro delivers improved print performance with the addition of Presstek's exclusive PRO graining technology. The new plate will make its worldwide debut at the IPEX exhibition in Birmingham UK from April 4th to 11th on stand C20 in Hall 4. "Presstek set the standard by delivering the world's first chemistry-free plates, and we are raising the bar again," said Ed Marino, Presstek's president and CEO. "Anthem Pro is a great addition to the print industry's broadest range of chemistry-free products. It was developed based on customer input, and optimizes the advantages and proven capabilities of a grained anodized surface in a truly chemistry-free CTP plate." Anthem Pro requires only a simple water rinse after imaging to prepare the plate for printing and adds the advantage of Presstek's exclusive PRO graining technology. Presstek developed PRO graining specifically for Anthem Pro. PRO graining, in combination with Anthem's thermal ablation coating system, provides improved ink/water latitude, greater color stability and better overall print performance. Like all of Presstek's CTP plate products, Anthem Pro offers truly chemistry-free performance. It does not require any gumming, baking or chemical processing and supports run lengths up to 100,000 impressions. In combination with Presstek's Dimension series of thermal platesetters, Anthem Pro delivers a high performance print solution with a streamlined workflow and high quality printed results. "Extensive field testing with Anthem Pro is complete and the feedback from our beta clients is extremely positive," states John O'Rourke, Presstek's CTP marketing director. "Anthem Pro delivers all the labor and cost benefits of a truly chemistry-free platemaking solution while delivering outstanding print performance. The new PRO graining technology makes Anthem Pro easier to integrate into a wide range of press environments. We believe the commercial release of the Anthem Pro plate will greatly benefit our customers and the industry as a whole." The Anthem Pro will be sold through Presstek's direct sales force and CTP distribution network worldwide. First customer shipments are expected early in the third quarter of 2006. Personal demonstrations of the Presstek Anthem Pro plate at IPEX can be scheduled by visiting http://www.Presstek.com/events. For more information visit http://www.presstek.com, or email: [email protected], or call in North America 603-595-7000, or in Europe call +44 20 8745 8000.

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