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ECRM Already Prepared For Chemistry-Free Plate Demand

Press release from the issuing company

TEWKSBURY, MA – April 20, 2006 – Given the recent announcements from Agfa Graphics, Fujifilm Worldwide, and Citiplate Imaging Technologies concerning the development of chemistry-free or “processless” plates, ECRM Imaging Systems today reconfirmed the company’s support of these developments. In earlier statements made last fall, ECRM promoted its vision that not only is violet technology the future of CTP, but that violet chemistry-free plates, imaged by violet lasers, would eventually gain acceptance by the market. These recent announcements reconfirm ECRM’s previous supporting statements for processless plates and its own corporate strategy of developing violet CTP technologies. For more information, visit www.ecrm.com. ECRM Customers Will Be Compatible ECRM, producers of imaging systems for commercial printers and publishers around the world for over 35 years, has shipped over 27,000 imaging systems including over 1,000 CTP platesetters. ECRM MAKO CTP devices are manufactured with modular violet diode optics that offers users an easy upgrade path. Immediately upon the Agfa plate release, ECRM CTP customers will be able to take advantage of Agfa’s new chemistry-free plate technology without sacrificing throughput speed. These plates reportedly require at least a 30 mW violet-diode laser for exposure, while ECRM CTP machines are delivered with a standard 60 mW laser. The processless plates from Fuji and Citiplate reportedly will require higher powered lasers. The next generation of violet diodes offering higher power intensity is being developed by suppliers such as Nichia, Sanyo, and Toshiba and should be available by the time these violet chemistry-free plates are in full production. The higher powered lasers will be offered to ECRM customers, via a field upgrade kit, for the use with the new Fuji and Citiplate chemistry-free plates. ECRM Quote “We congratulate Agfa, Fuji and Citiplate for their decision to enhance the value of violet-based CTP technologies via chemistry-free plates,” states Rick Black, President, ECRM. “Today’s printers are acutely focused upon productivity and profitability issues. The introduction of a chemistry-free media must maintain or improve current production throughput, as well as reduce the existing plate processing cost. Offerings that increase the value of violet CTP technologies are not only in keeping with ECRM’s strategic vision, but are good for our customers. We will continue to work closely with all major plate suppliers to ensure that our platesetters will always image the latest media technologies, including violet chemistry-free plates.”

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