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State Street Consultants Announces New Study on Metal CTP Purchase Trends

Press release from the issuing company

Boston, MA June 16, 2006. State Street Consultants, Inc. has completed a study of the market for metal CTP devices in the U.S. and Canada. State Street's goal was to provide leading vendors in the industry with a picture of how the market has been and will be evolving. The study focused on all commercial printing segments as well as packaging, corporate / education / government, and digital trade services. Using PRINT 05 as its transition point, the report provides a quantitative analysis of two groups - sites that purchased a metal CTP system in 2005 before PRINT 05 and sites that bought after PRINT 05 or plan to buy in 2006. CTP 2005/2006: A Market In Transition identifies, by market segment, the key factors influencing vendor selection, the impact of the growing availability of processless/chemistry-free digital plates, and the role in the purchase process of the customer, the dealer and the manufacturer. In the report, State Street estimates the percentage of first-time versus repeat buyers by segment, as well as the segments exhibiting the greatest growth in 2005 and 2006. In addition, State Street analyzes the development of a replacement market for older machines and the replacement cycles for older CTP devices. Of key interest to the leading vendors, State Street analyzes the degree to which each vendor was considered as part of the buying process as well as the percentage of the deals each vendor won. For 2006, State Street projects the segments that will exhibit the greatest growth and how the impact of the processless/chemistry-free plates will grow by segment. To learn more about CTP 2005/2006: A Market In Transition, call (617) 482-1234 and speak with Dave Costa at ext. 227 or John Windle at ext. 226. You can also email Dave at [email protected] or John at [email protected]