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The Palmer Printing Network Installs Komori Lithrone S40

Press release from the issuing company

Rolling Meadows, IL, July 13 , 2006 -- Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, today announced that The Palmer Printing Network, a full-service commercial print provider serving the Chicago metropolitan area since 1937, has recently installed its first Komori press, a six-color Lithrone S40 with coater. Since installing the new press, Palmer is easily meeting growing customer demands for speed and versatility thanks to the Lithrone S40’s breakthrough intuitive technology that provides for greater flexibility and high quality performance. Key drivers in the decision to purchase the press included its computerized makeready capabilities that significantly shorten makeready time; its closed-loop color control system for more flexible, faster color control; and the consistent print quality of the press, important to satisfying the varied applications of the diverse markets the company serves. Palmer reports these attributes make it possible to reduce the time on press for even the most complicated customer applications, resulting in the ability to offer more competitive pricing to its customers as well as deliver impressive print quality. Ed Rossini and the senior management team of The Palmer Printing Network, Jack Shafer, vice president sales and marketing and Steve Wicklander, vice president of operations, note they tested numerous presses in their search phase: “We used a weighting system to evaluate each press, measuring overall pricing, print quality, service levels and training. Komori came out on top in every area. Along with being very happy with what the press can do to satisfy our growing business requirements, we are also enjoying a positive working relationship with Komori. Everything is going extremely well.” The Komori Lithrone S40 was designed to provide a new level of automation for operating ease. The fully automatic plate changing system (Full-APC) changes all six plates in just three minutes at the touch of a button. Ink, blanket and impression cylinder cleaning are also fully automated. The addition of the anilox coating unit adds value to the quality of print Palmer can produce, making it possible for the company to offer applications with metallic coating and other special inks and substrates. The Komori Lithrone S40 adds to Palmer’s impressive list of highly technological production equipment, which includes state of the art computer to plate, high quality digital printing, and print on demand web site design. “The Palmer Printing Network is a very impressive commercial printing company that delivers top quality and service by understanding how to successfully blend a history of craftsmanship with today’s technology,” said Mike VanCalbergh, vice president of sales for Komori’s Midwest Region. “We are pleased Komori presses ranked above the competition in price, quality and service. We are even more pleased that the addition of the Lithrone S40 has provided immediate added value to Palmer’s ability to deliver on its promise of competitive pricing and outstanding customer service and quality.”