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MacDermid ColorSpan Announces 3M MCS Warranty for ColorSpan 5400uv

Press release from the issuing company

Minnetonka, MN - June 4, 2007: MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc., the world?s leading supplier of UV-curable inkjet printers for the display graphics market, today announced a new 3M? brand UV-curable ink set available for the highly successful ColorSpan 5400UV series of inkjet printers. The new inks, 3M Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 5400UV, are optimized for use with the ColorSpan® 5400uv series printers and 3M graphic media.

3M Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 5400UV are durable, highly flexible and conformable, allowing for application even on complex contours, rivets and corrugations. Applications include fleet and vehicle graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, banners and flexible sign faces.  Backed by the 3M MCS Warranty, finished graphics using 3M Series 5400UV inks may be warranted for up to five years of outdoor use.

The inks, available exclusively from MacDermid ColorSpan and their worldwide network of authorized resellers, can be added to any ColorSpan 5400uv series printer in place of the standard SolaChrome UV inks. A customer-installable conversion kit is available that includes six, 1-liter inks, two ultra-violet bulbs designed for optimum curing of the new ink and instructions for installation.

The new inks are available in cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta and offer a wide color gamut for easy-to-obtain color reproduction. Color profiles for 3M graphic media are available to download from www.colorspan.com and www.3Mgraphics.com.

Bruce Butler, director of marketing, stated, "We are very pleased to announce this co-branding partnership with such a world-class company. The 3M brand and the MCS warranty are the strongest in the industry." Butler went on to say, "Up until now, UV printers, although they can print to nearly any substrate, were not recommended for vehicle wraps and fleet graphics applications. Now customers can choose between our standard SolaChrome UV inks that provide excellent overall performance on a wide variety of rigid and flexible substrates or the premium 3M Piezo InkJet Ink Series 5400UV for applications that require flexibility and conformability in addition to printing on a variety of rigid and flexible materials."

Starting at a US MSRP of just $54,995, the ColorSpan 5400uv series consists of four models: ColorSpan 5440UV (4-color); ColorSpan 5445UV (2 x 4-color); ColorSpan 5460UV (6-color) and the ColorSpan 5465UV (2 x 6-color). All four models have a 54-inch (137cm) print width and feature a set of integrated tables that fold up and can extend outward to accommodate rigid media in excess of 8-feet (244 cm) in length. The tables fold down and out of the way for printing on roll-fed media while conserving precious floor space.

The ColorSpan 5400UV series uses the latest generation variable drop volume piezo-electric printheads.  Each industrial-quality, extended-life printhead can eject variable-sized micro droplets to achieve addressable resolutions of 600x300, 600x600 and 1200x600-dpi. The 5460UV and 5465UV six-color models achieve even higher apparent image quality - up to 1800-dpi.