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Ryobi: Expanding Market Share in Commercial Printing; Expanding Capabilities, Offset Press Sizes

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, September 9, 2007 -- Ryobi is growing market share in commercial printing worldwide and broadening its offerings to U.S. printers, including its newly announced 8-up, 24x36-inch multicolor sheetfed press, new 8- and 10-color presses and a robust information technology system that completely automates workflow.
To meet growing demand for its presses, Ryobi recently competed the second of two expansions at its Hiroshima, Japan, manufacturing center in the last 18 months.
Ryobi offset presses are highly regarded by printers for print quality, precision and durability.  The company began making offset printing presses in 1961 and is a world leader in the small-format press market.
In the early 1980s, it leveraged its pressmaking expertise to enter the market for medium-size sheetfed presses.  Its machines, anchored by the 6-up Ryobi 750 series, feature proven, highly advanced print technology and new automation that boosts pressroom productivity.
Ryobi has developed a CIP4-JDF compatible MIS system to support the demands of technology integration in the pressroom and press facility.  It encompasses all aspects of digital workflow from job creation to bindery.
Ryobi sheetfed offset presses:
 high-quality print, highly reliable, easy to operate
Ryobi's R&D and new presses focus on print quality excellence, speed and ease of operation, automation and energy efficiency.
By combining its die-casting precision production technologies with highly advanced electronic and digital technologies, Ryobi produces high-speed, automated and energy-saving printing presses.  The presses significantly reduce makeready times for printers.
Ryobi seeks to design and produce environmentally friendly printing presses.  The company is making efforts to reduce VOC emissions, conserve natural resources and eliminate waste.  Among the features of note:  processless plates, non-alcohol printing, UV printing and auto blanket cleaning.  Programmed inking reduces ink and paper waste and FM screening requires 20% less ink than normal AM screening.  Presses are also being designed to use less power.
Ryobi's sales and service network, led by xpedx Printing Technologies in the U.S., ensures that printers are as productive as possible with their Ryobi presses.  xpedx and Ryobi offer technical training and support, quick maintenance and spare parts supply.  xpedx Printing Technologies is set to open the first-ever Ryobi demonstration and learning center in October 2007 in Lenexa, KS.