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Mag-Jestic Card Acquires an HCP-A100 fully automated lamination system

Press release from the issuing company

LENEXA, Kan. (July 16, 2008) -- Mag-jestic Card LLC, an innovator in the fast-growing plastic card-printing market, announced today that the Lenexa, Kan.-based company has acquired an HCP-A100 fully automated lamination system from Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

The HCP-A100 is the latest equipment acquisition as part of Mag-jestic's overall card-production configuration. It will enhance Mag-jestic's manufacturing capabilities and expand its menu of card offerings. Mag-jestic previously installed die-cutting and magnetic tape-laying machines from Associated Pacific Machine to complement a Mitsubishi Diamond 2000LS sheetfed press with inline ultraviolet (UV) coating technology.

"Plastic loyalty cards and gift cards with renewable balances have become extremely lucrative marketing tools for retailers," said Wendell Cline, chief operating officer. "Magnetic stripe cards are increasingly common for door entry and hotel key applications. Organizations find it easier to control membership through the use of plastic cards. Employing the highest-quality technologies available further enhances our ability to provide the most productive solutions to our customers."

Mag-jestic, a member of the International Card Manufacturers Association, serves a nationwide client base with affordable litho-printed plastic cards. The company also supplies blank cards to surface card printers.

In addition to manufacturing plastic cards, Mag-jestic provides card personalization, UV litho printing and coating, prepress production and bindery services. Large-format banners and posters round out the diverse product line.

The HCP-A100 laminator is designed for the safe and efficient lamination of a variety of plastic cards. The HCP-A100 processes 9,000 cards per hour. It features programmable settings for pressure and temperature control. The closed-loop system reduces material cassette loading and transfer time.

Utilizing the Diamond 2000LS press, Mag-jestic is able to print the most sophisticated card products that contain stunning graphics. The six-color, 23 1/2 x 29-inch press handles substrates from 0.0016 inches to 0.024 inches in thickness.

The six-page format of the Diamond 2000LS is a versatile format for specialized products, including styrene backlit signs, vinyl labels and product tags.

A UV curing system from Grafix LLC incorporates UV interdeck drying capability. UV facilitates photo-quality results on plastic cards, static cling displays, clear pressure sensitive decals and adhesive vinyl products. Special enhancements, such as textured finishes and glitter, pearl and scratch-off security coatings, allow designers to create incredible products at affordable prices. Printed products come off the press completely dry for faster handling.

"This press gives us an edge over other printers," Cline said. "It also gives our clients a better creative edge. Designers are turning to different coating techniques to grab a consumer's eye. Clients can come up with new ideas that provide their products with more value."