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Presstek and A.B. Dick Announce New OEM CTP System

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., Sept. 26 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading provider of direct digital imaging technology, today announced that it will be providing a new OEM computer-to- plate system to A.B. Dick which will broaden Presstek's market reach. The new system will include the new two-page Vector platesetter and the new chemistry-free Freedom plate, both manufactured by Presstek. Like Presstek's Anthem plate, Freedom requires only a simple wash with water before printing. Unlike other Presstek plate products, however, the new Freedom plate is designed as a non-ablative, short-run plate that requires less power to image. This exciting new CTP system will bring the benefits of chemistry-free metal-based CTP to the instant and small commercial printer. Presstek's General Manager, Off-Press Business David Ventola says, "We are very pleased to announce this exciting new plate technology and important expansion of our sales and distribution channel. Through A.B. Dick, we are now able to deliver a world-class, chemistry-free solution to the two-page and duplicator market, which has, until now, been primarily using chemically developed polyester plates and traditional metal plate solutions. This represents a big step toward this market segment. Presstek is committed to offering printers the best in chemistry-free, environmentally-friendly offset printing solutions and we are pleased to be working with A.B. Dick, a company with whom we have had a solid history of performance, to bring these benefits to the smaller printer." A.B. Dick's Vice President, Marketing Scott MacKenzie says, "We are delighted to expand our relationship with Presstek to include the distribution of the Vector thermal platesetter and chemistry-free Freedom plate. We believe the two-page and under market is hungry and ready to benefit from the cost and time savings achieved through the elimination of chemistry from the plate making process."