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Xerox Arms Customers With Tools To Boost Revenue, Reduce Costs

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CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2003 – Arming graphic arts customers with new ways to make money, reduce costs and build business, Xerox Corporation today announced a range of new systems, workflow offerings, innovative software, business development tools and services at GraphExpo 2003. At the show, Xerox announced two new color products and a series of enhanced black-and-white systems. Additional announcements included: DocuColor iGen3 successes with more than 100 million pages printed and 14 new markets opened; color server enhancements, advanced finishing options and business development tools; and the expansion of Xerox’s FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection – all designed to accelerate the transfer from offset to digital technology and drive revenue for commercial print and graphic arts customers. “With Xerox's continued innovation and investments in printing, we are best positioned to help companies communicate with more customers, more quickly, with more color and personalized messages,” said Gil Hatch, president, Xerox Production Systems Group. “Our technology, coupled with open workflow solutions and smart software, is designed to further help lift the print industry into the age of the Internet, digital color and customization, to deliver new revenue streams and economic advantages to the printing industry.” The DocuColor iGen3 Digital Production Press is anchoring Xerox’s presence at GraphExpo 2003 where the company is demonstrating award-winning, real-world customer applications created on the iGen3. New enhancements to its color server and finishing capabilities are also increasing the power and revenue-generating capabilities of the press. Underscoring the success of the iGen3, Xerox reported that more than 100 million pages have been printed on the iGen3 since last year, exceeding initial customer expectations for print volume in the early phases of installation. These pages stacked would be 33,000 feet tall or more than 20 times taller than Chicago’s Sears Tower. In addition, Xerox has now expanded the availability of the iGen3 to 14 new markets, including Seattle and Atlanta. In total, the iGen3 will be available in nearly 30 major markets in North America, Latin America and Europe by the end of 2003. Other new Xerox products and enhancements showcased at GraphExpo 2003 include: - The DocuColor 5252 Digital Color Press, a new 52 ppm, full-featured, entry-level production press that replaces the successful DocuColor 2045. The press is 18 percent faster than its predecessor but is offered at the same price. It also comes with new finishing options and color server - providing customers the ability to produce cost-effective short-run printing, variable information printing and advanced finishing. - Five enhancements to the DocuColor 6060 Digital Color Press, including PANTONE certification. With the DSP6000 Color Server, the DocuColor 6060 has become one of the industry’s first digital production systems approved and licensed by PANTONE, enabling color matching for PANTONE solid coated colors. Additionally, the press is boosted by a new color server from EFI, several finishing options and a customer support program. - The DocuTech PowerPlus Series, extends the capabilities of the five members of the black-and-white DocuTech Production Publisher 6000 family to meet the specialized needs of commercial printers and other print providers who produce finished books, manuals or booklets. The series offers new levels of image quality, ability to handle more sizes and types of paper, and new publishing capabilities with a new software release of DocuSP. Speeds range from from 96 ppm to 180 ppm. - The WorkCentre 24, a color copier-printer designed for quick printers, graphic artists and on-demand print shops requiring fast turnarounds on small jobs. It prints up to 24 ppm and uses Xerox’s patented Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toner, a super-smooth form of dry ink that is chemically grown - not crushed - into uniform particles, to deliver high reliability and lower operating costs. - Three new color servers for the DocuColor 3535, a color multifunction system designed for graphic arts and office environments. The servers include the Creo Spire™ CPX3535, the EFI Fiery EX3535 and the EFI Splash G3535 – all aimed at increasing the control, manageability, and workflow of the system while delivering, for the first time, support for Mac-users. - And, a suite of business development materials, programs, software and applications such as uPublisher™ – a digital learning tool to help printers produce full-color books on the iGen3. The tools help customers capture new revenue streams and create growth opportunities. Xerox also announced the winners of its Printing Innovation with Xerox Imaging Awards. “Best-in-Show” went to TBC Color Imaging, Teterboro, NJ, for receiving the highest combined marks on its full-color, self-promoting marketing piece used to attract digital customers to TBC. The company excelled in the criteria that included innovation, aesthetics, use of technology and business effectiveness. The short-run color application was printed on the DocuColor iGen3 Digital Production Press and, for winning “Best-in-Show”, will send TBC a trip to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The awards recognize innovation and excellence in digital color print applications in three categories: variable print/1:1 marketing communications, short run digital full color and digital books and manuals. They were presented in front of customers and trade show attendees during a special “Innovation Celebration” hosted by Xerox and industry partners Adobe, Creo and Electronics for Imaging. The event featured remarks by Anne Mulcahy, Xerox chairman and CEO; a gallery of award-winning customer print applications; and a concert by singer/songwriter Natalie Cole. GraphExpo is the largest gathering for commercial print and graphic arts professionals in North America. At the show, Xerox was one of the largest exhibits with 16,800 square feet with key areas of interest including: workflow, business development learning, 1:1 marketing, book publishing, and the comprehensive digital production print shop featuring monochrome, color, continuous feed and large format print systems.