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Quad/Graphics Purchases Industry's First 64-Page Presses from Heidelberg

Press release from the issuing company

SUSSEX, Wis.--Oct. 8, 2003-- Quad/Graphics has reinforced its standing as the industry's most technologically advanced printer with the purchase of two new Heidelberg 3000/32 presses - the next generation of high-speed, high-output presses designed to retool the industry's installed base of 16-page equipment. Heidelberg debuted - and Quad/Graphics ordered - the presses at Graph Expo in Chicago last week. The new presses feature a unique single-circumference cylinder that accommodates eight pages across. In a two-web configuration, each eight-unit press will be able to produce up to 64 magazine-size pages per impression in four unique 16-page signatures. Rated at 3,000 feet per minute, the presses have a long cutoff of 22-1/4 inches. Quad/Graphics will equip the presses with Quad/Tech's award winning closed-loop Color Control System with System Brunner interface, Register Guidance System, Ribbon Control System, and vertical stackers/bundlers, among other computerized components. "We're truly excited about Heidelberg's new wider-format Sunday presses," said Tom Quadracci, president and CEO. "By being the first printer to install these new presses in two-web configuration, we'll be able offer our customers significant productivity and efficiency advantages, in addition to the top-level quality we've always provided. These presses will be able to deliver 64 pages without increasing inline color compromises, and utilize Quad/Tech's Color Control System for quicker color balance and faster makereadies. We'll also fortify our position as the printer with the most wide-web press capacity in the industry." Added Werner Albrecht, president of Heidelberg's Web Systems division: "Heidelberg is proud of its long standing partnership with Quad/Graphics. Quad/Graphics has always been a technology leader. We have introduced new technology together in the past for Press and Finishing applications. This next step is significant for both of us. We are fully committed to the successful results of the new Sunday 3000/32. The new productivity, efficiency and versatility advantages of the wider format presses are right on target with the market requirements for high-volume printing." While at Graph Expo, Quad/Graphics also ordered another six-page-across Sunday press, which produces 48 pages per impression. That press, along with the new 3000/32 presses, will be delivered to Quad/Graphics next spring and will be operational in one or more of the company's Wisconsin plants by August 2004.