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Heidelberg, BASF and Sappi lead quality developments on 8-12 color presses

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga., October 28, 2003 -Three of the world's leading suppliers to the printing industry, Heidelberg, BASF and Sappi, are combining their expertise and know-how to further improve their products for 8 to 12 color press technology. This partnership is in line with the industry's drive towards providing products that satisfy the exact and evolving needs of print specifiers and end-users. The high quality advertising and promotion sector continues to maintain a dominant position in the selection of media and therefore the efficiency of supplying the market with the best products is of paramount importance. The holdout of the inks, the stability and the print results of the paper and the performance of the presses themselves are the key issues being addressed by the development team. The increasing number of 8 and 12 color press installations expected even ahead of DRUPA in May 2004, is the driving force behind these improvements. This is the first time that Heidelberg, BASF and Sappi combine their research and development resources and the initial results of this inter-disciplinary collaboration are very encouraging. The market can expect further announcements regarding these developments in the near future.