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Quebecor World Expands Digital Printing Platform, Adds Four IBM Systems

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MONTREAL, Canada--Feb. 9, 2004-- Quebecor World is pleased to announce that it is making significant improvements to its book services digital printing platform by upgrading systems with the latest technology and redeploying existing assets to better respond to our customer needs. The improvements will increase capacity and provide Quebecor World's book services group with a flexible, inter-plant digital platform. Quebecor World's Book Services digital printing will be concentrated at two facilities, QW Eusey Press in Leominster, Mass. and QW Dubuque, Iowa. As part of this project Quebecor World is installing four high-speed, high-resolution IBM 4100HD systems for black text. This state-of-the-art technology is a cost effective digital printing solution that delivers superior print quality at 600 dpi output. The addition of this new capacity complements the existing digital color and variable data capabilities provided by the KBA 74 Karat and the Hewlett Packard Indigo 3000 digital sheetfed offset equipment. "This digital configuration offers a strong multi-color text and component platform to support our customer's needs. Added to our extensive base of sheetfed, web offset and binding applications, we offer full service capabilities to our clients", states Gary Durand, Regional Vice President, General Manager Book Services Group. "With mechanical binding and fulfillment services added to this production platform, we provide an effective cost model with flexibility to make adjustments to any run size and product life". Mr. Durand adds, "These upgrades have been well planned, and will result in a seamless process to serve our many valued customers. Digital print is the largest growth area in the printing industry and we are positioned to be a major player". "These improvements will allow us be a single source for our customers multi-faceted printing needs," said John Bertuccini, President, Quebecor World Book and Directory Services. "Publishers, Commercial and Specialty customers will be able to take advantage of long-run, short-run, versioning and personalization opportunities using the same supplier in the same facility. The concentration of our digital platform will also enable us to maximize efficiencies and develop new and more cost-effective solutions for our customers." Quebecor World's Dubuque facility specializes in the educational book sector and our Eusey facility produces books, manuals, catalogs and specialty products for the nation's top book and specialty publishers.