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Xerox Extends Leadership in Digital Color Printing

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK--March 8, 2004-- Xerox Corporation has bolstered its No. 1 market share position in digital production color printing and achieved its 10,000th entry-level press installation worldwide. Xerox has the top U.S. market share in the segment of digital color presses operating at 60 pages per minute and above, with 80 percent of 2003 unit placements, according to CAP Ventures. The 10,000th color press milestone reflects the success of the DocuColor 2000 Series of presses, which include four models derived from the same engine platform: the 45-ppm DocuColor 2045 Digital Color Press, the 52-ppm DocuColor 5252 Digital Color Press, and the 60-ppm DocuColor 2060 and 6060 Digital Color Presses. In addition, Xerox announced its 200th Standard Horizon ColorWorks(TM) 2000 booklet maker placement and enhancements to its DocuColor 5252 Digital Color Press. "Digital color printing is the best growth opportunity available to printers today, from just-in-time marketing collaterals, to short-run books, to more targeted and personalized direct mail," said Mark Waxenberg, vice president and general manager, Xerox Production Systems Group. "Xerox customers are building significant volumes and successful businesses." According to CAP Ventures, digital color printing will deliver the strongest annual growth of any category of the U.S. print market through 2007. Xerox's software enhancements to the DocuColor 5252 improve print speed on heavier paper stocks, boosting productivity. With the upgrade, paper weights of 81 to 135 gsm (grams per square meter) will now print at the machine's rated speed of 52 ppm, and stocks from 136 to 220 gsm will now print at 30 ppm. Since many customers take advantage of the DocuColor 5252's capability to print on heavy stocks, the productivity boost is expected to have broad impact. The upgrade will be installed free of charge by Xerox service representatives on regularly scheduled maintenance calls. Xerox also announced that more than 200 Standard Horizon ColorWorks 2000 finishing devices have been installed worldwide on its entry-level digital presses, making it the series' most successful finishing device. The Standard Horizon ColorWorks 2000, introduced in 2002, is an in-line booklet maker that combines bleed trimming, scoring, stitching, folding, face trimming and stacking to improve turnaround and application flexibility. Most are installed on the 60-ppm DocuColor 6060 Digital Color Presses. The system also runs with the other Xerox entry-level production devices.