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Illochroma France Purchases RDP Marathon SOLID Technology

Press release from the issuing company

May 5, 2004 – Montreal, Canada – RDP Marathon Inc., manufacturer of web presses for printing of commercial, packaging, documents, and direct mail announced today the first sale of its new Sleeve Offset Lithographic Independent Drive (SOLID) technology to the Illochroma Labelling Group. Illochroma France has purchased a multi colour RDP LS•100 variable size web press, configured with the SmartSet press control system. Engineered to optimize flexibility without compromising quality, this truly versatile 38.5”/978 mm wide hybrid press performs reliably at high speeds. The press will be installed at the Croix industrial site in northern France. “Illochroma is an innovator in wet glue labels, and this sale presents a great opportunity to participate in providing their end-user customers with value-added excellence,” said Eric Short, president and CEO, RDP Marathon. Released in March 2004, RDP’s unique sleeve technology provides printers with the ability to print any size without the restrictions of conventional gearing. Engineered with a single drive servo per insert, the RDP LS SOLID technology is the most straightforward sleeve design available on the market, minimizing size change time and maintenance. RDP SOLID sleeve inserts provide infinitely variable repeat sizes from 24” to 36” (610 mm – 910 mm), and are interchangeable with other RDP inserts in the base print carrier, which include: flexo inserts, conventional three-cylinder inserts, and dry offset inserts. Illochroma Labelling Group, whose origins date back to 1898, is the world's leading supplier of wet glue labels. Consisting of 7 manufacturing sites in 6 different countries in Western and Central Europe, Illochroma Labelling Group employs 980 people with 151 printing units, making its printing capacity the largest in its sector. RDP Marathon Inc. specializes in technical and custom engineering solutions utilizing combination print processes including litho, flexo, gravure, waterless and screen-printing for quality web printers. The RDP family of presses provides printers with the ability to serve existing markets while exploring rapidly emerging value-added segments.