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Presstek Gains Over 100 New Customer Commitments at Drupa

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., May 25 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of environmentally responsible high tech digital imaging solutions for the graphic arts and laser imaging markets, today announced that it exceeded its business and strategic objectives during drupa 2004, the world's largest international trade exhibition for the printing and publishing industry, which was held from May 6th to 19th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Exhibiting its new breakthrough imaging and plate technologies, Presstek took advantage of the drupa venue to raise the bar in the printing and graphic arts markets. A host of new CTP and DI products featuring Presstek's newest ProFire Excel, SureFire and ProSpot imaging technologies, and utilizing Presstek's new ProFire Digital, Anthem and Applause plate products, were seen throughout the show at drupa 2004. Presstek's President and Chief Executive Officer Edward J. Marino said, "We worked closely with our dealer network and partners to create a strong customer focus at drupa, where we exceeded our goals. Strong sales efforts by Presstek and its partners, together with our dealers' local market knowledge, resulted in over 100 new customer commitments for Presstek enabled CTP and DI products. These efforts also provided an expanded sales pipeline for our new products, which we look forward to pursuing as the year progresses." Marino continued, "In addition, the drupa venue provided us with a terrific opportunity to showcase Presstek's strategic technological and environmental leadership with the diverse international customer and media audience that attended the event." Presstek's new Dimension Excel CTP system was demonstrated with chemistry- free Anthem plates and process-free Applause plates on several stands throughout the show. Visitors were impressed by the environmental friendliness of Presstek's products, as well as the small footprint and streamlined operation of Presstek's CTP solutions -- no chemistry, no gumming, and no baking. The new A.B. Dick Vector TX52 was one of the hottest new products at drupa. An affordably priced, two-page metal plate CTP system designed for smaller commercial printing operations, the Vector TX52 utilizes Presstek's new SureFire imaging technology and chemistry-free Freedom plates. A.B. Dick's Vice President of Marketing, Scott MacKenzie, said, "We are thrilled by the industry's positive reaction to the Vector TX52. Our drupa results exceeded expectations -- validating the market's need for a cost effective, chemistry-free, metal CTP solution and confirming our belief that the Vector TX52 will have wide appeal." Presstek's partners KBA, Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Ryobi all featured DI presses, enabled by Presstek's new ProFire Excel imaging technology and using ProFire Digital Media, on their stands at drupa. Heidelberg also featured its enhanced Quickmaster DI Pro press using Presstek's new ProSpot imaging technology. These exciting DI presses set a new standard in quality and ease of use for digital offset printing. With a push of a button these highly automated presses deliver superior quality 300 line screen printing and support for stochastic (FM), conventional (AM), and hybrid screening technologies. Presstek's General Manager of On-Press Imaging Peter Bouchard reported, "DI press demonstrations at the show were packed, and attendees were impressed by the ease of use and exceptional quality delivered by the new DI presses. With the push of a button, 300-line screen printing is now easily produced on the new ProFire Excel enabled presses. We believe the ease with which these new presses produce high quality output will set new standards of expectation from print buyers worldwide. In addition, the newly announced entry level DI presses have now made DI technology and its advantages affordable for an expanded range of customers." Bouchard continued, "Our partners' sales activity and dedication to the successful launch of these new products has been tremendous. We believe the DI press has now become a mainstream product, and that the interest shown at drupa 2004 may lead to an even higher level of acceptance for the DI press." For the last ten years, drupa has been a key launching pad for new technologies and products from Presstek. Visitors to Drupa 1995 saw the launch of the Quickmaster DI, and the Ryobi 3404DI was announced at drupa 2000. These on-press imaging systems are based on the optimization of Presstek-manufactured laser imaging and plate media systems, which work together with the press to deliver high quality output and push button ease of use. Today there are thousands of Presstek-enabled DI presses installed around the world. At drupa 2000, Presstek announced the industry's first chemistry- free thermal CTP plate, and today Presstek has hundreds of installations worldwide that are capitalizing on the benefits of its chemistry-free workflow.