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Sandy Alexander Announces Purchase Of Three New Heidelberg Presses

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga., June 17, 2004 – Sandy Alexander, Inc., the largest independently owned high-end commercial printing company in the country, has announced an agreement with Heidelberg for the purchase of three new presses: an eight-color Speedmaster CD 102-8+LX sheetfed press prepped for UV, an eight-color Speedmaster XL 105-8+LX and an M-600 seven-unit web press. Both sheetfed presses will be installed at the company’s headquarters in Clifton, N.J. The new web press will be installed at the company’s in-line finishing facility – Modern Graphic Arts – in St. Petersburg, Fla. “Sandy Alexander has long maintained a leadership position in the segment of the commercial market that supports the most demanding high-end clientele,” said Sandy Alexander President and Chief Executive Officer Roy Grossman. “The addition of the two new Heidelberg eight-color sheetfed presses will continue to allow us to provide our customers with more opportunities for achieving their communication objectives than any other print resource.” “Always on the forefront of technological advancements, Sandy Alexander has catapulted itself into a completely new realm with its agreement to purchase the new Speedmaster XL 105,” said Steen Jensen, senior vice president - Sheetfed for Heidelberg USA. “This press sets new standards for productivity, quality and cost efficiency, all of which will help make Sandy Alexander an even more formidable competitor in today’s print market.” Speedmaster XL 105 The 29.5x41.3" (70x105cm) Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 made its world debut at drupa 2004. The first press in a new peak performance class, the XL 105 enables high-end, high-quality commercial offset printing applications at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour for maximum throughput and significant productivity gains (30% and more, in some field tests). The highly automated XL 105 features Autoplate Advance for simple, register-accurate plate changing, a new generation of feeder and delivery, as well as the contact-free Air-Transfer aerodynamic sheet transport system. The capabilities of the XL 105’s new “Hycolor” integrated inking/dampening system include adjustable oscillator strokes, the ability to switch between standard and short inking units and remotely adjustable lateral distribution of inking form rollers for effective printing of jobs with solids, thick ink coatings or low ink consumption. All register settings are remote-controlled from the Prinect CP2000 Center press console. All models can be integrated in a single, end-to-end digital workflow via Prinect Workflow. Speedmaster CD 102 The Speedmaster CD 102 was completely redesigned for drupa 2004. The 28x40” (70x100cm) press delivers a high degree of automation and cost-effectiveness. Sophisticated functionality includes: Preset Plus suction tape feeder; computer-controlled blanket washup; Air-Transfer sheet guidance; continuous dampening and quick-action inking unit. Options include coating system, drying system, extended delivery, and Prinect CP2000 Center modules for program control of peripheral devices. “We are particularly excited by the opportunity we have with the seven-color web installation in Florida,” Grossman said. “To date, direct mail advertisers who require in-line web finishing capabilities have been mostly limited to six colors. By providing the option of a seventh color, our MGA facility is well-positioned to give the customer more creative options than any other in-line finishing operation.” In addition to complete in-line finishing capabilities, Sandy Alexander’s MGA facility is one of very few commercial printing companies that can also provide in-line inkjet imaging on a web press. M-600 Designed for high-quality web offset printing, the 16-page M-600 press enables printing at speeds up to 70,000 copies per hour, depending on configuration. The press is especially suited for short-to-medium runs, thanks to integration of Autoplate automated plate-changing and automated combination folder. The versatile M-600 permits in-line, stacked, or duplexed configurations for single- or double-web presses, and can be fitted with a variety of optional features, including a flying imprinter, Heidelberg plate scanner, gumming/varnishing unit, perforating unit, PFF pinless former folder, sheeter, central chilling system, pre-folder, in-line finishing, and video maintenance. “The gains in efficiency and productivity that we will be able to achieve from these three new Heidelberg presses will allow us increase our overall capacity while eliminating one press,” said Vincent Pinzone, senior vice president and general manager of Sandy Alexander. “In today’s very competitive market, the ability to reduce our overhead while simultaneously increasing the level of service we can provide to our clients is critical to our success.”