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HP Has its Best-Ever Year in Graphic Arts Industry

HP Press Release

January 23rd, 2009

PALO ALTO, Calif., HP today announced it has completed its most successful year in the graphic arts industry to date, building on increased sales activity, leads and interest from its first announcement of new-platform technologies in March, through the debut of those solutions at drupa in May, to subsequent fulfillment of sales in the months following the show.

HP's organizational unit serving this industry, the Graphics Solutions Business (GSB), made a series of significant announcements during 2008, including the integration of acquired assets from NUR Macroprinters and MacDermid ColorSpan, the unveiling of a new HP Inkjet Web Press and Latex Ink/Wide Scan platforms utilizing HP Scalable Printing Technology (SPT), and the announcement of a new HP SmartStream graphic arts workflow and next-generation HP Indigo digital press models.

During the year, HP has extended its market stance as the leading provider of digital color printing solutions to the graphic arts. For the HP Indigo business, worldwide page growth exceeded 30 percent year over year.

HP SPS unveiled its new SPT-based HP Scanning Imager 1000 (SI-1000) for CD/DVD duplication that offers efficient ink usage and high-quality process-color printing at speeds up to three disks per minute. The HP SI-1000 has been incorporated into several high-end CD/DVD disc duplication devices, including the PF Pro automated disc printer from HP SPS OEM partner Microboards Technology, Minneapolis. One of Microboards' customers, Techware Distribution, uses multiple SI-1000-equipped PF Pro printers.

"With HP-equipped Microboards printers, people can come in and drop off their master artwork, grab a cup of coffee, and we do their duplication jobs while they wait," said Kevin Gabrik, vice president, Marketing, Techware. "And with the new PF Pro model, we're saving money on ink and improving efficiency. Basically, we're able to use less and get more output."

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