Presstek and Pitman Expand U.S. Distribution Network for DI Presses
HUDSON, NH—June 6, 2007—Presstek, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRST), the leading manufacturer and marketer of digital offset printing business solutions, today announced that Pitman Company, one of the nation’s largest graphic arts market distributors, will now sell its Presstek 34DI and 52DI presses, further expanding its channel for Presstek Direct Imaging (DI®) systems into Pitman’s well established, large customer base. For Pitman, North America’s leading value-added supplier to the graphic communications industry, the DI presses help their customers effectively address one of the fastest growing segments of the print market – runs between 250 and 10,000 impressions.
“We are excited to be partnering with Pitman in an agreement that will complement and expand our existing distributions channels,” said Emile Tabassi, vice president of North American sales at Presstek. “With 100 years of experience selling to the graphic communications industry, Pitman has an extensive network of contacts in many of the nation’s larger print service shops, which will bring the benefits of Presstek’s DI product line to a wider audience.”
In 2006, Presstek shipped a record number of DI presses, in part because a typical job on a Presstek 52DI costs about half as much per page as a comparable job on a toner-based digital device. Presstek’s DI presses are perfectly suited to meet the need for high-quality, four color in the short-run print market, where the click charges for toner-based solutions can become prohibitively expensive and traditional offset presses take too long to meet tight turnaround times and usually require margin sacrifices.
“This agreement is a logical extension of our partnership with Presstek. The DI press, coupled with our sales and technical ability in both Pitman and Charrette, will provide a strong offering for customers dealing with the growing demand for short run printing,” said Larry D’Amico, vice president of digital imaging at Pitman Company. “For many customers, Presstek DI presses are a perfect complement to their existing print investments. The DI integrates well into their digital workflow and allows them to retain and pursue business that they otherwise would not be able to produce as profitably or productively. The DI press uniquely fills the gap between toner-based devices and conventional offset with its high-quality, low cost per page. We look forward to fulfilling our customer’s needs with Presstek DI presses.”