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.”
The Benefits of Presstek Digital Offset Presses
Increase Profitability. DI users define run lengths of 250 to 10,000 impressions as the “sweet spot” for the press, according to an InfoTrends, Inc. market study. Printers can leverage the cost efficiencies of the press for a competitive advantage in the expanding short-run color market.
Maximize Productivity. The DI’s time-saving features and the faster drying time of waterless ink enable the fast turnaround of high quality print jobs – including same-day service. Computer file to sellable sheet is achieved in 10 minutes, and the press comes up to color in only 20 sheets.
Achieve Superior Quality and Flexibility. The DI’s unique design, digital imaging capabilities and range of automated functions support up to 300 lpi and FM screening without incurring additional expense or time. The DI also prints on a wide range of substrates from 0.06 mm to 0.5 mm thick; onion skin to heavy card stock to plastic. The waterless press design eliminates ink/water balance issues and easily produces luminous color consistently sheet-to-sheet and job-to-job.
Presstek, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high-tech digital imaging solutions to the graphic arts and laser imaging markets. Presstek’s patented DI®, CTP and plate products provide a streamlined workflow in a chemistry-free environment, thereby reducing printing cycle time and lowering production costs. Presstek solutions are designed to make it easier for printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high-quality, shorter print runs and faster turnaround while providing improved profit margins.
Presstek subsidiary Lasertel, Inc., manufactures semiconductor laser diodes for Presstek’s and external customers’ applications.
For more information visit www.presstek.com, or call 603-595-7000 or email: email@example.com.
With more than a century of service as the leading provider of imaging solutions from design to print, the Pitman/Charrette Company provides the full spectrum of product and system solutions, service and support for both digital and traditional prepress and pressroom operations. Pitman/Charrette also offers tailored product solutions for the specific requirements of printing market segments such as commercial printing, packaging production, newspaper publishing, wide/grand format graphics printing, and CAD technical design.
The company’s e-commerce operations are the world’s largest online printing and equipment supplies stores. Headquartered in Totowa, New Jersey, Pitman/Charrette Company has branch locations with modern distribution facilities across the United States.