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UK-Based The Printing House Switches to Presstek Aeon Thermal Plates

Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, today announced that The Printing House in Crewe, UK has adopted Presstek Aeon, a no bake thermal plate, for use with its Heidelberg Suprasetter platesetter to support its three B2 format Sakurai presses. The transition to Aeon plates was seamless, according to the company.

Peter Harrison, joint managing director together with Paul Springthorpe, is pleased with the results The Printing House is achieving with Aeon, and with the support he is receiving from Presstek. “Customer service was a big factor in choosing Presstek,” he says. “Their service engineers are very knowledgeable and very proactive.”

Harrison was also seeking a more affordable solution compared to his previous plates. "Aeon plates are very cost effective,” he added. “It goes beyond the cost of the plates, since the processing chemistry has a much longer life than the old system. It’s a different chemistry, greener and less aggressive, with a bath life of five to six weeks compared to two to three weeks for the previous chemistry we were using. Using 3,000 to 4,000 plates per month, the extended chemistry life becomes a real consideration.” Harrison also points out that the plates are delivering very good quality and on-press performance. “We see Aeon being able to meet all of our plate needs,” he comments.

The Printing House, established in 1991, currently employs 37 people and handles all types of printing work. In addition to its three B2 format Sakurai presses, the company recently installed a Xerox DocuColor 5000AP and a Mimaki JV-33 light solvent inkjet printer.

“Our success with Aeon at The Printing House confirms that our strategy of offering an open platform plate suitable for larger printers is working,” said Peter Swann, UK National Sales Manager for Presstek. “Based on our plate audits, I believe other printers will be able to achieve similar results; and we look forward to working with them.”

Presstek Aeon Highlights

* Imaged on 830 nm CTP systems from a range of manufacturers, including Presstek’s Compass and Dimension Pro Series
* Long run length durability (200,000 unbaked, one million baked)
* Image resolution of 1% to 99% dots at 200 lpi and FM screening
* High sensitivity for fast imaging speeds
* Excellent developer and replenisher yield

About Presstek

Presstek, Inc. is a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries. Presstek's DI® digital offset solutions bridge the gap between toner and conventional offset printing, enabling printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high quality, short run colour printing with a fast turnaround time while providing improved profit margins. The company's CTP portfolio ranges from two-page to eight-page systems, many of which are fully automated. These systems support Presstek's line of chemistry-free plates as well as Aeon, a no preheat thermal plate which offers run lengths up to one million impressions. Presstek also offers a range of workflow solutions, pressroom supplies, and reliable service. Presstek is well positioned to support print environments of any size on a worldwide basis. For more information visit, send an e-mail to or call +44 20 8745 8000 (Europe) or +1 603 595 7000 (North America).