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Presstek and E. Michaelis & Co (GmbH & Co) KG Sign Distribution Agreement

E. Michaelis responds to trend for short runs in offset printing by marketing Presstek DI® digital offset presses in Northern Germany.

Presstek, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, has entered into a partnership agreement with E. Michaelis. The agreement will see the Reinbek-based company distribute the Presstek 52DI digital offset press in the Schleswig Holstein, Hamburg and Northern Lower Saxony regions of northern Germany. Michaelis has been involved in the graphics industry since 1804. "We’ve recently broadened our offering in all areas – from consumables to digital printing systems and digital workflow to finishing,” says Norbert Zimmermann, Managing Director at Michaelis. “Being a distributor of innovative systems like the Presstek 52DI is a key part of this expansion.”
Zimmermann believes that changes in the print market make the Presstek 52DI a compelling proposition for print service providers in northern Germany. “The type of print products being produced today are changing, and so too are the typical run lengths. Demand for short print runs with very fast turnaround times are increasingly common.”
“Around 80 percent of print runs in the four-colour printing market are produced with a maximum run of 6,000 . This makes the Presstek 52DI the ideal machine for closing the gap between conventional offset printing machines and digital toner-based systems. It offers waterless offset printing at high speed and delivers excellent quality, plus it helps printers address environmental issues. We anticipate that it will be a very popular system among our customers.”

Fast, flexible and profitable

The highly automated Presstek 52DI is a four color digital offset press that is ideal for short print runs of high-quality with fast turnaround times.
The press doesn’t require a separate prepress system, as the chemistry-free plates are imaged directly on-press in precise register. With runs of between 500 and 10,000 copies, the Presstek 52DI offers the lowest cost per sheet. It takes less than ten minutes to go from digital file to the first sellable color print.
The print quality is impressive. Thanks to the waterless offset printing, resolutions of up to 300lpi and FM (stochastic) screening can be achieved with no additional time or cost implications.

About E. Michaelis & Co. (GmbH & Co.) KG

E. Michaels & Co. is a medium-sized company – founded in 1804 – focusing on paper wholesale, graphical solutions and packaging. Part of the IGEPAgroup that operates across Europe, Michaelis enjoys a leading market position. The group has more than 40,000 customers. With around 2350 employees, in 2009 the group and all its strategic partners achieved a sales turnover of 1.5 billion euros throughout Europe and sold 1.5 million tonnes of paper. More information on the companies and the products is available at:

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 color 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