Dainippon Screen Develops Wide-Format UV Inkjet Printing System for Sign and Display Industry

  Dainippon Screen Develops Wide-Format UV Inkjet Printing System for Sign and
  Display Industry

      — Screen Group Synergy Accelerates Expansion in Worldwide Market —

FESPA 2013

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- June 25, 2013

Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.(TOKYO:7735)(hereafter "Screen"), in
conjunction with UK-based group company Inca Digital Printers Ltd.(hereafter
"Inca"), has developed the Truepress Jet W3200UV wide-format UV inkjet
printing system; a development made possible by drawing on the core
technologies refined by both Inca and Screen over many years for their
products. The system will be available from October 2013 and its launch is
expected to accelerate Screen's business expansion in the worldwide market,
focusing on the active demand that is currently seen in the sign and display
market.

Truepress Jet W3200UV (Photo: Business Wire)

Truepress Jet W3200UV (Photo: Business Wire)

In recent years, with the continuing diversification of consumer preferences,
marketing life cycles have become extremely short, increasing the frequency
with which product advertising is refreshed. As a result, the sign and display
industry has experienced a growing demand for in-store printed advertising,
including POP units and window displays, along with the more conventional
outdoor signboards. Both types of advertising stimulate consumer interest,
allowing local promotions and focused marketing. Furthermore, attention has
continued to shift to UV-cured inkjet printing systems, with their ability to
print directly onto various types of media. These systems do not require any
drying time and compared to aqueous- and solvent-based inkjet printing
systems, offer considerably shorter overall production times. It is predicted
that the sign and display market will continue to expand, growing by an annual
average of around three percent* in the period from 2011 to 2017.

Based on these industry trends, Screen has collaborated with its group company
Inca to develop the new Truepress Jet W3200UV wide-format UV inkjet printing
system. Inca is one of the top brands for wide-format UV inkjet systems
predominantly in the European and North American sign and display industries.
This system has been made possible by drawing on the core technologies refined
by both Inca and Screen over many years for their products. Equipping the
Truepress Jet W3200UV with a newly developed print carriage has allowed it to
achieve a printing speed of 84 square meters (904 square feet) per hour, the
best in its class. It is also able to deliver smooth, high-definition printing
for various media thanks to the availability of light cyan, light magenta, and
white inks as options, along with the four standard CMYK** colors. In
addition, the adoption of Screen's original Truepress inks, with their
excellent resistance to the bending and cutting of media, has made this system
capable of handling a wide range of work.

With the launch of the Truepress Jet W3200UV, Screen intends to expand its
business in the wide-format printing market. In addition, by continuing to
answer diverse user needs, Screen hopes to contribute to the further growth of
the international printing and prepress industries.

 *   Source: Wide format inkjet graphics forecast 2013, I.T.Strategies
  **   CMYK: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black) colors

        This system will be exhibited at FESPA 2013, one of the world's
Note:  largest trade fairs for screen printing-related equipment, to be held
        in London, England from June 25 (Tuesday) to 29 (Saturday), 2013.

About Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.

Since being established in 1943, Dainippon Screen has grown significantly in
the printing and prepress fields and is currently a leading company in the
thermal CtP recorder and on-demand printing system industries. By leveraging
its core photolithographic (photo etching) technologies, Screen has developed
a large number of products that hold top shares in a variety of fields,
including those for flat panel display, semiconductor, and PCB production
equipment. Screen continues to expand these business areas. For more
information, please visit: www.screen.co.jp/eng/index.html.

About Inca Digital Printers Ltd.

Inca Digital Printers was established with venture capital funding in May 2000
as a spin-out company from Cambridge Consultants. In June 2005, the company
became part of the Dainippon Screen Group. Inca is a pioneer in the field of
inkjet printing and has become one of the premier brands in the large-format
UV printer market, currently seeing major growth in key print markets around
the world. While continuing its record of success in the sign and display
market, Inca is also working to apply its inkjet technologies to develop new
fields. For more information, please visit: www.incadigital.com.

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Contact:

Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.,
Jun Yoshida/Teiji Kato, +81-75-414-7610
Media And Precision Technology Company
Global Sales & Marketing Division
Marketing Department
info-m@screen-mt.com
 
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