ARC Document Solutions Signs Ten-Year Software Agreement With Leading Chinese Architectural Research and Design Group

ARC Document Solutions Signs Ten-Year Software Agreement With Leading Chinese 
Architectural Research and Design Group 
WALNUT CREEK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 --  ARC Document
Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ARC) the nation's leading document solutions
provider for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)
industry, today announced that it has signed a 10-year agreement to
provide MetaPrint, ARC's production print driver and file conversion
software, to the China Architecture Design and Research Group (CAG)
for use in its newly developed "digital blueprinting" equipment. CAG,
headquartered in Beijing, is China's leading state-owned
architectural institution responsible for new developments and
standards in the country's practice of architecture.  
"We work with architectural firms all over the world, but we've never
encountered a company that wanted to develop their own printing
equipment," said K. "Suri" Suriyakumar, Chairman, President and CEO
of ARC Document Solutions. "It's tremendously exciting to work with a
client who is intent on moving an entire country toward more
sustainable document management practices. We are honored to play
such an integral role in helping them achieve their vision."  
Today China's construction industry generates most of its
large-format construction documents using diazo printing, a
100-year-old technology named after the diazo chemical process that
creates a blueprint's distinctive blue color. While inexpensive to
operate, diazo machines are slow and power-hungry, take a great deal
of skilled manual labor to operate, use toxic chemicals, and produce
prints that fade quickly in sunlight and cannot be recycled. Diazo
printing was largely replaced by digital methods in the United
States, Europe and other Western countries after 1995. 
While CAG remains devoted to the color of its drawings -- the
institute's new printer uses blue ink -- the drawbacks of diazo-based
document production techniques, including the lack of compatibility
with digital content management, inspired the successful development
of their own proprietary "digital blueprinting" equipment.  
"During our search to find a leading technology partner for this
project, ARC Document Solutions was the obvious choice due to their
leadership position in serving the document needs of architectural
companies in the USA," said Mr. Liu Yan Hui, CAG's Party Secretary
and Vice President. "We have signed a 10-year contract with ARC to
integrate their MetaPrint print management software with our new
digital printer. MetaPrint will help us operate these machines at the
highest speeds and provide efficient print management for our
MetaPrint software is used for high-end, production printing and file
conversion of large-format architectural, engineering or construction
documents. Originally developed for a high-volume reprographics shop
environment, MetaPrint software is now used by thousands of
professionals around the world to drive printing and scanning
equipment; scan, convert and print documents; perform complex file or
job print configurations; manage multiple print queues to a wide
variety of devices made by different manufacturers; and receive print
jobs from remote locations. 
CAG claims that, in addition to addressing the challenges of diazo
printing, the operating costs of their new high-speed digital printer
are one-third that of a most contemporary wide-format digital
printers. The new MetaPrint-equipped machine is being introduced to
the Chinese market this month and will be the first digital printer
developed in China that has the official approval of China's Ministry
of Commerce and its archiving bureau. CAG's plan is to market the new
equipment to the owners of the approximately 7,000 diazo printers
currently in use inside the country. 
For more information about MetaPrint, please visit: 
About CAG 
Known for the design of some of China's most iconic structures, the
55-year-old state-owned China Architectural Design & Research Group
(CAG) now services clients all over the world, employs more than
4,000 people, and integrates practices in building design, urban
planning, municipal engineering, building standardization,
construction information, project consultation, interior decoration,
landscape, gardening and housing and research/development. For more
information visit: 
About ARC Document Solutions (NYSE: ARC) 
ARC Document Solutions is a leading document solutions company
serving businesses of all types, with an emphasis on the
non-residential segment of the architecture, engineering and
construction industries. The Company helps more than 90,000 customers
reduce costs and increase efficiency in the use of their documents,
improve document access and control, and offers a wide variety of
ways to print, produce, and store documents. ARC provides its
solutions onsite in more than 7,700 of its customers' offices,
offsite in service centers around the world, and digitally in the
form of proprietary software and web applications. For more
information please visit  
David Stickney
VP Corporate Communications & IR
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