Commercial Printing Pioneer Consolidated Graphics (CGX) Advances World Leading Digital Capabilities with Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press

CGX expands digital footprint at Automated Graphic Systems (AGS) with U.S. installation of color Kodak Stream Inkjet technology

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Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 20, 2010

Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: CGX) has announced plans to install a Kodak Prosper 5000XL press in the United States at the company’s Automated Graphic Systems (AGS) facility in White Plains, Maryland. The partnership with Kodak will enable AGS to market full-color, on-demand publishing to its current commercial printing customers, and strengthens CGX’s current leadership position in digital printing.

"Our close partnership with Kodak has allowed us to remain at the forefront of digital inkjet web technology, and demonstrates our joint commitment to seeking newer and better solutions for our market," said Ric Davis, CGX Executive Vice President of Operations. "The Prosper 5000XL Press will enable us to bring offset quality printing to customers who were previously limited by lower volume outputs and affordability constraints for their variable printing needs."

AGS was selected to house the Prosper installation due to its Washington, D.C. location and customer base, which is primarily composed of trade associations and educational institutions. "We’ve seen an increased demand from our customers to affordably print four-color trade publications where economies of scale have historically limited runs to one or two colors. As a result of the Prosper’s ability to image offset quality, full-color variable data on every page, AGS is positioned to respond to a world where print and communication is becoming increasingly personal," said Dustin Graupman, President of AGS. "AGS and CGX have long established themselves as technology leaders in the commercial printing industry, and the Prosper installation is a continued effort to maintain that leadership position."

Consolidated Graphics will begin to market the new technology immediately, educating customers on the speed, price, and quality benefits of the Prosper Press. The company identifies trade associations and educational institutions as primary candidates for the Prosper, but plans to integrate the press into its existing IT infrastructure, marketing the technology throughout CGX’s 70 locations and world-leading footprint of more than 220 digital presses.

“Even in a tough economy, CGX continues to invest in the needs of our customers, bringing them solutions that most of our competitors are unable to offer at this time,” said Davis. "CGX has historically brought our clients solutions for both high-volume offset runs and low-volume digital runs; the Prosper’s inkjet technology meets that middle ground by providing an affordable, four-color option for medium-sized jobs with near-offset quality."

About Consolidated Graphics
Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (CGX), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is one of North America's leading general commercial printing companies. With 70 printing businesses strategically located across 27 states, Toronto, and Prague, and with a presence in Asia, we offer an unmatched geographic footprint, unsurpassed capabilities, and unparalleled levels of convenience, efficiency and service. With locations in or near virtually every major U.S. market, CGX provides service and responsiveness of a local printer enhanced by the economic, geographic and technological advantages of a global organization.

Consolidated Graphics' vast and technologically advanced sheetfed and web printing capabilities are complemented by the world’s largest integrated digital footprint. By coupling North America's most comprehensive printing capabilities with strategically located fulfillment centers and industry-leading technology, CGX delivers end-to-end print production and management solutions that are based on the needs of our customers to improve their results. For more information, visit http://www.cgx.com.

About Kodak
As the world’s foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives. To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com and follow our blogs and more at http://www.kodak.com/go/followus. More than 75 million people worldwide manage, share and create photo gifts online at KODAK Gallery—join today at http://www.kodakgallery.com. In the graphic communications market, Kodak offers the broadest portfolio of integrated solutions to help customers grow their business. For more information, visit http://www.graphics.kodak.com. For downloading photos and videos from Kodak’s image library, visit http://www.kodak.com/go/gcimages. (Kodak and Prosper are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)

For more information please contact:
Aaron Grohs, Consolidated Graphics
713.339.5775
agrohs(at)consolidatedgraphics(dot)com
-or-
Jon Biro, Consolidated Graphics
713.339.5756
jbiro(at)cgx(dot)com

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