Color Printer targets professional sign making market.

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Offered as 64 in. roll-to-roll printer, Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 employs 8-channel Dual-Array MicroPiezo® AMC(TM) print head. It uses Epson UltraChrome® GS solvent-based ink, available in 8 colors, in 950 ml hot-swappable cartridges and comes with Web-based printer information and management system for monitoring print jobs and consumables. Print speeds are up to 340 ft²/hr for banner-quality printing, 180 ft²/hr for nominal production, and 91 ft²/hr for photographic signage output.



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Epson Transforms Commercial Sign-Making Industry with New Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 Printer



64-Inch roll-to-roll printer delivers unparalleled colour gamut, image quality, reliability and print speeds with new safer solvent-based ink technology

TORONTO, Ontario - Epson Canada Limited, a world leader in advanced digital imaging technology, today announced it has entered the outdoor commercial printing industry with the introduc tion of the Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 printer, offering technical advancements poised to dramatically impact the professional sign making market.

Featuring Epson UltraChrome® GS ink, a new solvent-based ink technology with eight individual colours, including an all new orange and green, the Stylus Pro GS6000 produces the industry's widest colour gamut for unparalleled output quality on nearly any solvent-based media. The printer's new Dual-Array MicroPiezo® AMC(TM) print head has been uniquely engineered for the demands of highproduction solvent printing. The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 is also the fastest 64- inch wide roll- to-roll printer in its class, with print speeds of up to 340 sq. ft. per hour for banner-quality printing, up to 180 sq. ft. per hour for everyday production and up to 91 sq. ft. for photographic signage output.

"The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 represents a significant turning point for the solvent-based printing market," said Andrew Patrick, Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson Canada Limited. "We worked very closely with the industry for guidance to ensure that it exceeds the needs of today's commercial outdoor printers. The result is a printer that helps sign makers maximize profits while gaining competitive advantages with superior quality, performance and reliability, with lower impact on the environment and worker health."

Developed exclusively by Epson, UltraChrome GS ink achieves an extremely wide colour gamut, resulting in signs that feature entirely new degrees of colour fidelity and accuracy that are otherwise unattainable with any other solvent technologies on the market. Furthermore, prints from this solution offer superior resistance to scratching and dry extremely fast, eliminating the need for special dryers.

The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 with Epson UltraChrome GS ink also accommodates a wide range of leading solvent media for a vast array of commercial printing applications, including outdoor banners, billboards, automotive and bus wraps, construction and barricade signs, and photographic tradeshow graphics, where high quality images and precise, accurate colour is essential.

Epson UltraChrome GS ink is a new generation of solvent-based chemistry that allows commercial sign makers to integrate safer signage printing technology without sacrificing output quality. Unlike competitive solvent technologies, Epson UltraChrome GS delivers virtually odourless printing without the need for special ventilation or air purification systems. In addition, the ink does not contain Nickel (Ni) compounds, minimizing the harmful impact on the environment and employees.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is easy to use and maintain, integrating features that enable sign makers to reduce total cost of ownership for greater profitability. Another new feature introduced in conjunction with this printer and ink technology is myEpsonPrinter.com(TM). This unique Web-based printer information and management system enables commercial printing professionals to monitor print jobs and consumables virtually in real time, including tracking ink and media consumption, managing printers at remote locations, robust reporting, and intelligent support, allowing Stylus Pro GS6000 printer owners to manage their Epson printer investment.

Included with every Stylus Pro GS6000 is the ColorBurst Professional Production RIP, an entirely new, full- featured Postscript Language Level 3TM compatible RIP and Print server. In addition to robust layout functionality, the RIP is Pantone® licensed for accurate spot colour matching, offers support for ICC output profiles and incorporates a new multi-threaded/multi-processing architecture for extremely fast job processing.

"Having worked with solvent printers for over 10 years, I can honestly say that I have not seen a printer that demonstrates the level of quality and speed that the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 delivers," said Larry Spevak, CEO of ColorBurst® Systems Engineering. "Its performance and quality coupled, with ColorBurst's new robust RIP, will be unmatched in this market segment."

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is a powerful tool for any size printing company. Additional features and benefits include:
· Industry-Leading Print Quality: Eight-channel, high-performance, Dual-Array MicroPiezo AMC print head produces a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi with a droplet size as small as 3.7-picoliter and features a new ink repelling coating technology to dramatically reduce nozzle clogging;
· Broad Industry Support and Media Flexibility: Support for multiple solvent media suppliers and compatibility with a wide range of third-party RIP manufacturers and workflows;
· Robust Automatic Take-Up Reel System: Efficient take-up reel for unattended production of large print runs;
· Intelligent Preventative Maintenance System: Four-mode automatic cleaning system maintains optimum print quality and integrates simple user- focused maintenance process for less downtime;
· High Performance Media Heating System: Individually controlled pre, platen and post heaters for optimum media support in which temperatures are controlled via a front control panel or front-end RIP software;
· Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System: Eight individual 950 ml "hot-swappable" ink cartridges enable sign makers to avoid production downtimes and maximize profitability; and
· Superior Connectivity: Standard connectivity includes USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet port.

Availability, Service and Support
The Stylus Pro GS6000 will be available in July 2008 through Mondrian-Hall, Inc. at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $28,995. It is supported by a standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Optional Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection.

About Epson Canada Limited
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson Canada Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epson America, Inc., which is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson Canada Limited is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. For further information, please visit www.epson.ca.

Note: Specifications and terms are subject to change. Epson and Epson Stylus are registered trademarks and Epson UltraChrome GS and MicroPiezo

AMC are trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. MyEpsonPrinter.com is a trademark and Epson Preferred is a service mark of Epson America Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks

For further information, please contact:
John B. Challinor II APR
Senior Associate Account Executive
Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 924-5700, Ext. 4019
EMAIL: john.challinor@cohnwolfe.ca

Martha Linton
Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 924-5700, Ext. 4048
EMAIL: martha.linton@cohnwolfe.ca

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