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Videojet's G4100 Digital Imaging System Uses HP Technology For Fast, High-Resolution Printing

Wood Dale, Ill. – May 4, 2005 – The new G4100 digital imaging system from Videojet Technologies Inc. combines high print resolution and throughput with unparalleled ease of use. Developed with HP thermal inkjet technology, the G4100 features a 4.25-inch printband in a single head that allows commercial printers to customize mail pieces with up to 1,200-dpi resolution for addresses, message text and graphics. At speeds up to 500 ft./min., high-resolution print jobs can be completed quickly, and the G4100’s self-wiping printheads mean hands-off cleaning and less maintenance.

“The G4100 digital imaging system allows commercial and direct mail printers to offer enhanced addressing to their customers,” said Bob Neagle, Videojet’s graphics product manager. “They can separate their business from the competition by offering mail pieces with eye-catching messages and graphics. They can say to a customer, ‘If you design it, we can print it.'”

The G4100 is priced up to 75 percent less than comparable technology, making it both a cost-effective solution and a wise capital investment for small to mid-sized commercial printers and direct mail houses. The system’s dual 775 mL ink cartridges virtually eliminate downtime. When one cartridge empties, the G4100 automatically switches to the other, so the empty cartridge can be changed while avoiding a temporary shutdown.

The G4100’s self-contained cabinet requires minimal component connections for quick set-up. Its built-in PC can be connected to the user’s local area network to monitor print jobs from a remote location. Adding an e-mail program to the PC allows the capability to e-mail job proofs directly to a customer from the G4100’s location.

For more information about the G4100 digital imaging system, call 800-843-3610

Videojet Technologies Inc. is a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids, and accessories for the product identification industry. As experts in continuous ink jet (CIJ), drop-on-demand (DOD), thermal-transfer overprinting (TTO), array, and laser technologies, Videojet has over 275,000 units installed worldwide. Sales, service, training, administrative and application support is provided by direct operations worldwide, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russian, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom, with more than 250 direct sales and service personnel in the United States alone. Videojet’s distribution network includes over 175 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical may be “forward-looking” statements, which involve risk and uncertainties. These include economic and currency conditions, market demand, pricing and competitive and technology factors, among others, as set forth in Danaher Company’s SEC filings.

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Row as Royal Mail seeks stamp price increase

Watchdog claims Postcomm was misled over competition threat

Oliver Morgan, industrial editor
Sunday May 29, 2005
The Observer

A row is set to break out this week as the postal services watchdog Postwatch accuses Royal Mail of misleading the industry's financial regulator.
The charge comes days before the regulator Postcomm publishes its initial proposals on how much Royal Mail can charge for deliveries for the three years beginning next spring.

Postwatch, whose relations with Royal Mail under chairman Allan Leighton have been strained since it advised customers not to use first- class post over the Christmas rush, claims Royal Mail exaggerated the threat it faced from competition in order to get a lenient regulatory settlement last time around, in 2003.

The dispute focuses on forecasts made by Royal Mail for mail volumes, a key driver of its profits, which it said would suffer from the introduction of competition.

Figures published last September in a consultation document put out by Postcomm show that Royal Mail claimed volumes would fall from 20.4 billion items a year in 2002-03 to 19.9 billion in 2003-04, 19.2 billion in 2004-05 and 18.3 billion next year. Volumes actually rose from 20.4 billion to 20.9 billion in 2003-04; Royal Mail's 2004-05 results show it delivered 22 billion.

A Postwatch spokesman said: 'Royal Mail's declining volume forecasts for the three years of price control are so out of line with the increases that happened that they should be embarrassed. If they are not ... it is because they knew they were misleading.'

Royal Mail says volumes remained higher than anticipated because Postcomm delayed the introduction of competition. The bulk mail market - which constitutes 30 per cent of the total - was opened up in 2003, with full liberalisation due in January.

Postwatch points out that the company moved from losses of more than £1bn in the first year of its three-year turnaround plan to making a profit of £527m in 2004-05, the third year of the plan.

Postcomm is believed to agree that the 2003 settlement - which allowed a 3 per cent price increase for 2003-04 followed by inflation minus 1 per cent - was 'generous'. An industry source said: 'Royal Mail did extremely well out of the first price review.'

In 2003, the first year that it broke into profit, Royal Mail said the 1p rise in first and second-class postage that spring was the prime driver in pushing profits in the letters business to £161m.

Royal Mail has continued to warn of the threat to its revenues from competition. Last August, chief executive Adam Crozier said: 'If - as is likely - competitors take profitable volume from us, our ability to maintain the one-price-goes-anywhere mail service is going to be severely weakened.'


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