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Durst Arrives at WPPI '07 with Studio Solutions

LAS VEGAS, March 26, 2007 – Durst Image Technology U.S., llc today said its latest photo products and solutions – the new ThetaWeb fully automatic online system, Auto Photo Book System and Jota Album Printer – address the needs of photography studios for simpler, more value-adding workflow that delivers the innovative photo products that consumers want.

In WPPI Booth #1001, Durst is highlighting a total imaging solution built around the popular Theta 76 photo printers, featuring the new ThetaWeb – a comprehensive, fully automatic online ordering system. Attendees also can see the Auto Photo Book System – a modular, RA-4 process photo book production system that is configurable to meet studios’ specific needs and designed for medium- to high-volume capacities. In addition, a completely redesigned Jota Album Printer, debuts in the U.S. this month.

“Photo labs and studios want complete, versatile, easy-to-operate digital photo output solutions that will help them gain entry into the high-potential consumer photo keepsakes business, and that can be upgraded as their operations expand,” said A. Ron Waters, President and CEO of Durst U.S. “All of our photo solutions are developed and regularly improved to emphasize these capabilities. The result is a Durst product portfolio that photo studios can easily and confidently adopt, operate, maintain and profit from as they transition to providers of creative, high-margin digital photo products.”

Theta 76 One of the most versatile, affordable digital photo printers ever built is available in four configurations – emphasizing color output; speed and productivity; “true” black-and-white output; and economical printing. The Durst Theta 76 30-Inch Multi-Format Lab Systems, featuring an in-line processor and Durst’s proprietary fiber optic LED technology, produce high-quality prints from 3.5x5 inches all the way up to 30 inches by 13 feet long – ideal for image consistency across an entire photo package. It satisfies a wide range of imaging demands at previously unattainable productivity levels, all with laser-like image sharpness, Durst said.

Auto Photo Book System Durst’s new modular, highly automated photo book production system is designed for studios and labs with medium- to high-volume production needs. This new system, which will be commercially available in the second quarter of the year, features a three-station modular design to accommodate specific capacity demands, and an automated workflow for one-person operation. The system – comprised of creasing/folding, mounting/gluing and feeder units – produces as many as 18 40-page books or 36 20-page books per hour, Durst said.

Jota Album Printer A completely new Jota Album Printer features simple operation, high efficiency and a small footprint. The new Jota is an automated inkjet printing system that makes “photo quality” picture books and other attractive, stylish image-based products, Durst said. The Jota is sold in the U.S. exclusively through distributors, the company said – including PTS Consulting & Service Group. Interested parties should contact Karen Evans at PTS by phone at (610) 376-5202 or by e-mail at

Pricing and other product information is available at Durst’s WPPI Booth (#1001), by phone at Durst at 1-888-480-3588, by e-mail at Durst at, or online at

Durst Phototechnik AG is a leading manufacturer of digital imaging systems for graphic, pre-press, signage, commercial/retail display, packaging, industrial and photographic applications. Headquartered in Brixen, Italy, the company operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen and Lienz, Austria; has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany and Mexico; and partners with exclusive agents in 120 countries. Durst’s reputation for quality, precision and reliability spans more than 70 years.

Durst Image Technology U.S., llc, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Durst Phototechnik Group, is the exclusive distributor and service provider for all Durst professional digital imaging equipment in the United States and Canada. Durst’s professional imaging products include the renowned Lambda laser imagers, Rho large-format UV inkjet printers, Theta roll-to-cut print photo imagers, Sigma high-speed film scanners, photo album creation systems, and other products.