Press Release: September 13, 2007
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HP Broadens Presence in Wide-format Printing with Acquisition of MacDermid ColorSpan Inc.

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 13, 2007

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HP today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MacDermid ColorSpan Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format digital inkjet printers, from MacDermid Printing Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of privately held MacDermid Incorporated, which is based in Denver.

Based in Minnetonka, Minn., MacDermid ColorSpan is a leading supplier of UV-curable inkjet printers for display graphics and a key supplier to sign shop franchises, quick printers and other small to midsize sign-making and screen-printing businesses.

The acquisition extends HP’s presence into the sign shop and quick-printing market as well as its position as a one-stop partner for print service providers. In particular, HP plans to provide lower-cost platforms and UV technologies to print service providers that are expanding into outdoor applications and more industrial workloads.

The deal also broadens HP’s Graphic Arts portfolio of digital presses and wide-format printers and furthers HP’s Print 2.0 strategy to digitize analog prints by extending the company’s overall digital content creation and publishing platform.

“This acquisition broadens HP’s presence in the production space where the digitization of analog prints will happen,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “MacDermid ColorSpan is a respected innovator in UV wide-format printing and should achieve tremendous synergies with our complementary wide-format platforms.”

MacDermid ColorSpan President Robert J. Wenzel, who will lead the new product line at HP, said, “The combination of HP and MacDermid ColorSpan will provide our customers and channel partners with an expanded mix of quality, value and choice that is unmatched in the digital graphics printing industry. Plus, MacDermid ColorSpan customers will continue to enjoy the same high levels of attention they are used to receiving.”

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Upon completion of the acquisition, MacDermid ColorSpan will be integrated into the Graphic Arts organization within the Imaging and Printing Group of HP.

About MacDermid ColorSpan

MacDermid Printing Solutions, the recognized creator of the Big Color® graphics market, designs, manufactures and markets large-format digital color printing systems, supplies, software and services. Its products are distinguished through high-productivity features such as patented Big Ink® Delivery Systems and an Automated Eye for easy setup, calibration and unattended printing. The company’s UV-curable inkjet are the No. 1 selling UV printers in the world. Its headquarters and manufacturing are based in Minnetonka, Minn.

About MacDermid Inc.

MacDermid Inc. is a leading global provider of high value-added specialty chemicals and technical services. MacDermid serves the metal and plastics finishing, electronics, oil production and drilling, and graphic arts markets. Established in 1922, MacDermid employs over 2,500 people in operating facilities in more than 20 countries.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $100.5 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.


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About HP

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