East Hills, NY (April 4, 2006) - - Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) is introducing several new technologies to help the graphic arts industry optimize performance and efficiency at IPEX 2006 in Birmingham, England starting today. The new technologies span the industry spectrum from early stage ink formulation R&D to protection of large digital printheads. The Company will showcase its latest technologies along with its broad product portfolio that provides customers with Total Fluid ManagementSM (TFM) solutions in digital printing, printhead protection, industrial marking, lithographic printing and ink formulation. Pall is the global leader in filtration, separation and purification technologies for the graphics arts industry.
"Our latest technologies along with the expansion of several of our current product lines enable Pall to address virtually every filtration need in the graphic arts industry," says Steven C. Chisolm, President, Pall MicroElectronics. "The industry, which continues to grow across all segments (hardware, media and ink), is a key growth market for Pall. The tools we provide combined with a TFM approach add value to customers by cost-effectively improving performance that helps facilitate further growth."
Recent reports forecast a substantial revenue increase across most printer types with an average compounded annual growth rate of about 7 % and as much as 12% for solvent printers and 43 % for flatbed inkjet printers from 2004 through 2009.
Printhead Protection The Pall Acro® Last Chance Filter (LCF) is a new self-contained point-of-use (POU) filter that assures printhead protection from contamination for optimum printer performance. It is designed for use on large digital printing systems in conjunction with Pall capsule filters, or as stand-alone filters in smaller printing applications.
"The new filter is placed close to the printhead providing an added layer of security that contaminants are captured, protecting the printhead and optimizing performance compactly and cost-effectively," says Jim Farrell, Pall Senior Market Sales Manager. "The new LCF filter was developed specifically for the inkjet and digital printing marketplace to overcome many of the shortcomings commonly found with other point-of-use filters." This includes a variety of sizes to handle a wide range of flow rates, a variety of connectors that ensure leak free connections and fast change-outs, and media designed for use with all ink formulations.
Ink Formulation Pall is introducing a new low-volume test filter housing for R&D laboratories to incorporate in their product development process. Ink formulators need to include filtration in the development stage to ensure that the resulting ink is suitable, filterable and ?jettable?.
"Filtration is a major cost of ink formulation, oftentimes one of the top three expenditures," says Farrell. "With our new test filter housing, formulators will be able to better ensure that the ink meets their target criteria to maximize performance. As a result they will gain economic benefits by reducing the cost per liter for filtration."
In addition to the new test filter housing, Pall will showcase its Profile® II, Profile Star and NEXIS® series filter cartridges, a comprehensive range of filter cartridges specifically designed for high efficiency filtration of ink jet ink formulation applications including solvent, aqueous and UV curable ink jet formulations.
Digital Printing For digital ink jet printing, the Company is also launching the expansion of its current product line of Multiple Application Capsule (MAC) Filters with additional new media grades and connectors. The next -generation capsule filter gives customers more flexibility in ensuring critical protection of ink jet printheads and optimum digital printer performance. The extended product line makes the capsules even more user-friendly with clean, easier and faster filter changes with a longer service life and minimal down time.
About Pall Corporation Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separations and purification. Pall's business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, transfusion medicine semiconductors, water purification, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal 2005 were $1.9 billion. The Company is headquartered in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world. Further information is available at http://www.pall.com.
Forward-Looking Statement This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current Company expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; regulatory approval and market acceptance of new technologies; changes in product mix and product pricing and in interest rates and cost of raw materials; the Company's success in enforcing its patents and protecting its proprietary products and manufacturing techniques and its ability to achieve the savings anticipated from its cost reduction initiatives; global and regional economic conditions and legislative, regulatory and political developments; and domestic and international competition in the Company's global markets. Additional information regarding these and other factors is available on the Web at www.pall.com and is included in the Company's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of such reports can be obtained, without charge, at www.sec.gov.
Pall technologies for the Graphic arts industry will be showcased in Hall 9 Booth # E42 from April 4th through 11th at IPEX 2006, NEC Centre, Birmingham, England. IPEX is the world's largest English - speaking trade show for the Graphic Arts industry and is held every four years.