Oce North America and AlphaCorr Collaborate to Provide More Complete Solutions for the Packaging Market

Reciprocal arrangement promotes each company's offerings to packaging market

Mar 30, 2011, 11:00 ET from Oce North America

TRUMBULL, Conn., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced it has chosen Austin, TX-based AlphaCorr LLC to provide its Macintosh® and Windows® compatible CAD-based Rules packaging and display design software as part of the overall Oce Solutions for Packaging.

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To date the Oce Solutions for Packaging has consisted of the Oce Arizona® Series UV flatbed printers, the Oce ProCut™ digital cutting system, and ONYX ProductionHouse™ RIP and Oce ProCut Prepress software.

The Oce Solutions for Packaging enables packaging companies to quickly produce high quality prototypes and custom/short-run packaging on paperboard and corrugate by printing directly to rigid substrates, then cutting and creasing - all in a completely digital workflow. Until recently, there was no component for the creation of the structural design of the packaging. The addition of the AlphaCorr Rules software now enables designers a means to efficiently create structural designs - either from scratch or using the provided template library to quickly modify standard designs for new packaging. From concept through production, Rules software is the fastest and most straightforward way to draw, modify and detail accurate packaging and display designs on both Macs and Windows platforms.

Under the arrangement, Oce and AlphaCorr will recommend each other's solutions in a lead-sharing arrangement, and work together to demonstrate the combined solutions. To provide the greatest value to its customers, AlphaCorr will continue to directly sell and support Rules software. Likewise, Oce will continue to sell and support the Oce components of the overall solution.

Using Ashlar-Vellum Graphite as the CAD engine, the AlphaCorr technical team, lead by Michael Collins, the original mind behind Ashlar Score!, has developed a complete set of commands and enhancements specifically for the packaging and display design market. Added to this is a fully parametric box library developed by the team to provide the most robust yet easy-to-use software available for this industry.

Randy Paar, Oce North America Product Marketing Manager states, "Increasingly, the packaging industry is looking to digital workflows to complement existing capabilities plus provide new opportunities in custom and short-run packaging. The benefits to the brand owners can be substantial due to the quick turnaround of new designs and the ability to test market more cost effectively. This can ultimately drive more business back to the packaging producer."

About AlphaCorr

Based in Austin, TX, AlphaCorr, LLC is the world's leading developer of packaging and point-of-purchase display software on both Mac and Windows platforms. Founded in 2007, AlphaCorr uses the powerful, yet easy-to-use user-interface paradigms originally developed for Ashlar Score!. AlphaCorr continues to enable the creative design and production of precise, sophisticated packaging and displays around the world.

Oce Display Graphics Systems

Oce Display Graphics Systems is a leading provider of professional, wide format solutions for indoor and outdoor color display graphics applications. Oce solutions are specifically designed to enhance the revenue and profit opportunities for service providers by combining hardware with workflow software and the expertise to help companies expand into digital large format color. From extremely high-quality UV flatbed printers and roll-based printers to advanced finishing systems, Oce offers a total solution including hardware, software, imaging supplies, finishing systems, applications expertise, hardware support and financing. Customers benefit in working with a full-service partner they can count on to help their businesses grow.

About Oce

Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Total revenues in financial 2010 amounted to approximately euro 2.7 billion. Oce is listed on Euronext in Amsterdam. For more information visit www.oce.com.

Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. North America represents 34% of Oce's worldwide revenues, and employment is over 8,000. For more information about Oce North America, visit www.oceusa.com. Outside the U.S., consult http://global.oce.com.

Oce and Canon: Stronger together

In 2010 Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 197,000 people worldwide. Global net sales in 2010 were more than US $45 billion. For more information visit www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010(1), with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2010 list. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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(1) Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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