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Xanté provides Colour Laser Solutions for National Geographic

National Geographic utilizes Xanté ColourLaser 21’s for MapMachine kiosks across the United States

MOBILE, AL, April 25, 2003 –Xanté Corporation announced today the details of a successful relationship with National Geographic over the past several months providing Xanté Colourlaser 21 printers. Through this relationship Xanté has the opportunity to install these printers into National Geographic’s nationwide network of 100 + kiosks. National Geographic has decided to use the Xanté Colourlaser 21 to print detailed topographical maps at their retail MapMachine kiosks based on quality, speed, and cost per print analysis. “The National Geographic name is synonymous with quality and excellence, therefore when we began the search for a new digital printing solution for the MapMachine we set the bar very high. Xanté’s Colourlaser 21 not only met the challenge of our rigorous approval process, they exceeded our expectations with the Colourlaser 21 and with their level of service and support,” stated Mike Dyer Operations Manager for National Geographic Maps.

“The partnership of providing laser printers to National Geographic is a very exciting opportunity for Xanté,” Robert C. Ross, CEO and founder of XANTÉ Corporation said. “National Geographic is an incredible organization that has done so much for the world in regards to education, technology and conservation awareness. To be able to provide some of the tools for National Geographic to continue this work gives all of our employees at Xanté a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.”

Utilizing kiosks at outdoors shops and stores across the United States, National Geographic provides the digital printing of customizable topographical maps for sportsmen and outdoorsmen. Last year, National Geographic was in need of a strong and dependable laser printer that could provide quality output for printing these maps. Pursuing a reliable printer that could meet several pre-set scientific and cost criteria including speed, cost-per-print and most importantly quality of print, National Geographic chose the Xanté ColourLaser 21.

Xanté was able to provide printers and personnel for on field-testing immediately upon request. After several months of successful testing, Xanté was able to meet the qualifications set up by National Geographic.

Using the Xanté ColourLaser 21, National Geographic topographic maps are printed on Teslin® paper. Teslin® sheet, created by PPG Industries, is made for durable applications and harsh environments because it is waterproof. Teslin® is one of the most versatile medias on the market perfect for outdoor activities. This created a perfect marriage for National Geographic and Xanté.

“One of the most powerful features of the MapMachine kiosk is use of the waterproof Teslin® media for the completed maps. Our customers are hiking, mountaineering and exploring unique areas throughout the US in all types of conditions. The quality of the printing and the characteristics of the media it’s printed on directly affect a reliable and accurate map. The image qualities afforded by the Colourlaser 21 in combination with the unique characteristics of the Teslin® are a real boom for our MapMachine customers,” stated Dyer.

Xanté looks forward in continuing this partnership with such a great institution as National Geographic and in meeting their printing needs.

National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers who produce five map supplements and about 100 page maps a year for National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the Society. NG Maps also produces maps for the Society’s other magazines, National Geographic Books (including the Society’s signature Atlas of the World), National Geographic Television & Film, Nationalgeographic.com (both the Web site www.nationalgeographic.com and CD-ROM products), and the Society’s educational products. In addition, NG Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TrailSmart digital maps, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, atlases, and MapMachine kiosks. Maps are available to members and the public.

Xanté, founded in 1989, is a privately held corporation that develops and markets high performance printing solutions. Xanté’s product line consists of high-resolution color and monochrome laser printers, computer-to-plate and computer-to-film systems, and camera-ready output proofing devices. Xanté products are available direct or from resellers in the U.S. and abroad.