updated 10/3/2010 10:17:06 PM ET 2010-10-04T02:17:06

Breakthrough Technology For Faster, Wider Digital Press Will Set New Standard For Digital Book Production

Unmatched Production Flexibility Enhances Installed Base of 1,000 Digital Print Units Globally

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it has developed the industry's first 60" wide high speed ink jet digital press. New 60" presses, expected to be deployed in the first half of 2011, will enhance the company's fleet of proprietary ProteusJet™ digital printing units. A combination of width and speed make these new presses faster and wider than any commercially available alternatives.

RR Donnelley's global platform features a broad array of proprietary and commercially available technologies. Its digital press platform will include nearly twenty ProteusJet presses by year end and the company expects to deploy an average of one new ProteusJet press per month through early 2012. One recently expanded production facility alone will utilize five ProteusJet presses to produce trade and educational books. The company has integrated one- and multiple-color digital printing presses with delivery systems that enable digitally printed content to be finished in-line into books, direct mail pieces, catalogs, marketing communications, magazines and other products.

"No other provider offers the flexibility afforded by our leading digital printing resources," said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley's Chief Executive Officer. "This expansion to our ProteusJet fleet represents the next leap forward in digital book production, with significantly enhanced productivity as these new presses can produce two-up images. Put in-line with automated book binders, these RR Donnelley innovations will continue to allow publishers to reinvent the supply chain for trade and other books."

The presses were designed and built at RR Donnelley's recently expanded Research & Development operation, which has been instrumental in a series of digital printing breakthroughs. As do the company's other ProteusJet presses, this new unit will run at 1200 dpi resolution at 800 feet per minute in one color mode.

Ed Lane, President of RR Donnelley's Book & Directory offering, commented, "We are helping to change the dynamics of on-demand and variable communications. ProteusJet is already at work in a variety of book, TransPromo statement and direct mail applications. This new offering – the widest and fastest ink jet printing press anywhere - will further enable publishers to reduce expensive inventories, revitalize back lists and respond even faster to quickly changing consumer demand."

About RR Donnelley

RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 146 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector.     

For more information, and for RR Donnelley's Corporate Social Responsibility Report, visit the company's web site at www.rrdonnelley.com.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the following cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Readers are strongly encouraged to read the full cautionary statements contained in RR Donnelley's filings with the SEC. RR Donnelley disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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