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CreoScitex Celebrates Production of 500th VLF Trendsetter

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

Vancouver, CANADA (May 8, 2001) - CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSE: CRE), has produced the 500th VLF Trendsetter platesetter, the most widely used very large format imaging device in the world. Since it was first manufactured in 1996, the VLF Trendsetter has led the computer-to-plate (CTP) market in the very large-format printing segment, and is one of CreoScitex's most successful products ever developed. The VLF Trendsetter images plates for packaging converters and tradeshops, and is also used for high volume printing of magazines, books, catalogues and directories. The VLF Trendsetter pioneered large format CTP and was the first to deliver on the promise of accurate and repeatable direct to plate imaging for large plates. Award winning SQUAREspot thermal imaging ensures precise, consistent imaging and lowers costs by cutting make-ready time and waste. The VLF Trendsetter allows printers to increase productivity with efficient plate handling. Operators can load plate cassettes while the platesetter is operating. The VLF Trendsetter is a modular solution that allows customers to install only the features they need and to upgrade when their needs change. "We're very proud to have achieved market success with the VLF Trendsetter," says Joe Luckett, Product Manager. "The VLF philosophy of bringing value to our customers remains the foundation of our focus. All of the 500 VLF Trendsetters in the field today can be upgraded to take advantage of continued development and increased productivity." Further advancements are in the future of the VLF Trendsetter. Later this month CreoScitex will launch the fastest thermal imaging head available in the market for the VLF Trendsetter. R&D efforts are already underway on the next version of the thermal imaging head that will yield additional imaging speed increases. CreoScitex has also improved production efficiencies significantly in response to the market's demand for this outstanding product: manufacturing cycle times have been reduced by 50% over the past 12 months. The largest number of VLF Trendsetters ever produced in one month was achieved last month.

 

 

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