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USA TODAY Newspaper Chooses Creo Thermal Computer-to-Plate Technology

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

Vancouver, BC, Canada (February 7, 2005) – Creo Inc. is proud to announce that the Gannett Newspaper Division has chosen Creo thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) technology to print USA TODAY. The Creo Trendsetter NEWS is the platesetter of choice for 13 printing sites in the United States owned by Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the United States with over 101 daily newspapers and a combined daily circulation of 7.6 million. This leading U.S. newspaper publisher joins the rapidly growing list of customers using Creo newspaper solutions in more than 20 countries around the world. USA TODAY Goes Thermal The Honolulu Advertiser is the first Gannett site to print USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper with Creo thermal CTP technology. USA TODAY has a national circulation of 2.3 million and a readership of 5.6 million. The Honolulu Advertiser uses a Creo Trendsetter NEWS thermal CTP device dedicated to producing USA TODAY in Hawaii. In November, its first month of live production, The Honolulu Advertiser was ranked number one for print quality among the 36 USA TODAY print sites. In December, the print site repeated the top results. “The final product of USA TODAY from The Honolulu Advertiser looks great—it’s very consistent and very good reproduction-wise,” said Ken Kirkhart, vice president, production, USA TODAY. “We are very pleased with the results of the combination of our Creo thermal CTP, with its high resolution and SQUAREspot imaging technology, and our new printing press.” The Honolulu Advertiser opened its printing plant in August 2004 following the purchase of two Creo Trendsetter NEWS 70 platesetters, which are used to produce the newspaper with a daily circulation of 153,666. Over 350 Creo Trendsetter NEWS thermal CTP devices are used by newspapers around the world for an easy transition to CTP and an increase in quality and consistency.




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