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KODAK Digital Newspaper Solutions Selected by Large and Midsize Newspaper Printers at 11 Sites Across North America

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 10 -- Newspaper Agency Corp. in West Valley City, Utah; The Press Enterprise Inc. in Bloomsburg, Pa.; The Appeal Democrat in Marysville, Calif.; The Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif.; Porterville Recorder in Perterville, Calif.; Tribune Publishing Co. in Lewiston, Idaho; Utica Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y.; Liberty Group Review Atlas in Galesburg, Ill.; Sing Tao Newspapers in Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia; and the Black Press-Red Deer Advocate in Red Deer, Alberta have all recently purchased KODAK digital newspaper solutions to achieve increases in productivity, reliability, efficiency and quality. “Newspapers across North America and around the world are selecting KODAK thermal platesetters, digital plates, prepress workflow and other solutions for high quality and flexibility,” said Karen Mitchell, Regional Marketing Manager-Newspaper Segment, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. “Multiple newspaper printers purchased our solutions at the April 2006 NEXPO show in Chicago. In each case, these companies are turning to Kodak to help expand revenue opportunities while using technology to operate more efficiently.” Newspaper Agency Corp. added a third TRENDSETTER NEWS 150 thermal platesetter to produce The Salt Lake Tribune, which has a daily circulation of 131,335 and a Sunday circulation of 152,678, and the Deseret Morning News, which has a daily circulation of 73,501 and a Sunday circulation of 73,577. “We decided to add a third KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 150 platesetter because the throughput with the machine is extremely fast and the thermal print process is a major quality improvement over the conventional process we had been using,” said Bob Burns, Vice President Operations at Newspaper Agency Corp. The Press Enterprise Inc. purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 thermal platesetter and KODAK THERMALNEWS digital plates. The Bloomsburg based company prints nearly 21,000 copies of The Press Enterprise daily, along with a host of weekly publications. “We needed an economical platesetting solution and the KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal platesetter can image a wide array of plates, which gives us flexibility to move with the market in the future,” said Bill Bason, Production Manager at The Press Enterprise. The Appeal Democrat, a Freedom Communications paper, purchased two KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 thermal platesetters and THERMALNEWS digital plates. The Marysville based newspaper printer prints 22,227 copies daily and 22,759 copies on Sunday, along with the weekly Smart Saver publication. “We looked closely at four different types of devices and the KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS platesetter was the hands down choice. The features of the TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device and KODAK STACCATO screening give us high quality and speed,” said Courtney Lopez, Prepress Manager at The Appeal Democrat. Other newspaper printers adding KODAK solutions include: •The Orange County Register, a Freedom Communications newspaper, purchased four KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 200 thermal platesetters and THERMALNEWS digital plates. •Porterville Recorder, a Freedom Communications newspaper, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 CTP platesetters and THERMALNEWS digital plates. •Tribune Publishing Co., which prints the Lewiston Morning Tribune, has added a second KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 CTP platesetter to its production floor. •Utica Observer-Dispatch, a Gannett owned daily, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetters and THERMALNEWS digital plates. •Liberty Group Review Atlas, an Illinois Holdings newspaper, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 platesetters, thermal digital plates, KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow system and KODAK PREPS imposition software. •Sing Tao Newspapers in Toronto purchased TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 and TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 platesetters, while Sing Tao Newspapers in Vancouver, British Columbia, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetters. •Black Press-Red Deer Advocate purchased a TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetter and KODAK thermal digital plates. Kodak offers proven end to end solutions, including thermal CTP platesetters, workflow, digital plates and screening technologies. The TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device comes in five speeds, ranging from 60 to more than 240 plates per hour to suit newspaper printing facilities of all sizes. The TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP device delivers fast, reliable imaging with a standard file format interface for newspaper production systems. It is available with semi automatic or fully automated plate loading and unloading. The machine to machine accuracy of the KODAK SQUARESPOT thermal imaging heads, combined with the binary nature of thermal imaging, achieves consistent and repeatable halftone dot structures. THERMALNEWS printing plates meet the rigorous demands of newspaper printing. Precise reproduction of high resolution, first generation thermal dots, with no dot gain at plate level, provides outstanding quality output and run lengths of more than 200,000 without postbaking. And, faster makeready and plate reliability gives newspapers extra editorial time. KODAK NewsManager workflow system, a powerful PDF workflow management tool for high performance newspaper prepress, enables a flexible, automated workflow from edition plan to plate production. Based on open standards, it easily integrates into existing systems. The NewsManager workflow system is scaleable to meet all needs, from contract printers to metropolitan, national and international newspapers with multiple print sites. The PRINERGY Evo workflow system helps newspapers deal with last minute changes easily, without causing delays. In conjunction with TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices, PRINERGY Evo software helps deliver end to end automation, speed, control, and flexibility so newspapers can extend editorial and ad deadlines and output large numbers of pages more quickly. Based on the latest standards and proven PRINERGY technology, PRINERGY Evo software delivers exceptional PDF processing power.




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