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Agfa CtP Solutions Most Popular with International Color Quality Club Winners

Monday, July 17, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Mortsel, Belgium – 14 July 2006 – Agfa Graphics announced today that Agfa technology is in use at the majority – 50 out of 56 installations – of the companies that are the latest members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC). The INCQC awarding ceremony will take place in Amsterdam 11 October during IfraExpo 2006 (www.ifra.com). Of those, Agfa CtP systems and plates were the clear favourite by the majority of Color Quality Club members, as well. Out of the 47 new inductees who use CtP equipment, 35 use Agfa systems for their prepress and 38 use Agfa plates, with Agfa far and away being the clear preferred provider for these products. Members of the elite group preferred Agfa’s :Polaris and :Advantage platesetters, while :N91v and :Lithostar were the plates of choice. Others also used Agfa’s image enhancement software, :IntelliTune, and :Arkitex workflow. "INCQC competition demonstrates clearly that Agfa CtP systems are not only fast and reliable, but offer users tremendous, high quality results that their advertisers and readers can appreciate and profit from," said Hans Gerinckx, director of newspaper sales for Agfa Graphics worldwide. “Newspaper publishers around the world who are looking for that extra edge to enhance their output – both from a quality standpoint and for the total solution from editorial to press – need to look no further than Agfa.” The honourees in the INCQC for the years 2006–2008 were chosen from among 181 newspapers from 38 countries that participated in the worldwide newspaper printing quality competition. Newspapers that want to benchmark their printing and reproduction quality on an international scale were evaluated on many aspects. In addition to submitting sample copies from their daily production, they were called on to print two test targets, an editorial image and a digital ad. In a three-staged process, the test targets were measured against a standard colour gamut, the quality of daily print reproduction was evaluated and the INCQC prints were presented to a 14-member international jury for judgement.




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