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Salisbury Post Adds Second CtP from Agfa to Accommodate Increased Demand.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ - September 13, 2006 - Agfa Graphics announced today that the Salisbury Post of Salisbury, North Carolina, is adding an :Advantage X violet platesetter to its production floor, joining its recently installed :Advantage DL platesetter and :Arkitex workflow, to help the company handle added workload in its growing community. The Salisbury Post also uses Agfa's violet-sensitive photopolymer :N91v plates. "We're starting to get a lot busier and new industry is coming into town," said Sharon Jackson, prepress manager of the 23,000 circulation daily. "We love the :Advantage and the :Arkitex because they let us work quicker, smarter, and with consistent high quality. It was easy for our staff to train on the products and they've taken to it very well." The :Advantage X, a semi-automatic platesetter, is an ideal complement to the fully automatic :Advantage DL for busy departments that require cost-effective backup without forfeiting quality, repeatability or consistency. "With both units, we now have the confidence of 24/7 productivity, with superior platemaking the end-result of using either one," Jackson said. Jackson also reported that the Salisbury Post will also add Agfa's :IntelliTune image enhancement software to provide the most efficient way to further improve the hundreds of images the newspaper uses every day. :IntelliTune uses Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) to analyze the tone, color and spatial characteristics of each image and automatically apply the necessary corrections for the best and most efficient reproduction on press. "Agfa's total system solution for newspaper workflow and production has been a great asset for large newspapers and small newspapers alike, as well as newspapers like the Salisbury Post, which is growing every month thanks to a robust local economy. We're pleased to be able to help them expand," said Sheila Nysko, Agfa's business development manager, Newspaper Systems, North America. The newspaper, which is owned by the Evening Post Publishing Company of Charleston, South Carolina, first switched to CtP with Agfa's :Advantage DL in 2005, becoming the second of four Evening Post properties that have done so in recent years with great success. Together, the :Advantage DL, :Advantage X, :N91v plates and :Arkitex workflow comprise the most complete CtP system on the market today for newspapers of any size. Both platesetters have violet-laser imaging systems with simple internal designs that keep production costs down while improving time efficiency.




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