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Southern Lithoplate And Ogden Newspapers Ink Technology Pact

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (June 11, 2008) -- Edward A. "Trip" Casson III, Chairman and CEO of Southern Lithoplate, Inc., today said, "We are proud to announce a CtP partnership agreement with our long-standing partner, Ogden Newspapers, Inc." Under the agreement, the Wheeling, W.Va.-based media company will deploy Southern Lithoplate's CtP Alliance solution of TIGER V(R) violet CtP consumables with ECRM NEWSMatic 250 CtP devices and Presteligence's NewsXtreme workflow in 12 newspaper production sites across the United States throughout the rest of the year.

Today's announcement represents the culmination of a company-wide transition from conventional prepress production to an all-digital workflow that Ogden Newspapers launched in July 2005. At that time, a similar pact led to the implementation at 12 production sites of thermal CtP devices utilizing VIPER 830(R) thermal lithoplates. Ogden Newspapers' continued relationship with Southern Lithoplate supports integrated digital prepress production within the Ogden Newspapers organization that has been made possible by the Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance. Ogden Newspapers is poised to complete the transition to CtP with Southern Lithoplate's violet platforms being supported with 100 percent group commitment to Southern Lithoplate. This new violet partnership program is in tandem with the already existing VIPER 830(R) thermal CtP consumables program.

As part of the new agreement, Southern Lithoplate will direct the system installation and integration at 12 Ogden Newspapers group properties of violet-laser newspaper CtP platesetters manufactured by ECRM Imaging Systems and NewsXtreme workflow management systems from Presteligence, Inc.

A fourth-generation, family-owned company, Ogden Newspapers publishes 40 daily newspapers, several weekly newspapers and shoppers in 12 states from Florida to upstate New York and as far west as Hawaii. Ogden Publications, Inc., an affiliated company based in Topeka, Kan., publishes several rural-lifestyle magazines, including such well-known titles as Grit, Capper's and Mother Earth News.

ECRM, a global leader in imaging technologies for the graphic communications industry with headquarters in Tewksbury, Mass., joined the Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance for Violet CtP earlier this year. Southern Lithoplate is marketing ECRM's lineup of MAKO series fully automatic and semiautomatic newspaper CtP solutions. Most recently, the MAKO NEWSmatic HS plus platesetter had its North American debut at NEXPO 2008 in April.

Presteligence has been a member of the Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance since 2006. The industry-leading workflow software developer is based in Canton, Ohio.




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