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FUJIFILM Brings CTP to The Seattle Times

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Earlier this year, The Seattle Times turned to FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc. to update its processes and make the conversion to CTP. The paper installed two Krause LS Jet 300 platesetters and Blue Fin plate processors.

With these new installations, the paper was able to improve throughput while also increasing the level of quality, said Frank Paiva, the Times’ vice president of operations. “We’ve been able to improve our efficiency as well as our quality and the system gives us an incredibly sharp image,” he says.

The Times ran a series of tests and was impressed by the results, but Paiva added that he was impressed even more once the new system was installed. “The pages just have a lot more ‘pop’ and ‘snap’,” he says. “The images and even the text just come off of the page now.”

The Krause CTP units, capable of producing a speedy 300 plates per hour, are the ranked top in their class and are available in seven different models. The devices also boasts a number of unique features – including the platehandling method, automation and image quality – that make them the perfect solution for high volume newspaper publishers.

For more information about Krause CTP solutions, please visit us online at www.fujifilmgs.com.

About The Seattle Times Company
The Seattle Times is a 112-year-old locally owned journalism and community service company. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, the company is in its fourth and fifth generations of Blethen family stewardship.

The family's flagship newspaper, The Seattle Times, is the largest daily newspaper in Washington state (581,600 readership) and the largest Sunday newspaper in the Northwest (1,036,800 readership). The Seattle Times Online Network, consisting of seattletimes.com, NWsource, NWjobs, NWautos, NWhome and NWapartments, is the #1 local online media network in King and Snohomish counties.

The family also owns affiliate newspapers in Washington and Maine, along with Rotary Offset Press, a commercial printing company in Kent, Wash. Blethen Washington Affiliate newspapers include the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Issaquah Press and its affiliated community newspapers. Blethen Maine Newspapers include the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel and the Coastal Journal. More information is available at www.seattletimescompany.com.




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