Agfa Reports Strong Sales at Drupa
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Dusseldorf, Germany – Drupa – 19 May 2004 – Agfa reported strong sales during Drupa as the two-week event came to a close. :Delano project management and :ApogeeX workflow automation software put JDF connectivity into action across PrintCity. Deals were signed for 10 :Delano licenses, while :ApogeeX sold more than 400 licenses. Agfa celebrated its 20,000th :Apogee customer on the show floor. “:ApogeeX amazed booth visitors and our demonstrations were full for the entire show period. :ApogeeX cemented its reputation as the workflow of choice for the commercial and packaging segments,” said Albert Follens, general manager of Graphic Systems and member of the board of management of Agfa. “PrintCity connectivity also generated interest in our JDF and CMS Consultancy, for which we signed 27 contracts during the show.” In the newspaper segment, 31 licenses of the :Arkitex scalable workflow solution as well as 36 violet-laser CtP systems were sold. These include the improved-speed :Polaris and :Advantage models, both offering low cost of operation. In the commercial and packaging segments 121 Violet-laser CtP systems were sold. Agfa’s :Palladio violet-laser platesetter proved popular with B2-format, low-volume printers. The 8-up :Galileo systems continued to sell well as a result of the launch of the entry-level :Empower system, which includes an online :Galileo CtP with :ApogeeX Lite workflow, platform, full installation, training and warranty attractively priced at 145,000 Euros. In the thermal arena, :Xcalibur 45 continued its range expansion with the XXT model, targeted to customers replacing first-generation thermal systems and looking for throughput up to 40 plates per hour with reliable automation. Over 73 :Xcalibur 45 systems were sold. Very Large Format (VLF) CtP proved to be a focal point at Drupa. Agfa sold 22 units of its :Xcalibur VLF. The new and faster XXT model outputs over 16 full-size plates per hour, establishing it as the fastest unit in its segment. :Sublima cross-modulation screening was undoubtedly the star of the show. Agfa sold more than 53 licences, including 7 for the Flexo packaging market. :Sublima allows commercial, packaging and newspaper printers to improve print quality without extra effort on press. Testimony of :Sublima users and stunning samples convinced printers of their ability to use high-quality screening in real world situations. Agfa’s :ApogeeX for Packaging workflow, :Sublima Flexo screening and :Alterno 6-colour ink matching established Agfa as a real workflow supplier to the packaging industry. The :Acento 4-up CtP system totalled 38 sales. It was demonstrated with the new :Azura chemistry-free plates. :Azura was being printed in PrintCity. Visitors talking to the PrintCity press minders were convinced that :Azura provides a real solution for printers with irregular production patterns or ecological constraints. Agfa’s focus on inkjet materialised with over 190 :SherpaProof systems sold, further evidence of Agfa’s leadership position in inkjet contract proofing solutions. During the show, a three-year agreement for remote proofing across 40 M-real locations worldwide was signed to ensure consistent colour package printing. An additional 83 :Grand Sherpa Universal systems were sold to the large-format digital printing market. The Universal prints on a wide variety of substrates for in and outdoor applications. Agfa signed a strategic agreement with French company Varicolor to market the :Dotrix high-speed digital full-colour inkjet press for the transactional printing market. Two :Dotrix systems were sold from the shoiw floor, including one to Varicolor. Last but not least, Agfa’s Consumables Business Centre took orders and signed long-term contracts for a grand total in excess of 50 million Euros by the end Drupa.