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Drupa Demand Places KPG Among Leading Digital Solutions Providers

Friday, May 21, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

Norwalk, Connecticut, USA: drupa 2004 affirmed Kodak Polychrome Graphics’ (KPG’s) global standing as a provider of complete digital and business solutions. Visitors from around the globe chose KPG for CtP, colour control, monitor and remote proofing and workflow solutions. Within days of the show opening, KPG exceeded sales goals established for the entire show, with sales in all areas of the world; China, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, the United States, Jordan, for example, in addition to European sales. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Jacobson, commented, “drupa 2004 was spectacular – exceeding its own reputation as the premier global event in the graphic arts, and it proved to be the most successful show ever for Kodak Polychrome Graphics. It has truly been a global drupa and we will be kept busy for months to come with thousands of leads from the show.” Interest in KPG’s range of products - from the ground-breaking Color Fidelity System, to sales of Matchprint Virtual Proofing systems, to the adoption of KPG RealTimeProof as the standard for workflow online monitor proofing with its integration into Heidelberg, EFI, Esko-Graphics and Artwork Systems workflows - confirmed KPG’s conviction that printers are looking for ways to truly control their colour and are quickly adopting monitor and remote proofing. Jeff Jacobson continued, “KPG’s digital success is built on our leadership in CtP. At drupa only KPG delivered on its promise to show a truly non process plate, Thermal Direct, ensuring we can meet customers’ plate needs long into the future. We came to drupa 2004 focused on delivering ideas that create opportunities for our customers. During the past two weeks, customers responded and confirmed KPG as a premier digital and business solutions provider.” Offering a European perspective on KPG’s success at the show, VP, Sales and Marketing Europe, Stéphane Liévain added, “drupa has been proof positive that KPG has the right strategy. The show has been invaluable in opening up relations in new areas of the graphic arts business, above all in colour solutions. The market’s response, to our Matchprint Inkjet Proofing systems in particular, has exceeded our expectations, and we have been able to establish RealTimeProof as a cutting edge technology, taking us down new avenues with customers. “Of course, business has been brisk in our traditional markets too, demonstrating worldwide adoption of our thermal CtP imaging products. The packaging solutions area of the stand also had a lively exhibition, with numerous deals involving the Kodak Approval NX system, First Check Desktop Proofing System, Sword and the Flexcel plate, underlining the fact that we offer the most attractive product portfolio for the packaging industry. Following drupa, we’ll be progressing a large number of deals across all areas of Europe, with especially strong demand from emerging Eastern European markets and also from the Middle East.”




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