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CreoScitex Forms Partnership with Imation in Europe

Press release from the issuing company

Waterloo, BELGIUM (April 6, 2001) - CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSE: CRE) welcomes Imation International BV, an affiliated company of Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a leading worldwide supplier of digital proofing systems, as a reseller of CreoScitex Proofsetter proofing devices. Both parties have agreed to the European distribution agreement, which authorizes Imation to sell the Proofsetter Spectrum with related workflow throughout most countries in Europe. The partnership in Europe will enable Imation to market digital halftone proofing media with the high quality halftone proofing devices from CreoScitex. "We welcome this new partnership with Imation which will allow both our companies to market the media and Proofsetter Spectrum, a natural partnership of products," said Alon Lumbroso, Managing Director, CreoScitex Europe. "There is a natural synergy between Imation's color proofing business and CreoScitex offerings," said Jean-Marc Laigle, European business director Imation Color Technologies. "The partnership will provide an excellent vehicle through which Imation will deliver market-leading color proofing products to printers and graphic arts professionals." The Proofsetter Spectrum™ by CreoScitex is a dedicated digital contract proofing system that uses award-winning thermal imaging technology that has been proven in more than half of the computer-to-plate installations worldwide. Renowned for the highest proof-to-proof, and machine-to-machine consistency in the industry, the Proofsetter Spectrum images proofs by using the same input file, resolution, line screen, screen angle, spot function, and drum that is used to image film or plates. Imation Matchprint Digital Halftone Proof's design is based on IR thermal imaging technology and a new formulation of a Matchprint pigment-based color system that results in an excellent match to press in a digital halftone proof. The proof is a high-quality replicating dot-to-dot fidelity to the image that is sent to the printing plate, significantly reducing variability. In many applications, eliminating multiple RIPs from the digital workflow can save users time and reduce error rates by allowing a single RIP for both the plate and the proof. The result is a digital halftone proofing system that delivers quality equal to or better than traditional lithographic proofing methods. Imation's Matchprint Digital Halftone Proof uses the same class of color pigments as the conventional Matchprint III proofing system. Used with the CreoScitex Proofsetter the system delivers all the features of traditional proofs, including color and content fidelity, traps and overprints, representative screening and quality in contone and fine line details. The proofs are filmless, non-photographic, require no chemical processing and are insensitive to normal daylight.