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Ultimate Technographics & LINGONexColor Sign Dealer Agreement for Asia

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Montreal, Canada, August 21st, 2001 - Ultimate Technographics, the renowned inventor of digital imposition, has reached an exclusive Master Dealer Agreement with LINGONexColor for the sales, distribution and support of Ultimate Technographics software products in Southeast Asia. LINGONexColor, a specialist in digital proofing solutions and experienced system integrator, will supply Ultimate's products and dispense technical support to end-users through direct sales and channel distribution in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Following a week-long visit to Ultimate’s head office in Montreal by Tony Leng, General Manager of LINGONexColor in early July, a special four-day dealer training program was given by Ultimate in Bangkok, Thailand, from July 17th through the 20th. In attendance were representatives of LINGONexColor, local sub-dealers, including IPP Thai, the prepress division of Man Roland in Thailand, SPV, a Macintosh system integrator from Bangkok, and AsiaWeb Technologies from Singapore and Taiwan. All participants received Ultimate's certification for sales, integration and support of Ultimate's Impostrip, Trapeze, UltimateFlow, and On-Q Server workflow solutions. "The Southeast Asia printing and prepress industry is facing escalating pressure to increase productivity and reduce production cycles without exceeding operational budgets. Our market research shows that our products are ideally suited for this market, both from a feature and pricing point of view. We are confident that LINGONexColor is the right partner to develop and carry our brand name in this very diversified market", says Pierre Ferland, Director of Sales and Channel Development at Ultimate. "Print buyers routinely expect improvements with reduced costs", says Tony Leng, General Manager at LINGONexColor. "Ultimate's solutions offer a unique price/performance ratio that is particularly relevant to this market. We have sold our first On-Q Server just days after the training session in Bangkok, and we are observing a high level of interest from our customer base. In a market where expensive proprietary systems are often difficult to cost-justify, we see a bright future for Ultimate’s powerful but affordable product line." About LINGONexColor LINGONexColor is a leading distributor of specialized prepress solutions for South-East Asia, employing upwards of 30 people. The company was established in 1981 with its head offices and regional logistics-center in Penang, Malaysia. A branch office was established in Kuala Lumpur in 1990. LINGONexColor is the principal distributor of Best GmbH (digital proof systems), X-rite Inc (color-measurement tools), Tecco Braun & Frings GmbH (proofing media) among others. Sales are generated through a distribution channel that it develops and supports, and through participation in assorted marketing events, such as advertising, trade shows and seminars. The channel partners and end-users are routinely re-trained to ensure continued access to the latest trends in prepress and press, for sound decision-making. The LINGO companies are also active in paper coating and converting, with distribution in local markets as well as exports, ranging from West Africa to Hong Kong. The company works closely with many imaging system manufacturers, ensuring proper system integration. About Ultimate technographics Ultimate Technographics invented digital imposition just over a decade ago with Impostrip, and today the company is one of the leading publishing & printing software component developers in the world. Ultimate has been expanding with new prepress solutions with the On-Q Server, a complete open prepress workflow server for standard Mac and NT, with trapping, imposition and OPI in a unique client-server environment. Ultimate developed the first imposition software for the Print-On-Demand and digital market in 1995 with its imposition solution IMPress. Various versions of IMPress are integrated by leading manufacturers such as Agfa/Xeikon with their digital press’ front-tend. IMPress is also integrated as an OEM component for variable data imposition with CreoScitex Server and Xerox high-speed color printers.