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CreoScitex And DuPont Form Strategic Alliance For Thermal Halftone Proofing

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CHICAGO- Sept. 10, 2001--CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc., and DuPont have established a worldwide strategic alliance to promote and enhance thermal halftone proofing systems based on DuPont WaterProof Thermal Halftone proofing media for CreoScitex CTP proofing systems. This relationship enables two industry-leading companies, CreoScitex and DuPont, to offer a complete solution to customers, including both consumables and either a Proofsetter Spectrum(TM) digital halftone proofing device or a Spectrum digital halftone proofing option for CreoScitex CTP devices. DuPont WaterProof Thermal Halftone proofing media is the next generation in the WaterProof product line. WaterProof Thermal Halftone proofing media provides extremely accurate print prediction, an excellent match to analog WaterProof, the flexibility to proof to both sides of a wide range of printing stocks, and unlimited spot color capability. "Customers will benefit in that we are making the procurement process more efficient by combining equipment and media in a single package,'' explains Eyal Shpilberg, CreoScitex Corporate Vice President, Imaging and Media. DuPont and CreoScitex are committed to developing and providing complete thermal halftone proofing solutions for customers around the world, covering a wide range of market segments that include commercial printing, packaging, and publications. The DuPont WaterProof Thermal Halftone System is matched in hue, density and overall appearance to analog WaterProof; the industry standard for print prediction. It is also fully compatible with existing Large Format WaterProof equipment. "Color Accuracy is at the heart of what we deliver to customers and the DuPont WaterProof Thermal Halftone System is a great example of this,'' said Brian Eyre, World Wide Thermal Imaging Business Manager, DuPont Imaging Technologies. "We have worked hard to integrate into the CreoScitex workflow all the elements of the DuPont WaterProof that customers value the most. This alliance enables both companies to focus on delivering advanced technology solutions for customers now and in the future.'' Under the agreement, CreoScitex will promote DuPont thermal halftone proofing media. At the same time, CreoScitex customers will continue to benefit from a choice of qualified thermal halftone proofing media for use on existing and new devices. "We believe it is important to give our customers the freedom to use the media they choose,'' says Eyal Shpilberg, "and we will continue to support customers who use any qualified proofing media.'' DuPont will also maintain an open philosophy, supporting customers who choose to use WaterProof Thermal Media on thermal imaging devices other than those produced by CreoScitex. Cooperation with different media vendors allows CreoScitex to qualify offset plates, flexo plates, films, imposition proofing materials, and digital halftone proofing materials. CreoScitex is committed to qualifying any new or improved media that meet a strict set of quality standards. The qualification process ensures that printers optimize the performance of their CreoScitex thermal imaging devices. See CreoScitex in booth 5710 and DuPont in booth 5130 at Print '01, the largest graphic arts industry event held this year. About DuPont Imaging Technologies Based in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont Imaging Technologies is the world's largest supplier of proofing products, offering the widest variety and most precise digital, analog and imposition proofing systems available for use throughout the workflow. For over 25 years, DuPont Imaging Technologies has also been the world's largest supplier of Photopolymer Printing Plates for Flexo, including the revolutionary Cyrel FAST totally dry platemaking system. For more information about DuPont Imaging Technologies, please visit www.dupont.com/proofing or www.cyrel.dupont.com. DuPont is a science company, delivering science-based solutions that make a difference in people's lives in food and nutrition; health care; apparel; home and construction; electronics; and transportation. Founded in 1802, the company operates in 70 countries and has 94,000 employees.