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CreoScitex Receives $24 Million in Customer Orders at Print 01

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VANCOUVER, B.C.--Sept. 26, 2001--CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc., recorded US$24 million in signed customer orders for the sale of products during Print 01, the largest North American trade show for the prepress and printing industry, which was held in Chicago from September 6-13. Digital Offset Printing CreoScitex technology was the most visible of any at Print 01, with systems exhibited and demonstrated at 17 vendor booths in addition to the main CreoScitex booth. CreoScitex imaging technology for Digital Offset Printing (DOP) was demonstrated on the presses of the world's four largest press makers: Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, and MAN Roland. The CreoScitex SQUAREspot(tm) thermal imaging system featured prominently on the Komori Project D press, the world's only 40" press with on-press digital plate imaging. This 6-color version of the press was shown for the first time at Print 01. Its subsequent sale to Quebecor World MIL Inc. in Don Mills, Ontario, marks the first North American installation. Another North American DOP debut was the MAN Roland DICOweb, winner of a prestigious GATF InterTech award this year. The DICOweb's plateless printing is based on CreoScitex SQUAREspot(tm) technology and MAN Roland's thermal transfer ribbon technology. Networked Graphic Production There was great interest from Print 01 visitors in the CreoScitex Networked Graphic Production vision, which involves an integrated production environment that expands the range of conventional prepress workflow from the creative desktop to the delivery of the finished product. Although other vendors alluded to similar visions, only CreoScitex was able to demonstrate existing products that customers are already using today. Synapse(tm) Prepare software creates print-ready PDF files, allowing creative professionals to produce PDFs directly from QuarkXPress(tm) and preflight files with a click of a button. CreoScitex customers are collaborating on print jobs over the Internet using InSite, the prepress portal for Prinergy(r) and Brisque(tm) workflow systems, which strengthens communication between printers and their customers through on-line job submission, remote proofing, approvals, and change requests. Prinergy and Brisque workflows perform the core of prepress production with the ability to interpret, trap, manage color, render and feed output devices. Affordable Workflow and Computer-to-Plate Solutions The new affordable workflow and thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) solutions from CreoScitex attracted attention from North American printers with fewer than 20 employees. Over the course of the show, several printers with annual sales of under US$5 million invested in these new CreoScitex systems. The low-cost entry thermal CTP systems have an upgrade path that ensures investments retain their value into the future. The Prinergy Entro and Brisque Entro workflow products begin with a core workflow solution, and can be expanded incrementally by adding individual modules as a customer's business needs grow. These cost-effective solutions enable the entire range of commercial printers with 4-and 8-up CTP solutions to benefit from the productivity, ease of use and networking capabilities of the Prinergy and Brisque families of workflow products. "We believe every company should have access to the best products, technologies and people,'' says Larry Letteney, President, CreoScitex America. "If your business is prepress or printing, we should spend some time getting to know each other.'' Consumable Bundling CreoScitex also signed several deals for CreoScitex systems bundled with affordable, high-quality consumables, after announcing several agreements at Print 01 that offer customers a complete package of equipment, service, and consumables. Cooperation with different media vendors allows CreoScitex to qualify offset plates, flexo plates, films, imposition proofing materials, and DuPont digital halftone proofing materials. CreoScitex remains committed to qualifying any new media or enhancements to existing media that meet CreoScitex quality standards.