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Agfa Secures Agreement As Exclusive Plate Supplier To The New York Times

Press release from the issuing company

Agfa N91 Demonstrates Best Quality And Productivity. Ridgefield Park, NJ - 8 October 2001 - Agfa announced the signing of an agreement with the newspaper division of the New York Times Company to be the exclusive supplier of digital-imaging plates for computer-to-plate (CTP) production for the paper's printing sites in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Under the supervision and direction of The New York Times, a rigorous testing protocol was conducted which included the Agfa N91 plate against competitive products. On completion of the tests, the N91 proved superior in print quality, run length and production speed, surpassing the yields of all others. In accordance with the terms of the agreement, Agfa will provide the New York Times the N91 plate for the paper's printing facilities located in Edison, New Jersey; College Point, New York and also for The Boston Globe. Marc Kramer, senior vice president of production and labor relations at the New York Times said, "We chose Agfa because of the high performance of its products. They demonstrated that their plates result in the best print quality, while providing us with superior production efficiencies." "We are very pleased to be the prime CTP plate provider for this very prestigious newspaper," said Bob Caplan, director of Agfa's newspaper business. "We will continue to work with the New York Times production team to provide technology that meets their highest standards for quality and productivity." About Agfa N91 Plate. Agfa's N91 plate is the world's leading negative-working CTP aluminum plate designed to provide excellent results with visible-light (488 and 532 nm) platesetting systems. Built on proven technology, the N91 raises quality and extends run lengths significantly. Agfa's N91 offers today's printers the qualities they need to succeed - fast results, high-quality imaging, and optimum performance even during the longest press runs. The N91 is a high-quality plate that can achieve a range of 2 to 98 percent at 175 lpi. A new, ultra-durable coating enables press runs of 400,000+ unbaked and more than 1 million impressions baked. These qualities and more make the N91 the ideal plate for newspapers and commercial printers. The Agfa N91 is part of a complete solution, which includes the Agfa Polaris family of flatbed platesetters, designed to meet the specific needs of newspaper production.