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Agfa Renews Contract With Software Partner Hit Internet Technologies

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Mortsel, Belgium - 29 October 2001 - Agfa announced that it will renew its contract with HiT Internet Technologies SpA. The Affi, Italy-based software developer partners with Agfa in the manufacture of Agfa's IntelliNet newspaper workflow software. With over 300 IntelliNet systems installed in 36 countries, Agfa projects it will install another 20 by year's end. The 320 installations represent approximately 1000 seats (workstations) running Agfa's IntelliNet. HiT says it will support Agfa's commitment to provide intelligent workflow systems for newspaper production. Publishers such as the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Financial Times, the Omaha World-Herald, and the Irish Times use Agfa's IntelliNet workflow to automate and refine the production process. Agfa IntelliNet Series 2 automates production workflow management via complete planning, comprehensive plate annotating, logging, viewing, page merging and pairing, and output capabilities. Designed to handle the variety of formats newspapers have to deal with, IntelliNet accepts PostScript, PDF, and TIFF files. It accommodates a wide range of newspaper sizes and operations - including editorial sites transmitting to multiple printing locations and printing locations receiving files from multiple editorial sites. It adapts seamlessly to any communications network. And IntelliNet's open-systems approach ensures smooth integration for future growth. According to Jack Knadjian, Agfa's general manager for newspaper business worldwide, "We have had a long, productive relationship with HiT. The company supports our vision for highly productive, seamless production workflows." About HiT Internet technologies. HiT Internet Technologies SpA, based in Affi, Italy has been a pioneer in the development of state-of-the-art workflow solutions that automate Newspaper production workflow and printing processes. The Publishing division of HiT is a member of the HiT group of companies dedicated to the realisation of customised projects for large customers. HiT group's objective has always been to integrate new technologies, with particular attention to understanding and characterising their real needs. Product and company information can be found on HiT's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.hit.it . About Agfa. The Agfa-Gevaert Group, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium, ranks among the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, produces and markets analogue and digital systems, primarily for the graphics industry, medical imaging, non-destructive testing, micrographics, motion picture film and consumer imaging and photography markets. Agfa employs about 22,000 people in 40 countries, and has 120 agents throughout the world. Together, they achieved a turnover of 5,260 million euro in 2000. Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com .