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CreoScitex Partners with DuPont, Spectratech, Western Lithotech and Others

Press release from the issuing company

BEDFORD, MA -- November 30, 2001 -- CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc., is working closely with several media manufacturers to offer complete, bundled solutions that combine thermal plates, digital halftone proofing media, and recording film together with CreoScitex systems and services. CreoScitex expects that customers will benefit from these easy, affordable packages. "These alliances allow CreoScitex to offer the customer a bundled package of media and equipment that will be competitive with similar offerings from other vendors, and will offer the superior quality and performance of CreoScitex equipment. By combining equipment and media in a single bundled package, we are making the procurement process more efficient and economic for customers," explains Eyal Shpilberg, CreoScitex Corporate Vice President, Imaging and Media. "In keeping with our open philosophy, we will also continue to give customers the freedom to choose from any qualified media and will support customers in their use of that media." Close 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 thermal media or enhancements that meet CreoScitex quality standards. By qualifying the media, CreoScitex ensures that the performance of thermal imaging devices is optimized. Thermal Plates... Two vendors of outstanding quality thermal plates have agreed to bundle their products with CreoScitex CTP systems in North America. Spectratech International Inc. (Spectratech) will supply its negative thermal Spectra S830-n plates. Western Lithotech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc., will supply their DiamondPlate LT2 positive thermal plates through their valued graphic arts dealer network. Both plates are fully qualified on CreoScitex platesetters. The plates will be fulfilled and supported by the manufacturers. Film and Plate Processors... CreoScitex has signed an agreement with Glunz & Jensen A/S for its advanced plate and film processors in order to provide CreoScitex customers with a complete solution. Glunz & Jensen has provided processing solutions for CreoScitex plate and imagesetters for many years. CreoScitex also continues to offer customers high quality film processors from Carnfeldt America for use with Dolev imagesetters. Thermal Halftone Proofing Media... CreoScitex and DuPont have established a worldwide strategic alliance to promote and enhance thermal halftone proofing systems based on DuPont WaterProof(r) Thermal Halftone proofing media for CreoScitex CTP proofing systems. This relationship enables two industry-leading companies 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. Under the agreement, CreoScitex will bundle DuPont thermal halftone proofing media with its equipment. CreoScitex customers will continue to have their choice of using any other qualified thermal halftone proofing media for existing and new devices. Film and Chemistry... CreoScitex will also provide first grade recording film under the CreoScitex brand with Dolev(tm) imagesetters in North America. CreoScitex Recording Film is a Hard Dot film, which provides maximum density, exceptional contrast and minimal dot loss for improved quality and stability.