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Agfa CTP Solutions: National Graphics Becomes First Palladio User

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ - January 30, 2002 – National Graphics, Inc., a $5 million printer based in Stoughton, MA (www.ntlgraphics.com) has become the first company in the world to enter into the Computer-to-Plate (CTP) printing market with the Agfa Palladio. Introduced at Print '01, Palladio is a fully automated, 4-up (B2) flatbed platesetter designed for small- to mid-sized printers. National Graphics is a small, high-end 4-color-plus printer. The company does everything from brochures, posters, advertising pieces and other marketing collateral. "We needed an advanced, fully automated, integrated CTP solution at an affordable price," said Fred Moss, National Graphics' vice president and general manager. "Agfa's Palladio lets us get the efficiencies and cost-of-ownership advantages of violet-imaging technology at a price that’s helping us save money," Moss added. Palladio has not only been cost effective for National Graphics – the savings in annual film costs and labor savings are just the beginning -- it has also proven to be extremely reliable. Moss says he has put the Palladio through its paces since last September, and it hasn’t skipped a beat. "We haven’t made a bad plate, our make ready times have plummeted and plate makeovers have disappeared, so our whole operation has become tremendously more efficient," Moss said. Agfa Palladio is a fully automated system that requires minimal attention from operators. Automatic plate loading and handling simplifies the process. A special media cassette keeps 50 plates online and ready for imaging – eliminating the need for an operator to manually load each plate. The system also automatically removes slip sheets. Such advanced automation features allow printers to simply load the cassette and move on to more strategic work. "Small- to mid-size printers are being held to higher standards than ever before and are being asked to output more jobs per shift. The Palladio offers them the high performance and reliability they need to keep pace with their customers' demands," said Frances Cicogna, Agfa's Marketing Manager, CTP Systems. "Agfa makes transitioning from a manual to an automated CTP system easy and worry-free -- ensuring the printer a smooth conversion to the next generation technology," Cicogna added. About Agfa Corporation Agfa Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of the Agfa Group, which ranks among the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, produces and markets analogue and digital systems, primarily for the graphics industry, medical radiography, non-destructive testing, micrographic and motion picture film, and consumer imaging and photography markets. Agfa has its headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium, employing 22,000 people in 40 countries. Worldwide sales for 2000 were 5,260 million Euros. In the U.S., Agfa is headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, and employs 4,000 people. Product and company information may be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at www.agfa.com.