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On Tour: Agfa Builds Relations by Bringing Solutions Directly to Customers

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ – February 5, 2002 – Agfa's successful Digital Solutions Road Tour, which began in April last year, is gearing up for another run around the country in 2002. After spending most of 2001 visiting customers to show them Agfa's digital products and services, the Digital Solutions eighteen-wheel semi-tractor trailer is putting things into high gear to do it again. 2002 finds the truck, a mobile showcase of Agfa products and technology, starting its new tour in southern California. It will spend the winter on the West Coast and then head back south and into Texas. United Printing, Inc. (www.unitedprinting.com), a $4 million company with 44 employees, visited the truck last year while it was at a stop in Aberdeen, South Dakota. United is a 36 year-old commercial printer that recently purchased a Galileo Thermal system -- Agfa’s high speed, high quality 8-up thermal platesetting solution -- with the Apogee PrintDrive Output. Five United Printing employees traveled more than 200 miles from their facility in Bismarck, North Dakota to tour the truck and learn more about Agfa's digital solutions. "The truck helped us to make our final decision," said Henry Beckler, United Printing’s Art Director. "The Agfa personnel there helped our staff understand what the value of Agfa’s CTP solutions for our company would be and how Agfa can help us produce better products for our customers," Beckler added. "We had been researching Agfa’s CTP products. When we saw the whole process in operation on the truck, we were comfortable enough that we placed the order shortly thereafter," said Joe Hauer, United Printing's owner. Featured products on the truck include Agfa’s award-winning Apogee workflow software, with workstations utilizing Agfa's PDF tools Apogee Create and Apogee Pilot. In addition, visitors can also learn about the Agfa Sherpa inkjet digital proofing system, as well as Agfa’s advanced CTP technology. "With Agfa’s CTP equipment we are able to do everything faster and by far, better," Beckler said. During the tour, Agfa technical experts are available to demonstrate workflow and proofing solutions and perform press tests and pressroom audits. "The truck is just one of the many ways Agfa seeks to help make our partners more productive and profitable," said Dave Shultz, Agfa’s Product Marketing Manager, CTF. "The truck is another way we help educate our customers about the latest technologies and learn about Agfa's solutions." The truck spent last year traveling all over the country and visiting Agfa customers. The 2001 tour began in Florida and concluded in Arizona, making many stops along the way. Through the end of 2001, the truck had covered nearly 33,000 miles from coast to coast, spending about 8 hours each day at more than 150 customer sites. For information on the technologies incorporated in Agfa Solutions, please visit www.agfa.com/graphics where you can download various white papers or check out Agfa's educational books. 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.