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Agfa Reports Results of Customer Research On Agfa-Autologic Merger

Press release from the issuing company

Shows Integrated Products At IPEX. Ridgefield Park, New Jersey – March 11, 2002 – Agfa reported the results of worldwide research the company conducted among users of Agfa and Autologic systems. The research included users of the two leading workflow solutions for newspaper production, Plateroom Manager/Oman from Autologic and Agfa IntelliNet, as well as the two leading computer-to-plate solutions, Agfa Polaris and Autologic 3850. According to Jack Knadjian, general manager of the newly formed Agfa/Autologic newspaper group worldwide, "We found that both solutions have their merits and specific strengths. As a result, for the near future, we will continue to develop both product lines with the ultimate aim of offering users solutions that include the best of both companies." Knadjian also said that Agfa would provide a smooth upgrade path to users of any of the two current solutions. Agfa and Autologic workflow solutions will integrate both lines of output systems. Integrated solutions will be shown at IPEX next month. "Our goal is to eventually remove the lines between Agfa and Autologic. We are one company now. We will offer all customers integrated solutions that may include any combination of products best suited for their specific needs," added Knadjian. Agfa and Autologic At IPEX At IPEX, April 9-17, 2002 in Birmingham, England, U.K., Agfa will reinforce its intention to provide users with a choice of integrated solutions. Agfa will demonstrate the APS OptiBend System, a unique optical punch and bending device first shown At IFRA last October. The APS OptiBend will be synchronized with an Agfa Polaris platesetter, to present an optimized plate-making process. The punch bender provides the newspaper printer with consistent and accurate press ready plates. Agfa will also show the Autologic 3850 platesetter, Autologic’s leading computer-to-plate system, operating in an IntelliNet workflow, as well as Plateroom Manager driving Agfa Polaris. Agfa IntelliNet is Agfa’s automation software developed specifically for newspaper workflows.