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Agfa Gains Market Share in Platesetters, Best Fit CtP Meets Needs

Press release from the issuing company

GRAPH EXPO, Chicago, Illinois – October 6, 2002 – Agfa Graphic Systems continues to gain share in CtP with its broad portfolio of CtP solutions. Agfa will be showing a number of its platesetters at its booth (#3823) during Graph Expo, at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL, October 6-9, 2002. So far this year, Agfa has managed to close the gap, and is a vendor of choice for CtP Solutions. "Printers and prepress shops have turned to Agfa for many of their needs, and more of them are looking to us for their CtP platesetter needs," said Susan Wittner, Marketing Director, Agfa Graphic Systems. "Whether it is our violet Galileo platesetter, the Xcalibur VLF or 45, the Phoenix polyester platesetter or the popular fully-automated Palladio or any of the other CtP engines in our portfolio -- Agfa has a solution that can fit anyone’s requirements," Wittner added. The Palladio, Agfa’s fully automated violet-laser CtP 4-up flatbed platesetter that has taken the world by storm, recently passed the 150-user mark and continues to draw attention every day. "Agfa has been very successful with the Palladio," said John Zarwan, Principal, State Street Consultants, Inc. "They’ve grown from a negligible share of the metal 4-page computer-to-plate market among printers to become a significant player in the industry," Zarwan added. Agfa’s Xcalibur 45 and Galileo paved the way for the Palladio. With the Xcalibur, Agfa offers users the next generation in thermal platesetting. The Xcalibur 45, a High-Speed, platesetting system, uses advanced Grating Light Valve (GLV) technology, an application originally designed for the emerging High-Definition Television (HD-TV) market. Agfa is the first and only company to apply this technology to the prepress and printing market. Agfa’s Galileo, meanwhile, was the first and remains the best selling violet platesetter in the world. "Agfa’s introduction of these products has helped them significantly increase their overall share of the metal computer-to-plate market," Zarwan noted. About Agfa The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analog and digital systems, intended mainly for the graphics industry, healthcare, non-destructive testing, micrographics, motion picture and photography markets. Agfa’s headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is active in 40 countries and has 120 agents throughout the world. Together they achieved a turnover of 4,911 million Euros in 2001. Product and company information can be found on Agfa’s home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com. About State Street Consultants State Street Consultants, Inc. is a general management consulting firm specializing in sales productivity and growth for leaders in the graphic arts, digital imaging, and other high-tech industries. Our services include Consulting, Market Research, Market Intelligence and Sales Support. For more information, visit our Web site at www.statestreetconsultants.com