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Agfa Monotype Forms Alliant Software to Offer OEM Printer Integration Services

Press release from the issuing company

Wilmington, Mass., April 14, 2003 - Agfa Monotype Corp., a major provider of font and imaging technologies worldwide, has formed Alliant Software Inc. The subsidiary, based in Seattle, will provide engineering, porting and integration services to manufacturers and developers of printer controllers for office devices such as digital copiers and multifunction printers. “Our OEMs have identified for us an important development need, and we have established Alliant Software to help fulfill that need,” said Robert M. Givens, president and chief executive officer of Agfa Monotype. “Much of our success in the font and color businesses is based on the relationships we’ve built with printer customers over the last 15 years. What’s needed in today’s quick-to-market environment is a service that works closely with OEMs to build high-quality products. These products will use component technologies selected by the manufacturer, whether licensed from third parties or originating in-house. Operating as a vendor-neutral partner, Alliant Software will be able to remain focused on the best interests of the OEM.” The president of Alliant Software is Gordon Hanson, an industry veteran with over 27 years in the imaging business. For the past two years, Hanson has headed IMG Engineering, a company he founded to develop technologies for consumer and business imaging devices. Hanson has also formed two other firms over the years: HanZon Data, a venture-financed company that developed page printers and emulations of industry-standard page description languages, and HDE Inc., a self-financed business that provided development services to imaging OEMs. “Our mission at Alliant Software is to build trusted, on-going partnerships with OEMs by delivering high-quality, highly reliable integration services that make it easier for OEMs to focus on core technologies that differentiate their products,” said Hanson. “We will essentially operate as an extension of the OEM’s development team – to get the job done on time and in the most cost-effective way possible. Alliant will be a ‘technology-agnostic’ company – no supplier will be favored over another. We’ve formed Alliant Software at a time when manufacturers increasingly see the value of using technologies from multiple vendors, combined with technologies internally developed by the OEM, to build unique products. OEMs may not have enough resources, expertise or time to work with the various technologies. That’s when Alliant Software can step in.” Services provided by Alliant Software: • porting and integration services • software development • project management • prototypes to production-ready software • specification writing • competitive analyses • resource planning • component vendor management • task tracking • component customization • turnkey product development • testing • component support • training