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PrintCity Comments on Agfa's Decision to Leave the Consortium

Press release from the issuing company

July 13, 2004 -- PrintCity has pledged that it is "business as usual" in the wake of the Agfa announcement that it will be leaving the consortium at the end of the year. Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity, said: "Agfa has changed its priorities and, of course, it is entirely right for it to focus on these. Agfa's decision is no reflection on the success of PrintCity and we are pleased that Agfa has acknowledged the accomplishments of being part of PrintCity. We wish the company every future success and have not ruled out working together again." John Dangelmaier, President of PrintCity, said: "The Agfa charter objectives for PrintCity were fully met in general and especially at drupa. Our "closed loop... open systems" approach will continue on an even grander scale in the future. However, we recognise that there is still much work to be done in the area of integration, which is not limited to JDF. We have lots of exciting news around the corner." He added: "Agfa and PrintCity have been good partners, both benefiting from each other's world-leading expertise. Agfa's decision to leave is a way of creating new opportunities for our members and potential new members of PrintCity, a consortium that is stronger than ever and looking forward to the future." Agfa has recognised the accomplishments of PrintCity, describing the consortium as "very successful" for the company, but is now going to focus on a different business strategy demonstrating the benefits of connectivity to its customers.