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NGP Strengthens MIS Connectivity with New Partner: Press Support B.V.

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February 22, 2005 – Networked Graphic Production (NGP) is pleased to welcome Press Support B.V. as the newest member of the industry-wide initiative that is devoted to increasing efficiency in the print production cycle through automation, integration, and cross-vendor interoperability by utilizing the JDF standard. With this additional partner, NGP is quickly approaching the milestone of 50 partners. "I’m delighted to welcome Dutch MIS supplier Press Support to the NGP Partnership Program,” says Henny van Esch, chairman of the MIS and Planning Forum within the NGP group. “The NGP Partner Program has continued to grow strongly and the MIS section has proved to be particularly attractive to companies operating in this field. The more members we have, the better, because everyone benefits from the pool of MIS knowledge that is brought to the industry,” said Mr. van Esch, managing director, international operations, Optichrome Computer Systems Limited. Working together, Networked Graphic Production is also closing in on the convergence of NGP specifications to the newly released Interoperability Conformance Specifications (ICS). Based in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands, Press Support B.V. is one of the main management information system (MIS) suppliers for the printing industry in the Netherlands. Its latest product WinPress is a complete and state-of-art MIS which contains all the functions needed to support business processes in prepress, printing, and finishing companies. “As one of the leading MIS suppliers in the Netherlands, Press Support is very pleased to be a NGP partner,” said Frans Bitter, General Manager, Press Support B.V. “We are convinced of the need to integrate our MIS solutions into a complete and digitally integrated workflow through JDF. As an NGP Partner, we are aiming for a minimum of two JDF-connections in the first year.”