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Agfa to Sell Esko-Graphics Products for Package Printing in the UK

Press release from the issuing company

Birmingham, UK – Flexo 2005 – 15 March 2005 – Agfa and Esko-Graphics announced today that the companies have entered into a reseller agreement which allows Agfa to sell DeskPack and Plato products to the packaging market in the United Kingdom. A similar agreement has been reached in Spain. The deal will allow Agfa to add file creation applications to its prepress portfolio for packaging printers. Esko-Graphics' DeskPack range of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and the Plato step&repeat/nesting system, lets Agfa offer a complete workflow solution-from file creation through production. "DeskPack and Plato are two excellent extensions to our offering in offset packaging production. They are high-quality components which perfectly complement our :ApogeeX workflow system. This partnership between Esko-Graphics and Agfa proves our firm commitment to be a true packaging integration partner for our customers," said Agfa's Kris Vangeel, director of packaging business, worldwide. "Agfa's choice to offer DeskPack and Plato is a recognition of Esko-Graphics' leadership position in packaging software. This reseller agreement opens up additional distribution possibilities into the offset packaging market where Agfa is a leading player with its CtP solutions," said Esko-Graphics' Armand Gougay, Vice President Sales and Marketing, EMEALA. Agfa and Esko-Graphics are dedicated to the implementation of products based on JDF/PDF standards in the packaging arena. With this agreement Agfa and Esko-Graphics complement each other's strengths and add to industry standardisation based on best-in-class software components. Close cooperation on their complementary workflow components fits into the mutual goal of offering a complete JDF-based workflow solution for the packaging industry.