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Westferry Goes CtP with Agfa

Press release from the issuing company

Newstec, Brighton, UK – 23 May 2005 – Agfa UK announced today that it has netted its largest newspaper order yet for a single site. The order placed by West Ferry Printers includes nine :Polaris XCV-S platesetters, :Arkitex workflow and a five-year contract for :N91v violet photopolymer plates. This record-breaking sale adds to Agfa's market-leading position in the newspaper sector. The new :Polaris XCV-S systems will output approximately 35,000 plates per week in three different single plate sizes and two panoramic plate sizes. The plates will supply Westferry's 18 Goss presses, which print around 23 million copies per week for titles such as The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily and Sunday Express, Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, Financial Times, Daily and Sunday Sport, Nikkei, Lloyds List, and numerous other contract titles. Westferry had been looking at moving to CtP for a number of years, explained Bill Wenman, chief executive of West Ferry Printers. "We waited for violet technology as we believe that it offers a number of advantages, such as longer life of the diode and lower cost of replacement," said Bill Wenman. "For the past three years we have consulted all the major manufacturers and conducted in-depth trials, but in the end it came down to Agfa. They simply put forward the most attractive all-round package. This is a major investment for us and we had to make the right decision. All of our customers are looking forward to the improved quality and later offstone deadlines that will be achieved," he added. The first :Polaris is scheduled to be installed at the end of June and all of the equipment should be fully operational by October. "Westferry has always been a very important customer for Agfa, so when they decided to make the move to CtP we were delighted to be able to meet their requirements," explained Laurence Roberts, Director, Agfa Graphic Systems UK. "And of course they will continue to receive the full support of our unrivalled, dedicated newspaper teams." This is the second high-profile contract for Agfa's UK group in recent months, following the installation of four :Polaris XCV-S systems at the Trafford Park plant, which is jointly owned by Guardian Newspapers Limited and the Telegraph Group Limited.