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Agfa CtP Customers Dominate America East's Printing Quality Contest

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ - March 13, 2006 - The majority of awards won at the America East Printing Quality Awards are users of Agfa's visible light CtP systems and/or plates (including Agfa's :N91, :N91v and :Lithostar). The Journal Register Company of Trenton, NJ, which prints four of the top newspapers, took two first place honors. In the "Under 25,000 Circulation" category, the Journal Register won first and third place awards (for the Reporter of Lansdale, PA and the Philadelphia Tribune, respectively), as well as first and third place in the "25,000-50,000 Circulation" category (for the Daily Local News of West Chester, PA and the Mercury of Pottstown, PA, respectively). "With printing five daily newspapers and 59 weeklies, the last thing we need is to have a problem with plates. With Agfa's :N91 plates, we never have to worry," said Gary Coppola, general manager, Journal Register Offset. "The plates are consistent shipment to shipment, and, as the America East awards can attest, provide us with the highest quality for our readers and advertisers. Our use of Agfa's :IntelliTune has also helped improve the quality of our print and sped up our process, as well." :IntelliTune, Agfa's powerful image-enhancement software, analyzes the tone, color and spatial characteristics of each image and automatically applies the necessary corrections for the best and most efficient reproduction on press. "We are proud of the Journal Register, and all of our customers, for their commitment to high-quality newspaper print production," said Sheila Nysko, Agfa's business development manager, Newspaper Systems, North America. "These newspapers are dedicated to printing excellence. We are pleased that our market-leading CtP systems and plates helped contribute to our customers' success at the America East Printing Quality Awards." Other award-winning Agfa visible light users included: The Eagle Tribune of North Andover, MA (third place, "50,000-100,000 Circulation" category; :N91v plates), the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, NY (second place, "Over 100,000 Circulation" category; :N91v plates), and the Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY (first place, "Over 100,000 Circulation" category; :N91 plates). As last year's "Best in Show" winner, the Journal Register is vying to make it two years in a row. The "Best in Show" award will be announced at the March 29th ceremony in Hershey, PA, at the annual America East Newspaper Operations and Technology Conference. The Printing Quality Contest honors those publishers that excel in areas of black ink laydown, color ink laydown, color registration, halftone quality, page alignment and overall print appearance. The contest is designed to be a valuable learning experience both for entrants and all others who attend the America East Newspaper Operations and Technology Conference. The event is being held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center March 27-29, 2006. For more information, visit www.america-east.com.

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