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Agfa's Newest and Affordable Violet CtP Systems Make Debut in North America.

Press release from the issuing company

Hershey, PA (America East, Booth #62) – March 27, 2006 – Agfa Graphics announced today that the new affordable line of :Advantage X CtP violet platesetters is making its North America debut at America East 2006. Attendees will be able to view demonstrations of the most complete CtP solution available – :Advantage X with :Arkitex workflow, specifically designed for smaller and mid-size newspaper printers and coldset web printers. The violet CtP :Advantage X system specifically meets the financial, production and quality requirements for small to mid-size newspapers and coldset printers. The new :Advantage X, first announced at Ifra 2005, can also serve as a backup system for larger newspapers and coldset web printers. Agfa's :Advantage X and :Arkitex workflow anchor the most complete CtP system on the market for newspapers today. When combined with :IntelliTune 3.5 image enhancement software, :Afirma process control, :IntellTrack (enterprise-wide audit data tracking), :IntellSyst remote diagnostic system, :Sublima screening and :Courier page transmission system, Agfa's CtP system is the most complete solution. Agfa is the only company that supplies a total system from content to press. Several customers who have purchased the :Advantage X include: •Times Daily, Florence, Alabama (2) •Daily Times, Farmington, NM (2) •Dong-A-Daily News, Elkins Park, PA •Korean Marketing (Dong-A-Daily newspaper), Duluth, GA •Asian Cultural Enterprises, Brooklyn, NY Customers have indicated that there is a need for more affordable CtP systems that do not sacrifice quality. Agfa, with more newspaper installations worldwide than any other vendor, with these new :Advantage CtP systems, brings the low cost of ownership and the print quality of violet imaging to newspaper printers with lower volume requirements. “Agfa, the worldwide leader in newspaper CtP systems, has the total solution from :Arkitex workflow to plates to meet any size newspaper,” said Sheila Nysko, Agfa's business development manager, Newspaper Systems, North America. “We are particularly excited about the new :Advantage systems, which give us the chance to help smaller newspapers move to CtP, to meet their quality, productivity and financial requirements. While the new :Advantage offers the same quality as our high-end :Polaris systems, they match the smaller newspapers productivity requirements.” Agfa CtP customers recently dominated the America East Print Quality awards contest. With thousands of installations around the world, visible light systems showed once again why they continue to provide exceptional quality and efficiencies for their users. :Advantage X systems offer throughput of 85 plates per hour and multiple resolutions from 1000 to 2540 dpi. Thanks to their 3-point FleX registration system, they can image any plate format up to 41 x 25 panorama. The :Advantage X uses Agfa's :Lithostar silver-based or :N91v photopolymer plates.