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Agfa's Wide-Format Inkjet Printers Bring Indoor/Outdoor Applications to New Markets

Press release from the issuing company

Orlando, FL (Sign Expo, Booth #758) – April 6, 2006 – Agfa's newest indoor/outdoor wide-format inkjet printing system has taken printing to new heights. The :Grand Sherpa Universal AM, with its new Agfa Bulk Ink Supply System (:ABISS), has given new opportunities to printers in North America. Agfa Graphics, which is demonstrating the new engine at the International Sign Association's (ISA) 60th Annual Sign Expo, now underway in Orlando, FL (USA), is one of several new solutions available from the company (booth #758). Imaging Zone (www.imagingzone.com), based in Springfield, VA, and serving the Washington D.C-area, is an Agfa CtP user and has been using Agfa equipment for almost 20 years. The company had been producing indoor graphics on wide format devices since 1997, but outsourcing all external and trade-show display graphics. “Although outsourcing can work well, tightening deadlines and loss of quality control, made us consider bringing the process in-house. With our :Grand Sherpa Universal AM-90 from Agfa, we are getting the quality, schedule control and cost savings, while at the same time enjoying the environmentally safe mild solvent inks,” said Mounir Murad, president, Imaging Zone. :Grand Sherpa Universal. SignEXPO attendees will be able to see demonstrations of the new :Grand Sherpa Universal AM (65 and 90 inches wide), which features :ABISS, Agfa's Bulk Ink Supply System. The :Grand Sherpa Universal AM's fourth generation solvent inks provide improved color saturation, guarantee a uniform gloss appearance and dry much faster than typical inks. :ABISS offers users longer automated production cycles resulting in worry-free, unattended printing. “Printers are looking for ways to expand their offerings without sacrificing speed or quality,” said Stephen Cutler of Agfa's Screen, Sign and Display Group, North America. “Agfa's :Grand Sherpa Universal AM systems, with Agfa's fourth-generation solvent inks and advanced ink delivery system, offer users the best quality at top speeds, while proving a safer alternative for the environment.” The International Sign Association's 60th Annual Sign Expo runs through April 8th in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.signexpo.org.

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