POMEZIA, ITALY and TEWKSBURY, MA -- June 21, 2007 -- ECRM today announced a distribution agreement with Italian graphic arts distributor Digraph S.p.A. Under the terms of the agreement, Digraph will market ECRM offerings to the Italian printing and publishing marketplace. According to graphic arts market research leader PRIMIR (www.primir.org), the Italian print market was valued at €18.1 billion (US$22.5 billion) in 2005, and was projected to grow by 2.2% in absolute terms throughout 2006. During the period 2001-2006, the market grew at an average annual rate of 2.7% in absolute terms. Prepress sales are growing a faster rate. According to the Italian Manufacturers Association of Machinery for the Graphic, Converting and Paper Industry (ACIMGA), prepress sales for the January-to-September calendar period of 2006 were up 11.06% from the same period in 2005. The agreement is effective immediately. For more information about Digraph, go to www.digraph.it. For more information about ECRM and their offerings, go to www.ecrm.com.
“As we have seen throughout the industry, the Italian market is increasingly seeking out Violet CTP solutions,” noted François Boverat, ECRM’s Business Development Manager, Eastern Hemisphere. “ECRM now has an agreement with Digraph, the most important dealer covering the southern Italian region, because they too are realizing this demand among their customer base. Digraph was looking for a professional Violet CTP solution with real and recognized technical value. Headed by Mr. Fabrizio Fiorito [General Manager] and Mr. Massimo Macchia [Operations Manager], Digragh sports a very impressive portfolio of customers and prospects. They are one of the most respected Italian leaders in the graphic arts distribution business, and well appreciated for the professionalism and the quality of their sales and service operations.”