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King printers installs :Azura TS and rewarded as 300th user in Japan

Press release from the issuing company

"We are very pleased to have the 300th :Azura TS installation in Japan," said Mr. Marc Op de Beeck, Vice President of Agfa Graphics Growth Markets, "King Printers, Inc. is a booming company and a great customer for us, and Japan is the largest single market for our :Azura TS. We are pleased to have this news in time for the international IGAS2011 exhibition. It proves the world-wide success of Agfa Graphics' chemistry-free CtP. It is in line with our ambition to continue serving our users with good product development, and the best customer support."

"The argument of 'How to reduce the chemicals and waste in a CtP technology' is obsolete. It's the age of 'Chemistry-free', 'Waste-free', said Mr. Hiroyuki Matsuishi, President of Agfa-Gevaert Japan. ":Azura TS is the world's best selling chemistry-free plate, and it boasts more than 90 percent in our market. Chemistry-free processes reduce hazardous operations in pre-press, hence also the environmental impact. Chemistry-free plate-making is very stable thanks to the elimination of chemical process parameters, which improves overall press quality. This is the reason why King Printers, Inc. have chosen :Azura TS, because they require the highest quality CtP and care about the environmental impact and customers' needs. This 300th installation reward for King Printers, Inc. with Azura TS will create more interest in chem-free plates."

After the introduction of the company profile and history, Mr. Takeshi Ueyama, Vice President of King Printers, Inc. said, "We have had a web based print order system from the beginning of our business, and later we have set up the online self service printing site for registered customers. Now, our user base exceeds 40,000, due to our persistent effort trying to be a good business partner for our users with the high speed, good price, and the best quality printing. Today, with the introduction of Agfa Graphics' chemistry -free CTP plate :Azura TS and :Avalon N8 CTP we show our customers a commitment to environment responsible printing, still with a high print quality and color consistency in mind.
We have used the :Azura TS for a month, and we are satisfied with the sharp halftone dot and good reproduction quality. Because of the elimination of the development processes, it brings us stable color reproduction which is perfect for repeat orders from our satisfied customers.

As I heard that our :Azura TS was the 300th installment in Japan, our decision to choose the chemistry- free plate :Azura TS for the improvement in environment and quality printing was definitely right. For the further contribution to society by the use of :Azura TS in our eco-friendly printing service, we are trying to obtain the EP3A's 'Clione Gold' mark. It rewards eco-friendly production activities for the printing industry in Japan. We continue to pursue a good printing quality for our users, hence increase our user base. And not only ordinary print users, we would like to associate with other printing company as an eco-friendly printing firm, so they can utilize our resources. I hope the chemistry -free means anxiety-free printing to our customers, and help contribute to that goal smoothly."

At the end, Mr. Marc Op de Beeck presented a commemorative gift to Mr. Takeshi Ueyama of King Printers, Inc. as a 300th user of the :Azura TS in Japan.


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