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Creo Installs 8,000th Brisque Workflow Solution

Press release from the issuing company

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA -- October 27, 2003 -- Creo is pleased to announce the 8000th installation of the Brisque workfflow management system, the world's most installed prepress system. A web printer in the Netherlands, Thijsen Rotatiedruk bv, recently installed the milestone system. Since the Brisque workflow management system was introduced to the prepress industry in 1996, it has excelled as a leading, groundbreaking workflow solution. Thousands of printers worldwide experience increased productivity and efficiency by adding Brisque to their prepress department. "We are realizing great efficiencies with this investment," explains Walter Thijsen, director of operations at Thijsen Rotatiedruk. About Thijsen Rotatiedruk... As an official purveyor to the Royal Household of the Netherlands, Thijsen is a family business with more than a century of history and expertise. The printer produces brochures, catalogues and magazines with medium to long print runs for the retail sector, business-to-business, financial services, and government, at home and abroad. The spectacular growth Thijsen has experienced required a sophisticated workflow. Since 1988, the company has switched from a sheetfed to web press and from 8-page web presses to the latest 32-page press. "Quality improvement is the mainspring of our business," explains Mr. Thijsen. "Tried and tested technology must safeguard a secure and precise workflow that we ourselves can control. That's why we chose Creo." Thijsen has a completely Creo prepress environment including workflow, proofing and output devices. The company enjoys the flexibility and reliability of the Brisque workflow that streamlines the prepress process. The Brisque workflow operates according to the ROOM principle (Rip Once, Output Many). It also controls the Creo Proofsetter SpectrumÆ digital halftone proofer, as well as the computer-to-film and computer-to-plate imaging devices. Thijsen's clients are enjoying the printer's improved response time and cost effectiveness. Thijsen receives all digital files from customers. The Brisque workflow management system processes files and provides an imposition scheme for both color proofs and offset plates. The Proofsetter Spectrum produces the proofs and a pair of Creo Trendsetter VLF computer-to-plate devices image the plates, which measure up to 909 x 1,326 mm (36 x 52 in). They produce about 15,000 m2 (162,000 ft2) of offset plates per year. Thijsen installed its first Brisque workflow solution with computer-to-film capabilities in 1996. Company growth required increased capacity and in mid-2003, the Brisque workflow was upgraded and expanded to include computer-to-plate (CTP) imaging devices.