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Agfa Sublima: Beta User Reports On Innovative Screening Technology

Press release from the issuing company

Mortsel, Belgium -May 22, 2002 - Agderposten Trykk AS, a newspaper located in Arendal, Norway is the first user of Agfa Sublima, Agfa’s patented screening technology for newspaper production, using Lithostar silver plates. According to the newspaper’s prepress manager, the results of printing with Agfa Sublima were "amazing." Agderposten Trykk used Agfa Sublima screening in combination with Agfa’s Lithostar silver digital imaging plate. Tor Fjellheim, Agderposten Trykk’s prepress manager said, "The increase in quality using Agfa Sublima is remarkable. The feedback from our customers is equally positive. The quality is amazing and immediately apparent." Fjellheim also gave credit to Agfa personnel, who installed and implemented the technology, praising their competence and professionalism. "We are using Agfa Sublima as a sales argument to our customers as well as prospects," said Fjellheim. Agfa Sublima is scheduled for worldwide release on both photopolymer and silver plates in June 2002. Agfa Sublima is a hybrid screening technology for newspaper printing. Agfa's patented technology combines stochastic screening (frequency modulation) techniques with Agfa's Balanced Screening to deliver a continuous-tone quality, never before available specifically for high-speed newspaper printing. Using the experience gained with its CristalRaster stochastic screening technology, used primarily by commercial printers, and its industry-standard ABS (Agfa Balanced Screening), Agfa formulated photo-quality screening that works within the specific conditions of the newspaper printing environment. Agfa Sublima delivers a 1 to 99% dot reproduction. It reproduces black and white and color images, line drawings and logos with finer detail in highlights, shadows and midtone areas. It delivers a level of print quality on conventional newspaper stock that mimics commercial printing.