Representatives of Seven European Graphic Arts Industry Associations Gather at Inaugural Meeting in Ghent
Ghent, BELGIUM -- 21 June 2002 -- Enfocus Software announces the establishment of the Ghent PDF Workgroup, an international assembly of industry associations whose goal will be to develop and maintain Certified PDF Quality Standards for the Publishing and Print Production Industry. Peter Camps, founder and CEO of Enfocus Software, will chair the Ghent PDF Workgroup. In recent weeks the group has approved draft bylaws, objectives, and a meeting agenda. The founding meeting of the Workgroup took place on June 19 in Ghent, Belgium.
Representatives of seven industry associations from Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Switzerland are participating in the Ghent PDF Workgroup. They are:
* Medibel+ - unites all the Belgian companies active in the world of advertising, such as the media exchange, advertising agencies, lithographers, publishers and printers.
* Febelgra - the Federation of the Belgian Graphics Industry.
* Cebuco is the marketing services organization of Dutch Newspapers. Cebuco represents the regional as well as the national newspapers.
* DAL TC - the Dutch technical commission governing digital supply of data files.
* KVGO - the Royal Dutch Association for the Printing and Allied Industries.
* Sicogif is the French National Association of Graphical Communication and Printing Industries.
* VSD - the "Verband der Schweizer Druckindustrie" (Swiss Printing Industries
Federation) represents the interests of its members primarily in the prepress, printing, and carton and paper processing industries.
Each of these associations has over the past 18 months defined quality standards for PDF files exchanged in a print production process. Specific quality standards have been set for digital ad exchange and for commercial print work for sheet offset. A willingness to collaborate resulted in common standards in the different countries.
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