Quebecor & Agfa Sign Large Scale Workflow Agreement, To Deploy Delano
Press release from the issuing company
QUEBECOR WORLD Inc. and AGFA-GEVAERT NV. Announce Signing of Large Scale Agreement on DELANO, an Innovative Print Project Management and Communication System
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, MORTSEL, Belgium & MONTREAL--April 15, 2002--At IPEX Agfa-Gevaert NV. and Quebecor World Inc. today announced that both parties have reached an agreement on the deployment of the jointly developed AGFA DELANO software in several Quebecor World printing and pre-press operations worldwide.
AGFA DELANO is the result of a special business relationship between Agfa and Quebecor World. The world's largest print media services company approached Agfa, the leading supplier of pre-press solutions about creating a web enabled, server based software suite to facilitate communication and process management between pre-press and print professionals, creatives and customer support personnel.
The AGFA DELANO suite of products was developed by combining Quebecor World's leading business know-how and the breadth and depth of Agfa's software development expertise to address the wide ranging needs of Quebecor World's global operations.
The initial design and development started under the leadership of Image Building NV of Antwerp, an advanced design, prepress and digital services company, with which Agfa has been doing business since 1995. In the summer of 2001 Agfa acquired a 70% share in the company.
DELANO provides real time information on the status of all projects at every stage - first customer contact, prepress, printing, post-press activity - and workflow analysis. AGFA DELANO is designed to further reduce costs and streamline the entire publishing and print production processes, regardless of the brand of the workflow systems in use.
Delano will further enhance Quebecor World's competitive leadership by strengthening relations with publishers and print buyers. Customers will benefit from this new class of business tools that dramatically improve workflow and production management. Through active collaboration, improved communications and active partnership with its customers Quebecor World will be able to optimize its services to its customers resulting in increasingly faster response times.
"Quebecor World is delighted to have reached this stage with Agfa. We have identified significant potential for the streamlining of our operations with the deployment of Agfa's solution. We developed a novel relationship with the Agfa team. Their willingness to immerse themselves in our thinking and in our operations made Delano possible," said David Blair, Quebecor World's Corporate Vice President Manufacturing, Technology and Environment.
"We worked hard in understanding and meeting the needs of a leader like Quebecor World. It has been a rewarding journey for Agfa, as it enabled us to jointly analyse the inner working in the relationship between publishing, prepress and printing in the making of print products and print communications. The relationship with Quebecor World in North America, Europe and Latin America has been extremely valuable. It's amazing what creative minds with a vision from Quebecor World, Image Building and Agfa could produce", said Etienne Van Damme Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at Agfa.
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