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Agfa Graphics and Pitman Team up at GRAPH EXPO

September 28, 2010

RIDGEFIELD, NJ—09/28/2010—Agfa Graphics and the Pitman Company have teamed up for GRAPH EXPO 2010. Two booths (#2611 and #844)but one goal: help customers grow sales!

Combined, Agfa and Pitman have the most comprehensive assortment of inkjet solutions. This includes entry-level systems all the way up to high-speed industrial inkjet, plus a wide variety of rigid and flexible media.

Booth #844 will be fully dedicated to profit-generating inkjet solutions, including Agfa's :Anapurna M 2050 UV-curable inkjet printer. The :Anapurna M 2050 is designed to give users a cost-effective solution for speed and 1440 dpi display printing. Moreover, Agfa's :Jeti 1224 HDC FTR (flat-to-roll), a high-productivity UV inkjet printer featuring High Definition Color capabilities, will be running live during the show. This system offers the best true flatbed combined with true roll-to-roll capability on the market. The 96"-wide flatbed architecture of the :Jeti 1224 HDC allows for printing on virtually anything that is reasonably flat up to five cm thick. It is ideally suited for high-resolution trade show graphics, POS (Point-of-Sale) displays, real estate signs, backlit signs, lenticular displays, high-resolution banners, ceramic tiles, wood and many more flatbed applications.

GRAPH EXPO attendees can also learn about Agfa's :M-Press TIGER, a high-speed UV flatbed inkjet press, the :Dotrix high-speed UV web inkjet printing press, Agfa-made inks, and more.

In booth #2611, a full assortment of prepress, press and packaging solutions will be displayed. GRAPH EXPO attendees can stop by for demos of :Apogee 7, the latest version of Agfa's award-winning automated workflow which includes :Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. In addition, :Apogee 7 allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs in the prepress stage with WebApproval.

Agfa will also demonstrate its complete plate portfolio which includes :Azura TS, the #1 chemistry-free thermal plate on the market, as well as the Intertech Technology award-winning :Energy Elite plate.  Agfa's :Amigo TS will make its North American debut at GRAPH EXPO. The new :Amigo TS runs up to 50 percent faster than the original. Agfa will also display :Arkitex 7, the automated workflow specifically suited to fit the evolving needs of newspapers.

Agfa and Pitman have also invited several vendor partners into both booths. The goal of this unconventional effort is to provide GRAPH EXPO 2010 attendees with a complete array of solutions to fit their total business needs. This includes products from the following segments:

Inkjet Media
3M - Your Power Over Wraps - New business opportunities in wide format applications. As the #1 materials provider for all things wrapped, 3M aims to provide the resources you need for the high-growth medium they call wraps. Visit Booth #844 and see a live 3M vehicle wrap demonstration.

Esko Kongsberg i-XL Series - Automated digital finishing systems for signs and displays. The Kongsberg i-XL complements digital printing of sign and displays with a unique finishing solution for the widest range of materials and applications, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc. is the leading innovator, developer and supplier of a wide range of flexible, semi-rigid, rigid and specialty substrates from 30" to 16'4" widths for solvent, UV, screen and dye-sublimation printing. Since 1982, Ultraflex has been recognized worldwide for the following brand names: Jetflex®, Normandy®, UltraBanner®, Ultima®, Vulite®, Ultralon®, Wallscapes®, UltraMesh® and BIOflex®.

GRAPH EXPO 2010 attendees will also see the latest products from Avery, 3PTextiles, Neschen and Duratex line within the booth.

Inkjet Hardware - Ideal for entry level market
Epson GS 6000 Low Solvent Printer - 64" Roll-to-Roll printer that delivers unparalleled color gamut, image quality, reliability and print speeds with new safer solvent-based ink technology.

Epson Stylus Pro 9900 - incorporates the latest achievements in photographic inkjet technology.  By combining the precision of MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink, the Epson Stylus Pro printers continue to represent a level of technology unprecedented in Epson history.

HP L25500 Printer - Users can produce outdoor signage with durability comparable to eco-solvent inks and achieve high-quality results-that meet clients' branding requirements-for all your indoor signage applications, from exhibition graphics to interior decorations. Print on a wide range of media, including coated media or polyester fabric and low-cost papers without treatments.

Press
Sun Chemical is making it possible for printers of all sizes to cut their ink inventories - and ink waste - with the installation of GFI's automated Mx12 Ink Formulation Dispenser.  The Mx12 formulates and dispenses spot colors automatically, using Sun Chemical's SmartColour™ Global Shade Library - a database of formulas for more than 100,000 ink colors.

SGBlue CAP (Clean Air Plant) - SGBlue has created an air purification system that not only reduces fugitive emissions to nearly undetectable levels, but also reduces the cost of running your business at the same time. The result - decreased energy costs, insurance premiums and regulatory costs, increased equipment life and improved green-market strategy.

Packaging
The Packaging segment continues experience record growth with expansion in Flexographic and Relief printing products including Cyrel FAST plates and direct-to-plate products from DuPont and Toray.

Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Printer -designed specifically for proofing flexographic and gravure print jobs that require the color white, the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 incorporates the latest achievements in high-resolution ink jet technology - including the breakthrough Epson UltraChrome™ HDR White Ink.

GMG - GMG is the recognized leader in contract proofing for inkjet worldwide, with over 10,000 systems installed. Working together, Epson and GMG deliver the features, speed, quality and cost savings needed to address the replacement of traditional halftone proofing systems.  The Epson WT7900 & GMG Flexoproof combination has the ability to deliver more accurate pantone match than any halftone proofing system.

GRAPH EXPO is being held October 3rd through the 6th at Chicago's McCormick Place South. At GRAPH EXPO, Agfa's solutions will be in two booths: inkjet solutions are the focus of booth #844 while press and pre-press solutions are the theme for Agfa's booth #2611. For more information, visit: www.graphexpo.com.

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analog and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,755 million Euros in 2009.

About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics offers a full range of industrial inkjet production systems and integrated pre-print solutions for the printing industry. These solutions include consumables, hardware, software, and services for production workflow, design and color management. The Company's CtP, CtF and digital proofing systems have positioned it as worldwide leader in the commercial printing and packaging industries as well as newspaper publishing markets.

Agfa Graphics is rapidly expanding its range of products and solutions in the growing digital inkjet market. Its experience in both image technology and emulsions has provided the knowledge necessary to make high-quality systems for UV-curable inks. Partnerships with industry leaders in development and manufacturing have expanded the scope of its technology and permitted the company to develop comprehensive digital solutions for printing posters, banners, signs, displays, labels and packaging materials.

Additional product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com.


 

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