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October 2005
Agfa Talks Tech With Printers

NORTH BERGEN, NJ—Agfa recently held a one-day "Technology Showcase" for area printers, featuring its chemistry-free CTP solutions and Sublima XM screening. Deborah Hutcheson, Agfa's senior marketing manager, Digital Solutions, gave attendees an overview in a formal presentation and then two of the company's customers shared their first-hand experiences.

John Santangelo, executive vice president of H&S Graphics in Lodi, NJ, conducted demonstrations of Azura aluminum plates being imaged by an Acento thermal platesetter for chemistry-free CTP production. The family owned, 10-person general commercial shop made the move to that system after trying a competitive technology.

According to Tom Santangelo, president, the variability in the shop's plate demand was a central reason for seeking out a chemistry-free CTP solution. "On some days we'd run a handful of plates, on others we'd run 40 or more plates," he explains. "The issue for us became the cost of chemistry as we had to constantly pump and dump it to keep a consistent output."

Representatives of Ramsey Press in Mahwah, NJ, were also on hand to talk about the printer's use of Sublima screening and the business it has gained as a result.

Kodak to Sponsor Digital Printing Users Group Meeting

ROCHESTER, NY—In a major step toward the Indigo Customer Exchange (ICE) becoming a multi-platform digital printer users group, Kodak has agreed to be a premier sponsor of the organization's annual meeting. Its membership is set to gather in Las Vegas on November 11-12, 2005.

"We are excited to have support from industry leaders such as Kodak as we extend ICE's reach into the broader community of digital printers," says Val DiGiacinto, president, ICE.

"This is a great forum for us to share our knowledge and expertise on the opportunities that exist for printers to expand their business through digital printing," adds David Tashji, director of worldwide marketing, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

Canon Celebrates 50 Years In the U.S.

NEW YORK CITY—Canon U.S.A. celebrated its first 50 years in the U.S. and shared its vision for the future at Canon EXPO 2005. Fujio Mitarai, president and CEO of Canon Inc., shared his plan to continue globalization of the business and to expand broadband connectivity for a "new world of digital."

Mitarai's keynote address focused on the continuance of R&D efforts, shifting energies to innovate color solutions and plans to reach $50 billion in sales by 2010.


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