Louisiana Daily Newspaper Makes the Move to CTP With Agfa
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—August 17, 2006—Agfa Graphics announced today that The Town Talk, a Gannett-owned daily newspaper in Alexandria, LA, has purchased two of Agfa’s violet Advantage platesetters, one for the newspaper and the other for its commercial operation at a separate facility.
“We’ve been studying the CTP market for three years now. Our sister facility in Lafayette, LA, purchased two Advantage DLs two years ago, so we decided to go down there to take a look,” said Dorothy Sasser, production director for The Town Talk. “Once we saw it in action, we were convinced. The competition in this business is fierce, so we need to provide a level of quality that gives us an edge. We’re counting on the Advantage to deliver for us.”
The Town Talk has a daily circulation of 35,000 and a Sunday circulation of 39,000. The commercial unit, McCormick Graphics, prints hundreds of special interest publications in fields ranging from automotive and watercraft to real estate and travel. According to Sasser, many of McCormick’s commercial customers also are aware of the potential for quality and automation improvements and are looking forward to the installation.
Agfa’s :Advantage platesetters are designed specifically for short, medium and long-run newspapers that require a high volume of plates on short deadlines, and for commercial printers that have a heavy workload of special interest guides, catalogs and magazines.
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Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the printing industry. These solutions comprise consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, project and color management. Computer-to-film, computer-to-plate and digital proofing systems have earned Agfa Graphics a worldwide leadership position in the commercial and package printing and the newspaper publishing markets.