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At the IFRA World Publishing Expo 2018 (9-11 October, Berlin), Agfa Graphics to focus on how its ECO³ prepress solutions can make newspaper printers’ operations more economical, ecological and convenient. Key elements are the recently launched Avatar V-ZH printing plate, Attiro ZH clean-out unit and the latest version of the Arkitex Production workflow software.

Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ initiative has met with significant success in the commercial print market since its introduction. The company has now applied the same principles to newspaper production, making it more ecological and cost-effective, with systems that are easier to operate and maintain. 

“We keep a close watch on trends in newspaper printing,” says Rainer Kirschke, market manager Newspapers at Agfa Graphics. “We see how newspapers integrate their prepress and press departments, reduce costs and optimally use production capacity, while also taking a more ecological approach to business. In practice, these changes require a reduced equipment footprint, highly streamlined processes, even to the point of unattended production, in addition to less waste and machine maintenance, and the wider deployment of presses. We invest in solutions that cater to these needs and help newspaper printers remain profitable.”

“The ECO³ offering consists of numerous software, hardware and consumable solutions that bring value to a newspaper printer’s operations. At the IFRA World Publishing Expo, the focus will lie on the recently launched Avatar V-ZH printing plate and the Attiro ZH clean-out unit, in addition to the latest release of the Arkitex Production workflow and RIP software.”

At Agfa Graphics’ booth, visitors will get a demo of the latest releases of Agfa Graphics’ plate production workflow and RIP software. Arkitex Production RIP v12 launches at WPE as well. This new release supports PDF 2.0, which is especially relevant for newspaper printers that need to process PDF files from external parties.