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Sales at Agfa’s Graphics division have been boosted by the new wide-format inkjet products launched earlier this year.

In the three months to 30 June sales at the group’s Graphics wing grew by 2.9% to $394m.

Agfa said that its new inkjet products launched at Fespa in May, including the Jeti Mira and Jeti Tauro wide-format printers and Acorta cutting table, had helped lift sales.

However, the firm also said that stiff competition in the CTP plates market coupled with raw material price increases had hit profits, despite efforts to mitigate this through efficiency programmes. Gross margin slipped from 28.5% to 28.1%. The division’s worldwide results also felt the effects of “softness in emerging markets and the political instability in certain regions”.

Separately, Agfa also brought out a new product targeted specifically at security printing applications. The Arziro plug-in for Adobe Illustrator is aimed at users producing items such as tickets, stamps and certificates. The firm also released a new version of its specialist Fortuna software used in the design of products such as passports, lottery tickets and ID cards.