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Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) selects Agfa Graphics as digital pre-press partner

SPH, Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation in Singapore, upgrades its complete analogue prepress printing production with Agfa Graphics violet Computer to Plate solutions and becomes one of the largest single newspaper digital prepress sites in the world.

Singapore, Mortsel – Belgium, January 29, 2010 — Agfa Graphics announced today that it has signed an agreement with Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) to upgrade the complete pre-press production at SPH’s Print Centre in Singapore.

In the coming months, Agfa Graphics will install 10 high-speed :Polaris XCV-S with automated Glünz & Jensen punch & benders and online central stacking system, making SPH Print Centre one of the largest single newspaper Computer to Plate sites in the world. The agreement also includes a two years’ supply of :N92v violet photopolymer plates.

SPH Print Centre houses 4 lines of KBA commander presses and 4 lines of Colorliner presses in two separate press halls. The new Computer to Plate system (CtP) will replace the Computer to Film (CtF) plate making system in the two halls.

“In selecting the provider of our CtP system, we have in place a rigorous and elaborate evaluation process to assess the merits of competing offers from established vendors. Agfa meets our exacting requirements and has offered us the best solution and value for this major project. We are also convinced of Agfa’s commitment to long term technical support.” said Anthony Cheng, Executive Vice-President of Production at SPH.

“With 17 newspaper titles in 4 languages, SPH Print Centre has one of the most complex operations in our industry. In addition, SPH’s requirements in terms of high print quality, efficiency and support are well-known,” said Tim Van den Bossche, President Asia at Agfa Graphics. “Being selected by SPH as partner in this growth region is an honour and a proof that our strategy, based on technology and cost leadership, works”.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH)

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 150 million page views with 9 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy,, ST701, STOMP and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into broadcasting, outdoor advertising and properties. For more information, please visit

About Agfa

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue 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 3,032 million euros in 2008.

About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics offers integrated pre-print solutions for the printing industry. These solutions include consumables, hardware, software, and services for production workflow, design and colour 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.


Paul Adriaensen
Agfa Graphics Press Relations Manager
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