Agfa opens new Offset Technical Competence Center in U.S.

Agfa Graphics’ new Offset Technical Competence Center will showcase innovations that reduce waste, eliminate chemicals and lower ink consumption, while also saving on energy costs.

Agfa Graphics has opened a new state-of-the-art centre for offset technology in Wilmington, Massachusetts. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the OEM’s Offset Technical Competence Center (TCC) on Wednesday, February 26, with Agfa’s North American Regional President Gunther Mertens, and Guido Hauquier, Global Director Offset Applications, leading the celebration. The TCC is a fully-equipped ‘lab’ that features Agfa’s integrated pre-press and pressroom solutions to demonstrate numerous high-performance commercial, packaging, newspaper and UV printing applications that also offer sustainable benefits.

Gunther Mertens (left) and Guido Hauquier cut the ribbon to officially open Agfa’s new Offset Technical Competence Center in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

The TCC will showcase innovations that reduce waste, eliminate chemicals and lower ink consumption, while also saving on energy costs. It was designed to provide a library of application knowledge and quality customer support for Agfa systems and new-product introductions. The TCC is open to all printers for demonstrations.

“Agfa’s investment in offset focuses on lowering the total cost of print manufacturing for our customers,” said Mertens. “Customers appreciate our unique partnering approach whereby we use innovative solutions – including software – to increase profits for printers and create value for their business, and for the offset industry as a whole. Agfa continually develops new solutions for the offset marketplace. One of the latest examples is SPIR@L screening,” he added.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.