Miguel G. Belmonte
, president and CEO of the Star Group of newspapers said , We decided on the Polaris CTP System because of its top quality reproduction and potential savings in time.Furthermore , we have had good experience with our Agfa imagesetter , both with the equipment and the after sale service.
The Philippine Star is among the top three broadsheets in the Philippines today.Its production facility is located in Metro Manila and has a nationwide daily circulation of 220 , 000 copies.As producer of The Philippine Star and sister publication , tabloid Pilipino Star Ngayon with a circulation of over 200 , 000 a day , Belmonte
looked for ways to upgrade the facilities , increase their production capacity and at the same time improve the printing capability and quality.
The Polaris 100E was installed in November and after testing and calibration the Polaris was put into production for The Philippine Star by mid-December.With the ease of the new workflow , the computer-to-plate production team was outputting plates even during the training period.By January 2001 , almost 70 % of the plates were being made using the Polaris system.
According to Ferdie Pajarillo , prepress manager , the team encountered some difficulty with their new system.We had to reorient each newspaper section on how to send us the correct file format.
In fact , they were there throughout the entire process of pre-installation , installation , training and technical support , said Belmonte
added that the improvement has been noted by both our advertisers and our readers , this has made the investment worthwhile for The Star..Today , more than 80 % of the production plates for the Philippine Star and almost all the colour advertisements are output using the Polaris.Digital-plate output is approximately 100 panorama plates per day.The Agfa imagesetters are still being used for film output and as a back-up system , but they look forward to the day that they will be completely CTP based.A second unit maybe considered in the near future.
The Agfa Polaris system was sold and installed by the Graphics Imaging Division of Photokina Marketing Corporation
, Agfa's exclusive dealer in the Philippines.