Offset Paper combines stiffness and light basis weight.

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Surface-treated to ensure ink hold-out and optimal on-press performance, environmentally friendly INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) offers chlorine-free paper product that delivers brightness level of 81 and whiteness of 90. It requires ~50% less wood fiber than commodity offset and utilizes surface-sized process.



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Abitibi-Consolidated Launches INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM)



MONTREAL, Jan. 6 -- Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. is proud to announce its newest paper product: INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM). Building on the successful introduction of ALTERNATIVE OFFSET(R) and EQUAL OFFSET(R), INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) is an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective paper, delivering up to 20% savings through a lighter basis weight that provides stiffness and print quality.

Totally Chlorine Free, INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) also requires approximately 50% less wood fibre than commodity offset. Produced at the Beaupre and Alma mills in Quebec, INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) delivers a brightness level of 81 and a whiteness of 90 and is surface-treated to assure better ink hold-out and on- press performance.

"INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) brings added value to our customers and that is exactly what they were looking for", said Luc Ranger, Vice-President, Commercial Printing Papers. "The use of ALTERNATIVE OFFSET(R) and EQUAL OFFSET(R) in lieu of uncoated free sheet has already helped our customers realise significant savings, and we are proud to help them further achieve their goals with the introduction of INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM)", added Mr. Ranger.

INNOVATIVE OFFSET(TM) in brief
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- Up to 20% savings
- Surface-sized process for better ink hold-out and on-press performance
- Lighter basis weights than uncoated free sheet (UFS)
- Environmentally-friendly
- Totally Chlorine Free
- Requires up to 50% less wood fibre
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Also, effective April 1st, 2006, Equal OFFSET(R) and Equal BOOK(TM) grades will deliver a brightness level of 84 and a whiteness of 100, representing the shade and brightness level of the original commodity offset.

Abitibi-Consolidated is a leading producer of newsprint and commercial printing papers as well as a major supplier of wood products. Committed to the sustainable forest management of more than 40 million acres through third- party certification, the Company supplies customers in 70 countries from its 45 operating facilities. Abitibi-Consolidated is also the largest recycler of newspapers and magazines in North America. Company shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: A) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ABY).

For Further Product Information:
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Luc A. Ranger
Vice-President, Commercial Printing Papers
914 640-8630
luc_ranger@abitibiconsolidated.com

Corporate Inquiries:
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Seth Kursman
Vice-President, Communications and Government Affairs
514 394-2398
seth_kursman@abitibiconsolidated.com

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