Transcontinental to print the seventh volume of the Harry Potter series



    MONTREAL, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Transcontinental, the largest book
printer in Canada, has been chosen by French publisher Editions Gallimard to
print Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort (Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows), the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series. This volume
has more than 800 pages. Transcontinental is the designated printer for the
Canadian market's French edition, which will be in bookstores on October 26th,
the same day as in all other French-speaking countries.
    "To have Editions Gallimard's select Transcontinental to print the
seventh volume of the Harry Potter series is a special honour for us," said
Francois Olivier, President of Transcontinental's Printing Products and
Services sector. "After printing Harry Potter et l'ordre du Phénix in 2003 and
Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mêlé in 2005, this is the third volume the
Harry Potter series in French that we're doing, clearly demonstrating
Transcontinental's world-class status."
    More than 250,000 copies will be printed at Transcontinental Gagné in
Louiseville, Quebec. This ultramodern printing plant, which required an
investment of more than $20 million, opened in June 2006.
    "The team at Transcontinental Gagné is enthusiastic to begin production
on yet another edition of Harry Potter," said Jacques Gregoire, Senior Vice
President, Book Group, Transcontinental. "Thanks to the new plant's
state-of-the-art technology, the team will deliver an outstanding product for
the greater enjoyment of the young wizard's admirers."

    100% Recycled Paper

    As with the last edition of Harry Potter printed by Transcontinental, the
seventh volume will be printed on unbleached, 100% post-consumer recycled
paper.

    About Transcontinental

    The largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America,
Transcontinental also ranks as the country's leading publisher of consumer
magazines and French-language educational resources, and its second-largest
community newspaper publisher. Transcontinental distinguishes itself by
creating strategic partnerships that integrate the company into its customers'
value chain, notably through its unique newspaper printing outsourcing model
and its value-added services. From mass to highly personalized marketing, the
company offers its clients integrated solutions which include a
continent-leading direct marketing offering, a diverse digital platform and a
door-to-door advertising material distribution network. Transcontinental is a
company whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central
to its operation.
    Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B) has more than 14,500 employees in
Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of C$2.3 billion
in 2006.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Maxim Labrie, Coordinator, Corporate
Communications, Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-4176,
maxim.labrie@transcontinental.ca; www.transcontinental.com; Financial
Community: Jennifer McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations, Transcontinental
Inc., (514) 954-2821, jennifer.mccaughey@transcontinental.ca

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