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    • AbitibiBowater and Starcom Enter into Exclusive Sales Agreement
          MONTREAL, Dec. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - AbitibiBowater and Starcom Paperworks
      announced today that they have entered into an exclusive sales agreement for
      the sale of AbitibiBowater's ECOLASER™ and ECOPAQUE LASER™ papers in the
      forms channel. As a result of the agreement, Starcom has formed abSTAR, which
      will act as the exclusive distributor for these products in the North American
      business forms market.
          abSTAR's focus will be to provide ECOLASER and ECOPAQUE LASER in
      converted laser rolls to high-volume forms printing and forms data centers.
      "These products were designed for demanding laser applications. They are
      economical, environmentally friendly and designed to perform," stated abStar's
      President Chris Lederer. "We already have several large customers using
      ECOLASER and ECOPAQUE LASER. In time, these papers are going to transform data
      centers and the forms business in general."
          In addition, abSTAR will offer these AbitibiBowater product lines to
      select distributors, and focus on government, hospital and corporate markets
      for forms applications like stock tab and other computer papers, punched and
      perforated laser cut sheets, engineering rolls, and a range of custom-printed
      business forms.
          ECOLASER and ECOPAQUE LASER are AbitibiBowater's newest innovative,
      cost-effective and environmentally friendly papers for laser printing. This
      line of papers uses 50 percent less wood fiber than traditional bond paper for
      the equivalent printing surface area and generates half the greenhouse gases
      of a comparable bond. Because of their high opacity, lower basis weights of
      these papers can be used, which gives the potential to provide significant
      mailing savings to large business mailers.
          For information about the products and services offered by abSTAR, please
      call 1 877 530-7611 or email
          AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint, commercial printing
      papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly
      traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. AbitibiBowater owns or
      operates 25 pulp and paper facilities and 30 wood products facilities located
      in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Marketing
      its products in more than 90 countries, the Company is also among the world's
      largest recyclers of old newspapers and magazines, and has more third-party
      certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the world.
      AbitibiBowater's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York
      Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
          Starcom Paperworks will do business as abStar going forward. abStar
      offers a wide range of stock and custom business forms to distributors and end
      users throughout North America. The company's cornerstone facility in
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania has state-of-the-art robotics and has produced more
      environmentally friendly business forms over the past three decades than any
      facility in the industry. abStar is a closely held Pennsylvania corporation.
      For further information:
      For further information: AbitibiBowater Contacts: Investors: Duane
      Owens, Vice President, Finance, (864) 282-9488; Media and Others: Seth
      Kursman, Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, (514)
      394-2398,; Starcom Paperworks Contact: Chris
      Lederer, President, abStar, (917) 392-6884,