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Latest-Generation Fiery Server Drives New Konica Minolta High-End Production Class System

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

PHILADELPHIA--May 16, 2006-- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) and EFI, the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, announced today that the Fiery IC-303, the industry-leading Fiery controller designed for the 65 ppm color Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6500, and Fiery integration with the EFI MicroPress ProSeries will be featured in the Konica Minolta On Demand Booth #2125. The new Fiery-driven bizhub PRO C6500 is designed to meet the needs of demanding production environments, including commercial print shops, graphic communications firms and in-house printing operations. The Fiery IC-303 server delivers the precision color, industry-leading VDP (variable data printing) workflow, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) imposition, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation for which EFI Fiery technology is renowned -- as standard features as well as options, enabling customers to customize their ideal solution. Based on the newest Fiery digital controller technology, Fiery IC-303 features professional tools for "extreme" users, including: the Production Printing Package, a set of advanced production management tools that optimize the Fiery's power to deliver the fastest output in the most demanding print production; and the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, which immediately integrates into high-end workflow systems and enables Graphic Arts professionals to produce the ultimate in quality color from the bizhub PRO C6500. EFI solutions comply with JDF, PDF, PPML and other open standards, including passing the Altona Test Suite, ensuring that the Fiery IC-303 faithfully reproduces the most complex color design and layout. The Fiery server features inherent connectivity to the award-winning EFI Digital StoreFront(TM) for job submission over the web, MicroPress ProSeries for powerful digital prepress and color and B&W workflow management, EFI Print MIS solutions for optimal print shop management, EFI Balance for B&W and color production management, and connectivity to most popular pre-press applications. "We are confident that the combination of bizhub PRO C6500 and EFI Fiery provides our customers with the performance they need to meet their daily challenges," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The bizhub PRO C6500 represents the latest development of Konica Minolta in the production printing segment and further extends the successful, award-winning bizhub PRO range, and the integration with other innovative EFI solutions ensures that the Fiery-driven Konica Minolta system is a key element of a hybrid offset and digital environment." "More than 14 million Fiery users worldwide depend on Fiery technology for precision color, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation," adds Mehran Farimani, senior vice president and general manager, Fiery products, EFI. "On Demand attendees visiting the Konica Minolta booth will see demonstrations that showcase the Fiery as the ideal server solution for the new bizhub PRO C6500, enabling users to maximize its capabilities." Availability EFI solutions designed for Konica Minolta systems will be shown at Konica Minolta On Demand Booth #2125 and are available through Konica Minolta North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.




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